Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Supergirl - Call to Action

The Agents of Liberty grow more bold, first by dumping their manifesto on the city and later by organizing groups of thugs in masks to attack the homes of aliens under the guise of protecting human rights. While ordered to leave the non-alien domestic terrorist group to other government agencies, Alex (Chyler Leigh) keeps Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) on the case allowing Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) to swoop in and prevent any bloodshed on Thanksgiving night. Despite earning another victory, the war for the hearts and minds of the city continues. And with Colonel Haley (April Parker Jones) apparently in league with the group, or at least sympathetic to their cause, it appears things will get no easier for life at the DEO (although the woman is at least smart enough not to make an enemy of the most powerful hero on the planet... at least not yet).

"Call to Action" also begins the fracturing of James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen's (Mehcad Brooks) relationship with Lena (Katie McGrath) as the reporter takes a dangerous assignment of meeting with a member of the group rather than attend a panel denouncing their manifesto. Her heartbreak combined with Lena embracing her inner Luther and working on secret experiments to weaponize humans, it looks like any chance of the character sidestepping a villain turn is quickly evaporating. Taking his place in the debate, Kara gets some good shots in against Lockwood (Sam Witwer), but the professor is stirring enough support to cash-in on the paranoia he has helped inflame and earn an even more public soap box to enlist others to his cause. In terms of smaller storylines, Manchester's (David Ajala) murderous response to the Agents of Liberty and Nia's (Nicole Maines) squirreliness about an undisclosed medical condition point to other issues for Kara's attention in the near future.

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