Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Supergirl - O Brother, Where Art Thou?

As one villain exits another enters. Believing Manchester Black (David Ajala) to be behind the shooting of James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), J'onn (David Harewood) redoubles his efforts to stop his schemes which are now aided by a Martian staff that makes him even more dangerous. While Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) works to keep the carnage at bay, J'onn will have to put aside his peaceful vows. Manchester exits in relatively forgettable fashion, considering all the trouble he has caused, but J'onn's actions in permanently subduing him foreshadow new problems for the Martian. This leaves Jimmy at the hands of doctors who can't save him and Alex (Chyler Leigh) alone to convince Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) to consider a dangerous experimental cure. Alex forgetting her sister's secret identity has allowed the show to play on the old Superman trope of why the hero's alter ego missing important moments. Will these unexplained absences eventually lead Alex into doing a little snooping?

Although the threat of Manchester Black may be over, there's a new big bad in town. Released from prison due to his terminal diagnosis, and working behind the scenes to push his sister into completing her work, Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) returns home. His plan not only succeeds as it pushes Lena (Katie McGrath) to create a viable serum which is used to save James' life, but also allows Lex to cure himself, reveal his true intentions (which apparently have something to do with a Russian friend), escape custody, and saunter back out into the world again. While the version of Lex we get in this episode is weakened by his condition, Cryer still plays up the sociopathic nature of the character as well as his ability to manipulate those around him to get what he desires. While I guessed he was behind James' shooting, the reveal that Eve (Andrea Brooks) has been working for him the entire time is a nice touch.

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