Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Supergirl - The House of L

Supergirl has consistently been the best of The CW's super-hero shows for awhile now. And now it has a villain equal to its hero. After a short sequence showing Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) fight off Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), the rest of the episode features extended flashbacks from the day Lex was sent to prison to the present. Devious, manipulative, and willing to go to great lengths to get what he wants, "The House of L" reveals Lex's relationship to the "other" Supergirl that we saw show up in Kaznia at the end of last year along with highlighting the various plans and manipulations he's pulled off from a prison cell planning for this day. Although we get very little of Kara Danvers in this episode, Melissa Benoist is prominently featured as the show finally offers a true introduction to the Red Daughter.

Filled with smart little nuggets for fans (such as the Chocos and the CGI version of Lex's Warsuit), the episode succeeds on the backs of Cryer and Benoist. Cryer is obviously having fun here, taking a new spin on the character who is just smart enough to end the world (and crazy enough to do it if it might mean victory of his hated rival). The reveal that Lex is behind the push of the Agents of Liberty makes perfect sense, but even his slow play pales in comparison to that of the show's writers who finally make the name of Kara's sister pay off in a huge way. Well done. And Benoist is terrific as a blank slate that Lex and the Kaznians mold into a weapon. She still has Kara's heart (likely to be Lex's downfall), but he's managed to turn it in a direction that benefits his agenda... at least for now.

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