Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Supergirl - What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?

With President Baker (Bruce Boxleitner) continuing to take more of a pro-human stance, and the escape from prison of Manchester Black (David Ajala) who has teamed up with Menagerie (Jessica Meraz) and Hat (Louis Ozawa Changchien) to provide a pro-alien response to the Agents of Liberty, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) struggles to find a right course of action. The discovery that the United States Government plans to launch a satellite which will shoot down all alien ships attempting to reach Earth, something The Elite plan to stop, only further muddies the water as Kara attempts to find a way to fight The Elite and still protect alien life on Earth (and in the skies above) without unintentionally helping either side in human vs. alien tension that is reaching a boiling point.

As the title of the episode suggests, The Elite offer a more brutal take on heroics and warfare than the quaint idea of "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" as, in The Elite's mind, the end always justifies the means. The ongoing Agent of Liberty story continues as the recently-paroled Ben Lockwood's (Sam Witwer) inaction ruffles some feathers in the group he founded. However, the destruction of the satellite gives him an in with the government in an official post to cause real change where aliens are concerned. It appears Agent of Liberty's vacation is coming to an end. With Lockwood's appointment to the President's cabinet, a very real question for Supergirl is whether or not "the American Way" is still one of the things she should be fighting for.

The episode also features Supergirl finding some common ground with Alex (Chyler Leigh) while still wearing her cape, James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen's (Mehcad Brooks) struggles with a new story which could affect those he cares about, J'onn (David Harewood) making a decision to fight back against Manchester Black and what he stands for, and Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) and Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) training in the Fortress of Solitude. The last of these plot threads opens up a new story for Brainy and Nia in the recovery of his Legion Flight Ring while also providing insight to the Legionnaire's rivalry with Superman's robot Kelex. And Alex's discovery that the the President is keeping large secrets which relate to aliens and the protection of Earth secret from the D.E.O. gives her cause for concern, and reason to look outside of her 9-to-5 job for allies in both Supergirl and Lena (Katie McGrath).

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