Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Supergirl - Crime and Punishment

While a trip to Lex Luthor's (Jon Cryer) prison doesn't offer an immediate answers, Lena (Katie McGrath) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) confirm his comings and goings from the prison and the existence of a hidden lab behind his cell. The growing target on Supergirl's chest also forces Kara to re-examine her current course of action as it appears Kara, rather than Supergirl, has the necessary skills to get to the bottom of the attack on the White House and Luthor's ultimate goal. In putting Supergirl and her tarnished image aside, Kara instead turns to her reporter instincts and makes a valuable ally (Willie Garson) who offers the first clue towards what Lex Luthor may be up to.

The episode also offers the return of Otis Graves (Robert Baker) as the current Metallo, and Alex (Chyler Leigh) fighting Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer) who attempts to use the DEO to stage a trap for Supergirl. While Alex's plea to Haley (April Parker Jones) thwarts Lockwood's plan, Lockwood's appeal to the President will likely have large ramifications for every alien on Earth. While the episode spends far too long with Alex's (horrifically awful) attempts to convince her boss to help Supergirl, events unfold to further the power behind Lockwood as the Agents of Liberty have just become legally-deputized agents of the United States Government.

Brainiac-5's (Jesse Rath) crisis of conscience as to how best protect aliens in the United States and James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen's (Mehcad Brooks) struggle in dealing with his PTSD have smaller roles in the episode but could end up having greater impact over the remainder of the season. Aside from his emotional trauma, Olsen's physical manifestations seems to suggest Lena was even more successful in her formula than she believed, although just what has she turned her ex-boyfriend into? And what does Nia's (Nicole Maines) vision mean for her kinda-sorta-boyfriend?

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