Supergirl – Crossfire

by Alan Rapp on November 8, 2016

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Supergirl – Crossfire
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Supergirl - Crossfire

There’s quite a bit happening in “Crossfire,” the problem is not all if it is interesting. Continuing the Cadmus storyline, the terrorist group arms bank robbers with alien weapons which make them more than a match for Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). Growing bolder with every strike, the group sets their target on Lena Luthor‘s (Katie McGrath) big bash where Supergirl will need help to save the day. The most obvious problem with the storyline is there were plenty of ways for Supergirl to disarm the robbers (super-speed, freeze-breath, over-heating the guns with heat-vision) but instead she ran head first into each attack, not adapting to the situation. In terms of the arc, “Crossfire” does confirm a connection between Lena and Cadmus (but not in the expected way) which I’ll be curious to see developed over the rest of the season.

The subplots this week are equally hit-and-miss. The idea of turning Superman’s black friend James “Don’t Call Me Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) into a super-hero does nothing for me. Winn (Jeremy Jordan) makes a solid argument of how Olsen can do far more good behind his desk at Catco, but apparently no one was listening. Kara’s attempts to turn Mon-El (Chris Wood), a Daxamite into a Catco intern are played almost entirely for laughs but includes huge plot issues (such as why would the DEO put an alien in public who knows so little about human culture he doesn’t even know how to work a phone?). And, after dragging its feet for weeks, the episode finally forces Alex (Chyler Leigh) to admit her feelings for Maggie (Floriana Lima). While the outcome of their extended tete-e-tete does offer some intriguing possibilities, the show does itself no favors by stringing out the story in such a manner solely to fill screentime.

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