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Supergirl – Parasite Lost

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Parasite Lost
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Supergirl - Parasite Lost television review

“Parasite Lost” presents two threats for Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the DEO. The first, involving the Jensen (Anthony Konechny) reborn as the new Parasite with the ability to drain the life force of humans and powers of aliens, offers too much danger for Supergirl to fight and becomes the responsibility of Alex (Chyler Leigh) and the DEO. The new Parasite works well, and I’m a bit sad to see the character knocked-off so quickly (although there’s always room for a new Parasite down the road). With Kara uninvolved here, at least until the two storylines converge in the final act, “Parasite Lost” allows more time for Kara Danvers than Supergirl as she works on a story about an alien healer and then deals with the fallout with the help of J’onn (David Harewood) who it seems has found a new purpose.

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Supergirl – Ahimsa

by Alan Rapp on November 6, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Ahimsa
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Supergirl - Ahimsa television review

For the second straight episode, Supergirl offers little of the show’s trademark hero while still providing a strong episode centered around the show’s supporting cast. With Kara (Melissa Benoist) locked in a suit which is keeping her alive but limiting her usefulness in the Kryptonite-infused atmosphere, it falls on Alex (Chyler Leigh) to lead the DEO without its biggest weapon (even going so far as to bench Kara for her own good). And there’s plenty to fight here in an episode that wraps up the Mercy (Rhona Mitra) storyline as the Graves break into the DEO to grab a couple of aliens they plan to unleash on an unsuspecting public, but still leaves plenty of trouble for the group as Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) slinks back into the shadows to continue driving the anti-alien agenda. Oh, we also get a tease for a new Parasite (Anthony Konechny) and more foreshadowing of the Russian Supergirl’s preparations for an inevitable clash.

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Supergirl – Man of Steel

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Man of Steel
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Supergirl - Man of Steel television review

With Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) knocked-out and barely hanging on due to the Earth’s atmosphere being saturated with Kryptonite, “Man of Steel” offers a flashback episode delving into the past of Professor Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer) who from humble beginnings grew to be the face of the anti-alien movement as Agent Liberty. The educated son of a bigoted steel factory owner (Xander Berkeley), the episode showcases the last two years of Lockwood’s life from arguing against his father’s rants to having his life destroyed by aliens and slowly accepting his father’s “wisdom.” There’s an old saying about how hatred and bigotry aren’t born but nurtured, and “Man of Steel” does a terrific job of presenting an entire episode from Lockwood’s point of view which will turn spiteful and hateful against those he believes are responsible for the ruination of his life.

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Supergirl – Fallout

by Alan Rapp on October 23, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Fallout
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Supergirl - Fallout television review

Despite it leading to her brother (Robert Baker) being caught and questioned by the DEO, as Mercy‘s (Rhona Mitra) exposure of President Marsdin (Lynda Carter) as an alien further flames anti-alien feelings and rhetoric. Mercy’s next attack turns L-Corp’s image inducers temporarily offline, revealing aliens’ true identities to the surrounding world. While physically unharmed after his inducer fails, Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) and Nia (Nicole Maines) both get a firsthand look at the ugly side anti-alien fervor which leads to emotional reveal from the cub reporter and a plea to her boss. It also forces James “Don’t Call Me Jimmy” Olsen‘s (Mehcad Brooks) to make a decision about how CatCo is covering recent events.

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Supergirl – American Alien

by Alan Rapp on October 16, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – American Alien
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Supergirl - American Alien television review

There are quite a few takeaways from the Fourth Season premiere of Supergirl along with foreshadowing of where the series is headed. First, fans of Superman: The Animated Series should be happy with the introduction of Rhona Mitra as Mercy (who first appeared on the cartoon as Lex Luthor’s henchman). There was turmoil both inside the DEO and in the government, Kara (Melissa Benoist) made major strides at work taking on the mentorship of a cub reporter (Nicole Maines), and we also got a slight tease of the powerful Russian Supergirl who likely won’t make a major appearance for a few weeks. The bigger takeaway is that Supergirl isn’t shying away from political storlyines as the new alien citizens come under attack from other Americans (who are assisted in the anger and thirst for violence by Mercy and her brother) as the show will apparently take a hard look this year at a divided nation and a rise of bigotry and violence by those who view others as outsiders.

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