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Supergirl – Stranger Beside Me

by Alan Rapp on October 15, 2019

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Supergirl - Stranger Beside Me TV review

The latest season of Supergirl continues its slow start with a second episode featuring stories involving Kara (Melissa Benoist) struggling with the new changes at The Daily Planet, the relationships of Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) and Nia (Nicole Maines), and Alex‘s (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly (Azie Tesfai) both struggling through small cutesy issues, and J’onn (David Harewood) enlisting Kelly’s help in searching for answers about the Martian who confronted him at the end of the season premiere. The most interesting plot thread, however, offers the return of Eve (Andrea Brooks) as Lena‘s (Katie McGrath) lab rat as Supergirl continues Ms. Luthor down a darker path starting with “resetting” Eve’s mind and allowing her artificial intelligence to take over the former assistant’s body.

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Supergirl – Event Horizon

by Alan Rapp on October 7, 2019

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Supergirl - Event Horizon television review

Much of Supergirl‘s Fifth Season premiere deals with the friendship between Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Lena (Katie McGrath), who discovered Kara’s secret at the end of last season. While continuing to still be oblivious that her best-friend is Supergirl, Lena begins finding ways to get her revenge. First, she sells of The Daily Planet to an old friend (Julie Gonzalo) who wants to take the newspaper in the 21st Century (by gutting any real news reporting in favor of monetization and clicks). Next, she prepares to reveal Kara’s secret to the world on the night Kara is set to receive the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting of Lex Luthor‘s machinations last season. Only Kara’s admission prevents Lena from continuing with her plan, in the episode’s best scene of Supergirl tearing up while admitting her mistakes to Lena, although Lena’s final scene suggests Kara is far from forgiven (whatever Ms. Luthor may say to Supergirl’s face).

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  • Title: Supergirl – The Quest for Peace
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“Try not to quote Hitler in public, dear. It will hurt the brand.”

Supergirl - The Quest for Peace television review

Supergirl ends its Fourth Season with a solid, although not quite super, episode as Kara (Melissa Benoist) strives to undo all of Lex Luthor‘s (Jon Cryer) evil machinations that have set him up as America’s new hero. “The Quest for Peace” (taking its name from one of the best forgotten Superman sequels – which is still isn’t the worst Superman movie ever made) makes good use of flashbacks to fill in the events from Lex’s point-of-view (which cover quite a bit of ground while Supergirl was occupied with Red Daughter). From there Lex struts his stuff turning aliens into human batteries Matrix-style to fuel a space laser he plans to use to kill Superman. Ah, yes, there’s the mad-scientist with Superman-envy (and hair envy) we know and love. Cryer continues to entertain as Lex Luthor, although it’s unclear how much we may get of the character going forward.

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Supergirl – Red Dawn

by Alan Rapp on May 13, 2019

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Supergirl - Red Dawn television review

Along with bringing Kara (Melissa Benoist) face-to-face with Red Daughter for the first time, the penultimate episode of the season also softens her defeat against her doppelganger, and the victory of Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer), with the return of her sister. It seems the aborted adoption has loosened the memory blocks J’onn (David Harewood) put in place in Alex‘s (Chyler Leigh) mind with old memories resurfacing in dreams. Watching her sister nearly beat to death by a shadow version finally returns Alex to normal, and just in time as it seems Supergirl is going to need all the help that she can get now that Lex Luthor is a hero by single-handedly stopping the Kaznian invasion and “killing” Supergirl. Although it’s not confirmed that Red Daughter is truly dead (this wouldn’t be the first time Lex has pulled a fast one), either way it certainly appears that Red Daughter was this season’s red herring as simply another pawn in Lex Luthor’s rise to power.

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  • Title: Supergirl – Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?
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Supergirl - Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up? TV review

The latest episode continues the team-up of Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Lena (Katie McGrath) as the pair head to Kaznia to investigate the evil plans of Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer). Not only will they find multiple versions of Eve (Andrea Brooks), thanks to Lex playing with super-hero powers, but they also uncover Luthor’s big secret in the “Red Daughter.” There are at least three separate moments in “Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?” where Kara not only could have told Lena her secret but should have. There can be little doubt at this point that Lena will learn the truth from someone other than Kara likely splintering their friendship and pushing her down the super-villain/nemesis road, although for now they appear to be solidly together in the hunt for Lex and the other Supergirl.

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