Tonight’s episode of Supergirl shined in it’s focus on Alex Danvers with an episode about familial trust.
When Cadmus enacts their plan to expel all aliens from Earth Alex must come to terms with her feelings towards her father and if he can be trusted. Meanwhile Supergirl has written a story to inform the public of Cadmus’s misdoings but Snapper is hesitant to publish it.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD
Another solid entry in the second season of Supergirl. The main thrust this week is how Alex is dealing with her father Jeremiah is voluntarily working for Cadmus. It’s nice to see an episode where the main plot belongs to Alex instead of Kara. One of the biggest strengths of Supergirl is the supporting cast of characters.
Chyler Leigh really sells all of Alex’s scenes whether it was her pleading with her father to help her save the aliens Cadmus has abducted or when she was brutally interrogating the captured Cadmus soldier. Leigh has been the most consistent actor this season and with the improved writing Alex has become a stand out.
One problem I had in this plot line is how much of a problem Alex had with J’onn. He decided to impersonate her Dad to test if she emotionally stable enough to go against her father. I thought that it was a great idea and while I understand Alex’s initial reaction as hateful, I thought she would see the value in what J’onn did.
Meanwhile, in the B story Kara has written a story to inform the public of Cadmus’s stealing of the National Alien Database but Snapper won’t publish it due to lack of sources. I thought that this plot line had some great moments and some that left a bad taste in my mouth.
All of the scenes between Snapper and Kara were great. I think that Snapper’s pessimism is a great foil for Kara’s optimism and seeing them interact is always a highlight. My favorite thing about this plot line is unfortunately for Kara both her and Snapper are correct.
She was right to release the article to inform the public about Cadmus obtaining the database but Snapper is also right in that there are reasons people put rules into journalism and if you don’t follow the rules there could be potentially horrifying results.
As much as I love Mon-El he was really bothering me this episode. This is a very serious episode and Mon-El attempted to bring some humor and let me down. Every time he tried to lighten the mood it felt out of place and made me uncomfortable.
I really enjoyed Alex’s story line and Chyler Leighs performance along with Snapper and Kara’s plot but Mon-El’s attempt at levity dragged the episode down as well as some logic that I felt Alex didn’t understand. 7.9 out of 10.
I would have liked to see Jeremiah stay a villain. Supergirl has a problem with creating compelling villains and having a villain like Jeremiah would give us a captivating villain.
I still find James boring and this episode did little to change this opinion.
I’m not a huge fan of this version of Cyborg Superman. He is a very interesting character who never gets anything to do.
That teaser makes me very excited for next week’s episode. I’m hoping to learn more about the Daxamites and Mon El’s role in the Daxamite monarchy. Hopefully we get some cool nods toward Daxamite Green Lantern Sodam Yat.