Supergirl Learns Not Everything Can Be Fixed By A Fist

This article contains spoilers for the Supergirl episode – Alex.

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I didn’t get to live-tweet the episode last night, but I was watching and found the episode to address some of the key problems with the series and not realizing they were showcasing another. There is a line from Casino Royale where M (Judi Dench) refers to Bond (Daniel Craig) as a blunt instrument. And in two seasons, that’s a good way to describe Supergirl and Kara Danvers as a reporter. She rushes in and pounds on things until there is a happy ending. That’s fine for some stories, but the character needs to mature and think more. Arrow doesn’t have that problem because Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has no powers and tends to over-think things. The Flash (Grant Gustin) had that problem, until the first crossover and Oliver proved to Barry that he needed to slow down and thing by shooting an arrow into Barry’s back. Fun times.

This is potentially where Kara (Melissa Benoist) learns that lesson and it comes from Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) when Alex (Chyler Leigh) is kidnapped by an old high school friend to force Kara into breaking his father out of prison. Rick (David Hoflin) is smart and has planned things for over a year. Each time Kara rushes in and tries to punch things, it makes the situation worse. Maggie tries to get her to slow down and think, but her fear for Alex’s life keeps her speeding in. This force Maggie to try and break his dad (Greg Henry) out of prison herself, but Kara stops her and appeals to the man’s love for his son. They of course rescue Alex at the last minute for a happy ending. Hopefully this will help Kara grow in upcoming episodes.

The episode was a good, emotional journey but it was not without flaws. The idea that Maggie could walk into a prison and take an inmate out using borrowed tech just doesn’t fly. And the story mainly focused on Maggie and Kara, which moved everyone else off the page. J’onn (David Harewood) got a few moments, but Mon-El (Chris Wood) and Wynn (Jeremy Jordan) just became background characters where I think they would be trying to do everything they could to help.

And that brings me to the biggest issue I had with the episode… yet ANOTHER villain has the ability to block J’onn’s telepathy. This is a bit too much. You have a character you introduced to the show with certain powers and then you down play them because you realize that he’s as powerful as your main hero and can actually do more. This episode would’ve lasted 5 minutes if J’onn could’ve read Rick’s mind. The fact he could keep J’onn out is becoming way too convenient this season. Unless we find out that Cadmus or someone is helping people with blocking the telepathy, then it’s really lazy writing. Oh, and Rick can block J’onn from being able to read his mind, but then we’re supposed to accept that J’onn can go in and remove Rick’s memories of who Supergirl is… that really doesn’t work for me.

Subplot wise, there was no Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) or Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez) stories. All we got was Lena (Katie McGrath) and Rhea (Teri Hatcher) getting to know each other and talking business. Rhea comes to Lena with plans to make a teleportation device that could help end famine, drought, etc. Now next week, and this may come as a total surprise, but it seems the device Rhea is getting Lena’s help on turns out to be evil and takes over the children of the world. I guess she didn’t turn over a new leaf after killing her husband.

Supergirl Learns Not Everything Can Be Fixed By A Fist

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