Review: Supergirl 2×12-Luthors

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Director: Tawnia McKiernan

Writers: Robert L. Rovner & Cindy Lichtman

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks & Chyler Leigh

Summary

Metallo breaks Lillian out of prison which calls Lena’s loyalties into question.

Positives

Why are the Luthors always the most interesting part of Superman-related shows? I have been somewhat tuned out of the last couple of episodes but the second Lena comes back into the fold, I am hooked. This was also the case in Smallville except with Lex instead of Lena. The concept of being torn between destiny and choice is a theme both shows play with and I really like how the show plays with Lena being forced into a predetermined role. There is this societal bias against the Luthors and that bias may force Lena into that role as it seems to have done with Lex in this universe.

We get to see a flashback with Lex and Lena as kids as well as Lionel and Lillian. I really enjoyed getting this family history of the Luthors that helps flesh out both Lena and Lillian. I am really captivated by these characters. Additionally, James gives some history of the relationship between Clark and Lex which I appreciate. James’ point of view on this is understandable because he watched as Clark was betrayed by someone Clark thought to be his friend. It’s all really engaging.

Metallo is a lot more fun to watch in this one. The actor gets to be a lot more over the top and bigoted which was fun to watch. He was also more intimidating than he was last time.

Kara’s faith in Lena is very endearing. I’ve been frustrated with Kara lately but she won me back over in this episode. I love her optimism and faith in people. Despite some evidence against Lena, Kara does not doubt her which makes her insanely likeable.

Negatives

Cyborg Hank Henshaw looks terrible. His cyborg face looks like if SyFy decided to do a cheap remake of Phantom of the Opera. It’s really distracting especially in an episode that has some really impressive effects.

The stuff between Mon-El and Kara is still tedious. Kara has a chance to tell Mon-El how she feels and doesn’t take it until the last minute of the episode. I don’t buy her excuse for it at the end. It just feels like the writers are dragging it out for “drama.” It’s a romance story. Why can’t they just date? It works for Alex and Maggie.

Verdict

I’m really happy with this episode. The show has been disappointing since it came back from the winter break. But this episode is a lot of fun. I love Lena and the Luthor history and was a lot of fun to watch. It’s an engaging story with interesting themes and ideas about one’s place in society and roles we are potentially forced into based on family and expectations. Kara’s a lot more likeable and there’s some cool action. Hopefully, the shows sticks with the Luthors because they make it come alive.

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.
  • I don’t like this show, but I was a huge Smallville fan and couldn’t agree with you more on the Luthors. They’re fascinating characters and seem well done in the shows. I can only wish a live action movie would do the character of Lex justice someday, but they seem to reinvent him into comedic or a weird role from every book, graphic novel, comic and animated adaption he’s shown in. Bizarre.

  • David Phelps

    I thought the episode was disappointing on a couple of levels. First, why didn’t Kara remind James that not long ago Guardian was the one being called a criminal? Since both episodes were co-written by Robert Rovner it’s not like nobody connected with the show would remember. I just watch the show and I remembered.

    Kara believes the best about everybody. That’s her thing. (Well, except when it comes to Mon-el but that’s a growth area and she’s working on it.) It’s what makes her Supergirl as much as flying or heat vision. James needs to let her learn her own lessons.

    Second, I was troubled by Snapper saying “Yesterday she was guilty, today she’s not.” She was never guilty. Her guilt didn’t change. The thing that changed was the available information. If he had made some comment about journalists reporting the available facts without making judgments it would have been fine and perhaps even a learning moment for Kara. But he didn’t.

    I do hope they don’t decide to make Lena evil. A good Luthor is such a novel thing and her story is worth exploring. If Mon-El can be a good Daxamite surely Lena can be a good Luthor.