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TV Review: Supergirl (Season 4, Episode 2)


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It’s been a while since I was this excited for an episode of Supergirl. My hopes were high from the last episode and thankfully, this episode didn’t disappoint! It’s like the writers have suddenly regained their mojo after whatever mess season 3 was!

I’m going to begin with my favourite part of the episode, the part I’ve been anticipating since the writers screwed it up last season – Supergirl and Lena’s friendship! 

Image courtesy of the CW

 Image courtesy of the CW

Lena and Kara’s friendship has been going strong since season 2 (AKA the best choice Supergirl made), but somehow, Supergirl herself was very out of character last season, which meant that they had both lost faith in one another (and the writers ruined a very important strong female friendship, but whatever, I guess...) However, Supergirl redeems herself and saves Lena’s life, which technically doesn’t confirm anything, but Lena smiled at her, so, progress…?

Speaking of, that scene was hilarious. I didn’t know I needed a scene of Kara trying to leave Lena’s side as Mercy Graves breaks into L-Corp until now. Kara ‘sneezing’ and literally blowing the bad guys away? Kara pretending Alex rang her to use her superhearing? Kara catching bullets with her hands? I died! Either Lena knows that Kara is Supergirl, or she is just super oblivious (the puns just create themselves, I swear). 

I’m just glad my weekly dose of Supercorp has now been reinstated. I mean, when Kara said “the Luthor name doesn’t deserve Lena”, I may or may not have screamed – things have to be cool between them again, surely? The writers better not screw it up by hinting at Lena’s non-existent evilness…

This episode mainly focused on the repercussions of National City after finding out their president is an alien.  

The president chose to step down, yet public anger was still there, eventually stemming into a mini riot outside of the White House. I don’t know if anyone else agrees, but when those people were yelling out “go back to your planet!”, I kinda shed a tear. Supergirl, y’all didn’t have to get so personal with the plot…

The similarities with this episode (and season) and real life are astoundingly accurate, and that’s why I’m in love so far. 

The whole Brainy storyline showing aliens being abused had the waterworks going again. He was so oblivious to why the pizza guy didn’t like him, and I just wanted to hug him when he went all confused. Thank god Nia stood up for him – I love that we got to see more of her! 

Which, by the way, props to the Supergirl writers (who seem to be impressing me more and more) for not having Nia’s transgender story arc as her only story arc. They shared her story so well, and her chat with James about standing up for what is right was beautiful, as was James’s speech at the end. One word, guys: Representation!!

The episode, of course, had to end with a cliffhanger. First, you’ve got Agent Liberty, a villain working with the Graves siblings, blaming aliens for “stealing their jobs”. Remind you of anything? Then you’ve got Supergirl being exposed to Kryptonite. 

I should hate that we’ve been left like this, but I’m honestly just more excited for the next episode. 

All in all, I’m impressed with what I’m seeing so far. This narrative is meaningful, and it matters, especially in a world like today. If only we had a Supergirl of our own to save us. 

Episode 3 airs on 5th November on Sky One. 

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