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‘Supergirl S02E05: Crossfire’ Review

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Supergirl brings extra joy to The CW on Monday nights. It’s a great addition to the lineup and there’s a lot more of where that came from in this week’s new episode. Kara takes on the task of mentoring Mon-El, now known as Mike to others. It’s his first day of trying to act like a human, and well, it doesn’t go quite as Kara plans. She takes him to CatCo and by the end of the episode, he’s fired. While this is a fun storyline to follow, so much more happens in this episode.

Photo Credit: The CW
Photo Credit: The CW

Alex’s struggle in her dating life continues to be a path the writers follow and it moves forward a lot in this episode. Maggie is forward with her after she finishes up at one of the robbery crime scenes and Alex tells her that she not gay. This starts a deeper internal struggle for her and while it doesn’t completely come to fruition this week, we can expect to see it play out this season.

The main story line has a lot of meat on it. Cadmus is arming the robbers with alien weapons that can harm Supergirl. While Supergirl fights plenty of off-world bad guys, we haven’t seen anything quite like this. Now, she is vulnerable against humans who use these weapons. Cadmus is behind all of it and there’s no telling where they’ll stop.

As a brief aside, we see James start to become the hero he wants to be instead of standing on the sidelines. It feels a bit rushed this episode, but by the end, Winn has talked some sense into him and is going to help him by building him a suit and a weapon. It’s safe to say we likely won’t have too many episodes going forward without an appearance from James now, which is perfectly fine by me.

Lena Luthor also has quite the presence in this episode. She gets screen time with both Kara and Supergirl and even invites both of them to her gala. Not to mention, she helps stop the robbers when they drop in to steal everyone’s valuables. She looks like she’ll be sticking around for some good scenes this season. She’s also a big part of the (metaphorical) bomb that gets dropped as the episode ends.

There are a lot of different things happening in this episode and it gives us a lot to chew on. It’s nice to see how the secondary characters are starting to play a bigger role. Some people may have been worried that Superman making an appearance would detract from Supergirl herself plus other characters. Thankfully, it hasn’t and The CW seems to be where this show belongs.

The character progression alone this season has been outstanding. We don’t even need every single character in each episode. J’onn was not in this one, but he didn’t really need to be. It’s nice to see the writers making these decisions. It works well for the show and this continues to be a solid season.

The Good

  • Getting more of Alex on a personal level
  • Winn and James working together
  • Lena Luthor looks to actually be on the right side of things

The Bad

  • No complaints on this end, it was a solid episode

Favorite Lines

  • Mon-El using the term “bribery coffees.”
  • “Yeah, your punk rock phase was very strange.” – Kara to Alex

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