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‘Supergirl S02E15: Exodus’ Review

Supergirl resumes the story line from last week with “Exodus.” Cadmus already has the National Alien Registry and now they’re taking action and abducting the aliens. Jeremiah is once again a key character in this episode. He’s now considered hostile to the DEO and the orders are to arrest on site. This episode packs a lot of action in it, but has some misses along the way.

Alex, Maggie, James, Winn, and Lyra are all hanging out in the bar when Cadmus storms in. This is a fantastic fight scene that ends with James suiting up ad Guardian to save Alex. This felt like a good use of Guardian since Kara was not with them and everything happened so fast. He’s going after people he can defeat and not some superhuman villain, which makes this scenario more realistic. If the show used Guardian more like this, I think it would work much better. In the end, though, Cadmus gets away with Lyra and at least one other alien who was at the bar.

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Snapper Carr and Alex really stand out in this episode. Alex goes after Cadmus on her own after being sidelined by J’onn. She has a great moment when she makes Jeremiah choose between her and Cadmus. It’s a tense moment that could potentially break her if her father doesn’t side with her. With Snapper Carr, we get a look at his integrity as a journalist, especially when he fires Kara. While he mostly seems like a curmudgeon, he really does care about his job and the reputation he has as a journalist. It was refreshing to see something so relevant to what’s going on in the real world.

Lena Luthor makes an appearance this episode, too. She helps Kara out by figuring out where Cadmus is. It turns out Cadmus has people inside L Corp, which explains how her mother still has access to so many things. Hopefully they decide to let Lena stay on the good side of things, because she can be a huge asset to Supergirl in a way that Lex never was for Superman.

This show is having a solid season so far. The episodes haven’t been perfect, but then again, most aren’t in general. Supergirl is tackling topics relating to current situations in a way a lot of superhero shows haven’t. The journalism aspect of this episode felt realistic for the first time in a while. The main misses in this episode were Alex so easily believing Jeremiah would just be in her apartment while Cadmus is in the middle of something huge and Kara saying that all she needs is being Supergirl and Mon-El. The latter does a disservice to her character. She’s always been more than Supergirl and it was nice to see her work through that in season one. Plus, I’m still not a fan of her and Mon-El together.

The misses aside, this was a good episode. Cadmus takes a hit, but there’s no doubt that they’ll be back. Alex did what she had to do and it’s nice to see her have more to do in recent episodes. There are still a lot of things that could play out this season and I’m intrigued to see where it goes.

The Good

  • The brief use of Guardian felt appropriate this episode
  • Snapper Carr with a great performance
  • Alex still believing in Jeremiah and being willing to risk her life for him

The Bad

  • Kara and Mon-El relationship still feels forced
  • Kara feeling like she doesn’t need a job or identity other than being Supergirl

Favorite Lines

  • “It’s blobbed.” – Kara adding some comedic relief in response to Mon-El not saying blog correctly
  • “Supergirl is what I can do, Kara is who I am.” – Kara

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