Supergirl Review: Crossfire (Season 2 Episode 5)

Supergirl continued the streak of good episodes with only a slight shake, but delivered important steps in the stories of Alex, Mon-El, and James, as they all are re-examining their lives and how they choose to live them. It’s a game of hide and seek, and winner finds themselves first.

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 5, “Crossfire,” delivered the usual villain of the week with a twisted tie to the big baddie of the season: Cadmus. Despite more revelations that they’re adept to finding technology that can stand against the aliens, it was nothing too new. Except for one thing.

The leader of Cadmus, at least the leader that we’ve seen, is Lena’s mother. Who’s surprised that a Luthor is running Project Cadmus? Nobody? Thought so.

It could’ve been a better shock if it was someone else’s mother; someone else we didn’t expect to have more ties to the villainous world, like Winn. Perhaps this serves as a good incentive to give Lena Luthor more screen time, especially since she’s been rocking it since her appearance, and we’re all desperate to see more of her and her friendship with Kara.

Alex: The one part [of my life] that I have never been able to make perfect was dating. I just never really liked it. I mean, I tried… You know, I got asked out. I never liked… being intimate. I just, I don’t know, I thought maybe that’s just not the way I was built. You know, it’s just not my thing. I never thought it was because of the other… I don’t know, I can’t stop thinking about…
Maggie: About what?
Alex: Maybe there’s some truth to what you said.

Such an outstanding performance by Chyler Leigh, and an incredible scene of Alex coming to terms with her sexuality. If you’ve ever been in this position, you can feel the truth in the acting.

Alex’s coming to terms with her sexuality has to be one of the top highlights of Supergirl Season 2, which has become focused on discovering who all of these characters really are. Not only that, but the writers are painting such a realistic light on the process of finding yourself, especially in terms of Alex’s journey, that you can’t help but root for her, and cry with her, and feel what she’s going through.

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For myself, as I’ve been through a situation, this monologue above brought me back to a time in my life where I was in a similar situation. Whether Alex ends up with Maggie or not, this is an important step toward becoming a person of her own, which was lost when Kara arrived on Earth. Alex has always been somebody’s something or another, so it’s time that Kara be Alex’s sister and help her through this transitional part of her life.

Supergirl is really bringing light to so many issues that plague our society, it’s actually refreshing. Alien politics can relate closely to our current immigration policies and measures in the world, so having a platform like this to bring light to issues the world deals with is important, especially as our media is the main source of news, thoughts, and life-shaping decisions.

Anyways, back to the episode.

They’re trying to build up James’ story and turning him into the Guardian, but I still can’t help but not care. It’s just a failing attempt to create a story for him, since they don’t know what else to do with him now that his relationship with Kara is over.

A world full of aliens is no place for a vigilante, and we learned that from Arrow Season 4 as those vigilantes attempted to take on a meta-human and the story bombed. Stick to what you know, and stop trying to cross the barriers of the show because it’s been proven not to work. There’s plenty to do with James as a character.

Also, Mon-El was perfectly imperfect, props to Chris Wood. He’s a problematic frat boy, but he’s also a cute cinnamon roll that we all need to protect and guide away from the Trump-like living standards on Daxam.

Eve: Do you have protection?
Mon-El: Do you mean like a sword?

That line has to be the funniest line ever written on The CW.

Supergirl continues Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.

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