I was quite impressed with the way this week’s episode of Supergirl dealt with very similar emotional situations among the various characters, which played out in very different ways.
Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), the Martian Manhunter (David Harewood), Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath), and Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) all wind up making very poor choices, taking regrettable actions, but in each case the motivation behind doing so is well meaning and sincere.
I think I will avoid spoiling too much, and so I won’t really discuss the Martian Manhunter plot thread. Suffice it to say we get to learn a lot more about his brother Malefik (Phil Lamarr), and the source of the resentment between them.
For Brainiac 5, I have no such qualms. The previous episode laid the groundwork, with Querl doing everything he possibly can to make Dreamer (Nicole Maines) happy, but in doing so, winds up pushing her away.
And with Supergirl, the situation is a bit more complicated, because she is getting played by Lena. Katie McGrath has become my favourite character on the show, no two ways about it. In an early scene, as she works alongside the now mind controlled Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks), we come to understand that Lena’s nefarious schemes are really intended for the benefit of humanity. Lena sees herself as a hero, and genuinely believes that her actions are for the good of the many. It’s a wonderful tragic flaw for the character, and makes it even more painful to watch her scenes with Kara, who is doing everything she can to make amends for the lies she has told her best friend.
There is yet another plot thread in this episode, dealing with William Dey (Staz Nair), Kara’s rival at Catco, who is involved with some mysterious organization that is killing people off with spider tattoos. It’s creepier than it sounds, trust me.
The fact that so many plot threads were developed in this episode, and so harmoniously, is really a tribute to the writing and directing of this one.