I commented on the curse of second episodes in my review of Batwoman, and some of the same problems are encountered in this week’s Supergirl. There is more set up for the season, making for an episode that does tend to drag.
This is despite there being a fair amount of action, as Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and crew face not only the evil brother of the Martian Manhunter (David Harewood), but a white Martian as well.
There are a few romantic threads taking place. Staz Nair has joined the cast as Bill Wray, a new reporter that Andrea Rojas has brought to Catco as part of her takeover. He and Kara are butting heads right now, but it’s pretty obvious that he will develop into a romantic interest for her. Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) are getting to know one another better, but we’ve seen that before, with Alex and Maggie Sawyer. I really want Maggie back, and Kelly seems a weak substitute for me.
On the other hand, the romance between Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath) and Dreamer (Nicole Maines) is both funny and problematic, as the Coluan is trying way too hard, and effectively pushing away a partner who genuinely cares for him.
Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is kept somewhat to the side in this episode, but still gets to shine. She manages to get into conflict with Andrea Rojas, and also has somehow found and captured Eve Teschmacher. I am really happy that Andrea Brooks returned in that role, she could easily have been written out after the previous season. Eve tries to convince Lena that she can be trusted, despite her earlier betrayal of her boss. Lena has her own views about that.
A satisfactory episode, not a great one, but I am generally forgiving when it comes to second episodes.