Two episodes post Crisis, and its quite surprising how much Supergirl has improved. Previously bogged down by social narratives and weak plot points, this new direction is a breath of fresh air. The injection of Lex Luthor as a central villain has definitely done it good. However, it wouldn’t be nearly as good were it not for Jon Cryer playing Lex. He absolutely chews scenery whenever he’s around, and he gleefully twists the knife with Kara knowing she can’t openly act against him. The propaganda from last weeks episode illustrates this pretty well.
LEX LUTHOR IS THE MAN. NO REALLY, HE IS.
If you haven’t been paying attention, Lex is now considered the greatest human on the planet. He’s the hero of humanity that he always saw himself to be. All it took was him rewriting the book at the end of Crisis. He has stacked the deck heavily in his favor, gotten his Lena on his side, freed his mother from prison. It’s all coming up roses, and its put Supergirl on her heels as he now OWNS the DEO. Now we have some palpable conflict with which to pit characters against one another that keeps you interested. None of the other shows in the Arrowverse have come out as strong as this one.
Perhaps no one in the show has had a better turn than Jessie Rath’s Brainiac-5. Gone is the goofy persona, in is the juicy conflicted decision to work with the devil (Lex) for the greater good. Just watch the scene above for all the proof necessary. Rath was one of the weaker parts of the show, because he was never allowed to showcase his range. Thankfully the showrunners are putting him to good use.
EARLY ARROWVERSE MVP: LENA LUTHOR
Make no mistake though, the real MVP of this season is Katie McGrath’s Lena Luthor. I LOVE Lena as a character. Her growth has been remarkable and the two best scenes, perhaps in many years of Arrowverse watching, were Lena Luthor ones. The first being earlier in the season when Kara spilled her guts to Lena about being Supergirl and the raw emotion both Melissa Benoist and McGrath showed. Then again as Lena revealed to Supergirl she’d betrayed her, with amazing acting from McGrath in unveiling the roiling emotions her character held within. Personally, this is my first go-round with the lovely Ms. McGrath, but apparently she was just as fantastic in Merlin as Morgana.
I’m eagerly awaiting the return of The Flash next week to see exactly how that show will fare post Crisis, but as of right now, Supergirl is much improved and rolling pretty strong. Which makes it very odd that its about to go on break for a few weeks soon.