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Perhaps better than any episode of the series so far, “Luthors” highlights just who Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is and what she stands for. When Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is accused of helping break Lillian (Brenda Strong) and Metallo (Frederick Schmidt) out of prison only Kara stands up for her friend despite overwhelming evidence. When Metallo breaks Lena out of prison as well, further cementing the public’s perception yet another bad apple from the Luthor tree, Kara continues to believe in her friend. While revealing more about Lena’s relationship to various members of the Luthor clan, what makes “Luthor” work is that Supergirl is correct in her evaluation of Lena here… but from the final flashback, the show continues to tease that there’s likely more to the youngest member of the Luthor clan than meets the eye.

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As teased in the previous episode, a pair of White Martians come to Earth in search of M’gann (Sharon Leal) in “The Martian Chronicles.” Initially rejecting the help of the D.O.A., M’gann eventually is talked into accepting their proctection from J’onn (David Harewood) which leads to Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and her friends being trapped in the D.O.A. with a pair of shape-shifting Martians out to kill M’gann’s friends and return the traitor home to Mars.

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Although the latest episode of Supergirl involves the return of Livewire (Brit Morgan), including Kara (Melissa Benoist) freaking out about her arch-nemesis’ return (did I miss something, when did Livewire graduate from recurring villain to nemesis?), the central theme of the story deals more about the show’s heroes than its villains. This includes Supergirl’s disapproval of discovering the truth about Guardian, the mixed success of Mon-El‘s (Chris Wood) first field experience, and J’onn (David Harewood) choosing to forgive and help M’gann (Sharon Leal) through traumatic episode.

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Supergirl returns with a very Stargate-ish episode. While looking into the story of a missing teenager, Kara (Melissa Benoist) discovers aliens sending captive humans across the universe through a dimensional door. Following them through with Mon-El (Chris Wood) appears to be the smart move, but when the heroes arrive on a planet with a red sun things get a bit more complicated. Directed by Kevin Smith, “Supergirl Lives” is a fun episode with some additional challenges for a hero (and a cool new invention in the sunlight grenade), even if Alex‘s (Chyler Leigh) spazzy attitude swings are a bit strange (though to be fair, that’s likely more due to the writing and the limited time on-screen to deal with the rubber band of emotions than Smith’s direction).

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The Invasion! crossover continues, focusing mainly on current and former Arrow cast members who are abducted by the Dominators and thrown into a virtual-reality world in which Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea‘s (Willa Holland) parents are still alive, Diggle (David Ramsey) is the Green Arrow, and Oliver is set to marry Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Haunted by memory flashes of their true lives, Oliver, Thea, Diggle, Ray (Brandon Routh), and Sara (Caity Lotz) come together to fight their way out of the fake reality and back into the real world where they wake up to discover they are aboard a Dominator mother ship in outer space.

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Now this is more like it. The big four-part crossover which was teased (but not actually begun) last night on Supergirl gets started here with the arrival of the Dominators on Earth. For those not familiar with the aliens, the Dominators were first introduced back in the 60s but made their most notable splash in DC Comics in 1989 as part of the Invasion! (good name) mini-series. Realizing he can’t stop the alien threat alone, Barry (Grant Gustin) enlists the help of Team Arrow (including the retired Thea), the Legends, and even hops universes to bring back Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). Although Barry doesn’t take naturally to leading, the team follows him… at least until they discover about Flashpoint whose effects continue to be discovered as one Legend learns he now has a loving daughter he has never met.

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The first night of The CW’s big four-part crossover event is really a crossover in name only. Only appearing in the epilogue, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) show up to recruit Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) for the wider adventure after Kara deals with the current threat of Cadmus and an Kryptonian biological weapon the terrorist group plans to use to wipe out all non-human life on Earth.

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“The Darkest Place” is another busy episode. Superman’s black friend James “Don’t Call Me Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn‘s (Jeremy Jordan) super-hero experiment runs into a snag with the arrival of a new deadly vigilante whose body count gets wrongly attributed to Guardian. J’onn (David Harewood) begins having after-effects from his blood transfusion which lead him to discover the truth about Miss Martian (Sharon Leal). Mon-El (Chris Wood) is used as bait by Cadmus to capture Kara (Melissa Benoist). And Alex (Chyler Leigh) blows off some steam and gives Maggie (Floriana Lima) a well-deserved scolding for leading her on.

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Along with introducing one of Superman’s most powerful enemies in the Parasite (William Mapother), the latest episode of Supergirl is actually more memorable for several of the show’s supporting characters taking big steps in their own lives. For Alex (Chyler Leigh) this means coming out to Kara (Melissa Benoist) about her sexuality. Kara is shocked when told that her sister from another world is gay, but the show plays the dynamic between the pair just right, especially when Kara needs to comfort Alex after her second leap of the episode isn’t as successful as her first.

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There’s quite a bit happening in “Crossfire,” the problem is not all if it is interesting. Continuing the Cadmus storyline, the terrorist group arms bank robbers with alien weapons which make them more than a match for Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). Growing bolder with every strike, the group sets their target on Lena Luthor‘s (Katie McGrath) big bash where Supergirl will need help to save the day. The most obvious problem with the storyline is there were plenty of ways for Supergirl to disarm the robbers (super-speed, freeze-breath, over-heating the guns with heat-vision) but instead she ran head first into each attack, not adapting to the situation. In terms of the arc, “Crossfire” does confirm a connection between Lena and Cadmus (but not in the expected way) which I’ll be curious to see developed over the rest of the season.

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