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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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Roulette (Dichen Lachman) wouldn’t have been a character I would immeadiately expect to see on Supergirl, but the show makes good use of owner for the underground fight club for aliens and heroes in “Survivors.” Not only does it give Supergirl a different kind of villain to face-off against (smart and well-connected), but the underground fight club also offers plenty of action. The episode takes its name from J’onn‘s (Miss Martian (Sharon Leal), and to a lesser extent Kara (Melissa Benoist) admitting what she has in common with Mon-El (Chris Wood).

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“Welcome to Earth” introduces several new recurring characters to the show while Supergirl moves on without Cat Grant. For Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Superman’s black friend James “Don’t Call Me Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) that means work struggles. For Supergirl and the DEO that means trouble with an alien attack on the President’s (Lynda Carter) life and the awoken Mon-El (Chris Wood), a Daxamite who both Kara and the DEO mistook for both an assassin and a Kryptonian. We are also introduced to street cop Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), the true alien attacker Darla (Kaylee Sapieha) and Sharon Leal as Miss Martian.

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Split between Suprgirl‘s battle with Cyborg-Superman and her discovery the creature was telling her the truth about his origins, Supergirl #2 continues building out Kara Danvers’ new alter-ego by introducing her to Cat Grant for the first time. It’s a bit strange that just as the Supergirl television series is having Cat leave Kara the new comic series should begin building that relationship. However, if the pair work half as good together on the printed page as they have done on Supergirl then it’s worth the time spent here to begin building that relationship.

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Superman‘s (Tyler Hoechlin) time in National City comes to a close as he and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) team-up to fight Metallo (Frederick Schmidt) and Cadmus (which apparently isn’t so much a secret government organization but a group of mad scientists and very public terrorists). While enjoying her time with Clark saving the day, Kara struggles with her work life as her first day as a reporter doesn’t go as planned. News that Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) is taking a leave of absence doesn’t help matters any. However, when push comes to shove, Supergirl finds she has plenty of family sticking around starting with her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) – who is given the opportunity to kick her share of ass in this episode.

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