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“Part 2” of the four-part crossover focuses on the fallout of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris‘ (Candice Patton) wedding and the explanation of who the villains from Earth-X are and what they want on Earth-One. While our heroes manage to push back the Nazis in “Part One,” the second episode offers a counterpunch from the evil dopplegangers (whose identities seemed fairly obvious to everyone except, apparently, our heroes). Heavier on action than the first episode, there are still smaller conversations shoehorned in here and there to give those not in the fray something to do. “Part 2” also offers small cameos to Arrow‘s B-team who arrive to provide support against the Nazi horde.

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Unlike last year’s crossover, which tailored each episode to that particular cast, “Crisis on Earth-X” begins in earnest with jumping us right into the action and introducing (nearly) all our characters at once. This time around it feels much more like a cohesive crossover (and Supergirl gets to be in the action from the beginning). The focus on “Part 1” is primarily to get all our characters to Central City in time for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris‘ (Candice Patton) wedding. We get their wedding reception, various drama between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Jackson (Franz Drameh) and Stein (Victor Garber), and wedding crashers in the form of the crossover’s big bad villains – Nazis from Earth-X.

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“Wake Up” marks the return of Mon-El (Chris Wood) to Earth when he’s found aboard the sunken alien spacecraft we’ve seen glimpses of this season. Initially overjoyed to have him back, Kara (Melissa Benoist) becomes concerned about his troubling behavior (which is never adequately explained), reluctance to talk about what has happened to him, or explain the spaceship or the its other slumbering passengers… including the woman who is later revealed to be his wife (Amy Jackson). The revelation of Mon-El’s time in the future and the introduction of Saturn Girl (Amy Jackson) marks the show’s first steps to introducing an important piece to Supergirl’s comic history as she meets her first member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Could Supergirl be up for some time travel of her own?

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Alex‘s (Chyler Leigh) recent break-up leads Kara (Melissa Benoist) to take her sister home to Midvale in an episode that gives us our first real look at a teenage Kara struggling with her new life on Earth. Izabela Vidovic and Olivia Nikkanen are cast as the younger version of the two characters in this Smallville-ish episode that even contains a reference to Clark’s computer-wiz friend Chloe. It’s a nice change of pace episode, and allows both characters time to deal with their recent loss, but it also pretty by-the-book and reminds us how lucky we are that the show chose to begin with an adult Kara rather than offering yet another awkward teen coming-of-age super-hero story.

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Kevin Smith returns to direct another episode of Supergirl. While the episode’s final B-story finally deals with the long-teased break-up of Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima), in a very grown-up manner, the episode’s B-story feels a bit more like a comic book as Moran Edge (Adrian Pasdar) returns to take some revenge. While the show eventually dumped plans for Maxwell Lord to play a larger role as a Lex Luthor stand-in, with “Damages” the show’s writers go all-in on Edge as he uses the media to paint Lena Luther (Katie McGrath) as a dangerous industrialist responsible for the lead poisoning causing health issues in several of National City’s children.

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Faith can make a powerful ally, and an even more powerful enemy. In a world of super-powered individuals it would only be a matter of time before someone would begin worshiping a hero as something far more. In the “Faithful,” Kara (Melissa Benoist) is far from pleased to discover someone she saved two yeas ago has started a cult to worship the Kryptionian god Rao and, more specifically, Supergirl. Targeting those who have been saved by National City’s hero, the group grows and individuals wanting to feel a part of something even put themselves (and others) in danger in order to be saved. The fact that the man truly believes what he is doing is right, and sees through her alter-ego, only further complicates things.

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Fathers and their children is the theme of “Far from the Tree” as J’onn (David Harewood) returns to Mars with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and discovers his father (Carl Lumbly) is still alive and a wedding shower provides the opportunity for a reunion between Maggie (Floriana Lima) and her father (Carlos Bernard). While the Martian storyline is a bit awkward in spots, Lumbly’s casting proves to be one of the show’s better guest-stars (possibly a returning one). After years of psychological torture at the hands of White Martians it takes more than a little convincing to make him believe J’onn is who he claims and that M’gann‘s (Sharon Leal) resistance fighters need his help to find a powerful weapon that may change the future of Mars.

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I’m not sure why every version of Supergirl seems to go through a storyline where her powers go on the fritz at some point, but that’s the case in Supergirl #14 where Kara travels to China to seek help from Super-Man and I-Ching.

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“Triggers” offers an emotional episode by introducing a villain with an unique ability to attack Kara (Melissa Benoist) where she’s as vulnerable as any human walking the streets. National City’s new bank robber turns out to be a meta-human named Psi (Yael Grobglas) who has the ability to force those around her to live their greatest fears. Her first two interactions with Psi don’t go well for the Girl of Steel whose visions of the end of Krypton and being trapped within her lifepod brings her to her knees. Only after understanding how her earlier fears relate to the loss of Mon-El who may be dead, or at best doomed to the same claustrophobic loneliness she felt as a teenager, can Kara fight through her fears and make a stand.

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Supergirl‘s return to television introduces Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar) as a new ongoing threat to National City while a strictly-business Kara (Melissa Benoist) continues to struggle to deal with the emotional toll of losing Mon-El (Chris Wood) while fighting off a new terrorist known as Bloodsport and running away from her non-super-hero responsibilities. While Bloodsport, and his phantom submarine, provides the immediate threat, it’s obvious Edge is going to be stepping into the role of the season’s larger villain-behind-the-scenes this season.

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