“Supergirl” Episode Review – S05E03 “Blurred Lines”

Superman Homepage writer Michael Bailey reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the second episode of Season 5 in which Kara (Melissa Benoist) is surprised to find that CatCo has a new owner who has brought in a star reporter. New couples emerge and explore their budding relationships while J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) receives an unexpected visitor.

Blurred LinesOriginally Aired: October 20, 2019
WRITTEN BY: Lindsay Sturman and J. Holtham
DIRECTED BY: Eric Dean Stanton

REGULAR CAST:
Melissa Benoist (Kara/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Mechad brooks (James Olsen)
Jesse Rath (Brainiac 5)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)

GUEST STARS:
Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen)
Andrea Brooks (Hope)
Staz Nair (William Day)
Julie Gonzalo (Andrea Rojas)
Phil LaMarr (Malefic J’onzz)

4Rating – 4 (out of 5): This episode was a definite step up compared to the first two episodes of the season. Again, those episodes weren’t terrible. They just didn’t grab me like I wanted them to. They were necessary and they set up the conflicts for the first part of the season, so I can’t be too disappointed because without them we wouldn’t have gotten this episode.

That is some deep and insightful writing right there. I’m on the ball tonight.

Lena’s story continues to be a favorite of this season. The addition of Andrea Brooks as Hope gives McGrath someone to interact with and the two have always had good chemistry, so even though Brooks is Hope and not Eve it still works for me. Lena getting Kara to steal Lex’s journals was some high level Luthor manipulation, so even though I think she’s being a little overdramatic in feeling betrayed I’m still all in on this sub-plot. Andrea Brooks is doing a great job playing a character that is supposed to be free from emotion while still having a lot of personality.

J’onn’s end of the episode was my favorite. The twist that he was the one that erased his brother from their society added some emotional weight to the battle with Malefic and gave him some complexity as a character. It seems like most of the time he is the back-up hero/cheerleader/exposition device but having him remember this and having the battle with his brother get so personal makes for a much better character. Him lying to Kara and the others is dramatic, but largely unnecessary. That’s a SMALLVILLE move.

Then again, Lena is acting like Lex from SMALLVILLE, so I guess it fits.

William Day is starting to grow on me as a character. Andrea Rojas is not, but I’m sure it will be dramatic when she is revealed to be working with Leviathan. The spat between Brainy and Nia felt like it was dramatic for the sake of being dramatic and that the writers haven’t found the hook for the relationship yet. Getting them together was the easy part. How their relationship should work seems to be a harder nut to crack, which is too bad, because a healthy romantic relationship would be nice. I also liked the spider villain of the episode, even if she was, like the villain from the first episode of this season, used and then immediately discarded. This whole “introduce a villain and then get rid of them in the same episode” is getting tiresome.

Still, this was a definite joy to watch. The story held my attention and I’m digging the mounting drama. It looks like next week’s episode is going to be enjoyable as well.

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redcape
October 21, 2019 12:50 pm

Have to agree. Quality was much better than the first two. However…..This love sick Brainiac business has got to go. Personally, I do not like this Lena turns into Luthor angle. And it seems like all the characters seem to be in some kind of unsure environments. Everybody’s rolls compared from previous seasons are all over the place. I’m sure as the episodes roll along things will change but how this show started out and where it is now to me is unrecognizable. Batwoman….The same as far as it being better than the first two. Still two much relationship garbage.… Read more »

superby1
October 21, 2019 1:11 pm

I have to agree, this was a good episode. I was shocked to see Sean Astin show up! I don’t remember if he was announced or not, but it made for a fantastic surprise. If I had any complaints, I also feel like the Brainy/Nia storyline is unnecessary. I’m not sure what they add to this season. Granted, we’re still early on, but every week I keep wondering “Maybe they could’ve gone to the future together?” There’s too many characters and too many stories going on. I wish we could whittle it down to Kara and Lena, the J’onn and… Read more »

Superman2878
October 22, 2019 2:37 am

Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Ok now that I’ve given fair enough spoiler warning, here I go. I thought that the episode was ok. We did see a lot of back story for Jon’s brother and why he has a vendetta against him. The Martian manhunter’s brother from what I can tell appears to be one of the main villains this year, but I don’t think that he will be the main villain this season. I could be wrong though. I’m thinking that the artificial intelligence Hope who has taken control over Miss Tessmacher’s body, will be this season’s main villain.… Read more »

sman1938
October 22, 2019 9:50 am

This was an ok episode, agree with everyone that there is too many character plots going on. We know Leviathan is in the mix and the Crisis is coming, Jonn’s brother and Lena and Hope. Not to mention the CatCo staff, should be enough bad guys and plot threads for the season.

Ultimate_Superman
October 23, 2019 4:38 am

How come you don’t review Titans now that Superboy is there. It really is a good show. Even before Superboy was introduced but even better after him and Krypto have been there.