“Supergirl” Episode Review – S05E04 “In Plain Sight”

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

Check out his review of the 4th episode of Season 5 in which Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) investigation into William Dey’s (Staz Nair) “criminal” activities results in the shocking revelation he is not who she thinks. Meanwhile, the conflict between Malefic and J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) reaches a boiling point.

In Plain SightOriginally Aired: October 27, 2019
WRITTEN BY: Jay Faerber and Jessica Kardos
DIRECTED BY: David McWhirther

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)

Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen)
Andrea Brooks (Hope)
Staz Nair (William Day)
Phil LaMarr (Malefic J’onzz)

4Rating – 4 (out of 5): In the first review for this season I wrote that I didn’t want to be too hard on any given thing because last season it was such a slow burn that I was worried the show was slipping, but by the time everything came together I was fully on board. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait that long this year. This week’s episode went a long way to sell me on the various storylines that have been going on.

I was afraid that this would be the season that didn’t come together. Now, I’m not worried about that and am fully invested.

The Malefic end of this episode was entertaining. It was a bit contrived that J’onn would fall for what Malefic did to Alex, but there’s a lot going on and it led to some great character moments. Bringing in Lena allowed Lena to get her hands on Malefic, which was a good reveal at the end of the episode. Brainy and Nia’s relationship was put back on track, but it still feels a bit tacked on. I like both characters. I want to see them together. Having them seemingly break up and then get right back together was contrived. Not terrible. Not bad. Just…not to my liking.

Hopefully that will get better at the season goes on.

To me, the main focus of this episode was saying goodbye to Jimmy. Not James, as they made a big deal of at the beginning of the series. Jimmy. The real-world explanation is that Mechad Brooks is leaving the show and the needed to find a way to do that and make sense for the character. There were hints of him running for public office, which would have been interesting, but Jimmy buying a newspaper in his hometown to help clean it up after meeting a kid that was squatting in his aunt’s house makes so much sense for this version of the character. You could argue that the prison reform and corruption is more of the show talking about real world issues, but, to me, it provided a nice exit for Jimmy. The fact that the kid was named Simon Kirby made me smile considering the creators of the Guardian were Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

I’m going to miss Jimmy. I have complained that the writers and showrunners seemed to have a hard time finding something for him to do, but he was part of the cast. He’s also Jimmy Olsen. This is a classic character and Mechad Brooks and the writers created a new and different, yet very familiar version of the character. I’m glad that if he had to leave, he wasn’t killed or corrupted and that he didn’t just disappear. It was a good exit.

The bit with William Day at the end of the episode was well played. I’m happy that they didn’t stretch this out too long. In fact, the pacing of this and the other plots has been solid this season. There is a part of me that believes we still haven’t seen the real William Day, but if this is the direction they’re going in, I’m good with it.

This was a good episode. The season is coming along just fine. I am loving the ticking sounds in the ads for next week’s episodes.

I’m having fun. That’s really all I want.

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October 28, 2019 6:17 am

Hmm. Ok, well this is an opposing opinion. I just can’t get behind it. Its really badly written. Both Alex and Brainiac continue to annoy me. Alex especially. Is she an adult head of the DEO or a 12 year school girl with a crush? Brainiac.. honestly.. I just don’t think I like him. They write him overly quirky for the sake of being quirky and that sort thing is just lazy writing IMO. Jimmy..err.. James, never really sat well with me past Season 2. I love the actor and he himself is fine, but they, much like they do… Read more »

October 28, 2019 11:58 am
Reply to  Ron

Well said, Ron! The writing on this show really is atrocious. And every season, I think it gets worse. It’s too bad, because the cast, production value, and tone of the show are great. It’s just anchored with horrible stories and obvious agenda. I want to like this show so much, but it’s such a chore to watch, and I know the only reason I’m watching it is because it’s Supergirl, and that really isn’t a good reason. Right now, I’m in this until Crisis, then I’m done. And you’re absolutely right about the characters. Alex acts like a 12-year-old… Read more »

October 28, 2019 1:32 pm

Well……..it was better than previous episodes. Not sure what they’ve been trying to do with Supergirl’s “look”. Still don’t care for the new suit and what’s with the almost florescent lip stick? Looks stupid. Brainiac still a love sick fool and of course we have Jon blubbering all over the place. Ok, good bye to Jimmy. Too much “statement” nonsense as well. And I absolutely don’t like the Lena turning bad angle. Batwoman…….better than previous. BUT…lacks at this point, a degree of action and the opening bedroom scene could have done without that as well. Are these supposed to be… Read more »

October 28, 2019 3:13 pm

Hollywood Reporter Tweeted ‘Superman & Lois,’ starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the title characters, is in development at The CW

October 28, 2019 6:40 pm

When are you going to start reviewing Titans.