“Supergirl” Episode Review – S05E18 “The Missing Link”

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

Check out his review of the 18th episode of Season 5 in which Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the team go head to head against Rama Khan (guest star Mitch Pileggi) and Leviathan. Meanwhile, Lena (Katie McGrath) and Lex (guest star Jon Cryer) must join forces when Project Non Nocere fails, leaving the two siblings in serious danger.

The Missing LinkOriginally Aired: May 10, 2020
WRITTEN BY: Dana Horgan and J. Holtham
DIRECTED BY: Avi Youabian

Melissa Benoist (Kara/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Jesse Rath (Brainiac 5)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)

Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor)
Staz Nair (William Day)
Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen)
Julie Ganzalo (Andrea Rojas)
Andrea Brooks (Eve)
Cara Buono (Gamemnae)
Sharon Leal (M’gann M’orzz)
Sean Astin (Pete Andrews)
Mitch Pileggi (Rama Kahn)
Willie Garson (Steve Lomeli)

5Rating – 5 (out of 5): In terms of the writing and the acting, this was a strong episode that did a good job of bringing the season to a truncated ending. Everyone had a part to play. No one felt left out or short changed. I am glad they were able to recover from such a weak start of the season.

The destruction of the DEO was both well executed and not at all surprising. When Alex left, I figured the organization’s days were numbered. I’m not all that broken up about it either. It served its purpose as a static set and a place for the characters to meet, but I think its purpose had played itself out. I’m not sure if this is a forever destruction. They could always bring it back, but I’m hoping that it doesn’t so we can see if these characters can stay together without it.

Lena’s turn should have felt rushed, but it didn’t. It was the one plot point that almost felt like it was, but watching her over the course of the episode, you could see where she realized the mistakes she had made. Her standing up to Lex was powerful and showed that she saw through his deceptions. He hadn’t changed. She just needed to see it on her terms. Now, those were some pretty dark terms and I am by no means excusing her behavior, but the scene where she apologized to Kara had the most honest dialogue we’ve seen from her this entire season. It’s not just that she “saw the light”. It’s that the writers made that believable. Melissa sealed the deal with her body language, and I appreciated that she didn’t immediately say that all was forgiven and accept her back as a friend.

Alex had a lot to do in this episode as well and I liked how Sean Astin made the most of his guest appearance. I’m not sure how I feel about her becoming a costumed vigilante, but that seems to be the way these shows play out. Everyone gets a costume eventually. Or that’s how it feels, at any rate. Rama Khan was not as silly as he was in his previous appearance, though the crutch of using Kryptonite doesn’t sit well with me. It seems too easy. Jon Cryer continues to crush it as Lex.

The next episode is going to be interesting. They have a lot to wrap up, but if they do it with as much skill as they did with this episode the season should end on a high note.

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May 16, 2020 1:43 pm

Lex chewed Lena’s butt to the MAX!!! That was a WOW moment. Especially the way he got in her face. I almost felt bad for her. But I was surprised with her apology to Kara. A better episode…….I suppose.