“Supergirl” Episode Review – S06E17 “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”


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

Check out his review of the 17th episode of Season 6 in which, when Lex Luthor (guest star Jon Cryer) appears by Nyxly’s (Peta Sergeant) side, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and team must deal with the emotional fallout of facing their two biggest foes at the same time. Alex (Chyler Leigh) makes plans for the perfect proposal to Kelly (Azie Tesfai), but work keeps getting in the way.

Originally Aired: October 26, 2021
WRITTEN BY: Dana Horgan and Nicki Holcomb

Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Jesse Rath (Brainiac 5)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)
David Harewood (J’onn J’onnz)
Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen/Guardian)
Staz Nair (William Day)

Julie Gonzalo (Andrea Rojas)
Peta Sergeant (Nxylgsptinz)
Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor)
Mila Jones (Esme)
Robert Baker (Otis)
Keith Dallas (Al)

5Rating – 5 (out of 5): The writing on this show just keeps getting better as this story continues. All of the elements and characters are coming together in harmony rather than feeling like they are being shoe-horned into the episode.

And Lex is back, which is always welcome.

Back when the show came back from its break several months ago, it felt like the showrunners and writers made a break from the direction that things had originally been going in. I have no proof of this. It’s just a feeling. I don’t know if it was the fact that they were getting a break or that they were working under COVID restrictions and creative decisions were in flux, but it was a lot like season three when they had their mid-season break and returned with a fresh new direction. The plot threads they were dealing with at the beginning of the season seem to have been mostly forgotten and the current direction is where they decided to head in.

Lex is a good example of this. At the beginning of the season, it looked like they were going to use Lex as an allegory for a billionaire using the disenfranchisement the common man felt to his own ends and get out of any trouble, legal or otherwise, that he was in. I was curious as to how they would work that into the current storyline because that idea and the more straight-ahead storytelling they’ve settled into wouldn’t mesh well together.

It turns out I will never know because they’ve gone in a completely different direction. And a better one at that.

This is what happens when you try to second guess a show. I could have been right about the writers deciding to change direction or this could have been the plan all along or some mixture of the two.

I mean, I’m just some guy on the Internet. What do I know about the complexities of network television production?

Anyway, Lex coming from the 31st Century and being in love with Nxly is a great direction to take the character in. I really bought that he loved her and that this isn’t some trick that he’s playing. The justification of why he hell for her and the hoops he jumped in to get her to accept him was great. It gives Nxly another character to bounce off of and it brings Lex back into the show.

A win-win for the viewers.

The engagement element of the episode worked for me as well and played into the quest for the Love Totem. Having Alex trying to propose at Al’s just to have the place to be booked just to have Kelly being the person that prevented Alex from booking the place was adorable. Kara and Lena had some great moments in the episode as well and I liked that Lena has, for the moment, moved past her hatred of Lex. Brainy got to have a dramatic scene and J’onn facing his past all felt like we’re ramping up towards the finale.

Three more to go. Technically two, but it’s a two-parter on the night of the finale, so both of those options work for me.

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October 28, 2021 8:07 pm

Nice review. Total agreement that the writing on the show has picked up in these past few episodes. Gives me hope they will give the show a proper send-off. Bringing back Lex gave the show an additional shot of energy … 2 more weeks ….

October 28, 2021 8:24 pm

I would concur with this review. The show is saving its best for last looking to go out in a blaze of glory.

October 28, 2021 8:40 pm

Spoiler alert! Please don’t read my comments if you have not seen the latest episode of Supergirl. Spoiler alert! Please don’t read my comments if you have not seen the latest episode of Supergirl. Spoiler alert! Please don’t read my comments if you have not seen the latest episode of Supergirl. Ok here I go…. I’m giving this episode a 2 out of 5 rating. My reasons are 1. Tiresome totem searching 2. Way too many heroes fighting Nyxly. Sure it made more sense when Lex jumped into the fight but still, it shouldn’t take eight super heroes to stop… Read more »

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