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Supergirl: Episode Reviews

Season 2 - Episode 9: "Supergirl Lives"

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

Supergirl Lives Originally Aired: January 23, 2017
WRITTEN BY: Andrew Kreisberg
TELEPLAYS BY: Eric Carrasco and Jess Kardos
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Smith

Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen)
David Harewood (Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz)
Jeremy Jordan (Winslow "Winn" Schott)

Chris Wood (Mon-El)
Floriana Lima (Maggie Sawyer)

Dichen Lachman (Veronica Sinclair/Roulette)
James Urbaniak (Maaldorian Doctor)
Harley Quinn Smith (Izzy Williams)
Ian Gomez (Snapper Carr)

5Rating - 5 (out of 5): Supergirl returns from hiatus, with a show directed by Kevin Smith and a theme that reminds viewers, if the aforesaid had forgotten, that Supergirl is the premier hero of the CW. A mother desperately wants to find her daughter. Supergirl promises to help. Through storm and stress, Kara is a resilient bastion of heroism, which is best put on display, not when she reassured a group of captured people; not when she withstands pain to the prevent anyone else sufferings. It is when she arrives on a planet where her powers are gone, where we see her fist bleed, see her shock at feeling pain that it occurs. Another may have dithered about what to do, but Kara. No, with a stride that belies her predicament, Supergirl goes directly towards the danger, because that is where the people are. She allows herself to be captured, because that is where the people are. She never thinks twice about, and her confidence inspires the people to be heroic themselves. Well done, Maid of Might.

The sub-plot that I'm enjoying most of all in Mon-El, alien slacker cum hero, for love, and Guardian. I prefer well-driven plot to character-pushed stories, but it has been fun to watch their respective development. Any reader of the comics knows that Mon-El and Kara can never be, but seeing him want to be a better person, a better man for Kara juxtaposed with his natural inclination to do Jack-nothing has been entertaining. Jimmy and Winn, surprisingly, have a fine chemistry and camaraderie that was completely unexpected, after the adversarial nature of their existence last year. The weakest link has been the plastic set-up of Alex and Maggie, two people who have the romantic spark of an exhausted filament. Thankfully, Supergirl has enough to offer on its return that even the low points can be absorbed painlessly.

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