James and Marcus

What’s been happening with James? While the Supergirl has been really strong in developing most of the character arcs this season, James has been winding along on a really twisty and seemingly random path. He has become a loner as Guardian, no longer an integral part of the team. I’ve missed that element. Things shifted this week in season 2 episode 20, as we got our first mostly James-centric episode in, well, ever. He begins the episode saving a woman from several thugs. Instead of gratitude, the woman reacts in fear. James begins to question his role of a hero hidden behind a mask.

We are also getting increasingly more Lena Luthor, which is a wonderful thing in my book. Katie McGrath lights up the screen anytime she appears. Lena and Kara provide some of the lightest and most emotionally connected scenes this season. The writers have developed their friendship while moving away from Kara and Alex’s relationship as Alex and Maggie become closer. While I believe that Kara and Alex are the heart of the show, Kara and Lena provide another solid dynamic. And almost as many memes as Sanvers.

Rhea, as usual, is up to no good. She has manipulated Lena’s desire for mentorship and a substitute mother to get her to complete a portal which has an unfortunate side effect on a race of aliens with telepathic powers. One female alien loses control of her powers and wreaks havoc on downtown National City. James offers to help the DEO but encounters strong resistance from J’onn. However, when James receives a tip from resident minor hoodlum Brian, he discovers the alien woman’s son, Marcus. When James removes his mask, the young boy gently touches James’ face, seeing someone who looks like him. It was nice to see a story shift focusing on strong male bonding in this show. We don’t see a lot of adult/child relationships, but when we do, they have a lot to add.

After Alex fails to get the boy to talk, J’onn asks James for his help to get Marcus to tell them where his mother is. James takes the boy to Catco. Once Lena successfully gets the portal to work, Marcus goes ballistic, almost completely destroying the Catco building before Kara could save the day by flying him away from the building.

Supergirl

Kara/ Supergirl has a few moments in the episode, but it mostly revolves around Lena and James. Lena is once again betrayed by someone she trusts. Mon-El’s suspicion that he sees his mother is proven correct and her plan of taking over Earth is revealed once the portal is fully opened. Next week’s episode of Supergirl is going to be a doozy. Cat Grant returns. Lena ends up on Rhea’s ship in an incredibly fancy dress. A wedding dress? There are just two episodes left to the season and Superman comes back for the finale. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Supergirl airs Mondays on the CW Network at 8 PM EST.

Micky Small is a graduate student in Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University by day, and building a production company with original female superheroes by night. Follow her @femmepwrdprod

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