Supergirl: “Luthors”

Lena and Lillian Luthor  Supergirl

This week’s episode starts out with a little Luthor family history. We see the day Lena was adopted by the Luthors and introduced to Lex. Lillian’s coldness toward adult Lena clearly began the moment 4-year-old Lena walked through the door. Lex invites Lena to play chess with him. Kara and Mon-El get back to their non-flirty flirtiness while the rest of the gang tries to guess who Alex’s new “mystery man” is. It doesn’t take them long to learn it’s no other than NCPD’s finest, Maggie Sawyer. Hugs ensue and Maggie challenges Winn to pool. There may be a cue ball that ends up flying across the room.

Meanwhile, Lillian Luthor’s trial for crimes against aliens on earth begins. Lena is thrust into the spotlight, beginning a division between Kara and everyone about whether or not she is like her family. Kara believes Lena is her own woman and is against everything the Luthors stand for. No one else is convinced. Kara visits Lena, bearing donuts, and convinces her to visit Lillian in jail. Lillian reveals to Lena that her father had an affair with her mother. When her mother died, Lena was going to be sent to foster care. The Luthors officially adopted her. Lena learns the truth. She is truly a Luthor. Lillian asks for a second chance. Will Lena remain true to her values or revert to the legacy of the Luthor name?

Metallo is handed Kryptonite in prison. When he testifies in court, it leads to the best one-liner of the show coming from Kara. “He literally has no heart.” Metallo attacks and breaks Lillian out of court. Evidence is presented showing Lena stealing Kryptonite. She was literally the only visitor at the jail the previous night. Maggie arrests her on the spot. Lena becomes front page news against protests by Kara. No one is willing to wait on the story. They rush to print without fully checking the facts.

Metallo breaks Lena out of jail after a fierce fight with Guardian, and he, Lillian and Lena take off for a Luthor hidden mountain base. Metallo’s Kryptonite seems to be degenerating within his body. Will Lena turn against National City and the one person who believes in her? Will Kara prove Lena’s innocence? Will Lillian finally get her wish and eradicate the aliens forever? Will Kara ever admit she likes Mon-El? Or ever get the chance to? You’ll have to watch the rest to find out.

The season is finally back on track. I’m much happier now that we’ve got Lillian back with the promise of more Cadmus evil. She’s a fantastic villain and brings a strong presence to the show. Lena is an enigma. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on her, she turns 90 degrees and then back again. I want to believe she’s different from her family. The final scene makes the audience wonder. What is her true end game? Has it changed since she learned the truth about her true parents? Just when you think Kara will get a moment of romantic happiness…BOOM! Another crazy flash appears. And a strange being from another dimension appears. Stay tuned until next week to see who that strange being is!

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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