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TV Review: SUPERGIRL S4 E15 "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

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  • TV Review: SUPERGIRL S4 E15 "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

    SUPERGIRL S4 E15 Ė O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    When it was announced a while back that Jon Cryer would be filling the role of Lex Luthor in the Arrowverse, itís safe to say that some were quite surprised. The comedic actor had played a Luthor once before, playing Lenny, the nephew of Gene Hackmanís Lex in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. But Cryer has never really been known for playing serious or evil, something that would be called for here. After last night, we see how heís going to being playing the role and while Hackman and even Kevin Spacey played the role with humor at timesÖ Cryer comes closer to the critically acclaimed version of Michael Rosenbaum from Smallville than the big screen counterparts. Or at least he starts out that way.

    The episode wraps up the treat of Manchester Black (David Ajala) as Jíonn (David Harewood) believes Black shot James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and goes after him. Black steals a Martian weapon from Jíonnís fatherís grave and starts to use it, including trying to destroy the damn and black out National City. This pushes Jíonn too far and he reverts to his violent side and eventually kills Manchester, which seemed to be Manchesterís plan all along. This will send Jíonn on a soul-searching look into who he really is.

    Speaking of James, his being shot has him rushed to the hospital where his sister Kelly (Asie Tesfai) comes to town and we get the start of a new relationship between Alex (Chyler Leigh) and KellyÖ after the whole medical emergency thing. We get a first kiss between Nia (Nicole Maines) and Brainy (Jesse Rath) which leads to Brainy saying they canít be together and Nia seeming to ignore what he said.

    The main story here is that Lex has been released to help Lena (Katie McGrath) but we learn that heís dying of cancer. He tries pushing Lena in his own unique ways, but itís the danger that James is in that finally makes her push through and finish her serum when the power in the city goes out. But we learn that the power in the hospital going out had nothing to do with Manchester, that was Lexís doingÖ as was James getting shot. We find out that one of his guards is actually Otis (Robert Baker) and that Eve Tessmacher (Andrea Brooks) has been working for him all along. Heís already taken the serum, captures Lena and uses the mansionís defenses to take out the rest of his guards.

    The episode ends with James cured by the serum, which might give him powers, and talking to his mother on the phone. Lena being held at gunpoint by Tessmacher. Jíonn soul-searching. Nia and Brainy being complicated. And Lex and Otis about to fly off in a helicopter only to be confronted by Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). I realized that the titular character of the series didnít get mentioned until the very end of the recapÖ but thatís because she is probably the least important character in the episode. Other than her having to lie to her sister again, she backs up Jíonn against Manchester and thatís about it. Which is probably a good thing as it looks like next week weíre finally getting to the whole other Supergirl in Russia story that has been brewing since the end of last season.

    With only five episodes left, the next one focuses on what Lex has been up to over the last couple of years and weíll see just what behind the scene manipulations he has been pulling. Has this been in the works for a long time? The planting of Tessmacher and Otis just so we could get the trio from the original Superman films again? It seems like most of the Arrowverse shows have been doing the bait-and-switch big bads this season. It will be interesting when all is said and done, to see which series used the format the best.
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