Supergirl (2015– )
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Lena is arrested when Metallo breaks Lillian out of prison and evidence suggests that Lena is responsible.


Tawnia McKiernan


Jerry Siegel (based on characters created by), Joe Shuster (based on characters created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Melissa Benoist ... Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks ... James Olsen / Guardian
Chyler Leigh ... Alex Danvers
Jeremy Jordan ... Winn Schott
Floriana Lima ... Maggie Sawyer
Chris Wood ... Mon-El
David Harewood ... J'onn J'onzz / Cyborg Superman
Brenda Strong ... Lillian Luthor
Katie McGrath ... Lena Luthor
Frederick Schmidt ... John Corben / Metallo
Peter Gadiot ... Mr. Mxyzptlk
Andrea Brooks ... Eve Teschmacher
Ian Gomez ... Snapper Carr
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Bingham ... Guard #2
Ian Butcher ... Lionel Luthor


After Metallo breaks out of prison and frees Lillian Luthor, the police blame Lena for his escape and arrest her. Despite overwhelming evidence, Kara refuses to believe her friend is guilty and fights to clear Lena's name. Flashbacks reveal how Lena came to be a Luthor. Alex introduces Maggie to the gang.

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13 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Alex Danvers: [cleaning James' wounds] You're lucky you didn't take a direct hit.
Kara Danvers: Very lucky.
James Olsen: I had my shield. I love that shield.
[Kara gives him a pointed look]
James Olsen: And I know what I'm doing, Kara.
Kara Danvers: Even if Metallo is weakening though, he's still a fanatic follower of Lillian Luthor. We have to find out where he's taking Lena and how to help her.
James Olsen: What is it gonna take for you to realize that Lena is a criminal? She's not the victim. She got the kryptonite. He broke her out of prison.
Kara Danvers: Lena's not a member of Cadmus...
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References Smallville (2001) See more »

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13 February 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

As if this show hasn't taken enough from the Man of Steel already, this episode felt like it was straight out of a superman comic or episode. Luckily, it mostly worked due to strong performances from Katie McGrath and Brenda Strong as Lena and Lillian Luthor respectively.

Yes, the fact that the Luthors are even on the show is probably pushing the limits of a Supergirl show without Superman, but so far I've enjoyed their presence this season. But we've yet to have an episode that solely focuses on them and details just what Lillian is up to at Cadmus. So far, Lena has been portrayed as someone caught in a family that can't seem to do anything right. Her (step) brother Lex is in prison and her mother is probably the most wanted criminal in National City. On one hand, she's easy to sympathize with as she's done nothing wrong, but it's also easier to think she's involved with her mother at Cadmus when her family has done nothing but spread a bad reputation.

That was the center of the episode as Kara had a "blindspot" when it came to her friend Lena. It's a storyline that CW has recycled several times over with its heroes. I can't tell you how many times Barry or Oliver have gone through the same old problem with the villains of their respective shows. The difference being that Lena is actually a good person and being framed as someone with evil intentions. By the way the episode structured Lena's final shot, it sure seems like Lena will eventually make a turn for the dark side. It's unfortunate, because she's been the biggest bright spot of the season thus far.

The other arc this came expectedly came from Mon-El and Kara's shocking (not shocking) romance. At this point I'm ready for the relationship to just begin. I still think this show needs a little work in the writers room for the romance material, Maggie & Alex not withstanding. But at least it seems like we're done with Mon-El and Kara moping around acting like they don't want to date each other. Or are we…

But besides that nonsense, I really enjoyed all of the chaos caused by the Luthors and Metallo. It was faithful to who those characters are and original enough for it not to feel like a complete copycat version of what goes on in Metropolis. Plus, we got a glimpse into Lex's battle suit that Lillian had stored away, although it seemed like that was destroyed forever with Metallo's Kryptonite explosion. Speaking of which, is he dead? So overall, it was a fun episode and set up plenty more to come.

+McGrath as Lena continues to impress

+Felt like classic Supergirl/Superman material

+Mon-El & Kara are finally a thing

-Let's not make Lena a bad character


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