Supergirl season 3 episode 5 review: Lena Luthor’s showcase; another Reign reveal

Supergirl season 3 episode 5Supergirl season 3 episode 5 is one that set out to do many different things, but for the sake of this review, CarterMatt is mostly talking about Lena Luthor.

(For those of you wanting more Sanvers conversation, we speak about Floriana Lima’s departure from the show and what it means over here.)

At the start of Monday’s episode Lena found herself in a position where she was accused by Morgan Edge (and others) of causing lead poisoning with the device that she used to defeat Rhea at the end of last season. Because she couldn’t figure out a solution to this problem it caused her to spiral more out of control. She was ready to accept her fate and lose everything at one point, wrestling with guilt and the notion that she was just like her brother on some level. This all culminated in a shooting at a press conference, one that left James injured.

As it turns out, it wasn’t Lena’s fault given that Kara, (with some help from Samantha) managed to figure out that Edge was actually poisoning the children of the city himself by putting a chemical in a pool. He thought he was going to get away with it, were it not for that meddling Supergirl! When Lena then confronted him about it (and pulled a gun on him!), she then found herself captured and nearly killed in a plane before Supergirl saved her.

For all of the Supercorp people out there we’re sure that you loved the entire airplane sequence; for everyone else, this was the show stretching it’s budget to limit. All things considered, it looked pretty amazing!

After the showdown

Supergirl confronted Morgan Edge and as a result of that, she had a chance to give him a piece of her mind. It’s too bad that in the process Morgan did everything that he could in order to provoke her to kill him. That didn’t happen.

Meanwhile, Sanvers said their goodbye to each other as a romantic couple and Lena patched things up (after a rocky relationship for most of the season) with James Olsen. She could breathe easier and get some moral support from her friends Samantha and Kara. By the way, there was irony aplenty in the Samantha – Kara relationship, including Samantha saying that they “make a great team,” completely oblivious to the fact that she’ll become Reign in just a few episodes now.

Finally at about the 57-minute mark we had a heart-to-heart between Kara and Alex over the breakup with her and Maggie. They’re going to take off for a while, presumably as they make their way home for some rest and relaxation.

Your Reign cliffhanger

Samantha realized in the closing seconds that she was shot earlier in the episode at the press conference — however, she wasn’t hurt at all.

CarterMatt Verdict

This was about as good of an episode as we expected, under the circumstances of a breakup that nobody really wanted, but was set up for the past couple of weeks. This was a great performance by Katie McGrath as Lena.

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