– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via The CW

Image via The CW

This is a big week for fans of the CW DC shows. Last night began the epic four-episode crossover that will span Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. If you thought last year’s crossover was crazy — which was the crossover that spawned Legends of Tomorrow — then goodness knows what’ll be in store for us this week with all four shows now in the mix. For those Supergirl fans who were worried that the main plot of the show would be put on hold this week as a result, you can rest easy, we only got a taste of this crossover at the very tail end of the show, and all the stuff prior to that was one giant wrap-up to the conflict that’s been impending since the start of the new season.

If you’ll recall, the last episode saw the return of the real Hank Henshaw in the form of Cyborg Superman (which is just stupid sounding, so I’ll just continue to call him Hank). He stole Supergirl’s blood and used it to break into the Fortress of Solitude? Why, you may wonder? Well, this is a continuation of Lillian Luthor’s evil plan to strike down all aliens in National City. It turns out that Kara’s parents secret developed an alien-killing virus. To test said virus, Hank and Luthor launch the virus in the alien bar that’s become something of a hotspot for the show, and just as they’d hoped, it only killed all the aliens in the place. 

Mon-El, who had been present at the bar when the virus broke loose, is exposed (though unaffected due to his being outside of the bar), and is quarantined at the DEO.

Luckily for everyone, while the virus has proven effective, a special isotope is needed in order to properly disperse it throughout all of National City — honestly, you’d expect that Lillian Luthor would have greater ambitions than just eliminating the aliens in National City, but that’s besides the point. Supergirl flies to Luthor Corp. just in time to keep the isotope from Hank Henshaw, preventing the virus from being able to be dispersed…for now…

Supergirl and the audience are then faced with one big question: how much can they trust Lena Luthor to keep the isotope from Lillian Luthor? If there’s one thing I’ve appreciated about Supergirl this season, is its thematic consistency. The entire message here seems to be “don’t judge a person based on where they come from.” Supergirl was judged by humans too soon, and humans pretty much realized that not all aliens are bad. Supergirl had to accept that not all Daxamites are bad, J’onn had to accept that not all white martians are bad, and in this instance, if the show is to be consistent, we’re to believe that Lena Luthor isn’t bad simply because she’s a Luthor.

The show goes on to play with this idea, and twists things around when Lena gives the isotope to her mother willingly. What’s worse, Lena is the one who sets the whole thing on the city.

Guess all Luthors are bad, huh?

Turns out, no. Lena Luthor had actually switched out the isotope, making the whole virus inert. The police are called, justice is served, and the only one to escape this whole mess is Hank Henshaw, who will undoubtedly come back to be a thorn in our side another day.

On the backburner, we have the continuing saga of Alex’s identity. It was the more subtle aspect that laced the episode, and after a near death experience, Maggie realizes her true feelings for Alex as well. This is actually perfect, however, as this lag between one girl liking another gave Alex the opportunity to contemplate her own identity and realize it was something that went beyond Maggie. It’d be easy for me to roll my eyes at this whole back and forth, but when all said and done, I think it worked out for the best.

At the tail end, Barry and Cisco (from The Flash) hop into Kara’s apartment through a portal, basically saying they need help with something, thus bringing us into this big crossover. It’s important to notethat while they only showed up at the tail end, their portals were scattered around the entire episode, affecting the plot in small ways, so it wasn’t as though their appearance came completely out of nowhere.

All in all, this is a pretty big conclusion to a decent-sized arc that’s spanned this first half of the season. While I wouldn’t call it wholly satisfying, I wouldn’t say it was disappointing either. The show managed to stay consistent with its theme, and as cheesy as it can be, I find it artistically pleasing (albeit predictable) that their message is consistent across all scenarios. After all, this is a show about optimism and believing the best in people, and given Supergirl’s personality, it’s a message that’s best maintained. Apart from that, it did a serviceable job across the board, though I can’t say that I was particularly moved in this instance as I was last season.

With this current arc wrapped up, I look forward to next the next arc starting afresh!

Grade: B

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.