Sunday, May 10, 2020

REVIEW: 'Supergirl' - Rama Khan Attacks the DEO While Non Nocere Fails for Lena in 'The Missing Link'

The CW's Supergirl - Episode 5.18 "The Missing Link"

Supergirl and the team go head to head against Rama Khan and Leviathan. Meanwhile, Lena and Lex must join forces when Project Non Nocere fails, leaving the two siblings in serious danger.

In 2019, the television industry aired 532 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of The CW's Supergirl.

"The Missing Link" was written by Dana Horgan & J. Holtham and directed by Avi Youabian

The DEO offered a sense of governmental legitimacy to Supergirl and her friends. Their actions were supported on behalf of the United States government. They were tasked with protecting the country from alien threats. It added a new wrinkle to the typical superhero discussion of vigilantism. Kara was a government employee. With the introduction of the Tower this season though, it seemed like only a matter of time before the show completely imploded the DEO. That happens here. Brainy was the only main character still in that environment. He was the one leading the government response. He does so mostly as a reaction to whatever Supergirl and her allies are doing. They have impressive leads. They know how to track down the threats this world is currently facing. Every lead may not pan out. They may fall into traps from time to time. However, they work collectively and with complete trust. Brainy broke that when he listened to his fellow brainiacs about needing to work with Lex Luthor. He sees that as the only way to save the world from Leviathan. Sure, it may give even more power to Lex. That power is dangerous. Lena sees that right away as soon as he presents his true colors to her again. Brainy is willing to make that compromise though. He views Lex as a more palatable foe than the godly threats that currently come from Leviathan. This organization is seemingly everywhere. They have influenced events on Earth for a long time. Gemma is the one now running the show. And yet, she is susceptible to Lex's seduction. He is more than willing to compromise a few lives in order to gain an invite to Leviathan's secret lair. The location has changed. It's no longer the same place where it was near the start of the season. It's a mystery that potentially holds the key to this power structure. Once it is exposed, then this threat may be weakened. But it also presents as just one priority for the characters to focus on right now while the bigger picture is still being formed. That is coming into sharper focus now. Andrea is staging a massive event for Obsidian North. She won't listen to any concerns that Kelly and William have about the platform and how it could be manipulated. There is nothing inherently wrong or suspicious about Eve's presence within the company. Of course, the audience knows that's not true. That makes it clear that knowing the truth and getting others to believe in it is actually hard work. Kara is praised for her linguistic and journalistic abilities. Alex is just as much a badass as well. And yet, she puts a man's life in danger here. He has to go into hiding because of the mysterious Leviathan. Meanwhile, Alex approaches the situation in very binary terms. She won't be safe until this threat is eliminated completely. That is the mindset that was trained into her. She no longer works for the government though. She has agency over her life. It's up to her to decide where the line is. She is the one who has to stand firm in her own identity. That shares strong thematic ties with what Lena has been doing this season. The moral reckoning of Lena has been the strongest story. She has pushed her limits while others were more than willing to call her a villain in the process. She was given the space to deal with all her emotions though. Sure, she has these grand ideas about how to improve the human race. She wants to fix humanity. She wants to remove our pain and suffering. She had a partner in Lex. He was using her like he always does though. He is only yearning for more power. Being the most famous and influential man in the world isn't enough for him. Lena's failure is enough for her to realize that her friendship with Kara is more important than any secrets or betrayals. She doesn't know if that friendship can be fixed. She hopes it can be. Kara welcomes her into her life once more. She is inherently trusting and loving. She too wants to improve the world. The structure of life for these characters is no longer as rigid as it once was. The DEO brought clarity and certainty. Now, life is an unknown. That is scary but they are still making powerful decisions that should yield rewarding returns though.