Now that Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) has put all the pieces exactly where he wants them, it’s time for Leviathan to step up its game. Which means Rama Khan (Mitch Pileggi) gets one last chance to deal with the Superfriends. Will he finally be successful in that endeavor? And will Lex gain more control of the board?
One of the riskiest things Supergirl does as a show is dedicating an hour to reveal how Lex and/or Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks) influenced the season-long story. It generally leads to a good episode because it is almost nothing but reveals — like the truth behind Jeremiah Danvers’s murder — but it also leads to various ideas feeling unfulfilled in previous individual episodes: William (Staz Nair) finding his way to the makeshift hospital ward, for example. It also requires the viewer to recall a lot of things about the season.
Although, this week’s show (Melissa Benoist‘s directorial debut) did a pretty good job slotting all the key things into place. Also, because of the way the Crisis rewrote the Leviathan plot, Benoist and the episode writers only had to recap elements from the last eight episodes. That said, there is a certain amount of diminished returns here as this is, in its way, a sequel to last year’s episode about Lex unfolding his plan with Red Daughter (also Benoist).
Nonetheless, Cryer’s performance as Lex made this an unmissable episode as we finally learn all of his angles in regards to Leviathan and keeping Kara and Lena (Katie McGrath) at odds. We’ll be honest, we don’t want to see Lena break bad — or, at the very least, we don’t want to see Lex manipulating her into it. Hopefully, she’ll see through him before the season runs out of episodes or early in the next season as the wrap up to this story will, unfortunately, have to wait until it is safe to resume production.
Supergirl airs Sundays on The CW.