In Review: Supergirl – Deus Lex Machina

Lex lays down a detailed plan to bring Lena closer to him, defeat Leviathan’s latest attack, and pit Supergirl and her team against Leviathan. 

Synopsis: Lex lays down a detailed plan to bring Lena closer to him, defeat Leviathan’s latest attack, and pit Supergirl and her team against Leviathan.


The Story

This episode of Supergirl very much focuses on Lex Luther and recounts the events that led up to him finding all the people that have become addicted to Obsidion’s VR device who have been kept in a comatose state by Leviathan. The story then recounts events that led up to that moment and reveal an extremely intricate plan in which Lex hopes to use Obsidion’s VR as a means to taking immortality away from Gamemnae and her other gods from Leviathan.


The Acting

Jon Cryer totally owns this episode as he shows us a Lex Luther with a Napoleonic complex that could quite possibly unseat napoleon. He is helped along by an awesome supporting cast, which sees Brenda Strong brilliantly reprise her role as Lillian Luther, who helps Lex with his nefarious schemes but also wars him when she thinks he is letting his ego get a little out of hand.

A key player in Lex’s scheme is Eve Teschmacher who is once again played by the fantastic Andrea Brooks who always manages to convey a certain look of innocence. I really enjoyed all the scenes that she played with Jon Cryer. Even though I knew where it was going to lead. The final scene that they have together doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking when you see poor Eve duped again by the criminal mastermind.

Also really good this week is Cara Buono as the Goddess and leader of Leviathan Gamemnae. She doesn’t get much screen time but does quite a lot with what little she has. Which includes threatening Lex if he crosses her.



This was an unusual episode in that we got to see events from Lex’s point of view and it proved to be quite a ride. Cryer does a brilliant job of portraying the character and is totally believable in the role. We get a lot of wonderful scenes in the episode and also get a sense of what makes Lex tick as well as the sort of things that he is threatened by.

I particularly enjoyed how Lex was pretty much using many of the series regulars like they were pawns in a chess game.

Overall. A fun episode, which sort of reminded me a little bit of the run that Paul Cornell did for DC’s Action comics a number of years back when he did an entire run, which focused entirely on Lex Luther. Of course, Lex’s scheme in Supergirl was nowhere near as ambitious as it was in The Black Ring, but it was still a lot of fun to watch.

Supergirl - Deus Lex Machina
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