In Review: Supergirl, Episode 60 “For Good”

An okay episode with good characterization, but the additional villain brings the story down.

Supergirl, Episode 60 “For Good” Broadcast January 29, 2018

Teleplay by Cindy Lichtman & Alix Sternberg

Story by Robert Rovner 

Directed by Tawnia McKiernan 

Previously on Supergirl: Lena threatens Morgan Edge with a gun, Sam confesses to Alex that something’s wrong with her, Jindah Kol Rozz reveals to Supergirl that there are world killers on Earth, and one of those killers activates.

Now: Reign and two world killers look down upon a flaming Earth, causing Kara to wake from her nightmare. At DEO Headquarters, Winn reveals they’ve been unable to detect any Kryptonians, other that Kara and her famous cousin. Mon-El joins the conversation, adding that they’re not normal Kryptonians. More information from the Daxamite leads Winn to investigate the pieces of Kryptonite that have fallen to Earth to see if they’ve triggered Reign’s reveal. J’onn wonders where Reign is, sparking Kara to answer, “Wherever she is, she’s planning her next move.” The story then moves to Alex and Sam, who is about to get an MRI. Before Alex can start the scan, the story moves again, this time to Lena and James walking down the street. They’re discussing how to spend time together and things get uncomfortable. Making matters worse is Morgan Edge’s emergence from a restaurant. Venomous words are exchanged and he leaves in his car. A few blocks away, the accelerator drops to the floor and the brakes don’t work. Additionally, the windows and doors won’t unlock. He finds a way to exit his vehicle before it shoots off the road, flies into the air, explodes, and then plunges into the river. The title card then appears on the screen.

This was an okay episode. Adrian Pasdar is the high point of the episode, making Edge vile and human. His entrance and dialogue at CatCo is outstanding. Any appearance by Pasdar is a welcome one. Katie McGrath is also strong in this episode. She always takes focus when she’s on camera and her character’s need to be independent comes to the front of this story. Being a Luthor, I’m just waiting for her to cross that line. There’s another additional villain who appears, and it makes sense that she does so, but I’m just done with this character — overuse on Season Two has deadened any threat the character had left. Mehcad Brooks has his best scenes in a while, with James Olsen getting some nice moments with Lena, some strong action on the street, and appearing again as Guardian…though he really should look into covering his eyes on that mask. The pairing of Alex and Samantha was not something I would have thought would work, but the two of them are great together. Chyler Leigh is showing Alex’s softer side caring for her friend. There was some solid tension when Alex was going to scan her and get a very specific sample. And Odette Annable was also good; the writers do a much better job with Samantha than Reign. I’m waiting for Sam to become Reign in front of Alex and then bash her, which will make Alex even more sympathetic to her plight. Chris Wood’s Mon-El finally did something that didn’t need Supergirl to bail him out! He still had to give his little “I’m modeling myself after you” speech and I think he’s hammered that enough, so no more, please.

The good: Chyler, Odette, Mehcad, and Katie getting some solid scenes, any time Adrian and Katie shared the screen, the effects department, some subtle Supergirl moments out of costume (LOVE the bodyguard scene and dialogue), Samantha not being annoying, Action James Olsen, a Zam Wesell death, and Computo was mentioned!

Fun lines: “You’re already dead,” “I survived!”, “I don’t like needles,” “There is greater power being the calm in the center of the storm,” “Okay. So, no hug,” “Bingo,” “Don’t grab women, sweetheart,” “Friends,” and “We go get her.”

The bad: The second villain (came off as a Tony Stark knockoff in costume) and the story dragging between Lena’s situation and the dinner party.

The final line: An okay episode with good characterization, but the additional villain brings the story down. It’s a joy to see Morgan and Lena clash, as well as James and Lena have relationship hiccups. There’s plenty of heroics for Supergirl, but it was good to see the rest of the cast some equal time. Overall grade: B-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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