Supergirl 2x15 "Exodus" | Review

By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)

Frank Ockenfels III/The CW

Frank Ockenfels III/The CW

After Supergirl 2x15 "Exodus," can't help but wonder if our current president would send illegal immigrants to the cosmos if he had a giant spaceship. 

"Exodus" began with the ramifications of Cadmus getting their hands on the National Alien Registration list. The evil cabal has started to kidnap aliens including Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) new boo, Lyra (Tamzin Merchant). Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) take their own separate paths in trying to solve the alien kidnapping problem. Kara uses her journalistic influence to publish a story on Cadmus and the registration list, but she has trouble getting the ok from Snapper (Ian Gomez). Eventually she takes Lena Luthor’s (Katie McGrath) advice and publishes the story via a blog. Alex takes a more physical approach to stopping Cadmus when she infiltrates the Cadmus facility holding the giant spacecraft. Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong) plans to shoot off all the kidnapped aliens to space so they can be sent back to their home planets. With a little help from Jeremiah (Dean Cain), Alex is able to help free all the aliens from the ship but gets herself trapped on the spacecraft when it launches off into space. Luckily Supergirl arrives in time to stop the ship from leaving Earth’s atmosphere by using all her might to stop the ship midflight. The episode ends on yet another cliffhanger when an alien craft reaches Earth with Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo acting as royal leaders aboard the ship.

There were two big themes in this week’s episode. The first was the obvious poke at immigration in the U.S. Without getting too political, the writers were able to bring a very prominent social issue to light in their own way. “Exodus” managed to maintain the plot of Supergirl but at the same time, showed a glimpse of what can happen when immigrants are forced back to their homelands. Families can lose their homes and friendships can be lost. The immigration issue in America is a touchy subject, but the writers of Supergirl found a way shed some light on the subject without shoving their opinions down our throats.

The second big theme was a "follow your heart" cliché that managed to not fall into the typical formula. Both Danver girls showed disobedience towards their superiors in order to fight for something they felt strongly about. Kara ended up posting a blog about Cadmus’ plans despite Snapper Carr’s disapproval. This got her fired from CatCo in the process, but she helped to save even more aliens from being kidnapped and shot off into space. Alex defied J’onn’s (David Harewood) orders when she was suspended for giving into her emotions after J’onn’s shapeshifting test. Alex ends up going Rambo on Cadmus and saves all the kidnapped aliens without help from the DEO.

As for the "performance of the week," once again Chyler Leigh’s acting as Alex Danvers continues to be the bright star of the show. The Alex/Maggie (Florina Lima) relationship (or Sanvers) was fantastic this week, but the best part of the episode was seeing Alex deal with the ramifications of her father working for Cadmus.  People around her are getting hurt all while she is dealing with the sadness and anger that stems from her father’s betrayal. Yet, instead of wallowing in her own pity, she uses her emotions as strength to stop Cadmus and rescue the aliens. I should quickly note that for a show that is called Supergirl, viewers continue to fall in love with Alex more and more. And not to take away from Melissa Benoist and her fantastic portrayal of Supergirl, but Chyler has outshined every actor and actress on set this season and she doesn’t look like she'll be stopping anytime soon.

 

Quick Remarks/ Notes

-- The “fascist in the White House” line was such a great dig. The episode really stayed true to the whole immigration theme.

-- Nice to see James (Mechad Brooks) back even if it was only for a couple minutes.

-- The Lyra/Winn relationship is hitting the heart strings pretty hard. Give us more!

-- Mon-El (Chris Wood) was the comedic relief this week. Especially with his I Love Lucy bit.

-- So should we go back to trusting Jeremiah? He helped Alex out, but this could also just be one big Cadmus plan. The pessimist inside is clearly saying one thing: don't trust him yet.

-- J’onn’s trust test was kind of harsh, right? At least he apologized in the end and was only looking out for Alex.

-- Are the mysterious aliens Kryptonian or are they from Daximite looking for Mon-El?

 

Rating: Supergirl 2x15 “Exodus”: Great!

The immigration theme and the strong performance by Chyler Leigh and Melissa Benoist made for a very emotional episode. The third act scenes at the Cadmus facility was filled with action and a great show of strength from Supergirl

Until next time heroes!

 

Note: This article is ongoing, check back later for other recaps/reviews, including:

The Flash 3x15 "The Wrath of Savitar

Legends of Tomorrow 2x13 "Land of the Lost"

Arrow 2x15 "Fighting Fire With Fire" (airing 3/15/17)


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