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‘Supergirl’ spotlight: “The Luthors”

Supergirl recap: Season 4, Episode 15, “O Brother, Where Art Thou” Aired March 17, 2019.

Can we all just agree that this week’s episode of Supergirl was amazing? The introduction of Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor elevated the writing game. That’s why this week we are going to shine the spotlight on Lena and Lex Luthor!

The History

The Luthor family is complicated. This week we learned more about the family dynamic between the siblings. It came as no surprise that Lex and Lena were always in competition. Lex always resented Lena to an extent, because she grew up with a Mom who was nurturing and sweet. Were as we have all seen what Lex’s Mother was like.

We got to see a flashback of what Lex and Lena’s breaking point was. Let me tell you, it’s dark. Lex created, we don’t know how, a red sun situation. He then forces Lena to watch the world die, as she is bound. A.K.A the man is bat sh*t crazy.

He through the world into chaos just to prove a point that Superman could bleed. Lena had to watch her big Brother destroy the world, because of his God complex. She left him to rot in prison and they haven’t seen each other since.

Insight

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Lena walked her way into our hearts, the first time we met her. Recently her relationship with James was drowning her independence a bit. The moment they parted ways, we got our old Lena back. This strong, intelligent, kind-hearted woman was back.

She and Tess were working on an all around cure. They were on the brink of discovery when James got shot. All of the sudden the time table had to move up. Lex, recently dying himself (which we will get into) took an interest. He also coincidentally sparked that determination Lena needed. Here’s how it went down.

  1. Alex reminded Lena she was sitting on the very thing that could save James.
  2. Lena didn’t want James to be her second failed human trial.
  3. She was conflicted.

Lex informed her that the only reason she succeeds is because he pushes her. That lit a fire under her ass, because she was not having that. I think we can all agree she got where she was today in spite of him. Lena perfected the cure.

Insanity

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Once Lena finished the cure, Lex came clean. He always believed she was brilliant.

“You made Kryptonite. Even I couldn’t do that.”

Throughout this episode we see levels of duplicity, insanity, ego, and love. In many past incarnations of Lex in the media he always seemed crazy, or evil, or egotistical, but never all of that together. We get a well seasoned, developed human being.

His character is both easy to like and hate at the same time. He is the Lex Luthor we deserve. With the arrival of Lex we get to see more sides of Lena and a Luthor chess match that is bound to be epic. Jon and Katie elevate each others performances and they are a perfect match.

The Future

The twist at the end of this episode was fantastic. I assumed Lex was faking his illness to escape. Half of that was correct. Lex really was dying, but his ace in the hole was none other than Tess, Lena’s partner. I knew this happened in the comics, but I was sad to see it happen on screen.

Lena and Tess’ chemistry was off the charts. Although I loved seeing them as friends, I am excited to see them as rivals. Tess had given Lex the shot right after Lena gave it to James. He needed James to be the guinea pig. Now that Tess, Lex, and Otis escaped, Lena is out for vengeance.

Get ready for some more Luthor madness next week. What did you think of their sibling dynamic. What are you looking forward to the most in, “The House of L?” Sound off in the comments!

(Featured image courtesy of openloadtv.com.)

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Brittney Santiago

I am an actor and a writer. I spend my free time reading, writing, watching television, and hanging out with friends. My love of all things supernatural came from my first time watching ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and has expanded into a wide range of shows. I love all things ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow', 'Supergirl', and ‘Legacies', to name a few. Traveling, cons, and beaches are three of my favorite things!

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