Recap: Supergirl S4E17- All About Eve
All About Eve picks up right where we left off last week and continues at a rapid-fire pace, packing more into the first ten minutes than most shows squeeze into a whole episode. Alex finds an unconscious Lena and we find out the contents of the note that was left with her. Supergirl and J’onn J’onzz are on the hunt for Lex and the double agent Eve when J’onn tries to do a mental sweep and falls from the sky while hearing his fathers voice. Jimmy heads back to work and we find out about some of the side effects of Lena’s serum. Supergirl links up with the old gang while Nia tries to dream up Lex’s plan back in the Fortress and J’onn tries to reconnect with his dad in spirit to gain clarity on who he is becoming.
Lena heads off to visit her mom to find out where Lex is so that she can regain some of her strength by defeating the beast that her brother is. Her mother plays on her fears about losing her friends which touches upon yet another toxic familial relationship that Lena has and adds some shades of humanity to the Alpha Queen that Lena is. Lena teams up with Alex and Supergirl to track down Lex by using Eve, leading the unlikely trio to Eve’s Aunt Mary but instead find her cousin Bitzie who Eve cured with Lena’s serum.
Cousin Bitzie gives up the location of Eve’s secret lab, which gives us a glimpse at the Supergirl Too. Upon finding the lab and discovering the source of the serums power, Supergirl and Lena finally have a real moment and share their vulnerabilities bringing them one step closer to being friends. They also discover what else Eve and Lex have been up to, including some Kryptonite hearted, laser blasting test subjects who force the three to solidify their relationship with an escape plan. The trio brings the Kryptonite heart back to the DOE and fills the rest of the team in on the part of Lex’s plan where Jimmy gets shot.
The team then suits up and heads to DC to confront Eve after seeing her image inducer glitch on national TV while the repeal of the Alien Amnesty Act is being announced and of course no one sees this as a trap. Lena slips her mom the plans to the prison to show her that Lex was planning to kill him and she uses that as leverage to try and get her to give up Lex. Supergirl gets grounded by a hologram Eve and some new Kryptonite infused tech while Supergirl Too attacks the White House in OG Supergirl’s outfit making her a villain. The president gives a speech that solidifies the hate in the heart of many Americans and enacts martial law for Alien refugees. Luckily for the lady of steel Lena , Alex and her new boss don’t believe it was Supergirl and the episode ends on a battle cry note.
The side stories on this episode centers on family and coming to terms with yourself, serving as a nice thread that runs through every part of the episode down to Jimmy’s recovery and his relationship with his sister. We also see Lockwood playing it big for his son and wife while struggling to make headway in DC. It’s kind of nice to see him trying to play the politics game and, hitting a brick wall of politically motivated humanity even though we know that things are going to go his way because Lex is backing him and it’s needed for the story to move along. We also get to see J’onn dealing with his new self by summoning his father for assistance in figuring out who he is and who he has become since killing Manchester. J’onn is forced to feel all the emotions and share all of his rawness which gives a touching element to tonight’s episode. His daddy projection helps him sift through the clutter and set himself on his proper path and lets him claim his identity as the Martian Manhunter and I couldn’t have been more pleased.
Overall the episode was decent. There was actual footage of Supergirl in the episode, which marks a departure from most of the episodes of this season. It looks like the writers are returning to what works, giving Supergirl the same depth and heroic arc that they have been giving her male counterparts for seasons. We also go to see a lot of real moments between characters and their families, there was a whole lot of character development and relationship strengthening going on, which is going to be needed for the battles that we know are about to come. It’s nice to see that the team is getting themselves ready to fight back as a unit and regain some of the camaraderie that we had gotten used to. I hope that the writers build on all of the easy to follow breadcrumbs they laid out in tonight’s episode and, while I found some of the “twists” hella predictable and a bit lazy, it was still interesting to watch. I think the show can only go up from here, or at least I hope it does.
I give this episode a solid 7.5