Supergirl Season 4 Episode 18 ‘Crime and Punishment’
Story by: Rob Wright Written by: Lindsay Sturman & Aadrita Mukerji
Directed by: Antonio Negret
Starring: Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie Mcgrath, Sam Witwer, David Harewood, Jesse Wrath, Nicole Maines, April Parker Jones
Official synopsis “Kara and Lena head to Stryker’s Island to search for clues on how to defeat Lex; Kara tries to befriend a prisoner who may have insight into what Lex was doing; Kelly encourages James to talk to someone about his PTSD.”
Following the devastating events in the last episode, Supergirl is still enemy number one to the US government. Crime and Punishment was an episode designed to continue the story towards the season finale. What it ended up delivering was one of the strongest performances from our lead Melissa Benoist.
This season has been all over the place with stories. The absence of one big bad has given us multiple stories to follow and characters to meet. I’m not saying this has been a bad season. Quite the opposite, I believe season four has been one of the strongest. However, the variety of stories and directions we have been following has pushed Supergirl into the background quite a lot.
Just like last week, Supergirl has been at the forefront of everything that happened in this episode. I for one have loved every minute of it.
This show has its own trinity which has always been the true heart of the show. That trinity is Supergirl, Alex and Lena. Seeing the three of them team up and work together is a joy to watch as they manage to bring the best out of each other.
We can’t forget that Alex still does not know Kara is Supergirl. The scenes that stood out this week for me was seeing the emotion Kara was feeling when working alongside Alex knowing she has to keep her identity a secret. These feelings rub off on Alex which allows Chyler Leigh to display her amazing talent also. From working with Supergirl to help clear her name then talking to Kara and doing everything she can to keep her out of harm’s reach. Scenes like these are what make this show stand out and prove it’s not just about flying around fighting bad guys.
Also returning to the fold is James Olsen. Having spent a large part of this season on the sidelines, James has returned with a bang, literally. Recovering from being shot, James is struggling with PTSD. Things with his rehabilitation are not quite what they seem. He has the support of his sister Kelly (Azie Tesfai) who has been added as series regular for series 5. We all wait to see what the genuine side effects are from Lena’s serum that saved James.
All the action this week came towards the end of the episode with Supergirl clashing with Otis Graves. This also gave us an incredible fight sequence inside Stryker prison, including a very well shot hallway scene.
The conclusion left us believing we might be seeing more Kara than Supergirl next week. Knowing Ben Lockwood and the US government are after her, Kara may have to rely on her reporter skills to crack this case and finally trackdown Lex.