Supergirl Season 1 Episode 17 Review: Manhunter

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Flashbacks. Love 'em or hate 'em?

While I don't mind them on occasion, I am not a huge fan of flashback heavy episodes loaded with exposition.

Sometimes they work, but sometimes they can make a story feel like it is dragging.

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 17 had the unfortunate luck of being sandwiched in between the best episode of the series and the highly anticipated crossover with The Flash, so it really isn't surprising that it fell a little flat.

It basically served as a bridge to get us from Kara's lowest point to what I am assuming will be the beginning of her building herself back up.

The flashbacks and the exposition weren't really the problem though. While they're not my favorite, we got to see how J'onn met Jeremiah Danvers and what kind of a guy and father he was.

But, honestly it all just felt really predictable.

I'm betting no one's jaw hit the floor when J'onn discovered that Jeremiah is in fact still alive, and that he is being held at Project Cadmus. What will be interesting to find out is what kind of state he's in when J'onn and Alex find him. Who knows what they've been doing to him all this time?

Kara telling Lucy her secret could have been surprising...if the episode tagline hadn't given away that she was considering telling someone new. It wasn't super hard to narrow that one down, but I did like how it happened.

If anything was surprising, it was that there didn't seem to be any animosity between James and Kara. Granted she went to him with a crisis, so anyone who truly cared about her would put his hurt feelings aside. But, it was still nice to see him support her through all of this.

Now Lucy is the head of the DEO (also, not surprising) and she and Kara are basically friends. With Alex and J'onn gone, the two of them are going to be leaning on each other and growing closer. What will that mean for the future of Kara and James? She works with his ex now, that could create some potential awkwardness.

I'm guessing now that Alex is off on her own mission with J'onn, it means she won't have the pleasure of meeting The Flash on Supergirl Season 1 Episode 18. Being that there will be so much going on, I am okay with it, as long as she's back by the next one.

I don't want to see the Danvers sisters separated for too long!

Siobhan was actually starting to become interesting before she got herself fired, but now she is just whiny and annoying. I guess that makes her a great fit to become a banshee, though I don't really know what exactly happened there at the end.

Did she literally scream herself into becoming the Silver Banshee? Why doesn't that happen to everyone facing a near death situation? It could have been Cat if Supergirl hadn't saved her.

I really don't know how much more juvenile you can be than to send a hateful email from someone else's account. Also, does Kara not have her computer or her email password protected? That's the same computer she uses to chat with Clark, right?

One thing I will say about the flashbacks, it was fun seeing Alex as a party girl. Who would have thought she'd be recruited to the DEO straight from the drunk tank?

What did you guys think? Was it just filler until The Flash arrived? Are you excited to see Siobhan as the Silver Banshee? Check out the photos from "Worlds Finest" below!

If you need to catch up before the big crossover, you can watch Supergirl online!

Manhunter Review

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Supergirl Season 1 Episode 17 Quotes

Winn: Do you think Supergirl's lost the public's trust for good?
Cat: I suppose if Mel Gibson can present at the Golden Globes, then Supergirl can win the city back.

I know you're feeling betrayed and alone, but if you go along with Jim Harper just to feel like you fit in, to feel like you belong somewhere, ultimately, the only person you're betraying is yourself.