Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2 Review: Stranger Beside Me

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Is Lena going to finally become a full-on Luthor?

Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2 further explores the theme of advanced technology and the horrors of it. Or, at least, the viewers are led to believe that technology equals bad.

Through that, and the use of her enormous brain, Lena spends the episode trying to correct human behavior.

But that's just the thing. Do we, as humans, need to be corrected?

Lena and Andrea2 - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

Lena sure seems to think so after her trust was broken with the reveal of Kara as Supergirl.

She believes that humans have an instinct to hurt one another and that it is her duty to rebuild humanity.

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However, Lena wants to do so by using her AI, named Hope, to infiltrate human minds and correct them. Starting with her recently kidnapped test subject, Eve.

Cue the start of the making of a villain.

Lena3 - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

Is Supergirl really going there? And why now?

The show has had many chances to make Lena the villain. They have always teased the fans by somehow pitting Lena and Supergirl against one another.

My mother always said actions speak louder than words. And I was there Eve. I was on the other side of that gun you pulled and I looked down the barrel and I knew that you would've shot me. So don't tell me that you didn't have a choice. There is always a choice and you always chose the same thing. You betrayed me because you wanted to. And you liked the power that it gave you. So if you want me to trust you, try telling the truth for once.

Lena

Maybe now that Lena knows Kara is Supergirl, she can be Kara's, not Supergirl's, arch-nemesis. And the two are very different.

Supergirl is not the one Lena is mad at, it's Kara. She's the one who broke her trust and who was dishonest with her.

The lack of honesty and loyalty is what triggered Lena's dive into darkness. Betrayal is all she has known from the people she is closest with.

The fact that she can now group Kara in with those people is jarring to her, and now she has lost her faith in humanity.

Kara Danvers - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

You cannot really blame her, but you can also see that she is going down a dark path.

We have all seen the superhero movies and the other superhero shows. Trying to fix humanity never works out.

It will be interesting, yet devastating, to see how far Lena will go before Kara is forced to stop her.

J'onn Jones3 - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

On the other side of the episode, J'onn deals with his recent encounter with his previously unheard-of brother.

J'onn believes that this other Green Martian is truly his brother because of a curse that was placed on his people after two ancient Martian brothers' rivalry pitted the Green and White Martians against one another.

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The pain that he feels is a result of this curse, brought on by meeting his brother.

There was a whole lot of information thrown at us all at once as J'onn explained more about his alien race's history. Of course, there always has to be new information that no one has ever heard about before. But hey, that's television.

Kelly Olsen - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

And thankfully Kelly's project she was working on at Obsidian North would help J'onn cure his pain. You gotta love coincidences!

They entered what could only be called J'onn's mind space and found that some of his memories had been erased, which would later turn out to be memories of his brother.

Brainy: Wow, I'm sorry, you smell.
Alex: Uh-
Brainy: What? You smell of sewer. Maybe a change of clothes can help?
Alex: Wow.
Kara: He's not wrong about the smell.
Alex: Okay, well y'all smell too. How about that?

J'onn's brother was a traitor to his people because he helped the White Martians. Why? I could not tell you.

For the most part, Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2 raised more questions and answered little.

J'onn Jones - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

I kind of got the feeling that J'onn's brother might turn out to be good. But, who knows?

So far it is not looking good for him. Especially in the end where he was talking to himself in the mirror, but it was someone else talking back? I don't know, I'm confused.

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Then there were the (smaller) relationship storylines of the episode.

Nia was mildly frustrated with Brainy. It was similar to last week where she had a problem with his lack of intimacy, but now he is showing a bit too much love.

Brainy - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

Brainy does not know how to meet in the middle for anything. He's always at one extreme, or the other, and Nia has to accept that or else their relationship will never work.

Judging by the end of this episode, and Supergirl Season 5 Episode 1, Brainy and Nia's relationship is headed into the danger zone. Please say it ain't so!

Kara and Alex - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

Alex and Kelly were looking much better in the final minutes of the episode.

Alex was freaking out because she almost poisoned her girlfriend with blueberry pancakes. Which, is understandable, but she was not really worried about possibly killing Kelly.

Alex: When did this happen? When did my feelings for Kelly get so strong and how can I possibly feel this way about somebody that I barely know?
Brainy: From what I've learned, the heart is not logical.

No, Alex was freaking out over freaking out about the blueberry incident. She realizes she really likes Kelly, even though they have not been dating for very long, and that frightens her.

She made this super cute speech to Kelly in the end, and the two continue to rotten our teeth with sweetness.

James Olsen - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

In other news, James may be running for a senate seat or working as the media director at the Smithsonian.

Supergirl continues to push James into the direction of leaving the show sometime in the mid-season with the typical "I'm moving away because I found a new job." At least Winn got to go to the future (miss you, buddy).

Andrea - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

Andrea continues to be assertive at work by demeaning Kara's talent and credibility. While William is now suspicious of Kara and follows her to her fight with J'onn's brother and the White Martian.

Kara can never win at CatCo, it seems. One can only hope that she runs that place one day.

Kara: J'onn, I don't know how much longer I can last at CatCo.
J'onn: The Kara Danvers I know is not a quitter. Someone's trying to sabotage you, you just ignore them. They're spending all their energy on you, you spend your's on being the best you.

Speaking of William, I can see the seeds that Supergirl is planting for a romance between him and Kara, even though he has a wife.

Please do not let this happen. Even if he is a jerk that randomly volunteers at a homeless shelter, I think I can speak for most fans when I say we are not here for it, and we do not want it. Thank you.

Kara, J'onn, and James - Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2

I'll turn it over to you, Supergirl Fanatics.

How do you feel about Lena's villain transformation so far? Does the deal with J'onn's brother confuse you as much as it confuses me? And how much do we love Alex and Kelly?

Let me know in the comments!

And don't forget, you can watch Supergirl online right here at TV Fanatic.

Stranger Beside Me Review

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Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2 Quotes

My mother always said actions speak louder than words. And I was there Eve. I was on the other side of that gun you pulled and I looked down the barrel and I knew that you would've shot me. So don't tell me that you didn't have a choice. There is always a choice and you always chose the same thing. You betrayed me because you wanted to. And you liked the power that it gave you. So if you want me to trust you, try telling the truth for once.

Lena

Alex: When did this happen? When did my feelings for Kelly get so strong and how can I possibly feel this way about somebody that I barely know?
Brainy: From what I've learned, the heart is not logical.