Supergirl Season 2b continues its roaring start in "The Martian Chronicles", going full scifi-horror by trapping the gang in the DEO HQ, giving the characters an opportunity to explore the excellent new set that got more and more space-station-like the more they ventured in. (I mean, a nuclear reactor at the centre of a city-bound base? There is no logical reason for this to be here, except to make the whole episode seem more scifi. Which I'm ok with.)
From a character perspective, Season 2 Episode 11 progressed things well, with Kara and Alex overcoming some relationship issues. M'gann's exit felt very rushed, especially as her character had just come into her own, but hey, her planet needs her. Yet, one of the most interesting things we learnt this week was in the promo for the next Supergirl episode — entitled "Luthors", the promo teases Lex's legacy...
Season 2 Episode 12 will finally bring back Lena Luthor (yay!) as her mother Lillian presents her with a tempting — and ominous — proposal. It looks like "Luthors" will finally delve into a conflict that has lain dormant for a while — Lena may appreciate Supergirl, but she still wants to rid the Earth of alien immigrants. But as Lillian shows her a way to do this, there are a few crafty hints that Lex himself may appear.
"Where's my super suit?"
Just like Superman, the legendary villain Lex Luthor does indeed exist on #Supergirl's Earth-38, and according to Lena he's been incarcerated for some time. Lex's Supergirl backstory is quite interesting, because it directly parallels the plot of the 1978 Superman movie, with Lex attempting to create high value beachside property for himself... by setting off an earthquake off the California coast. Overkill much?
This heinous plan landed Lex in jail, disgracing his family and his company, prompting Lena to rebrand and move the now L Corp headquarters to National City — where Lena started manufacturing distinctly morally dodgy alien-detector gadgets. With Lex languishing in prison he hasn't been heard of since... until now.
Oh yes, that's Lex's Kryptonite-enhanced super suit from the comics, which he has used many times to battle both Superman and Supergirl. It seems like Lex got up to plenty of heinous acts before he was imprisoned, and like the good mother she is, Lillian put Lex's super suit away safe and sound — until she could use it to try and tempt Lena to the dark side. But what about Lex himself?
It's Lillian's line in the trailer that's really got me wondering. While it seems obvious that she's addressing Lena, Lillian has made it clear that she doesn't really consider Lena a Luthor, seeing as she was adopted. The taglines in the promo also cast doubt on this — saying "blood makes you related" doesn't really count in this case, unless they're teasing another Luthor's introduction...
The Arrival Of Lex Luthor
It's entirely possible that we may catch a glimpse of Lex in the next Supergirl episode, though admittedly it seems unlikely that he'll swoop in, don the super suit, and throw down with Kara.
Hey, anything's possible. But after a season of build up, it looks like "Luthors" will focus on the tense relationship between Lena and Lillian, as Lena is forced to decide between her values and her totally platonic friend Kara.
But that's not to say we definitely won't see Lex. In fact, because the official synopsis reveals that we'll get to see "how Lena came to be a Luthor", I'm gonna bet that next episode will introduce us to Lex — in a flashback at least.
After Metallo (guest star Frederick Schmidt) breaks out of prison and frees Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda Strong), the police blame Lena (guest star Katie McGrath) for his escape and arrest her. Despite overwhelming evidence, Kara (Melissa Benoist) refuses to believe her friend is guilty and fights to clear Lena’s name. Flashbacks reveal how Lena came to be a Luthor. Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima) celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together.
We may even catch a glimpse of the family patriarch, Lionel Luthor, as young Lena gets indoctrinated into this villainous clan.
Supergirl plays an interesting game of borrowing some elements of the Superman story, straight-up stealing some villains, and just alluding to other aspects of the story. We've seen Lex's schemes time and time again, and so far it's been refreshing to look at another side of the Luthor family.
The most interesting part of Lex's story has always been that he truly considers himself to be a hero, and so far Lena seems to be following that tradition. She wants to redeem her family and her company, she wants to protect the Earth from aliens — next episode may see these goals guide Lena straight into the path of villainy, or she may do what Lex never managed and actually become a hero.