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TV Review: SUPERGIRL: Season 1, Episode 12: Bizarro [CBS]

Melissa Benoist Bizarro Supergirl

CBS’s Supergirl Bizarro TV Show Review. Supergirl Season 1, Episode 12: Bizarro had Kara (Melissa Benoist) fighting against a clone of her, or Bizarro as the media referred it as. The episode managed to grasp the engaging sympathy towards Bizarro, but the rest of the hour became a victim to being melodramatic, stoic acting, weird choices for characters, and relationships that we weren’t interested in.

Seeing Supergirl’s struggle in taking down Bizarro was great to watch. Bizarro certainly knew the ramifications of how she was created and struggled with fighting against Supergirl. This version of Bizarro was true to the mythos, especially with Alex (Chyler Leigh) questioning Kara on how she could treat this monstrosity as a person than a failed experiment. It may be malicious, but it also pointed out some utter differences between the two sisters. It’s an interesting change in this relationship since Kara is showing more of her humanity than what Alex is showing. Another great display of this dynamic is when Alex arrests Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) without any proof and puts him in holding without reading him his rights. This will surely come back to bite her, but it was great acting in Chyler’s part to show how cold Alex can be when she gets pushed to the limit.

Bizarro was shown rather well despite her speech pattern and was shown to be more of an injured creature for a character that is only a clone of Supergirl. One can draw comparisons to the tale of Frankenstein, and it translates so well onto the DC Universe. The prosthetic detail to Bizarro’s face when she was hit with kryptonite was impressive. The only drawback from this was the climactic fight scene between Supergirl and Bizarro that was cut short. Even Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) wasn’t much help after being pushed to the side after that big episode last week dealing with his personal demons. At least he pulled off some jokes about Kara’s outfit when he shapeshifted into her a while ago.

What also was a disappointment was the relationship between Kara and Adam (Blake Jenner). Seeing Kara fall for Adam’s charms and cheesy lines was hard to watch, especially since Winn (Jeremy Jordan) tried them on her and didn’t work. We don’t even know Adam that well, and Kara suddenly falls for him? The two only met due to letters Kara wrote to him pretending to be his mother, who just happens to be her boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). It’s even weirder that Adam has grown fond of Kara from the letters that were suppose to be from his estranged mother. It felt forced that the two had to break up after that fiasco with Bizarro. If the relationship lasted longer, then the stakes would’ve been higher for them if Kara’s duties to National City got in the way of their romance.

It was also strange seeing James (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn getting together talking about Kara, an object of both of their affections. It was unusual watching these two having a drink and talk about who should get Kara, only because Adam has entered the picture. It would’ve been better if the two guys were jealous of Adam instead of one another. It felt like James and Winn were betraying Kara’s friendship even by talking to each other about this. It’s even bad for James, who is still seeing Lucy and just admitted to falling for Kara. This doesn’t look good for James in regards to his relationship with Lucy and Kara.

Maxwell Lord continues to be the lamest villain in the series. The show tries so hard to push him into becoming another Lex Luthor, but all we are getting is a mad scientist from a campy 90s show. He isn’t considered much of a threat, but in small doses, he can be. With the episode putting much focus on his creation, it’s hard to take him seriously when he brainwashes Bizarro into killing Supergirl.

‘Bizarro’ offered some great revelations, like Maxwell’s arrest, him knowing Kara’s secret, and James admitting his feelings for Kara. However, these big game changers were weakened by Kara’s troubled love life and the campy display of Maxwell’s character. Even though the depiction of Bizarro was on point, the episode failed to engage on other parts.

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About the author

Mufsin Mahbub

Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

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