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City of Lost Children Recap

After tonight, there will only be two episodes left of Supergirl this season! That is pretty incredible to think since last year at this time we were done and we didn't know if we would have a season 2. Tonight, however, there was a new episode and there was much to unpack. From the inside look and the sneak peek, we knew that James would be questioning himself, his role as Guardian, and where he'd go next. Furthermore, Rhea has started moving the last few pieces into place for her master plan. From all that, here's what stood out to us:

  1. Guardian Inspires Fear: James' choice to become Guardian has been one that we have said several times we can understand and would make the same choice in his place. That said, we think the writers did a good job of tying this back into Supergirl for this episode since James' actions as Guardian are scaring people. Batman inspires people because we know he is Bruce Wayne and we know his story about his parents. If you didn't know that and heard there was a man dressed as a bat running around a city with better than ninja like swiftness, we'd be scared too! Even knowing he is targeting only criminals. Supergirl's over-arching theme of Hope was explored with this story and that is why we liked it and felt it was warranted.
  2. Rhea and Lena: The two seemed to be playing each other but not in their conventional "get-one-over-on-you" way. It was clear they both were getting more out of their relationship than just business. There was a motherly overtone that Rhea was giving off and Lena was allowing it. Also Rhea was feeling like a mentor too!
  3. Mon-El Sees Rhea: It made us feel like there was good change in Mon-El when he "thought" he saw Rhea. He checked it out with the DEO but importantly, he told Kara about it. Good communication is key in a relationship folks! His feelings of missing her however, might change when he finds out what she did to his dad ...
  4. James and Marcus: These two had very good chemistry. We don't watch "This Is Us" but we've heard that he is amazing in that show! He certainly was in this episode as well. James learned to be a new kind of hero with Marcus. Furthermore, the scene with David Harewood's J'onn giving advice to Mehcad's James was pretty powerful! The addition of J'onn's backstory on Mars are the garnishes that really enrich the show.
  5. One Good Friend: James takes a moment to talk with Marcus about being different and learning to let your walls down. When he talks about how he grew up, met a guy that was different too, that was pretty incredible. One thing this show has continued to do extremely well is represent Clark, and James and Clark's friendship extremely well. The sister relationship is the core of the show but a Clark and James bromance episode would be pretty awesome too.
  6. James Inspires Marcus: James becomes the hero through the way Clark and Kara have shown him. Rather than beating people up, he inspires Marcus to be better and stronger. In the end, it was classic Supergirl. Inspiring people to do what they didn't think they were capable of is exactly what she does!
  7. Rhea Goes Full Evil: Rhea finally makes her move and it's a BIG ONE. She convinces Mon-El that his father committed suicide, and through that guilt gets him to stand down. She also gets a large enough portal opened to gather all of the remaining Daxamite ships which cover National City; then she claims Earth as new Daxam! Oh, and lets not forget she trapped J'onn in an endless nightmare! Good lord this is evil! Basically, buckle your seat belts everyone, we are on the train to the finale at full speed!

Only two episodes left, but there is still much to cover! Before season two comes to an end, let us know what you thought about tonight's episode in the comments below and in the forum! Also, keep us advertisement free and visit the support page. More exciting enhancements to the site coming soon!

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Comments

#45 Re: Sorry for the DelayBrandtm2 2017-05-14 08:21
About this note I rated "City of Lost Children" as "missing something". What was missing?t Supergirl.There was very little of her in the first half of the show and not too mcuh more in the seocnd half. I watch the show to see Supergirl, not the other characters. Instead this episode was as the writer put it "a James/Guardian episode." I suppose some like that but I definitely do not. I do not want to see one of the supporting actors dominating the show. James is fine when he is not playing Guardian, but I do not like the Guardian at all, not one bit.The show is titled Supergirl, the focus should be on her and she should be the hero. There should not be any distractions like the Guardian.

Unfortunately we're stuck with the Guardian. I will continue to watch supergirl but not because of the Guardian but in spite of it.
#44 Sorry for the delayRobertAnthony 2017-05-12 06:06
You are wondering where my review is. Well to be honest I missed the first few minutes of the show because I was dealing with a busted toe and soaking it. It's a long story.

Anyway, I gave this show a solid 8.5. But despite that I DO have high tens to dish out...

And those go to Mehcad Brooks and David Harewood. This was a James/Guardian episode for sure, but I had a feeling it was going to be a throwaway, well worries were unfounded. The scenes between these two MEN (not just black men, BUT MEN; PERIOD!) were dynamic and shows how Jonn Jonzz is kind of like Joe West on The Flash...a father figure. I was not thinking about high fives much less high tens to these two men, but their performance sold me. Also good backstory on MM...always works.

High fives to Katie McGrath and Teri Hatcher. What I didn't see last episode I did see in this. Of course sadly Lena is the Oliver Queen tortured soul in this knowing that Rhea has played her like a fiddle and in the last battle with Supergirl Lena is knocked out, but will she turn heel?

The scenes with Marcus and James were like an ad for Big Brothers/Big Sisters as the still pics showed.

I was concerned about the race issues being brought up by James, but the writing skillfully sidetracked things.

Winn's last line I think was a bit of the writer's wonkyness, as he OVERSTATES the obvious.

More to come...
#43 RE: City of Lost Children RecapBrandtm2 2017-05-10 18:01
Quoting Jordan860:
Quoting Brandtm2:
[quote name="Jordan860"]I didn't like the lack of Kara time, but I know they're trying to give Melissa a break. Still, though, the titular chatacter should be in the episode!

Really looking forward to next week. CAT IS BACK!! (Also, am I the only one who's hoping that Lillian wants to save Lena too? Even a tiny bit?)


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I don't think mon el is a good choice for a hero, but that's another story. James is good as a civilian hero. They built that up last season with him being a photojournalist. And now this season they seem to have forgotten that you don't need a suit to be a hero. I don't like it.

James is being guardian out of ego just like mon el is being a hero to impress Kara. Neither of them are doing it for the right reasons. (And before anyone attacks me, I'll just point out that most of mon el's heroic acts have been for Kara's benefit, directly or indirectly.)


I'm not really for Mon-el for Guardian, just that it wouldn't be as senseless as James Olson doing it. I deally the Guardian would be ended and we'd see Supergirl handling the low level thugs instead of Guardian.
#42 RE: City of Lost Children RecapSSAV 2017-05-10 06:45
Quoting Kiwi:
A small moment I enjoyed in this episode was Supergirl reassuring Marcus he was safe with her when he came out of his trance like state, I liked her calming influence, almost Maternal. Nice little scene.

Yes! My favourite scene. and I am glad someone else enjoyed it as much. I really liked that Kara was all protective and caring rather than wary about his powers. I'd call it big sisterly though.
#41 RE: City of Lost Children RecapKiwi 2017-05-10 03:37
A small moment I enjoyed in this episode was Supergirl reassuring Marcus he was safe with her when he came out of his trance like state, I liked her calming influence, almost Maternal. Nice little scene.
#40 RE: City of Lost Children RecapJordan860 2017-05-09 22:29
Quoting Chucky:
Quoting Jordan860:
Quoting Chucky:
Ratings up and up!! Yeah! Finally


I think it's because they're moving away from focusing on just one character and moving back to an actual overarching plot.


I think you are right. Character driven ep are never good not even on Walking dead. Hope s3 has none of them


Would you say that s1 had a lot of character driven eps? I think it did, especially when we found out who J'onn really is.
#39 RE: City of Lost Children RecapJordan860 2017-05-09 20:25
Quoting Brandtm2:
Quoting Jordan860:
I didn't like the lack of Kara time, but I know they're trying to give Melissa a break. Still, though, the titular chatacter should be in the episode!

Really looking forward to next week. CAT IS BACK!! (Also, am I the only one who's hoping that Lillian wants to save Lena too? Even a tiny bit?)


No I didn't like the lack of Kara at all. Call me narrow-minded but it's the Supergirl show and that's why I watch. It should not be the James Olson/Guardian show. The Guardian is a waste of time and even if there is one, shouldn't it be Mon-el? Isn't he a lot stronger than James Olson?


I don't think mon el is a good choice for a hero, but that's another story. James is good as a civilian hero. They built that up last season with him being a photojournalist. And now this season they seem to have forgotten that you don't need a suit to be a hero. I don't like it.

James is being guardian out of ego just like mon el is being a hero to impress Kara. Neither of them are doing it for the right reasons. (And before anyone attacks me, I'll just point out that most of mon el's heroic acts have been for Kara's benefit, directly or indirectly.)
#38 RE: City of Lost Children RecapBrandtm2 2017-05-09 20:22
Quoting Jordan860:
I didn't like the lack of Kara time, but I know they're trying to give Melissa a break. Still, though, the titular chatacter should be in the episode!

Really looking forward to next week. CAT IS BACK!! (Also, am I the only one who's hoping that Lillian wants to save Lena too? Even a tiny bit?)


No I didn't like the lack of Kara at all. Call me narrow-minded but it's the Supergirl show and that's why I watch. It should not be the James Olson/Guardian show. The Guardian is a waste of time and even if there is one, shouldn't it be Mon-el? Isn't he a lot stronger than James Olson?
#37 RE: City of Lost Children RecapChucky 2017-05-09 18:16
Quoting Jordan860:
Quoting Chucky:
Ratings up and up!! Yeah! Finally


I think it's because they're moving away from focusing on just one character and moving back to an actual overarching plot.


I think you are right. Character driven ep are never good not even on Walking dead. Hope s3 has none of them
#36 RE: City of Lost Children Recapsuperbill 2017-05-09 14:49
I totally agree with E.T.'s analysis (quoting it made this comment run too long, I guess). At first I didn't notice how little time SG/Kara had on-screen, but she did swoop in at critical times so maybe that made it seem more balanced. It was REALLY good to see Mehcad really act, and he was terrific, showing more passion and heart than I can recall seeing from James during the entire series. The Lena/Rhea interaction was also compelling. It will be interesting to see how Lena reacts to this betrayal, but I hope her relationship with Kara remains strong. It's interesting that the title of this episode applied not only to the child but to Lena and Mon-El as well. Good episode!


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