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Deus Lex Machina Recap

It's been almost a year long wait for this particular episode! Our very own Girl of Steel took over the director's chair and helmed this very awesome episode. The unplanned hiatus certainly lasted longer than we thought it would, it's been over a month and a half since we last had a new episode of Supergirl. But to survive this quarantine and the hiatus, we can forgive this break and certainly enjoyed seeing what Melissa brought to the show from a different set of skills. Here's what stood out to us:

  1. Crisis on Infinite Earths: Lex wakes up in his own bed on the first day of Earth Prime. Lex discovers the new world he created and seeks out his mother to discover the true status of the Luthors. Lex then goes to formulate his plan with Lena. He discovers the Leviathan threat and refocuses on the true threat. Using the Legion ship, Lex discovers the identity of Leviathan. He then goes to turn Miss Tessmacher against Leviathan.
  2. 30 Days Post Crisis: Lex hires agents to protect Eve's mother 24 hours 7 days a week. Lex asks Eve to keep the glitch in the VR Lenses so that Obsidian will have to use Lex to keep the glitch under-wraps. This will prove Lex is valuable to Leviathan and they will invite him into their circle.
  3. 60 Days Post Crisis: Margot starts clearning up the people stuck in VR. The shocking reveal is then discovered that Alex's dad was an enforcer for Leviathan and killed Eve's father. She then goes and kills him with poison that she gets from Lex. Lex then starts to promote the lenses for Obsidian locking his worth in with Gemma and Leviathan. Lena then goes to offer her condolences about Jeremiah. Kara and Lena share the first scene together since the 100th episode.
  4. 88 Days Post Crisis: The death of Jerimiah puts Lena back in Kara's path. Lex playing chess with his mother, he confesses he needs to keep Lena and Kara apart. Lex then tells Eve to give a lead to William. Eve watches team Supergirl discuss how they need to bring Lex down and Lex shows this to Gemma. Gemma reveals her plan is to get all of humanity in the VR realm and then kill them all using the lenses. Brainy goes to tell Supergirl that she can use Myriad to track the people who are stuck in VR. Lex plants the idea in Brainy's head to do it which makes Lena turn on Supergirl again. At the fortress, Supergirl accidentally lets out a baby sun-eater that takes her powers. M'gann then returns seeing the threat and the two Martians work to stop the sun-eater. Supergirl joins them in the Lex Suit and they are able to shrink the sun-eater and get him back in the fortress.
  5. 90 Days Post Crisis: Lex frees the trapped VR people and is heralded a hero. Lex then goes to account for the death of Margot. Lex is able to convince Gemma that she has to kill Supergirl. Miss Tessmacher confesses her love to Lex, and Lex reveals how she just traded one prison for another and that Jeremiah was never working for Leviathan.

The episode ends with Lex heading to the Fortress of Solitude. All the while doing it "his way".

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+1 #51 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapCatPat 2020-05-09 12:18
Quoting Littlegoldfish666:
The show is getting harder to watch with each episode. Ever since crisis it's plummeted to new lows. Suoergirl is turning into a secondary character in her own show, Lena has been pushed aside as the main Luthor on the show for Lex to take over that mantle. This "fight for Lena's soul" that was supposed to happen this season has never materialised. This Non nocere thing Lena's doing is more like an afterthought by the writers, show snippets just to let us know it's hanging about at least so we don't forget that it's part of the story. This Lena/Kara thing is... Well I don't even know what that is any more. Does anyone even care about that anymore? Good grief The show has become so tiring. I have no idea what the hell has happened to it this season. Even Katie McGrath can't keep me entertained with this show any more because she's barely there for any meaningful reason


I won't argue that this has been the most uneven season to date. The season started out well enough with Event Horizon and then we had the season standout Tremors episode before we hit the Crisis event, which I enjoyed... not as much as Crisis on Earth X, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Post Crisis we had The Bottle (very fun), Its a Super Life (#100 milestone) and this one, Deus Lex Machina (Melissa's directorial debut), which was quite well done in my opinion and filled a lot of blanks. The rest of the season has been somewhat less memorable, especially the poorly executed (in my opinion anyway) The Wrath of Rama Khan and the season lowpoint (again, my opinion) The Bodyguard. I suspect we might have an extra long break before season 6. Which may not be a bad thing. I think the show could benefit from a break and abbreviated season order to get back on track. So, while I agree this season has had it issues, I am hopeful it can rebound.
+1 #50 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapLittlegoldfish666 2020-05-08 13:52
The show is getting harder to watch with each episode. Ever since crisis it's plummeted to new lows. Suoergirl is turning into a secondary character in her own show, Lena has been pushed aside as the main Luthor on the show for Lex to take over that mantle. This "fight for Lena's soul" that was supposed to happen this season has never materialised. This Non nocere thing Lena's doing is more like an afterthought by the writers, show snippets just to let us know it's hanging about at least so we don't forget that it's part of the story. This Lena/Kara thing is... Well I don't even know what that is any more. Does anyone even care about that anymore? Good grief The show has become so tiring. I have no idea what the hell has happened to it this season. Even Katie McGrath can't keep me entertained with this show any more because she's barely there for any meaningful reason
+3 #49 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapCatPat 2020-05-08 12:43
Quoting Captain Past:
Note Supergirl pausing to cuddle the poor baby sun-eater, which must have been terrified when it was reduced from adult to baby.



It reminded me of the pet alien iguana/dragon that has made a couple of appearances on Supergirl.
+1 #48 Sun-EaterCaptain Past 2020-05-08 08:42
Note Supergirl pausing to cuddle the poor baby sun-eater, which must have been terrified when it was reduced from adult to baby.
#47 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapLibertyPrime 2020-05-07 11:16
Quoting KET1:
The series was always going to change subsequently, as per its open-ended, multiple-season plotting from the beginning. There's no 'fairness doctrine' here. First seasons tend to be enigmatic on purpose, so that any kinks in the story-telling format can be worked out. However, there were always going to be some adjustments by the net for possible changes in audience demographic reach, which usually trends younger. However, Supergirl series still retained its equal gender, older demo split even with the network switch, which differentiated it from the other CW shows (which mostly skew young male). So that 'TheCW changed my show!' idea is merely a specious argument not rooted in realism.

Agreed that the show was always going to evolve. The only fairness I'm invoking is that not liking the direction it took after the network switch is perfectly valid.

It just seems apparent to me that substantial changes were made to Supergirl in Season 2. Some driven by necessity(like cast changes) others by artistic choice. Prime example, I loved Alex's coming out story, but no one will convince me that was the original plan for the character in season 1--or that CBS would have been eager to pursue that arc.

The changes did happen. They happened on CW's watch. To me, assigning blame (and credit) is warranted. :-)
#46 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapKET1 2020-05-07 04:17
Quoting LibertyPrime:

In fairness to SuperTweety, saying that the CW move took away elements that made season 1 enjoyable is not the same as saying those elements should have been recycled ad nauseam. The move to CW and its more forgiving financial model was essential to continuing the show. It certainly became more CW-ish, for good or bad.


The series was always going to change subsequently, as per its open-ended, multiple-season plotting from the beginning. There's no 'fairness doctrine' here. First seasons tend to be enigmatic on purpose, so that any kinks in the story-telling format can be worked out. However, there were always going to be some adjustments by the net for possible changes in audience demographic reach, which usually trends younger. However, Supergirl series still retained its equal gender, older demo split even with the network switch, which differentiated it from the other CW shows (which mostly skew young male). So that 'TheCW changed my show!' idea is merely a specious argument not rooted in realism.
+1 #45 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapCatPat 2020-05-06 07:39
Quoting comic fan:
Quoting KaraD:
I don't know if I misunderstood but didn't Lex said : "Let's activate William Dey", when talking to Eve? Did he mean like let's put my plan into motion and use William or is William working for Lex? If it's the case, Kara would be crushed. Plus, when she finds out that Lex ordered Eve to have her father kill... I bet there will be some intense heat vision.


Regarding William,I was wondering about that wording as well.

I'm still speculating that Lena may find out Lex had Jeremiah killed via Eve and goes to Kara with the information.For some reason I would find that fitting especially in light of the Kara & Lena scenes in this episode and the promo for next week.


I do think the Jeremiah plot will have more ramifications if not this season, then next. I am wondering if Dean Cain might yet still return for a guest appearance and possibly film his deadly encounter with Eve for a flash back.
+2 #44 Deus Lex RecapKatco 2020-05-05 10:41
Past bored with the Luthors. Except Lillian. Brenda Strong can come back anytime. Supergirl is starting to feel like the "missing link." Melissa did well directing, but still not a flashback fan.
+1 #43 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapLibertyPrime 2020-05-05 07:52
Quoting CatPat:
Quoting Drholiday51:
Someone explain to me how, the Manuunter,and Miss Martian van breath in space, but Supergirl can't.


This iteration of Supergirl requires oxygen. She can't breath underwater or in space, as highlighted in previous episodes . In season 2 she nearly drowned and her season 4 trip into space was possible with Lena's envirosuit.

I think the objection lies in the Martians not needing to breathe, rather than in Kara needing to breathe.

Of course, Brainy could just loan his Legion ring to Kara...
+2 #42 RE: Deus Lex Machina RecapCatPat 2020-05-05 07:10
Quoting Drholiday51:
Someone explain to me how, the Manuunter,and Miss Martian van breath in space, but Supergirl can't.


This iteration of Supergirl requires oxygen. She can't breath underwater or in space, as highlighted in previous episodes . In season 2 she nearly drowned and her season 4 trip into space was possible with Lena's envirosuit.


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