In Review: Supergirl, Episode 63 “In Search of Lost Time”

This is a low point for the season.

Supergirl, Episode 63 “In Search of Lost Time” Broadcast on April 23, 2018

Teleplay by Katie Rose Rogers & Nicki Holcomb

Story by Eric Carrasco

Directed by Andi Armaganian 

Previously on Supergirl: Mon-El reveals to Supergirl that he knows cape “tricks”, My’rnn reveals to Alex that Sam may be suffering from decay of memory, Supergirl learns that world killers will unite under the standard of Reign, Kara tells Mon-El that they need to find these killers, and Sam falls unconscious before Lena as she begins to become Reign. Lena takes the woman to a secret facility so she can find out what’s wrong with her.

Now: “Start recording,” Lena Luthor says to a computer. “Day 3 with the subject.” She’s learned that Sam has been transformed. Mutated. Further testing requires she pull Sam out of her medically induced comma. Across town at Kara’s apartment, the gang (Winn, James, J’onn, Alex, and Kara) are playing Charades, though J’onn’s father My’rnn is having difficulties with the rules. Laughs are had as well as an embarrassing childhood secret revealed before they get the call that there’s a problem at the alien bar. Finhead is busting the joint up, but she soon has to battle Supergirl. The fight is brief and ends with a funny photo booth gag. The title card is then revealed.

This was not a great episode. There are two main stories: My’rnn is having issues and Lena reveals to Sam what’s been happening to her when she blacks out. It’s always great to see Carl Lumbly. However, the story has him doing something really predictable. Poor David Harewood does’t go beyond the expected either as he tries to help his father. If anyone has every watched Star Trek: The Next Generation the episode “Sarek” is going to find the going extremely familiar. What My’rnn does has an effect on those near him, resulting in Winn becoming quite a tough guy, but the individual who really gets personal is Kara. She’s training with Mon-El when she starts to change and in the process says some stuff to him that she’s been keeping hidden. Hadn’t this already been settled several episodes ago? That’s another reason whey the episode doesn’t work: their scenes felt like a dead horse was being beaten. For the millionth time this season. Lena and Sam’s scenes don’t do much except reveal to a character what the audience has known for months, so there’s no tension or surprise. The highlight of the episode is the ending with Supergirl and Mon-El flying off together and encountering an odd phenomena.

The good: Mon-El gets the correct suit, aliens attack, and Winn gets to be a badass for a few seconds.

Fun lines: “The Martian Manfather,” “It was Zook,” “What? I like this shirt,” “I think it’s time we made you a Legionnaire,” “Can’t,” and “I was born ready.”

The bad: The script, Mon-El still sporting a beard, the actors trying to get through the material, Kara and Mon-El in rerun mode, Legionnaires mentioned but unseen (BOOOOOO!), and Lena and Sam just being boring.

The final line: This is a low point for the season. The Lena and Sam story should have taken fifteen minutes and My’rnn’s story should have been unfilmed. This is the best that can be done with these characters? Disappointing. Overall grade: D+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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