In Review: Supergirl, “Stand and Deliver”

A predictable story makes for a blasé episode.

Supergirl, “Stand and Deliver” Broadcast on March 10, 2019

Written by Rob Wright & Jessica Kardos

Directed by Andi Armaganian

Manchester Black and the Elite are leaving an establishment, agreeing to meet up later before their next attack on those who would keep aliens down. Menagerie spots a woman sporting an expensive necklace and decides to get a “little snack first.” Following the woman into a garage, she’s ambushed by Supergirl, Dreamy, and J’onn. The new Director of Alien Affairs, Ben Lockwood, is having an outdoor press conference to accept his appointment by the president and that’s when the Elite make their attack. Manchester fires at the director from a nearby building, but is blocked by Supergirl who shields him with her cape: she learned what was going to happen from Menagerie. She and J’onn fly to where the Elite were, but they’ve already teleported away via Hat’s namesake. Cue opening title card.

This was an okay episode, but fairly predictable in several spots. Alex has to transfer to protecting Lockwood and it’s very uncomfortable for her. Sam Witwer is continuing to crush it as being the most despicable character in the show and he’s amazing. Every word out of his mouth is arrogant or poisonous, seeming much like Glorious Godfrey from the comic books. Supergirl, Dreamer, and J’onn try to track down the remaining three members of the Elite, with J’onn fixated on capturing Manchester. There’s a neat sequence at the Fortress of Solitude with one character seeming to die at the hands…er, tentacles of a thing that’s infamous in the history of the Legion of Super-Heroes. One of the villains is captured, but another is still at large and it seems as though their next target will be the anti-alien rally, hosted by Lockwood, which is also spurring a counter march for those pro-alien. What happens there is predictable in every possible way, save the showdown between J’onn and Manchester. The final scene of the episode is the best, though even it was expected.

The good: The acting is tops, with Witwer, Dave Harewood, David Ajala, and Chyler Leigh getting the juiciest scenes. The music as the Elite leave the restaurant and at the end of the marches’ conflict is spot on and normally I’m not thrilled with CW shows needing music to create emotion. Dreamer and J’onn joined powers and it was cool. The final scene is great.

The bad: No surprises for how Alex feels about her new position, the identity of the online persona, what’s going to happen when the conflicting marches meet, and what happens to that character in the last few seconds of the episode. It was a very elementary story. And isn’t the thing Brainy is missing located in the cold setting that’s visited? Can’t he just use that one?

The final line: This is a necessary story to move the show closer to civil war over aliens and it’s a good way to crystallize the threat of the Elite. Sadly, it doesn’t do anything original to move the season arc along. The blasé writing is what hurt this episode. Overall grade: C

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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