Supergirl s05e04 – In Plain Sight

It took me a while to like Mehcad Brooks’s “Don’t Call Me Jimmy” Olsen. The character’s fairly flat, the show never really let Brooks do much either. He’d always get in the orbit of a controversial topic and then rush through a couple episodes and move on. Let’s not forget the show didn’t let he and Kara (Melissa Benoist) date because apparently the Black guy and Supergirl was okay on CBS but not on CW? Anyway, he’s been on the show since episode one. He peaked a long time ago and has been barely scraping by on likability; Guardian has always been terrible. At least with Jeremy Jordan it was fun. Since… not so much. Even when there was a chance to do really something with a Black superhero… “Supergirl” choked. Oddly so.

And then there was Brooks and Katie McGrath’s whole romance last season, which doesn’t even amount to a least scene for the pair this episode. Oh, right. Sorry. Spoiler. Mehcad Brooks is out.

The episode makes it perfectly clear how little he’s needed in National City too. It forgets him at the end for a while and you’re wondering more about almost anything else. Not the villain, J’onn’s evil Martian brother, but anything besides him. Even though he’s got a slightly unpredicted arc. Phil LaMarr’s voice performance seems better this time out (or at least less bad).

Then there’s also a whole thing with Chyler Leigh getting possessed and telling J’onn (David Harewood) he’s a bad friend and Harewood crying about it. This show has failed Harewood time and again and apparently the hole can get a little deeper. It’s a nonsense subplot, but at least it facilities Jesse Rath and McGrath getting some scenes together because McGrath’s hilarious in them. And, yet again, the show perfectly utilizes McGrath then promises to screw it up with her “are they evil on purpose” machinations.

But the Rath and McGrath scenes are good.

And “Supergirl”’s no worse than… it’s been many times before. The show survives on good sincerity scenes in bad episodes and effective guest stars more than anything else.

Though Benoist’s new love interest Staz Nair is terrible.

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