Supergirl S01E12 “Bizarro” REVIEW
Airing in the UK on Sky 1, new episodes every Friday
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Rachel Shukert
Director: John Showalter
Essential Plot Points:
- Maxwell Lord has made a clone of Supergirl called Bizarro, and he has made her the mirror-image of her – which means that her powers are the exact opposite of Kara’s – and the pair go head-to-head.
- While all of this is going on, Kara is trying to continue her relationship with Adam but her fight with Bizarro keeps getting in the way and she decides to call it quits.
- Since Bizarro’s powers are the exact opposite of Kara’s, Kryptonite actually strengthens rather than weakens her. So the DEO must come up with an alternate way to stop her.
- James and Winn discuss Kara, and who should “get” her, and after they discuss this James is kidnapped by Bizarro as bait. After James calls for Kara on his handy Supergirl watch he reveals his feelings for her to his kidnapper.
- Alex decides to take Maxwell Lord into custody over the Bizarro incident, and Lord reveals his knowledge that Supergirl is her sister.
After last week’s strong episode and intriguing cliffhanger it was reasonable to believe that tonight’s episode was going to be a great one, but sadly it wasn’t. Rather than get an exciting battle of body and mind between Supergirl and her clone, things just fall apart as the episode decides to favour tedious attempts at melodrama.
When Maxwell Lord unleashes his own version of Supergirl – named Bizarro by Catco – on Capital City, Kara is forced to face the mirror-image of herself. Bizarro has the exact opposite powers to her: she breathes fire, can shoot laser beams out of her eyes, and Kryptonite makes her stronger. She is, for all intents and purposes, the same as Kara and, as a result of round-the-clock conditioning from Lord, is out to get Supergirl.
The inner conflict that Kara goes through as a result of Bizarro in this episode was interesting, especially when it came to how she wanted to approach the situation in comparison to Alex. Her sister is in favour of harming Bizarro as she’s an experiment rather than a person, whereas Kara sees her as a victim of her circumstances. This makes for some interesting dialogue between the pair, and for the most part the fight between Supergirl and Bizarro is great (although that final fight sequence is underwhelming). What is also good to see is the Catco trio back together, now that Winn has gotten over being rejected two episodes ago and is able to talk to Kara again. It is everything else about the episode that fails doesn’t click.
The main problem with this series is that it doesn’t know how to balance out its parallel storylines. This happened in last week’s story when Cat and Adam’s reconciliation paled in comparison to J’onn’s fight against his race’s oppressor. Now in “Bizarro” we are forced to sit through Kara and Adam’s short-lived romance as well as a weird conversation between Winn and James over who should “get” Kara.
While Adam’s appearance and interest in Kara in last week’s episode was fine, it is strange how the writers choose to approach the relationship tonight. It ends before it ever gets to begin, and since we haven’t had the chance to really become invested in the pair and their relationship it all seems a little pointless. Of course, now we’re going to have to wait and see who is next in line to win Kara’s heart, since this seems to be such a common theme lately.
It’s a shame really that Supergirl hasn’t been able to keep the momentum it built in the last two episodes. Both “Childish Things” and “Strange Visitor From Another Planet” were able to create interesting storylines for its supporting characters, but this episode just isn’t able to repeat that. Hopefully the series gets back on its feet next week, and seeing where “Bizarro” ended this should hopefully be the case.
- Kara’s inner conflict about Bizarro, and her interactions with Alex over whether she should be treated with contempt or compassion, gave the episode some real weight.
- The return of the Catco trio is great to see.
- “It’s like Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. That thing in Ms. Grant’s office looks like Ms Grant. She sounds like Ms Grant, but… But she’s being nice to me in a way Ms Grant never would.”
- “She’s as strong as me. She flies like me. She fights like me. Except for the fact that she talks like Cookie Monster, she is exactly like me.”
- “You say Supergirl bad. But Supergirl help people. Supergirl not bad.”\
- “You’re acting as if she’s a person, and not an experiment. That’s what she is, Kara, she’s one of Max’s deranged science projects.”
- The treatment of Kara and Adam’s relationship in this episode doesn’t work as well as it should because we’ve only just met Adam. Since we haven’t been able to invest in his character, or their relationship, their break-up wasn’t as much of a big deal as it should have been.
- The weird conversation between Winn and James over who should “get” Kara (when Winn was rejected and James has a girlfriend) was odd. It’s likely that James will be the one next in line to steal Kara’s heart, but whether this will work or not is yet to be seen.
- It’s a shame that J’onn didn’t get much screentime in this episode, especially when last he was so integral to the storyline.
- Maxwell Lord feels like a poor man’s Lex Luthor right now, hopefully he becomes more interesting as the series goes on.
And the Random:
- Bizarro is actually one of Superman’s enemies in the comic books, and, much like the character in this episode of Supergirl, he is an imperfect duplicate of the Man of Steel. There is also a version of the character referred to as Bizarro Supergirl or Bizarro-Girl that features in Supergirl’s comic series.
Review by Roxy Simons