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Supergirl Season 4 Review: 4.12: Menagerie

It was Valentine’s Day on this week’s episode of Supergirl season 4. An alien parasite called Menagerie fused with a human host named Pamela Ferrer to wreak havoc.

Kara Danvers, Alex Danvers and J’onn J’onzz tried to save Pamela. But, they discovered that she enjoyed the power of teaming up with the alien. Pamela is a fun, dynamic villain and I was glad when the episode teased that she would continue on as a part of the season. It looks like she’ll be aligning with Manchester Black, another highlight of this season. I’m definitely not going to be rooting against these two.

Kara still felt a disconnect between herself and Alex now that Alex no longer knows she’s Supergirl. This plot has a lot of potential, but I don’t think they’re nailing the emotional throughline. I’d like to see more specifics about why Kara being Supergirl was so key to their close relationship.

Meanwhile, Nia Nal threw a Valentine’s Day party. Brainiac awkwardly tried to show her that he’s interested in her. Their interactions were cute, but felt a little unnatural. I hope their relationship becomes more organic and stops feeling so cutesy.

Brainiac’s plan to court Nia didn’t really work. But, he did manage to convince her to take on a superhero identity. Nia’s transformation into a fully suited hero felt a little clumsy and rushed, but it was cool watching her join the action.

Lena Luthor broke up with James Olsen because he couldn’t accept her sharing her research with the government. It can’t be emphasized enough that she first started doing this research because she thought supremacists might stop if only they had superpowers of their own. I wonder if this is a step towards Lena becoming an all out villain. That feels like the most logical progression. Otherwise, I’m not sure what a billionaire who plays God is even doing on this show.

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