[TV Review] ‘Supergirl’ Episode 1.05 – “How Does She Do It?”

Peter Facinelli really has a B-grade Tom Cruise thing going on, doesn’t he?  As you can see, Maxwell Lord (Facinelli) is featured quite prominently in this week’s episode.  While initially scheduled to air last week, CBS decided to swap episodes and air this one later due to its plot.  Given that it involves a mad bomber and the world was just rocked by a few devastating explosive attacks, it was a good call.

Luckily airing out of order doesn’t really mess with things too much, aside from a few minor subplots.  This week brings a lot of fun when poor Kara has to juggle working for Cat, being Supergirl, and babysitting Cat’s teenage son, Carter.  To make matters more interesting, Carter has a crush on Supergirl and is a bit obsessed with her.

It’s a lot of fun watching Kara stress out over everything she needs to get done, from sending layouts to the printer for Jimmy to picking Carter up from school to stopping terrorist attacks across the city.  Melissa Benoist dives in across the board and nails every minute of it, further proving that Berlanti & Co. almost always know what they are doing when it comes to casting, especially their leads.

In terms of revelations, we were given a better glimpse into Hank Henshaw mysterious powers this week as he diffused a bomb.  Given his nature in the source material, I’m extremely curious to see where the show takes his character as the season goes on.  I’m also curious to find out more about the DEO, both in how they operate now and what was going on when Kara & Alex’s father, Dr. Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain), used to work there.

This week also saw Lord taking another step towards a Lex Luthor-esque role on the series.  While both the producers and actor Peter Facinelli have claimed that Max will be his own character on the show and not just a Lex clone, he’s certainly playing around in the same arena.  Still, I like his “Tom Cruise as Lex Luthor” take on the part thus far and am excited to see what else he brings to the table as the season goes forward.

Totally Cruise-ing…

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