Before I go into my review of this week’s Supergirl, titled “City of Lost Children,” let’s revisit my feelings on James Olsen as Guardian. When it was first announced that James would become the vigilante Guardian, I was among the first to express my utter disdain at this idea.
My argument was that the show was becoming too saturated with heroes. This isn’t Arrow or Flash where everybody has to put on a costume or gain a super power. I thought it made more sense for James to become a hero in some other way, like work for the DEO. After all, he’s there practically all the time, as this episode shows.
The Man in the Iron Mask
Although we’ve had several Guardian episodes, this is the first episode in a long time to be more about the man behind the armor. While “City of Lost Children” is not the series’ best episode by a long shot, it does do an admirable job of bringing out James’s inner hero as well as setting the stage for the season finale.
The episode starts out with Guardian saving a woman in danger, only to have that woman run away from him. If I was rescued by a big ass dude in a Robocop suit, I might be a little afraid. This leads to several scenes of James questioning his inability to be a respected hero like Supergirl or her more successful cousin.
Alright, hang on James. First, you wanted to fight crime. Now, you want to be idolized like your friends. There’s no satisfying you, is there?
Following the incident at the park, James’ depression gets worse — particularly when J’onn says they will let James know if they need his specific set of skills. I’m not sure what J’onn meant by this unless he was just trying to get rid of him.
Well, James becomes very involved when he learns the address of the woman only to find her son instead. James takes off his Guardian helmet, which is actually the last time he dons it in this episode.
Despite Alex’s complete failure in getting the alien child to talk and J’onn’s continuous barrage of insults, the team realizes they need James to try to get the boy to reveal where his mother is hiding.
This leads to James taking the child to the most exciting place in National City. That’s right: he takes him to Catco Worldwide. Wait, what?We are then subjected to some bonding over cameras, curly fries, and James sharing memories of his father. I will admit I was getting quite bored with this
We are then subjected to some bonding over cameras, curly fries, and James sharing memories of his father. I will admit I was getting quite bored with this episode until the kid went nuclear and began to single-handedly bring down the entire building with his telekinetic powers.
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