REVIEW: Supergirl, S5E5 – Dangerous Liaisons

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Technology looms oppressively large over Supergirl Season 5, and “Dangerous Liaisons” is no different. In fact, the evils of technology actually take a fun turn with the commercials Andrea Rojas (Julie Gonzalo) has developed for Obsidian North’s VR contact lenses. Outside of that, though, it’s a bit of a downer – but not in a bad way.

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I hear Swift’s “London Boy” in all his scenes.

Kara (Melissa Benoist) learns from her future beau – let’s all just accept it and hope it doesn’t last – William Dey (Staz Nair) why exactly he suspects Andrea and her family of being the season’s Big Bad. He unfolds the tragic story, as it seems this Sunday was a night for sad tales, of his friend Russell. The last time they met was in a pub two years ago, when Russell told William about how he was going to meet his girlfriend Andrea’s family. Next thing William knew, Russell had disappeared and was presumed dead.

This is where we could expound on just how bad a journalist Mr. Dey makes, but suffice it to say that his pretty face is the only reason he’s going places. Kara takes matters into her own hands, despite his repeated protests for her safety, and figures out that Russell is not dead and is instead an assassin named Rip Roar working for a mysterious organization. The investigative duo end “Dangerous Liaisons” thinking Andrea isn’t responsible after all, but only after Supergirl and co. stop Rip Roar from drowning the entire West Coast of the country with a tsunami that would have taken out Obsidian North’s headquarters.

There wasn’t too much of Nia (Nicole Maines) and J’onn (David Harewood) in “Dangerous Liaisons,” but we did get to witness them in action alongside Kara when it came time to stop the tsunami. Despite their heroic and successful efforts, though, neither they nor the DEO can figure out who hired Rip Roar or the other assassins Supergirl has dealt with this season. Their questioning methods lead to another brilliant performance from Jesse Rath, though, as Brainy wears the spider tattoos in order to access that alien’s information. While the team doesn’t quite hit upon Leviathan themselves, the episode solidifies them as the villain of the season by revealing that Andrea is under their thumb much like Eve and Lex were.

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Here’s looking at you, healthy relationship.

Speaking of villains, Lena (Katie McGrath) continues her Killing With Kindness modus operandi, striking up a deal with Malefic study his brain in exchange for removing the block that keeps him from killing J’onn. But lest you think she has gone off the deep end, “Dangerous Liaisons” makes sure she manipulates and double crosses the naive Martian, copying his abilities without holding up her end of the bargain. She actually turns his inception powers against him and robs him of even the desire to hurt his brother at the episode’s end. Can we kiss and make up yet?

Finally, Kelly (Azie Tesfai) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) get some time to shine as Kelly buys her girlfriend the perfect date-aversary gift. Setting aside how I don’t understand the difference between that and an anniversary, the motorcycle helmet represents Alex’s ideal present, but it also symbolizes Kelly’s fears in the wake of her previous traumas. Having lost her fiancée in combat, she has a breakdown at the thought of losing Alex in the tsunami. It’s a touching and painful moment, and one that does wonders to expand both her character and their relationship. The compromise of getting Kelly a helmet too so they can be safe together is splendid, and it certainly suggests this romance will last for the long haul.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW.