Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Supergirl has improved quite a bit this season, but the show still isn’t very consistent when it comes to featuring compelling, fleshed-out villains. That’s been the general trend at least. But looking at last week’s handling of Biomax, the introduction of a dark new threat this week and the ongoing threat posed by Queen Rhea, it really does feel like the show is improving on one of its recurring weak points.

“Alex” shifted the season in a surprisingly dark direction. The trailer for this episode had a distinct Saw quality to it. The end result wasn’t quite as gruesome as that, but certainly more tense and unsettling than your average episode of the show. The key is that it never felt needlessly dark. In the end, the takeaway was once again that Kara was able to use her inspirational might to succeed where her fists failed.

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Source: Supergirl: "Alex" Review

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