It was essential narratively to determine simply how a lot Lena didn’t wish to speak about this tough time in her life, but it surely’s additionally value noting that she was solely keen to speak when it was in a courtroom of legislation, which is presumably for the general public good, versus in Andrea’s outlet, which may very well be thought-about biased and was even much less more likely to obtain Lena’s aim of truly stopping Lex.
It all units the stage to power the query for Lena testifying, who would love nothing greater than to let this cup move, Lex’s trial her personal private Gethsemane. Lillian even gives her an out with the provide to promote her shares that will nominally enable Lena to verify Lex within the non-public sector, so she might inform herself she might sleep at night time. But whereas Lillian desires what’s good and simple for the Luthor identify, Lena desires the reality, even when it means she appears dangerous within the course of
Watching Lena lure Lex into her entice and successfully cross-examine him from the witness stand is a delight. The second when the penny drops and we understand precisely what Lena had deliberate, that she is in management and has goaded Lex into telling the reality, is an exhilarating one. For as soon as, Lex is on the opposite finish of another person’s checkmate. It’s an ethical victory – although not a authorized one – for Lena Luthor to each flip down this universe’s model of her mom and to outsmart the perpetual manipulator that’s her brother.
Moreover, Lena faces the music. She advised the reality, even figuring out it is going to deliver scrutiny, which we’ll possible see play out within the subsequent few episodes. Her testimony might even result in her probably being labelled as a villainous Luthor, the very factor she’s fought so onerous for thus lengthy to keep away from. But half of Lena entering into her true energy is holding herself accountable. In the premiere, we noticed her making amends to Supergirl, and now she’s making amends to the general public of National City, even when it comes at a value.
One factor that doesn’t fairly sit proper is the ending. Lex and Lillian’s celebratory chess match provides the sensation of ready for the opposite shoe to drop, for some reveal of a shady trick up Lillian’s sleeve that led the Lex’s exoneration. But it by no means comes. Now, in the actual world, the thought of a wealthy fascist getting off scot free when he commits crimes in opposition to humanity makes excellent sense, although he’d possible be represented by Alan Dershowitz. In the world of Supergirl, although, it feels unusual for him to be exonerated so rapidly, with none meddling or evil doing afoot, unrealized explosive intentions apart.