The latest episode of “Supergirl” is difficult to pin down. What genre is the episode supposed to be categorised in? The overall series is of course DC Comics based.  Is Ace Reporter,” the title of the episode, a science fiction? A romantic comedy? A romantic tragedy? A horror? Or all the above? With the story which series script writers Paula Yoo, Caitlin Parrish and Derek Simon spun for viewers, the episode could be classified as all of the categories mentioned.

There are moments of romance. There are also moments of comedy. There is definitely tragedy.

In the scene where Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is conversing with Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) in Kara’s apartment, the L Corp CEO reveals she had a close relationship with Jack Spheer (Rahul Kohli). Lena goes as far as to say Jack is her Kryptonite.

Funnily, when on their way out the apartment door, Lena asks Kara what her Kryptonite is. Since Lex Luthor’s sister does not know Kara is Supergirl, Kara could not exactly say “My Kryptonite is Kryptonite.”

The meat and potatoes of the episode, so to speak, revolved around Lena’s ex-boyfriend, Jack, visiting National City. He was there to unveil his big breakthrough in medical nano-technology. If fully operational, the technology has the potential to eradicate all diseases.

Lena, having been personally invite to attend Jack’s conference, asks Kara to go with her for support.

This conference is a huge deal. All the local media is their covering the event. Naturally, Kara runs into her former Editor-in-Chief Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez). Seeing Snapper at the event inspired Kara to tap back into her reporter skills. She questioned Jack regarding his discovery. Kara’s persistence to find the truth ultimately leads to a bigger investigation that puts everyone in danger.

In the pursuit of the truth, we saw mild-mannered reporter Kara learn a vital lesson about professional journalism and the essence of what makes an individual a credible journalist.

Every serious reporter knows, when it comes to writing news stories, personal feelings should not play a role in how the article is written. Journalists are paid to write a detailed account of the facts:

  • What happened?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where did it take place?
  • When did it take place?
  • Why did that happen?

Personal sentiment adds nothing to an article but an unsubstantiated bias opinion. Up until Kara published an article filled with slanted writing on her own website, Snapper had been trying to instil in his newest reporter a sense of journalistic professionalism.

In “Ace Reporter,” it is clear Kara finally understood the underlying message Snapper was trying to convey. Consequently, she finally apologised for the breach of professional ethics.

From Snapper’s perspective, considering he is unaware Kara is Supergirl, he sees the way Kara handled herself in the face of certain danger as a credit to her dedication as a professional reporter. This is evident in the way in which the editor-in-chief spoke with Kara towards the end of the episode.

Snapper being Snapper took the apology in his prickly stride. Kara is back at CatCo Worldwide Media as a reporter.

From a superficial perspective, it does not seem the James Olsen / Guardian (Mehcad Brooks), Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) and Lyra Strayd (Tamzin Merchant) story has anything to do with the main episode plot. Relatively speaking, it isn’t.

Underneath the surface, Winn’s inability to prevent his personal life with Lyra from clashing with his off-books pseudo -professional crime fighting antics with James in the guise of the Guardian.

The Guardian replies upon Winn as his man in the van. If Winn is too busy getting up close and personal with Lyra, he is ineffective as a partner. He is being unprofessional.

Supergirl using her abilities to eavesdrop on James and Snapper and later with Snapper and his informant was not exactly professional either; however, the later incident saw the Girl of Steel save the Editor-in-Chief from certain death.

Kara investigates Jack like the professional journalist she is. If it wasn’t for Kara, as Snapper rightfully pointed out, CatCo would not have had the quality of story they had when the magazine went to print.

We saw a glimpse of both J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) at the beginning of the episode but they did not play any role in the story itself. It was like the characters were side-lined. As for Mon-El (Chris Wood), it was like he was a walk on role. A walk on role is better known as an extra.

There was a moment where Mon-El attempted a guy to guy scene with Jack but that was only a ruse to obtain Jack’s security card for his office.

While it was intimated Jack was the big bad for the episode, this was a cunning misdirect on the part of the episode writers. The real big bad for the episode, only becoming truly apparent in the latter portion of the story, was the financial brains of Jack’s company Beth Breen (Claudia Doumit).

For the most part, it was good seeing the show back. The episode, while it was entertaining, wasn’t the best one I had seen. For me, the best part of the episode was seeing Snapper being his usual prickly self. I like that in him. I would like to see more of him in future episodes.

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Shain E. Thomas, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, is a University of North Texas graduate student majoring in Library Information Science.