Man of Steel

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TOMATOMETER

Critic Consensus: Supergirl steps away from the fantastical and taps into relevant social anxieties, carried by great performances.

Episode Info

Ben Lockwood did not always hate aliens. Ben slowly transforms from a mild-mannered professor into the villainous Agent Liberty of today through a series of events and input from his anti-alien father.

Cast

Melissa Benoist
as Kara Danvers/Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks
as James Olsen
Chyler Leigh
as Alex Danvers
Jeremy Jordan
as Winslow "Winn" Schott
Calista Flockhart
as Cat Grant
David Harewood
as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz
Floriana Lima
as Maggie Sawyer
Katie McGrath
as Lena Luthor
Sam Witwer
as Ben Lockwood
Xander Berkeley
as Peter Lockwood
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Critic Reviews for Man of Steel

This may yet be the bravest episode in the run so far. Jumping between timelines, back tracking through seasons and carrying a narrative line which is both unconventional and contentious.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Aside from one glaringly obvious plothole, 'Man of Steel' was another strong outing that offered something a little bit different to its predecessors and, in doing so, it provided us with some much-needed clarity surrounding Agent Liberty.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Much of what makes the episode compelling are a number of strong performances from guest and recurring actors and in particular from Sam Witwer, who plays Ben.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A good old dose of economic anxiety wrapped up in an introduction to the man behind Agent of Liberty's mask.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It pains me to say this but Supergirl Season 4 has lost its superhero appeal and its element of fantasy.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, Kara remains in critical condition, but at least she'll remain that way in some fly new duds!

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

What great fun - yet how sobering - to see so many recontextualized events from the past seasons. Living in National City doesn't look like much fun, but catching past guest stars and battles sure was.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

I found myself equally appalled and amused for the entire hour, as the story so closely hewed to the narrative we see of real-world domestic terrorists here in the United States.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An effective look at the slippery slope from xenophobic rhetoric to outright violence.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Sam Witwer holds up the whole episode by himself.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…