Man of Steel
Supergirl Season 4

82%

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Critic Ratings: 11
Critics 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.

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

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

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…

I guess since this is one of the last shows clinging desperately to the 22-episode format, they can afford a filler.

Oct 29, 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…

Sam Witwer holds up the whole episode by himself.

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