"Supergirl" Season 5, Episode 10 "The Bottle Episode": Introducing Lex Luthor: Kara's Biggest… Ally?!? [PREVIEW]

Now that the dust has settled from "Crisis on Infinite Earths" – and The CW's Arrowverse is a bit more "cozier" because of it – the changes are starting to be felt across all of our shows. Arrow is ending its run after eight seasons – only to become Green Arrow and the Canaries; while The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow have to rewrite their "universe scorecards" to adjust for some major changes in the status quo.

Speaking of changes, did we mention Black Lightning doesn't have the benefit of past crossovers to help with its transition? Meanwhile, viewers have Superman & Lois to look forward to down the road as the pilot script was given a series order. Yup, change is in the air – and throughout the universes.

Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510B_0255b.jpg — Pictured: Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

When we last saw Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) pre-"Crisis", he was…well… dead. Then The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) made him better, he pulled some shady stuff during "Crisis" (including a righteous screw-over of Brandon Routh's Superman), and ended up… a hero?!?

Just imagine how Kara (Melissa Benoist) feels? Going from Lex being "Public Enemy No. 1" to "Hero of Humanity" is too much for Supergirl to believe. Lex is definitely up to something… but what?

Or is the truth a bit more complicated than anyone realizes?

"Supergirl" season 5, episode 10 "The Bottle Episode": MEAGHAN RATH GUEST STARS – The subsequent complications from the Crisis leave Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) to face a chaotic threat. Tawnia McKiernan directed the episode with story by Derek Simon and teleplay by Nicki Holcomb & Jen Troy.

Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510A_0020b.jpg — Pictured: Meaghan Rath as Meaghan Brainy — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510A_0034b.jpg — Pictured: Jesse Rath as Emo Brainy– Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510A_0048b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510A_0251b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5 and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510B_0148b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510B_0327b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5 and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "The Bottle Episode" — Image Number: SPG510B_0423b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5 — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kara will take on a new menace this season that might be as polar opposite of Lex as you'll find, with Thomas Lennon (The State, Reno 911!) joining the cast as magical master of mayhem Mxyzptlk. Previously portayed by Peter Gadiot during a second season two-parter, "Mxy's" change into Lennon will be explained though his shape-shifting, 5th Dimension magic.

Pronunced "miks-yez-PIT-əl-ik", the little mischief-maker has been haunting Superman (and his extended family" since the mid-1940's. Portrayed mostly as a prank-causing, fun-seeking foil (except for Alan Moore's disturbing take, to no one's surprise), Mxyzptlk always had the potential to be a serious problem for Kryptonians considering their weakness to magic. Looks like viewers will get a chance to see if Lennon's Mxyzptlk lives up to that "potential".

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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