“Bizarro” is the culmination of a seemingly minor, tucked-into-the-final-few-seconds story arc that began three episodes ago in “Blood Bonds.” Devised by the villainous Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), who hasn’t liked the titular heroine of Supergirl since the pilot, the Greg Berlanti version of Bizarro Girl (or Bizarro Supergirl, to be more precise) was created with the almost lifeless body of a coma patient (Hope Lauren). Why? To hate, find and kill Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist). Oh yeah, and to serve Lord without question. (She even says, “Yes my lord,” in response to his queries. Wordplay!) As exciting as the villain’s appearance on television was, however, notable story elements tucked away into the show’s background emerge with a vengeance.
Considering the character’s ties to some of the more bizarre story lines in DC Comics history, it’s no wonder comic-book fans and regular Supergirl viewers were ready for Bizarro Girl’s appearance. The footage previewed in early commercials and clips online revealed a promising take on the character. Sure, the showrunners had tampered with her origins quite a bit, but considering her varied history in the comics, the change of medium and the story already setup by Supergirl, these were all fine. All that seemed to matter was that Bizarro Girl looked the part — even down to the smallest details of her white, cracked face — for a head-to-head confrontation with Supergirl in “Bizarro.”
The Kryptonian and her human-hybrid counterpart fight three times over the course of the first episode. Each time, Benoist and Lauren’s characters reveal and realize more about themselves and each other in ways neither side could have ever predicted. For example, Bizarro Girl’s second attack occurred during Kara’s date with her boss’s (Calista Flockhart) estranged son, Adam (Blake Jenner). Aside from ruining a perfectly good evening, the ambush wouldn’t seem like anything too out of place for Supergirl, but then it hit her. How would Bizarro Girl know Kara Danvers is Supergirl… unless Lord already knew her secret identity?
While Kara and her adopted sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) acknowledged the fact that their secret was out, Bizarro Girl took things a step further and kidnapped James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks). With her Lord-given knowledge about Kara’s life outside of flying around National City, Lauren’s character has become more and more confused about her mission to destroy Supergirl. If the supposed superheroine is so bad, then why does she do so many great things? And why do so many people care for her as they do? These questions fueled her taking Olsen — a damoiseau in distress of sorts — away to a power plant to bait Supergirl into a final battle, but considering Bizarro Girl’s limited cognitive ability, she actually wanted answers.