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Supergirl Fall Finale Review – Q Waves and Pompeii 2.0 (5×08)

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People can change with a little help from their friends.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for Lena Luthor who refused to listen to Supergirl’s pleas and attempted to unleash Myriad, the Q Wave powered mind control onto the world.

She failed, thanks to Malefic’s sacrifice, but it’s something she said towards the end that was worrisome: “sometimes the good guys don’t win.”

Supergirl/Kara refused to give up on Lena as she believes she can still change (that’s the guilt talking), but that statement alone underlines her dangerous Luthor genes. She’s tried so hard not to paint herself as the villain, but it’s coming naturally now. Is she this delusional?

The parallel happens almost immediately when The Monitor visits Lex Luthor (yes, still alive and wow, did I squeal or what?) and presents him with the opportunity of finally becoming that hero he always wanted to be. Lex’s response, “I’ve always been the hero.”

Both of the Luthor’s have a God complex that doesn’t allow them to see the nature of their ways, which leaves me worried about Lena fully encroaching into villain territory.

There’s also Lex telling The Monitor that they have to “discuss my sister.” Could she play a bigger role in the crossover than I originally believed?

The Lex Luthor twist is exciting because of how great Jon Cryer is in the role. The villain must die in the end, but his time was short-lived… even though the aftershock of his death is still felt on the series.

What does The Monitor mean by Lex being the hero?

How is it that the universe’s biggest villain has become their only hope?

Supergirl wasn’t a fan of giving up on her friend because she understood the impact of her betrayal (also: she’s not killing people, so that should be a relief), but Alex was looking at the bigger picture: Lena’s dangerous.

I appreciated Alex pointing out all the times Lena has kept secrets for her own benefit and lied straight to their faces about it because she thought it was safer because it proved just how big of a hypocrite she’s been this whole time.

This wasn’t the first time Lena kept secrets about her experiments or projects and yet, Kara never held it against her.

Alex’s views may have been influenced by her fear of being betrayed by both Lena and Malefic, but at least she was thinking about everyone in National City not just how to mend a fractured friendship, which is where Kara’s mind was at.

Supergirl and Alex found a way to balance each other out even if Alex used Supergirl to plant a virus into Lena’s system and was willing to give the ok to blow her up.

Hope proved to become a very valuable asset to Lena (but just to be clear, she’s not her friend. Oh, how she really wants a friend!) when she took the fall for Lena as Eve Tessmacher.

Lena might not have changed, but Malefic proved his worth by stopping Myriad. His reward a chance to make peace on Mars amidst a war he helped start. And J’onn even said he’d introduce him to M’ghann! What a great season 1 callback!

Upon Malefic’s departure in the car-turned-spaceship, another season 1 callback, J’onn received a visit from The Monitor, who admitted to releasing Malefic from the Phantom Zone so that he would face the demons of his past and be ready for a crisis, duh!

Acrata aka Andrea Rojas also changed by doing the right thing, standing up to Rama Khan, and freeing herself from Leviathan.

Here’s where things got a bit messy — Supergirl tried to tackle on too much at once and while the DEO was fighting Lena on Myriad, Kara and J’onn were stopping Rama Khan from “Pompeii 2.0,” which loosely translated to wiping out the human race for a clean slate with a massive volcano. Where was Dreamer and why wasn’t she there to stop it with her mind again?

Look, I’m not really sure why, but the important thing is that Rama Khan didn’t succeed, it drove home the people can change point (“that’s the beauty of this world, people can change”), and gave Stranger Things’ Karen aka Gamemnae the power. Although, who does she work for? It’s unclear. How will she differ from the comics? Again, unclear.

But considering there was all this talk about the world’s aligning and whatnot, maybe it has a deeper tie to the “Crisis” crossover?

The backdoor teaser (the same one that aired at the end of Batwoman) cut to cut to Central City, as Nash Wells, presumably as another DC Comics character Pariah, was seen in the sewers standing in front of a door as he uncovers a secret passageway.

He reveals he traveled multiverses to kill the Monitor, but now that he was here, he couldn’t bring himself to do it since The Monitor saved his life.

Nash then submitted to The Monitor, punched in some old symbols, and a golden light illuminated the screen.

Where did he go? Who will he meet? What will he become?

All those answers are coming for you when the crossover kicks off with Supergirl on December 8, Batwoman on December 9, The Flash on December 10, and Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow on January 14, 2020. 

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Supergirl Review – Confidence of Women (5×06)

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Supergirl Confidence in Women Review

Supergirl took us on a trip to the past to give us the origin story of Lena and Andrea Rojas’ friendship.

Maybe this came as a shock to you, but the two of them used to be friends before their friendship took a nasty turn much like Lena and Kara’s, which explains why Lena has a no-tolerate approach for betrayal.

But now, Andrea, who has been revealed to have ties to Leviathan, needs help that only Lena can give her.

Did this patch up their fractured friendship?

Here’s what we learned in “Confidence of Women”

  • On Supergirl Season 5 Episode 5 we learned Andrea worked for Leviathan. Now, we know that her superpower is “The Shadow,” which allows her to move around in the darkness. She turns to Lena for help breaking into the DEO to save her boyfriend, Russ aka Rip Roar.
  • Yes, I said boyfriend. In flashbacks, we see that in order to save Russ’ life, Andrea was forced to turn him over to Leviathan. And they created the villain, Rip Roar. The scene where he laid on the operating table as she stood by his side helpless was heart-wrenching.
  • Lena and Andrea met in boarding school and bonded over Titanic. “If you jump, I jump” never sounded like sound advice and now, we know why.
  • It all started with a story called the Medallion of Acrata, which Lena’s mother was obsessed with. Lena told the story to Andrea and expressed how badly she wanted to find the medallion one day. Well, fast-forward a few years to when Lex Luthor is manically laughing over his brilliant plan to kill Superman. Lena tells Andrea the medallion is the only thing to stop Lex and they embark on their Lena and Andrea the Explora trip to find it.
  • When they arrive at their destination, Andrea falls into the pit and unearths the symbol. A man appears and doesn’t give her much of a choice. If she wants her suicidal father to live and her company to become successful again, she must take the Medallion and promise to answer Leviathan’s calls one day when they need her. Andrea reluctantly agrees and then lies to Lena that the medallion was always missing.
  • Like most magic, the medallion comes with a price. It may have made things better at home but Andrea also became a prisoner to Leviathan, who forced her to become the Shadow and kill people. Obviously, they later hurt her boyfriend and, in the present day, were responsible for that tidal wave.
  • Lena shows Andrea absolutely no mercy or sympathy, which is the same that she did when Kara finally came clean about her secret identity. Betrayal is betrayal in her book. But, she’s willing to help Andrea selfishly because she wants her hands on the medallion.
  • Lena intercepts the DEO and blocks communication with Supergirl allowing Andrea to break in and escape with her boyfriend. Alex and J’onn put up a good fight. Rip Roar may be gone, but before he left, Supergirl got through to him and pulled “Leviathan” from him.
  • Andrea reluctantly gives Lena the medallion and tries to flee with Russell but Leviathan shoots him down and tells her that she can never escape her fate or the darkness that lives inside of her. RIP Russell, you’ll be missed. Anyone else feeling heartbroken for William who spent so much of his life trying to find his best friend?
  • Honestly, who is running CatCo at this point?
  • The DEO isn’t the only one looking into Leviathan as Lena pulls the name from the now-defunct medallion and tries to access Eve’s memories with it.
  • Does this mean Andrea will be more likely to work with Kara and William if they ever realize they’re all on the same team?
  • When will Lena realize that sometimes, people are forced to do things they don’t want to do and hurt those they love because there’s no other option?

Aside from Leviathan, which we still don’t know too much about, Lena is shaping up to be the villain that needs to be stopped this season.

Will she get on-board before it’s too late?

What did you think of the episode?

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Supergirl – Blurred Lines (5×02)

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Supergirl Blurred Lines Review

Kelly was caught knee-deep in the middle of the drama again on Supergirl “Blurred Lines.”

Malefic, J’onn’s scorned brother targeted Kelly at her workplace by shapeshifting into her friend Pete (hey, Bob from Stranger Things! RIP).

My biggest gripe with this storyline is how easy it was for Kelly to be fooled.

She knew that Malefic was out there with shapeshifting capabilities and she didn’t think that it was odd for an “old friend” to suddenly appear at her doorstep needing her help.

Come on, Kelly.

James Olsen kept saying that his sister could take care of herself, but honey, that was too easy.

Since Kelly established some mental connection to Malefic, they all deemed her a (easy!) target, and sent her away with James until the coast was cleared.

But wouldn’t they want her around to help them see Malefic? If he’s going to be shapeshifting into other people, it’s going to be much harder for them to locate him. Kelly’s newfound powers could come in handy.

Malefic has a rather large gripe with J’onn: he was betrayed by his own family.

But the fact that his father banished him because of an illness he couldn’t control wasn’t even the worst part.

The worst part was that J’onn committed the cardinal sin and erased his and his father’s memories wiping away any memory of his brother.

At the time, he thought he was doing the right thing to ease his father’s suffering, but seeing his memories played back, he realizes he did the cowardly thing.

He’s so ashamed, he didn’t even come clean to Alex and the rest of the gang about what he did, which will likely pose a problem as they don’t understand why Malefic is so angry with his brother.

I’m not entirely sure where this storyline is going, but at least it made more sense than it did on Supergirl Season 5 Episode 2.

Kara Danvers is realizing that there’s more to her new co-worker William Day.

Her first inkling was when he deliberately tried to shut down the story of a dead scientist by claiming “there wasn’t anything there.”

Sure, one would assume he wanted to scoop the story, but in this case, it was more like Day had something to hide.

Which we know he did.

Day was at the nightclub where Dr. Niles Jarrod died and just before he slinked off to hook up with the spider chick in the bathroom, he rejected working with Day and presumably Andrea.

What did Day want Jarrod to work on?

And who was the man that paid Day after Jarrod died?

Who is he working for?

We knew he was up to no good, but I never pegged him for someone working with the “bad guys.”

And if he’s such an acclaimed journalist, why is he doing any kind of shady work for some extra cash?

Meanwhile,  Jarrod’s killer ended up being an aurafacian, a creature who uses host bodies.

Alex recognized the “spider tattoo,” which helped Supergirl defeat the villain.

Supergirl is going back to the ‘villain of the week’ formula  they ditched for much of Supergirl Season 4.

While there’s going to be an overarching big bad, it’s fun to have these smaller villains for Supergirl to defeat on a weekly basis.

It keeps the show fresh and the audience on their toes.

Whatever was possessing Caroline O’Connor’s body escaped once Alex sucked out the aurafacian out of her, but what was it?

And where did it go? Did it find a new host?

The most upsetting storyline, however, involved Kara and Lena.

Lena is on her “everyone betrayed me” kick and is working towards bettering humanity, which in her mind means removing all of people’s “negative traits” to create a better utopia.

Dangerous? Very. But Lena believes this is the next step in evolution.

But that’s not even the biggest concern when it comes to Lena.

What’s more upsetting is how she’s manipulating Kara and how she thinks it’s okay because Kara lied to her first.

Lena realized she needed to get her hands on Lex’s journals to see what he knew about Q waves and mind control.

Tess, er, Hope in Tess’s body, suggested getting them from Fort Knox, which is essentially impossible unless you have a superhero best friend, which Lena does.

During their first meeting since Kara came clean, Lena told her she was having a hard time dealing with Lex’s death and the only thing that would make her feel better would be to read his journals.

Kara, eager to please Lena because she felt so guilty about her lies, offered to get them for her, which was exactly what Lena was hoping for despite saying “you don’t have to, that’s so sweet of you.”

Eye-roll.

Yes, Kara willingly broke into a federal facility to help a friend out. And while it might not be much different from what she usually does, the pretenses here were all wrong.

Kara’s putting her reputation on the line for someone who is using her as a pawn because they somehow think that it’s justified.

I’ve always defended Lena and her oftentimes lack of judgment, but this is too far.

And it’s something she won’t be able to bounce back from when Kara figures out that she’s been using her.

Ultimately, I think it’ll come down to Supergirl being forced to stop Lena from creating “better people.”

And further down on the list of important storylines is Nia Nall’s tiring romance with Brainy.

They had the makings of a unique and fresh couple, but that was destroyed the moment Brainy began delivering obscene amounts of food and speaking only in the language of love — poetry.

Nia didn’t find the attention flattering, she found it downright annoying.

Brainy wasn’t getting the hint until she spelled it out for him, but when he got it, he got it.

Brainy was confused by Nia’s insistence that “he can be fully himself around her” only to then be told his personality is too much.

He left in a jiffy after explaining he can only be 100% himself and that’s his own issue to deal with.

My heart hurts so much.

Brainy, you are too good for this world.

And Nia, that’s what you get for dating someone from the future.

He’s quirky, he’s different, but that’s what you signed up for.

Breaking Brainy’s heart means Nia’s no longer on the “good list” in my book.

What did you think of tonight’s Supergirl?

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Supergirl – Event Horizon (5×01)

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Supergirl Season 5 Premiere Review

Supergirl didn’t waste a moment jumping into the action on the season 5 premiere.

There are a few new villains in National City that are more terrifying than any alien with a vengeance.

First up is Lena Luthor. Yes, Lena, our once beloved Luthor is now someone that’s hiding her agenda against Supergirl in plain sight.

If you recall from Supergirl Season 4, before Lex Luthor died he revealed Supergirl’s real identity to his baby sister.

Lena doesn’t take well to being lied to so her reaction — fury and revenge — was expected.

Using her new VR contacts, Lena destroyed Supergirl in an alternate reality to make her pay for keeping her in the dark.

Lena was even ready to expose Supergirl to the world at the same time Kara was accepting her Pulitzer prize for award-winning and honest reporting.

But then Kara did something she didn’t expect — she mustered up the courage to tell the truth.

Kara had been planning to loop Lena in for a while, but every time she chickened out. It was mostly out of fear that she’d lose her best friend.

However, there was no way Kara could accept an award that lamented how she always told the truth by continuing her lie.

Her apology was heartfelt and genuine; you could tell she felt terrible about what she had done.

And it seemed as though Lena forgave her.

She killed the expose, gave an awesome introduction speech, and assured Kara they’d remain best friends forever.

But this time, she was lying.

Lena may have been the family’s beacon of light, but she’s still a Luthor that doesn’t do well with betrayal.

On one hand, I’d expect nothing less from her especially because having her easily forgive Kara would be anti-climatic.

But then again, Kara and Lena have built up such a heartwarming relationship. Sure, it stings that Kara lied, but I don’t see Lena as the one to throw all of that away to live up to some version of the Luthor name that she’s never been proud of anyway.

She’s always wanted to be better than the reputation the preceded her, yet she’s dignifying her actions by those family values.

At least there’s still some good left in her as she uses her friendship with Kara to make changes in the world.

The second villain comes from Andrea Rojas, a Miranda Priestly type of character taking over CatCo.

Lena made the decision to sell CatCo to her longtime friend whom she seems to have a strained relationship with.

Power struggles — sometimes it be like that.

Rojas barely started her first day at CatCo before making leadership changes (sorry, James) and changing the structure of the product.

In short, CatCo wasn’t making money since readership was down.

To make the product lucrative again, Rojas valued clicks over journalistic integrity. In other words, she was going to allow revenue to drive editorial decisions, which didn’t sit well with oh, the whole newsroom of journalists looking to break the news in an unbiased manner.

The sad part is that Rojas wasn’t entirely wrong — the world does revolve around clicks and the measure of your worth is based on clicks.

But if everyone gives into reporting news that people want to read, well, that’s a world I don’t want to live in.

James spoke for all of the employees when he threatened to walk but Rojas illuminated them to their new realities: they’d all been signed to 3-year contracts with a non-compete clause. If they walked, they’d never work in journalism again.

Kara challenged Rojas and told her she’s never be silenced, which Rojas accepted too eagerly.

There has to be a bigger play in motion here.

James, on the other hand, wasn’t interested in being restricted to this type of journalism and quit.

When Rojas reminded him he’d never work in this field again, he wasn’t in phased at all.

And that’s a mic-drop on James Olsen’s character everyone.

Other Super Musings

  • Alex and Kelly are full-on dating, but I sense some trouble coming up with Kelly’s new gig at Obsidian North. Kara made it clear that she wasn’t a fan of technology taking over the world.
  • It took no more than 3-minutes into the series for things to get political as Kara commented on the lack of interest in the upcoming election and again, blamed it on technology.
  • Kara didn’t have any issues with technology though when it came down to creating her new super-suit with pants.
  • PANTS!
  • J’onn Jones has a brother who is hellbent on destroying him. That’s really all you need to know from the Phantom Zone situation that unraveled in the premiere.
  • That T-Rex was fun.
  • Rojas’ uncle is Elon Musk. That’s how loaded she is.
  • How are the bangs not a dead giveaway to Kara being Supergirl?
  • Brainy and Nia shared their first kiss!

And lastly, who kidnapped Eve?

She was so ready to just get home after her long waitressing shift only to be kidnapped.

Let the girl catch a break!

What did you think of the Supergirl Season 5 premiere?

Do you like the direction the new season is taking?

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