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Supergirl Review – Alex Gets Trapped In A Simulation (5 x 16)

Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) rocks her "Supergirl" outfit as she goes into a virtual reality trip in this week's episode,"Alex In Wonderland." / SUPERGIRL / The CW.
Pictured (L-R): Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Olivia Nikkanen as Young Alex in "Alex in Wonderland" / SUPERGIRL / The CW Network, 2020

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After hearing the news on last episode’s cliffhanger that their father, Jeremiah, has apparently once again died.

The Danvers sisters, Kara and Alex, butt heads this episode on why they should, or shouldn’t go to his wake.

Kara being the “good” sister, decides she’s going back home to attend their father’s funeral.

Alex, on the other hand, decides that she’s seen their dad die enough times already, so she refuses.

She argues and shuns away Kara, J’onn, and her girlfriend Kelly before retreating to her bedroom.

Then she decides to drink some wine, and put on a pair of Obsidian Virtual Reality contact lenses.

(This actually sounds fun considering the Covid-19 situation in the real world right now)

[SPOILER WARNING]

Hoping to escape reality for a few hours, Alex decides to play “superhero” in the virtual world, so she starts a simulation of herself as Supergirl.

Which is a bit of a weird decision considering you’re supposed to be at odds with the person you’re pretending to be.

But as Alex says, she just wanted “the freedom to fly and punch things without anyone stopping her.”

So more power to her? At least in virtual reality.

Her adventure into the simulated world of National City does not go smoothly, however, because the simulation has been intentionally left with a glitch that tries to trap people by feeding off their emotions during their most vulnerable emotional state, which Alex happens to be in, and then comatose them.

At one point in her virtual reality trip, Alex is convinced she is Supergirl, and slowly forgets her own reality.

So when she gets reminders of the real world, the simulation redirects her to keep engaging in her fantasy.

There is even an Inception-like moment where the simulation pretends to “snap her out” of virtual reality.

When in actual reality, she is already in a comatose-like state.

(shout out to Rick and Morty, episode (1 x 4) “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” for this gif, which totally relates)

Enter the Obsidian Platinum”Matrix”

This entire saga with the virtual reality shtick can’t help but draw comparisons to the classic cyberpunk film The Matrix (starring Keanu Reeves).

However, as awesome as some of the scenes during this episode are, such as Alex fighting a poorly animated dragon (SUPER FUNNY!), and the presence of multiple “Supergirls” in virtual reality doing karaoke night at the secret alien bar.

I can’t get over how emotionally fragile the heroes of the show still are after going through what they have throughout their run.

This is especially true for Alex who should be the toughest-minded on of the group because what else does she have to offer?

Because she does not have superpowers, she is supposed to keep the other characters grounded, and to see her lose it over a death in the family is a bit over the top.

Anyway…

The point of her entering the Obsidian “matrix” is to reveal that the company actually has sinister intentions of collecting comatose users for some evil plan that involves the Leviathan aliens, and Lex Luthor in some way.

As Kelly, along with William, (the Danvers sisters’ respective love interests) join together to investigate the “glitch” that causes people to comatose inside Obsidian’s simulations.

In the end, Kelly reports the glitch to Andrea, who obviously does nothing about it because she might be in on the scheme too.

Meanwhile, Will finds a lead, and the collective IP addresses of several comatose-induced users gathering at an abandoned warehouse, which of course is camouflaged with alien tech, so no dice on that end as well.

Although Will does pick up a hospital bracelet with a patient number on it, which could be helpful somewhere down the line this season.

Back to Reality

Alex manages to escape her virtual reality dreamscape with Kelly’s help by inducing her with a dose of cold hard reality: dealing with the death of his father.

As revealed in the episode’s final minutes, Jeremiah has indeed passed, and Alex attends his funeral and reconciles with Kara and her family.

(Although why Dean Cain was not available to reprise his role is beyond me.)

Essentially, this is a message we can all relate to in today’s society where social media trumps or even replaces a lot of our more personal interactions.

(Ironically, again due to the Covid-19 crisis, we are forced into boredom and consume more of said social media, and go out less)

Escaping reality and pretending in some way or another on our many devices that everything is okay is not a healthy method of dealing with our personal well-being.

If we can’t fix the little things, then how can we begin to understand how to fix the bigger ones?

So at some point, just like Alex, go back out into the real world, and find something in your life that needs straightening out.

Better or worse, you have to live your life. Otherwise, you’re just comatose.

For now, just escape for a few more weeks, so keep washing your hands, keep social distancing and keep CRAVING YOUR TV!

 

VERDICT:

Supergirl “Alex In Wonderland” scores

7 /10

 


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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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‘Supergirl’ Announces Sixth and Final Season Premiere Date on The CW

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Supergirl Fallout

Supergirl is set to soar this spring one final time. 

The CW announced that the sixth and final season of the superhero drama will premiere on Tuesday, March 30!

Kara Danvers and friends will premiere in the Superman & Lois time-slot. 

Sadly, the network isn’t going to give us a “super Tuesday” featuring this cousins. Instead, the new drama featuring Clark Kent will go on hiatus. 

Supergirl will run episodes until Superman & Lois returns on Tuesday, May 18 during which Supergirl will go on hiatus. 

5 Biggest Moments from The CW’s ‘Superman & Lois’ Premiere

The final episodes of Supergirl are set to air sometime in the summer, though the date has yet to be announced. 

You can find the full CW spring 2020-2021 schedule HERE!


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‘Supergirl’ To End With Upcoming Sixth Season on The CW

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Supergirl Fallout

Supergirl is taking her final bow. 

The sixth season of The CW series will be its last. The season is set to premiere in 2021 due to delays following the COVID-19 pandemic and Melissa Benoist’s pregnancy. 

Per Deadline, the series is set to begin filming in Vancouver starting next week pending a deal with local unions and SAG. 

Reportedly, the series would film around Benoist, who would join later. 

The outlet notes that the sixth and final season is expected to have 20 episodes. 

Supergirl marks the second Arrowverse show to come to an end as Arrow ended its eight-year run earlier this year. It also comes after the drama surrounding Batwoman, which replaced its titular actress Ruby Rose with a new masked vigilante to be played by Javicia Leslie in the upcoming sophomore season

Supergirl first debuted in October 2015 on CBS before switching over to The CW for season 2 and beyond. 

Benoist took to Instagram to comment on the final season news stating: “To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.

She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.

I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season. ♥️ el mayarah 💪 @supergirlcw”

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFc6IPfngNA/

We can’t wait to see what the final season featuring our favorite female heroine holds. 

 


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Supergirl Finale Review – Lena Aids Supergirl Against Lex and Leviathan (5 x 19)

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(L-R) Kara and Lena take their first steps at reconciling. Still courtesy of The CW.

Kara and Lena are reunited in the season finale, “Immortal Kombat.” Will they be enough to stop Lex and Leviathan’s evil plans?

 

In the previous episode of Supergirl, Lena realizes too late that she’s on the wrong side of the fight, and goes to Kara to seek redemption.

However, her involvement with Lex, and by extension Leviathan, with her Non-Necere project has put her former-BFF and herself at a disadvantage.

Meanwhile, Brainy still insists on going along with Lex’s plans, even though Lex clearly has no sympathy for anyone but himself.

And Alex, Dreamer, the Martians and the rest of Supergirl’s squad standby to defend against Leviathan’s plans.

 

As far as season finales go, the execution of Supergirl’s finale this season is as safe as it gets.

It’s not necessarily bad, but given the build-up from the previous episodes, it just came off as too safe and ultimately became almost boring and predictable.

First off, the grand lesson or theme that the show has been exploring with the virtual reality bit of Obsidian did not feel as high stakes as they intended it to be.

While it’s true that the ideology behind it is intriguing.

Namely, that people would rather escape into a fantasy world where everything is perfect and no pain or suffering can befall you, instead of living in the “real” world where life is messy and chaotic.

(Which does sound extremely appealing considering the condition the world is in right now)

But despite the extremely poignant and superbly relevant topic that the show has been trying to wrestle with all season, they fell short in achieving a true payoff.

To no fault of her own, Melissa Benoist, unfortunately, becomes central in how the show finished on a flat note this season.

 

The scene where she goes into the Obsidian virtual reality and basically “hope speeches” 2 billion people to end their simulation seems utterly preposterous.

Though the speech was magnificent, as expected from Benoist’s execution coupled with excellent inspirational quote-like writing, it simply did not drive home the point because it just wasn’t convincing.

There was no real argument made against the benefits of going on virtual reality to ease one’s pain.

Because essentially, what Kara’s poorly conceived argument boils down to was:

Living in a fantasy world is not good for you, so get out because you’re in danger, and go deal with the pain of the real world, please?

It’s a lackluster paraphrasing on my part, but I for one, do not find that line of argument convincing, so how would it work on 2 billion different people?

Nevertheless, Supergirl and her team are able to save the world again.

 

Despite the implausible scenario regarding Obsidian, however, there were elements of this episode that were quite enjoyable.

The fight scene between the Leviathan aliens, including Rama Khan, versus the Martians, Dreamer, and Alex was a visual spectacle that spared no extravagance.

As far as special effects for a television show goes, this was as decent as they come.

Unfortunately, when it was all over, the fighting seemed pointless because the good guys won almost too easily, and the idea that the Leviathan aliens were “gods” was not vindicated at all.

Yes, as the title suggests they were shown to be “immortal,” but the way they were defeated by Brainy seemed almost too convenient as well.

 

As for Brainy, he was billed as making the ultimate sacrifice at the early part of the episode, and all he had to suffer through was an alien radiation-induced headache for 10 minutes?

On a positive note, we get to see Brainy’s comic-book-inspired blonde hair again.

 

BRAINY: “I don’t want to die alone.”

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Dreamer even dreams of Brainy suffering, but he survives anyway, and Lex just takes the device he used to defeat Leviathan as a trophy for his personal use.

This is another poorly executed payoff because Lex and Brainy, who both possess supposed “12th-level intellect,” seem to become too emotional and careless in the most crucial moments and “miscalculate” each other.

Lex underestimates Brainy’s loyalty to his friends, and Brainy underestimates Lex’s ego.

In the end, they simply canceled each other out.

 

In short, Lena’s help in providing Kara another Anti-Kryptonite suit proved key to helping the team fend off and ultimately defeat Lex and Leviathan’s plans with Obsidian.

However, the episode ends in a cliffhanger as it’s revealed that Gemma answers to a higher power, and Lex is not done with the next phase of his plans.

And somehow, it involves his mother getting involved in her dirty work once more.

Too bad the show had to prematurely end this season because it would have been awesome to see where these new plot points would have gone.

But for now, they can serve as tasty teasers for next season’s storyline.

 

ELSEWORLDS:

  • Alex Danvers debuts her “vigilante” costume, and it has an homage vibe to the Green Arrow’s costume, but with Alex’s personal spin.
  • Eve Tessmacher is reunited with her mother, so she’s no longer a viable blackmail target for Lex.
  • William lives to fight another day but is still oblivious to Kara/Supergirl’s dual identity.
  • Andrea Rojas was “awakened” by Leviathan to try to assassinate Supergirl, but Lena successfully stops her with a hug, so that’s nice.

 

VERDICT:

Though this season finale left much to be desired, it did deliver a number of decent thrills, drama, and superhero versus supervillain action.

The good guys won, for now, but no real high stakes situation was ever conveyed.

And none of the characters had to make a heroic sacrifice.

Pretty much the highlight centered around Kara and Lena’s relationship getting repaired, and the potential trouble Lex and Leviathan will hatch up next season.

Immortal Kombat” scores a

7.0 / 10.0


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