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Supergirl Review – Confidence of Women (5×06)

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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 Review – Toyman Winns, while Brainy Works Secret Alliance with Lex (5×12)

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Supergirl Back from the Future Part Two Review

Note: Greetings Cravers! Lizzy has graciously let me take over Supergirl this week, and I hope I do her work justice – and of course, SPOILERS ahead!

This week’s episode “Back from the Future – Part Two,” unfortunately, concludes one of the show’s most endearing characters, Winn Schott, two-part return guest appearance this season.

During the episode, Winn not only reveals his Legionnaire call-sign but also has a cathartic moment with his father, Winslow Schott Sr., the original Toyman.

Of course, the story picks up from the previous installment by revealing that young Toyman AKA evil doppelganger Winn’s “death” was orchestrated for a more dangerous endgame –
Letting the D.E.O. seize a laptop containing his digital consciousness, which is unwittingly brought into headquarters, and consequently infects their computer mainframe resulting in evil Winn’s return as an “immortal” virus version of himself capable of weaponizing our heroes’ “toys” inside their base of operations, which they must try to stop before he reaches the Internet.

The caveat, however, is that the virus’ code comes with the consciousness of the original Toyman, Winn’s father, who after a change of heart decides to help his son defeat evil Winn.
In honor of this sacrifice, Winn reveals that he will change his Legionnaire call-sign from “Computer Lad” to Toyman.

I can’t help but think about the parallels this episode arc has with its namesake movie “Back to the Future” in how Winn, by seeing his father in a different light, a la Marty McFly did toward his father, changes their futures for the better.

As Winn says, “I’m going to reclaim [the name Toyman], and make it stand for good” before ultimately going back to the future.

However, this also begs the question that since Winn changes his code-name, will his future endeavors mimic that of his evil doppelganger? Perhaps not, but it opens the possibility of another Winn guest appearance as either the good or evil version, which are equally interesting and fun to watch.

This ordeal, however, was not the point of this episode because an underlying plot centers around the partnership of Querl “Braniac 5” Dox or “Brainy,” and Lex Luthor who both manage to manipulate the people around them throughout this episode as they proceed with their secret plan to “save the world” for the sake of the future.

Lex manages to get pieces of technology he wants by pressuring Brainy, and the CEO of Obsidian North, Gemma Cooper, as well as his own sister Lena Luthor to seemingly put the pieces of his plan into place. However, it is also revealed that Gemma meant to entice Lex into working with her company on behalf of Leviathan’s “The Anointed One.”

As much as I still hate to admit it, Jon Cryer, plays the mysterious silver-tongued mastermind facet of Lex’s characterization well – a far cry from his iconic role as Alan Harper from Two and a Half Men.

On the other hand, toward the end of the episode Brainy becomes the new director of the D.E.O. seemingly playing into Lex’s hands as Alex Danvers resigns from the position. Moreover, Brainy gives up the “immortality code” he derived from the evil Toyman virus, while everyone else was busy trying to stop it.

Jesse Rath, once again, perfectly plays the double-agent role in this episode, and his true intentions still seem to be hidden in layers unbeknownst maybe even to himself, as Lex continues to play puppet master to Brainy. At the same time, Brainy still seems trustworthy as Winn has complete trust in him despite the former revealing that he is secretly working with Lex.

Considering that Lex and Brainy are both (at least in most DC Comics incarnations) categorized as having “Twelfth- level Intelligence,” it’s safe to say that there is potential for some mind-blowing revelations about to come to fruition from all their scheming.

Whether that means Lex causing trouble for the heroes, or Brainy making a heroic save or vice versa is all fair game at this point and thinking about the possible twists adds unpredictability to this season that’s engaging to the audience.

Meanwhile, Kara decides not to pursue a romantic relationship with William despite the latter’s advances during the episode, which of course leads to the surprise re-appearance of Mister Mxyzptlk, this time played by Thomas Lennon, at the end of the episode who offers Kara “a do-over,” which prompts next week’s teaser.

Lorenz’s Rating: 8.0/10

Other Supergirl Musings

• Kara and William have a cute performance at the start of the episode by singing karaoke together to the tune of “Africa” by Toto.
• Brainy screams “Leeeroooy Jenkins!!” while battling virus Toyman’s robots to act as a distraction to an awesomely choreographed dodging stunt.
• The evil Toyman virus uses “flying monkey” robots to try and takeover the D.E.O.
• Lex and Brainy communicating through an “old-fashioned” silver telephone make for an effortless comedic effect prop.

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Supergirl Review – Future Winn Returns as the Toyman Stirs Up Trouble (5×11)

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Supergirl Back from the Future Part One Review

Supergirl’s “Back from the Future” episode is a win(n) all around as it brings back a familiar and beloved face that left day one fans excited!

The episode is still feeling the after-shocks of a post-crisis world and continues to set-up the storyline, which means that the lull should be welcomed before the battle between Lex Luthor and Leviathan picks up speed.

Which also makes this the best episode to tap into a meaningful reunion with Winn Schott, a Legionnaire who returns from the future, to fight his evil doppelganger, the Toyman, inspired by his maniacal father.

The callback to the Toyman was just as delightful as Winn’s return as it gave a glimpse into what would have happened if Winn grew up idolizing his father and wanting to be like him rather than doing everything in his power to run away from the tainted legacy.

While Brainy pulled double duty on the Supergirl midseason premiere, Jeremy Jordan mesmerized with two wickedly fun and vastly different versions of himself.

The Toyman was (and still may be as we left off with an open-ended cliffhanger) deranged and ambitious in his efforts to accomplish what his father couldn’t. Plus, he’s an influencer who seems to know how to rally the troops behind his Dr.Evil-inspired social media campaign.

On the flip-side, our beloved Winn was still his sweet and funny self, but in addition, he was more self-assured after living in the future, becoming a superhero with his very own super-suit, and starting a family!

Yes, Winn has a wife and a 2-year-old daughter, Mary, who he is fighting for with his return to the present-day.

It’s exciting to see him jump into the action alongside his former team, but the risk factor is low with the Toyman as it’s obvious they would prevail and save Winn’s family.

This is why the real draw for the episode wasn’t the action but rather Winn’s return as the show’s sweet spot. The series never suffered without him, but he has been missed in his absence, and they scored a huge win with his return.

It brought a familiar sense to the screen that truly felt as you were catching up with an old friend.

Much of the action took place outside of the DEO (owned by Lex Luthor, a point driven home multiple times in case you somehow forgot), and at J’onn’s new secret superhero headquarters, The Tower.

Finally, our heroes have taken it upon themselves to start their own, rogue hero team separate from their work at the DEO.

At the facility, Winn was able to comfort Nia, who was feeling a little blue because of her break-up with Brainy.

The best part of having someone from the future is that Winn knows that all of these little inconveniences don’t amount to much in terms of the bigger picture and that knowledge helps Nia to embrace her powers.

He also told her about her descendant, Nura Nal, and what seems to be his new sidekick now that Supergirl is in the past.

Out of all the people who realize something is not quite right with Brainy, it’s Winn, the person who hasn’t spent time with him on this Earth in a long time.

Brainy’s arc is as befuddling for us as it is for him.

He has distanced himself from his Super Friends and continues to lie to them after hatching an anti-Leviathan plan with Lex Luthor on the female Brainiac’s orders.

But then, Brainy confesses that despite doing something for the greater good, he’s not too confident in his abilities to tame Lex Luthor, a wildcard who does what he wants, when he wants.

It’s unclear if Brainy was being truthful when telling Lena he’s only running on logic after taking off his personality inhibitors or if he simply said that to convince her.

Winn’s reaction also seemed shoddy as he acted as if he was upset at first that Brainy and Lex brought him here and risked his life in the first place simply to get themselves onto the Legion ship before admitting that it was fine. He would never do the lips sealed gesture or keep secrets from his friends. Did the Toyman inhabit Winn’s body or is this just an example of how much Winn’s changed?

If Toyman was that social media savvy, what’s to say he couldn’t hack Winn’s suit?

Jordan’s acting here was superb and left audiences unclear about where he stands, especially since the Toyman arc doesn’t seem finished yet.

With Winn sticking around for game night, there’s a chance this isn’t the last we’ve seen of either of his characters.

As for Brainy, he would be much better off letting his friends know what’s happening and teaming up with them to help Lex defeat Leviathan.

They’ve worked with Lex Luthor before when it made sense.

Lex gets some intel as to who is behind Leviathan while aboard the Legion ship while Lena does her part in patching things up with Andrea, who hasn’t been activated by Leviathan just yet, so that she and Lex are in the loop when it does eventually happen.

Andrea and Lena’s post-crisis relationship seems to be the same as it was prior to it aside from Leviathan’s involvement.

Leviathan is touted as the “greatest threat of our time,” but we don’t exactly know what they want to accomplish yet, do we? All we know is that it has something to do with Obsidian North’s new Platinum package.

I can’t argue that I wasn’t interested in Rojas’ performance of “never again choosing between your life and dream.” That’s a high-selling point.

Lex also proved that he could still be trusted by delivering Lena the Q-Waves she so desperately needed for Project Non Nocere, but I’d be lying if I said that I’m invested at all in anything Lena’s doing at the moment. It’s all so vague and unclear.

As for William Day, he continues to get himself into risky situations as he again tries to figure out what happened to his dear friend Russell.

Instead of making Andrea Rojas the prime enemy, William is now focusing his efforts on Lex Luthor, which is slightly more dangerous but manageable thanks to his new partner and future romantic interest, Kara.

William is observant and has picked up on plenty of Lex’s oddities, so it’s unlikely that Kara will be able to keep her Supergirl secret from him for too long. He’s an investigative journalist after all.

Other Supergirl Musings

  • “Eye of the Tiger” is used in a fight-sequence that last week’s NSYNC’s “Its Gunna Be Me” wanted to be. The song fits only because the super team is fighting Toyman’s laser-beaming lego tigers.
  • Winn throwing up as he’s speedily brought up to speed with everything that’s transpired with the collapse of the multiverses is hilarious. Also, Lex’s “greatness” even seems to extend to the future.
  • Jordan’s portrayal of Toyman kind of reminded me of Chris Wood’s Kai on The Vampire Diaries. Also, why didn’t he give an update on Mon-El? I’m still holding out hope that he’ll reunite with Supergirl!

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Supergirl Midseason Premiere Review – Brainy Takes on His Comic Book Form (5×10)

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Supergirl The Bottle Episode Review

Batwoman may have experienced some post-Crisis chaos, but it wasn’t nearly at the same level as National City was experiencing.

Those who didn’t watch the Arrowverse 5-night crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” either thought they were tapping into a re-run or found themselves wildly confused at the events unfolding on Supergirl‘s midseason premiere.

The biggest Crisis fallout was Lex Luthor’s return. On Earth-Prime, the only remaining one, Lex is now a hero. Or, as Alex called him in the crossover “a really good guy.” Barf.

Luthor struck a deal that brought him back from the dead as a good guy, but his intentions are, as always, nefarious. The narrative of a philanthropic billionaire is the perfect cover-up for their morally questionable side hustles, he admitted at one point to Lena.

While mostly everyone in National City, aside from the Paragons and the people whose memories were restored by J’onn, have absolutely no recollection of a different Earth, Lena woke up disoriented because she did remember everything from the past including killing her own brother.

Kara immediately flew over to tell fill her in, but she said Lex clued her in and wasn’t in a forgiving mood. However, it didn’t take long for her mother to convince her to align with her villainous Lex for old time’s sake. They agreed to work on Non Necere, the project Lena started in an attempt to make people inherently good, and Lena even used a truth serum to make sure Lex wasn’t lying to her (though, she’s aware she still cannot trust him).

Oh, just wait till she finds out Lex and Lillian are planning their own world domination without her.

Lena’s partnership with Lex and thus, her mother, further pushes her into villain territory, but as far as villains go, this trio might be the strongest offering in all of the seasons. (Well, next to Reign, who got a quick little shout-out this week!)

Lex also proposed a truce between him and Supergirl and said they could “keep tabs on each other,” but Kara hasn’t agreed.

It’s unlikely she will as she and Alex were both disgusted to be under the employment of Lex, now the DEO’s head honcho, but admittedly, his return is enjoyable for the audience. Jon Cryer makes a good enemy, especially when enemy lines are blurred by the situation that’s presented itself.

Luthor’s storyline and upcoming battle with Leviathan is set up with the arrival of several Brainiac 5’s including a female version played by Jesse Rath’s real-life sister, Meaghan Rath.

A wormhole (which likely brought Beth to Gotham on Batwoman) brings Al’s Bars (plural because it was Al’s Bar from multiple Earth’s) to Earth Prime.

Soon enough, one of the Brainy’s is revealed to be Evil Brainy who bottled up his world before the anti-matter wave hit on Crisis and needed to open it.

Fearing that unleashing another Earth would destroy everything, Supergirl and Brainy did everything to stop it including do a fight-sequence to NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” This new Earth is weird, but I love it. And also, it has Justin Timberlake in it so that’s a good thing.

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Brainy blamed himself for not seeing Evil Brainy’s motivations and removed his personality inhibitors, the three glowing dots that he claimed kept his inner darkness at bay, so that he could stand a chance. The moment allowed him to become his true self for the first time (just like Batwoman!), which meant he underwent a huge transformation to resemble the Brainy from the comic books. His skin turned from blue to green, he adopted the purple and black suit. Even his pattern of speech changed. While we’ll miss Brainy, Rath proved that he’s capable of more than just comedic relief. He delivered three wildly different and engaging versions of the same character and served as the star of the show in an episode that set things up for weeks to come.

His other two doppelgangers also sacrificed themselves to join the Big Brain (the main cloud), but not before the female Brainiac told him to align with Lex if he wants to save his world and avoid catastrophe. But not only does Brainy have to work with the villain, but he also has to do it alone, which forced Brainy to end things with Nia in a heartbreaking way,

Before Brainy and Lex can tap into taking Leviathan (which has very much planted its roots with Andrea at Obsidian), their first order of business centers around a pretty familiar face, though, from the looks of it (and the foreshadowing we had in this episode with the toy monkey), Jeremy Jordan won’t be back as the beloved Winn, but a doppelganger known as the “toymaker,” which you might recognize is a nod to Winn’s father, the “Toy man,” whom he helped destroy in earlier seasons.

While I much prefer a reunion with Winn, having Jordan back is a joy in whatever form he returns.

Other National City Musings

  • William may not have his memories restored but his investigative journalism instincts are tingling as he becomes suspicious of Luthor’s involvement in Russell’s death. With Supergirl wanting to expose Lex for the villain that he is, she’ll work with William, which will only bring them closer together.
  • At this point, Alex and Supergirl should break away from the DEO and start their own team.
  • “Crisis” gives the writers a playground to do the impossible and get a do-over at some story choices that were necessary but shouldn’t have been permanent.
  • Has Nia stopped getting dreams as Dreamer?

There have been plenty of crossovers in the past, albeit, not at the massive scale as this one, yet they never permanently altered the realities in the way Crisis has. Crisis put the wheels in motion allowing character progression and plots to propel forward at rapid speeds. Nothing will ever be the same, and it’s an exciting aspect of the series going into 2020.

Where do you think the Leviathan storyline is headed? Is Lex meant to be a hero alongside Brainy?

Will Supergirl become aware that other Earth’s still exist?

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