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.
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?
Supergirl Midseason Finale Review – Fear Visions (6×07)
The midseason finale of Supergirl was underwhelming… and that’s putting it mildly.
After an exciting two-parter took Nia and Brainy back in time to revisit Alex and Kara’s past in Midvale, the rescue attempt to save Supergirl from the Phantom Zone just didn’t live up to all the hype.
This rescue mission was seven episodes in the works with planning taking up seven of the final season, and yet, most of it wasn’t even spent fighting Phantoms, exploring the Phantom Zone, or rescuing Supergirl.
Instead, it was hard to distinguish what was real and what was a result of a Fear Vision, The CW’s lamer and less frightening version of a dementor.
The confusion may have been the whole point since it mimicked the same disorientation that the characters felt when affected by the Phantom’s powers, but in reality, it was just a waste of a full hour that should’ve seen much more action.
The Phantom Zone is supposed to be this dangerous area, but the danger seemed rather minimal aside from what was happening in their minds.
The only silver lining was that the cast — other than the OG’s like Kara, Alex, and J’onn — were given plenty of screentime!
The Fear Visions all preyed on everyone’s biggest fears.
Alex was terrified that she’d sabotage the mission instead of being an asset.
Lena’s nightmare included a Kelpie, a mythical shapeshifter that drowns people, which connected to her mother’s death.
Nia’s fear focused on her inability to interpret dreams, which put Brainy in danger.
And Kelly felt inferior since she was only human and couldn’t save anyone.
Eventually, they all snapped out of it thanks to Brainy and J’onn, whose alien DNA prevented them from being affected… or so it seemed. Again, I found it slightly difficult to keep up, so that’s what I’m guessing happened.
Once everyone was brought back to reality, they managed to locate Supergirl and rescue her without even leaving the ship.
How convenient and anti-climactic.
Prior to her rescue, the Phantom Zone also took a toll on Supergirl and broke down her spirit.
She began to feel hopeless and was only brought back from her despair by a pep talk from dear old dad. He’s got a lot of those to catch up on!
His first one wasn’t bad though as he helped her remember that she’s the girl who always finds the silver lining in everything!
For a slight moment, I thought that maybe reuniting with her dad was some kind of hallucination or byproduct of a Fear Vision. I fully expected Kara to introduce the team to her dad only to find out that none of them could actually see him.
That wasn’t the case, however, and promos for the show’s second half of the season (which returns again in mid-August) reveal that he’s going to try to fit into Kara’s world in the final few episodes.
Having Kara back in National City and CatCo will allow the series to wrap up plenty of storylines in a promising way.
We need to get back to Supergirl saving the core of the show: Supergirl saving locals from anything that means to do them harm!
Of course, the cliffhanger also teased that Nyxly hitched a ride on the Tower’s ship, which means she’ll likely cause havoc for the Super Squad on their home turf.
This wasn’t that surprising considering none of us actually believed that she died in that blast, right?!
What did you think of the episode? Did you find it fitting for a final midseason finale?
Supergirl Review – Prom Again! (6×06)
Brainy and Nia, er, Brandon and Brenda’s adventures in 2009 continued on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 6. And they were quite eventful.
The episode kicked off with the duo breaking free from Naxim Tork.
Brainy was convinced he sent Tork and his alien zoo away for good, but when the meteor hit and things didn’t unveil as they were supposed to, they realized CJ Grant (known to us as Cat Grant) released Tork onto Midvale.
This one action messed up the time-space in significant ways.
Kenny was captured, Kara was forced to save him, and the police caught them exiting the alien ship red-handed.
And worst of all, Grant got the exclusive.
In other words, absolutely not ideal. With Kara’s powers exposed to the world, they threatened to change the future in ways they didn’t even know.
That’s when Nia came up with the solution to time travel again while they were already time traveling.
Honestly, time-traveling can get so confusing.
But essentially, they pulled a Harry Potter-esque move (think time turner) and went back in time four-and-a-half hours in order to prevent CJ Grant from unleashing Tork and getting the scoop.
If only Nia had figured out that her dreams with the cougar were about preventing Cat Grant from figuring out the truth, they could’ve avoided this mess.
But I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been quite interesting to see Nia interpret her dreams. They’re so vague, no one can even blame her for not knowing what they mean.
Once they traveled back in time, Nia was able to give CJ a signature Cat Grant pep-talk. She was even the reason that CJ permanently changed her name to Cat and quit the Daily Planet.
While the two-part episode was a fun adventure, I think the best thing about it was that we got Cat Grant’s origin story.
Every decent superhero has one!
It’s great to know that regardless of the name she was going by, Mrs. Grant has always been a solid journalist, a woman with a keen sense of fashion, and one heck of a motivational speaker.
Not to mention it was a fun way for the series to revisit the beloved character without bringing back Calista Flockhart. (God, I miss her!) Eliza Helm did a wonderful job filling Flockhart’s shoes!
Brainy and Nia encountered plenty of mishaps during their time travel — including young Kara hitching a ride back in time to help reverse the damage and secure herself a future — but they also managed to course-correct and realign space-time quite beautifully.
In the end, Kara and Kenny made the mature decision of pursuing their individual paths post-high school, which was perfect as it meant Kara would attend National City University and become Supergirl!
Does anyone wish that we would possibly meet Kenny in the present? Wouldn’t that be a cute reunion?
And most importantly, they got the piece of the meteor that will allow them to save Kara in the present day.
All the action of the episode almost made me forget that in our timeline, Kara/Supergirl is stuck in the Phantom Zone.
Fun shenanigans aside, this was still a rescue mission.
However, it was a nice reprieve from all the doomsday action currently happening in National City.
As always, young Alex and Kara Danvers nailed it. The episode was a reminder that the casting of their younger selves was always impeccable.
We also got a tender moment between Brainy and Nia as the two shared a sweet prom dance.
Supergirl has never been great at delivering solid, long-lasting couples, but these two are the real deal.
Things may have seemed dire there for a moment, but Brainy and Nia successfully accomplished all their missions before returning to reality.
It’s crazy to think that the mid-season finale is next week, but you can expect the episode to be action-packed and full of jaw-dropping cliffhangers.
The second half of the final season of Supergirl will then return on August 24! You can see The CW’s full summer schedule here!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know by sharing your thoughts in the comments below!
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Supergirl Review – Lost Souls (6×04)
Who ya gunna call? The Super Squad!
Brainy channeled his inner Ghostbusters on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 4 to bring down the Phantom Progeny.
While saving Kara was still a top priority, the team also needed to take down the Phantom Prime and release all the lost souls before it was too late.
Also, Briany ate his feelings in donuts, and if that’s not the most relatable thing, I don’t know what is!
I was less invested in the Phantom storyline simply because any Supergirl fan knows that they’ll eventually figure it out by the end of the hour.
And they did.
They located the Chrysallis and destroyed it before it hardened and became permanent, which released all the lost souls and dimishined the Phantom Prime’s powers.
From there, they could move into phase two a.k.a the one we all really care about: saving Kara.
The plan wasn’t clear at first even with Nia Nal’s persistent visions of Midvale High.
She couldn’t make sense of what they meant initially, but when it was revealed that they needed a piece of Supergirl’s DNA in order to locate her, she realized that they needed to travel back in time.
As someone who loves time-travel shows, trust me when I say I cannot wait for next week’s episode!
Lena has become a permanent fixture of the Super Squad. After leaving Luthor Corp. (and while I love John Cryer as Lex, it was kind of a relief not to have him involved in this episode), she joined the team at the tower.
And her skills are unmatched. She may not have “powers,” but she’s a tech wizard and that’s beneficial in its own way.
However, even a boss like Lena has her doubts, which crept in after she realized she didn’t have it in her to do what was necessary.
Lena refused to recalibrate the program which would lose Supergirl’s DNA and any chances of finding her.
Of course, Lena feels an immense amount of guilt for Kara’s current predicament since it happened because of Lex, but she has to let it go.
In order to bring Kara back, they need to be rational.
Alex channeled her inner Supergirl to do what was right — she knew Supergirl would’ve chosen to save the world before she saved herself.
Lena’s being way too hard on herself; having the ability to be that selfless requires a lot of practice. Even Alex struggled with it, even though she knew it was the right thing and that they’d find another way to save Kara.
Alex and Lena weren’t the only ones making impossible decisions.
Kara, who remains in the Phantom Zone, learned that Nxyly, the fifth dimensional imp that she trusted, was behind her father’s attack.
I kept thinking there was something off about Nxyly considering the Phantom Zone is usually home to the worst of the worst. She was just too eager to help them.
She may have befriended Kara, but she obviously had an agenda. And Kara, well, she’s just way too sweet for her own good.
When Nxyly threatened to walk through the exit mirror and into National City, Kara made the tough decision to destroy her only way (well, at least that she knows of) out of the Phantom Zone.
A self-destruct feature went off, and Nxyly perished as the anchor exploded and Kara watched her chances of getting home slip away.
She’s going to need the Super Squad now more than ever.
But at least Kara will likely get to go home with her father eventually. It would’ve been a shame for them to reunite after all these years only for her to leave him behind.
Will Zor-El make it back to National City and see the life Kara has built for herself?
And are you as excited about the time-traveling episode as I am?
What did you think about “Lost Souls?”
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