How long can a girl be kept in the dark?
We’re on the fourth season and Lena still doesn’t know that Kara is Supergirl!
There have been so many close-call situations, several on Supergirl Season 4 Episode 20 alone, yet Supergirl somehow manages to maneuver them without revealing her identity to one of her best friends.
And she finally came so close — Kara took off her glasses and was about to tell Lena the truth.
I kept screaming “turn around Lena,” but alas, the moment was ruined by Lena inadvertently guilt tripping Kara.
Understandably, Lena is in a fragile headspace after being betrayed by Tess and Lex.
Finding out that her only stable friend has also been lying straight to her face day in and day out might have sent her off the deep end.
But she deserves to know!
And think of how much easier everything would be if Lena wasn’t always worrying about Kara!
Since they are working so closely together, Lena being clued into Kara’s alter-ego would allow them to accomplish so much more.
Initially, Lena would be angry, but I think she’d be astute enough to realize the difference between Kara’s lies and Lex and Tess’ lies.
Kara has kept her identity a secret to protect her loved ones.
And in continuing to lie, she’s doing what she thinks is best for Lena. There’s nothing menacing about her actions.
You can read the full review at TV Fanatic!
Supergirl Review – Future Winn Returns as the Toyman Stirs Up Trouble (5×11)
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!
Supergirl Midseason Premiere Review – Brainy Takes on His Comic Book Form (5×10)
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?
Crisis on Infinite Earths 3-Part Review: Can The Multiverses Be Saved?
Tuesday’s installment of Arrow wrapped up the first three parts of the DC Comics “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, with two more parts coming to finish the story in January 2020.
If you didn’t pick up on it from all the times the superheroes reiterated the word, the multiverses were in a crisis.
By the end of the third installment, all of the multiverses had been obliterated including everyone Supergirl, Superman, Black Lightning, Kate Kane, and more love. Poof, gone.
However, there was no sense of loss when Supergirl continued to remain hopeful and the episode hitched on the idea that there has to be a way to undo the damage that’s been done.
Maybe not with the book as Kate shut Kara down on that real quick even threatening to use Kryptonite, but odds are, it’s possible.
Otherwise, how are any of these shows going to continue forward?
Without the threat of permanency, there is no sense of urgency about the crossover.
Sure, we can be sad about those we lost, but in the back of our minds, we know that they’re coming back. Death is never permanent on shows like this.
By the end of the hour, though, all the universes and parallel Earth’s are wiped out and Paraih spared a handful of the heroes, the Paragons, and transported them to the vanishing point, a point outside of space and time that cannot be reached by the Anti-Monitor.
This is the real test for our heroes. Can their virtues of hope, courage, and more lead them out of this darkness?
And can they figure out a way to work alongside Lex Luthor, who rewrote his destiny using the book and hitched a ride as Superman? Isn’t it ironic he’s become the Paragon of Truth. Not to mention he replaced the most powerful hero on the super squad. No biggie.
The question posed at the end – so what do we do now? – will be the heroes’ and Lex’s ultimate mission.
How do they restore the planets? How do they bring everyone back? And how do they stop the Anti-Monitor?
Compared to last year’s crossover, Crisis is undoubtedly bigger and there is a role for every single superhero.
They were able to cross into planets and explore Earth’s we didn’t know existed, which was a lot of fun.
There was an alternate version of Gotham where an elderly and jaded Bruce Wayne killed Superman and evoked an anti-heroic mentality. Also, Luke walked around with his shirt off.
The Smallville Earth that allowed us to visit Tom Wellington’s Clark Kent, who had given up his powers to have a family, much to Lex’s disgust. It was a nice little addition, but admittedly, I wish Wellington played a bigger role. I guess he really did hang up the cape.
Diggle, Mia, and Constantine even paid a little visit to Earth-666 to visit Lucifer Morningstar played by Tom Ellis. The trio was desperate to get Oliver’s soul back into his body and needed a little help from the devil himself, you know, pre-detective days. Again, the inclusion of Lucifer was awesome, but the moment was dull and anti-climactic. They made their way to purgatory and found Oliver, but he chose to stay behind thus thwarting their rescue mission.
Separately, these scenes wouldn’t have made much of an impact, but together, they were fun little moments of hope and nostalgia in a time of death and chaos.
90’s Barry Allen even made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to reverse the anti-matter and prevent the destruction of the last remaining Earth, Earth-1. As his body and soul disintegrated, fans were treated to a memory of a younger Jay Garrick and his beloved, Tina, flashing right before his eyes. It also paralleled a recent deep moment between present-day The Flash and Iris. True love, y’all. Sadly, Barry’s efforts, while successful, were for naught because the Anti-Monitor still prevailed and destroyed Earth-1.
Which again, brings us to this final moment where all the heroes and paragons are tasked with their biggest challenge yet. They’ll have to rely solely on themselves to figure this out as the D.E.O, Star Labs, etc. is no longer around for guidance. How do you think it’ll play out?
Other Stand-Out Moments
- Even baby Jonathan got to play a part in the crossover. As Argo was the first planet to get hit by the anti-matter, Clark and Lois put their son in a pod and set the course to Earth, much like Kara and Clark’s parents did when Krypton was being destroyed. The Monitor saved Clark and Lois as their services were needed for the Crisis, but Alura perished. Meanwhile, baby Jonathan bounced to 2046 where we met a broken version of Oliver, who saved the child.
- Heat Wave being the only person to calm baby Jonathan is hilarious. As is his desire to read him romance novels… his own!
- Poor Lyla forced to become the enemy.
- We finally got more intel on Nash’s transition into Pariah. Even though he’s responsible for freeing Anti-Monitor are is now forced to sit back and watch the destruction of Earths, he still managed to help his friends!
- I couldn’t help but get reminded of Harry Potter throughout the crossover. The paragons are like the Horcruxes that Harry needs to find in order to defeat Voldemort (the Anti-Monitor) in this case. And those Shadow Monsters, you guys, those were straight up Dementors!
- Are we supposed to believe that they were able to evacuate billions of people in a speedy manner in the Legion’s ship? I’ll let it go for the sake of storytelling, but come on.
- Oliver passing the Arrow torch to Mia before sacrificing himself to save his friends and the people of Earth is the start of that female-led spinoff the CW has been teasing.
- Cisco is Vibe again.
- Kate’s strong-arm tactics are really cringe-worthy at times. Loosen up, girl.
- The Spectre, the divine spirit of vengeance, made an appearance as Oliver embraced the new role.
The cameos have been great, the crossover is doing the comics justice, and it’s entertaining, but now, we have to wait a month to see what happens and how they manage to undo all the damage, which you know they will.
Could the “Dawn of Time” mention in the below trailer mean that they will all have to go back in time to kill the Anti-Monitor thus rewriting history so that none of this ever happened?
What are your thoughts?
Check out the promo for part 4 and 5 returning on January 14th with The Flash entering the Speed Force.
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