Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Supergirl - Midvale

Alex's (Chyler Leigh) recent break-up leads Kara (Melissa Benoist) to take her sister home to Midvale in an episode that gives us our first real look at a teenage Kara struggling with her new life on Earth. Izabela Vidovic and Olivia Nikkanen are cast as the younger version of the two characters in this Smallville-ish episode that even contains a reference to Clark's computer-wiz friend Chloe. It's a nice change of pace episode, and allows both characters time to deal with their recent loss, but it also pretty by-the-book and reminds us how lucky we are that the show chose to begin with an adult Kara rather than offering yet another awkward teen coming-of-age super-hero story.

With the younger guest-stars taking the majority of the episode's screentime, there's not much for Benoist or Leigh to do here, although the episode ends on a nice sisterly-note between the pair. The show bends over backwards to fit Erica Durance during the extended flashback of Kara using her powers to find the person responsible for hurting her only real friend in the sleepy suburb. To call it bizarre would be kind. Helen Slater's appearance makes far more sense, although she too is relegated mostly to the sideline as the focus stays on the relationship between Alex and Kara.

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