Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Supergirl - Shelter from the Storm

"Shelter from the Storm" proves to be a pretty anti-climactic end to the Reign (Odette Annable) saga as the now triple-powered super-villain goes looking for Ruby (Emma Tremblay) who Lena (Katie McGrath has hidden. Eventually Reign finds the daughter of her human half, with plans to kill Ruby and vanquish Sam. Only with help form both Lena and Mon-El (Chris Wood), and advice from M'yrnn (Carl Lumbly) - in a subplot that feels particularly shoehorned in, is Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) able to halt her path. With Reign defeated, at least for now, it looks like the remainder of the season will deal with carnage and fallout she caused including turning Lena and Supergirl against each other.

While it was the most obvious thing for the series to do, I had hoped Supergirl would break against tradition and find a way to keep Lena and Kara on the same page. That chance appears to have passed. What makes the choice so interesting is that it is Supergirl's actions (or more precisely overreactions to learning Lena can create Kryptonite) that cause the rift, and her lack of empathy, understanding, or trust in this situation appears to have created an enemy where a friend stood only days before. As for Mon-El's choice to stick behind and help Supergirl, I'm more than a little disappointed (but again, not surprised) as he's the least interesting of the three Legionaries to stay where Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) or Imra (Amy Jackson), aside from both being more interesting characters, would also provide new storylines to explore instead of covering the same old ground once more.

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