Monday, May 13, 2019

Supergirl - Red Dawn

Along with bringing Kara (Melissa Benoist) face-to-face with Red Daughter for the first time, the penultimate episode of the season also softens her defeat against her doppelganger, and the victory of Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer), with the return of her sister. It seems the aborted adoption has loosened the memory blocks J'onn (David Harewood) put in place in Alex's (Chyler Leigh) mind with old memories resurfacing in dreams. Watching her sister nearly beat to death by a shadow version finally returns Alex to normal, and just in time as it seems Supergirl is going to need all the help that she can get now that Lex Luthor is a hero by single-handedly stopping the Kaznian invasion and "killing" Supergirl. Although it's not confirmed that Red Daughter is truly dead (this wouldn't be the first time Lex has pulled a fast one), either way it certainly appears that Red Daughter was this season's red herring as simply another pawn in Lex Luthor's rise to power.

Lena (Katie McGrath) continues to stay on the side of the angels for now, helping to stabilize James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen's (Mehcad Brooks) condition and burst Ben Lockwood's (Sam Witwer) bubble by opening the marionette's eyes to the puppet master's strings. Not to be lost in the episode is the "rebooting" of Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) likely setting up next year's villain as some version of Brainiac. This helps explain why the show went to great efforts to put a more human face on the character this season (rarely showing his real appearance). It looks like this new version of Brainy isn't going to play well with others. However, before Kara can get around to dealing with the change in her new friend, she's still got a reputation to save and a super-villain turned new national hero to bring down.

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