Monday, October 7, 2019

Supergirl - Event Horizon

Much of Supergirl's Fifth Season premiere deals with the friendship between Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Lena (Katie McGrath), who discovered Kara's secret at the end of last season. While continuing to still be oblivious that her best-friend is Supergirl, Lena begins finding ways to get her revenge. First, she sells of The Daily Planet to an old friend (Julie Gonzalo) who wants to take the newspaper in the 21st Century (by gutting any real news reporting in favor of monetization and clicks). Next, she prepares to reveal Kara's secret to the world on the night Kara is set to receive the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting of Lex Luthor's machinations last season. Only Kara's admission prevents Lena from continuing with her plan, in the episode's best scene of Supergirl tearing up while admitting her mistakes to Lena, although Lena's final scene suggests Kara is far from forgiven (whatever Ms. Luthor may say to Supergirl's face).

While Lena plays the long game, and Andrea Rojas (Gonzalo) will likely make Kara's non-super-hero time far more stressful than usual, the episode's immediate threat is the arrival of another Martian on Earth who targets J'onn (David Harewood) by releasing a being (Jennifer Cheon Garcia) from the Phantom Zone capable of destroying the entire planet. Given everything else happening here, there really isn't time to get to know Midnight before the heroes send her packing back into the Phantom Zone. Elsewhere, love is in the air as the premiere gives time to check in on the relationships of both Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) and Nia (Nicole Maines), and Alex's (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly (Azie Tesfai).

Likely the most talked about piece of the episode, is a suit upgrade for Supergirl (designed by Brainy) that allows our heroine to trade in her skirt for pants (unfortunately reminding me a little of Cavill's costume - and movies I would rather forget). It's an interesting style choice that will likely split fans' opinions about what Supergirl should be wearing. Should Rojas prove true to her comic book equivalent, I'll be curious to see her story unfold and how she may become a foil for Supergirl as well as Kara. Obviously Lena has a larger plan in mind, and Rojas is part of it, and now with Kara's trust (and still fueled by feelings of betrayal) just how far will Lena go?

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