Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Supergirl - Alex in Wonderland

For the second week in a row Supergirl offers a Kara-lite (Melissa Benoist) episode as the titular character is pushed aside once again. Following last week's Dreamer (Nicole Maines) episode, this time it's Alex's (Chyler Leigh) turn. With far more groundwork laid prior to the episode's events, "Alex in Wonderland" works more successfully than "Reality Bytes" while also being tied more directly on ongoing season plotlines. Following a season stressful events punctuated by the death of her father, Alex pushes away friends and family and looks for comfort in VR, unaware that Obsidian North still hasn't patched various issues shown throughout the season. The season-long theme of something being too good to be true continues as Alex loses herself in a fantasy playing Supergirl.

With most of the core characters only on hand to play VR versions of themselves, which itself is amusing, the episode belongs to Alex who takes comfort in being the strongest woman in the world while racing away from the pain in the real world. Through the use of a B-story involving William Dey (Staz Nair) we discover Alex isn't the only one to get lost in VR but that Leviathan is collecting the bodies of those who broken from reality. Just how this plays into the end game, and what it might have to do with Lutor satellites all over the world, remains to be seen.

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