Monday, May 18, 2020

Supergirl - Immortal Kombat

The Fifth Season of Supergirl comes to an early end. Given the COVID-19 shortened season, not all of the season's plot points are resolved, as the show offers a cliffanger ending leaving the fate of one supporting character in doubt and the endgame of Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) still a mystery. More than the big battles featuring Supergirl's (Melissa Benoist) pals fighting literal gods, or Kara's speech to convince people to leave Obsidian North Platinum, the finale is most notable for finally offering the opportunity for Kara and Lena (Katie McGrath) to put aside recent hurt feelings and come together once more (hopefully the signaling the start of a new friendship that won't be fractured by the first sign of trouble... or Lex's inevitable retaliation).

The super friends get added time here (some even playing Kara at points in the episode in a cute Harry Potter reference and cultural misunderstanding), taking on Leviathan with Kara busy elsewhere for most of the episode. Alex's (Chyler Leigh) new vigilante look, which does surprisingly little to hide her identity (mascara and a hood?), feels underwhelming despite reactions from the other characters. I'd be curious to know how much of the episode's scripting changed given the truncated season. Kara's speech, as the show drops back to rely on an old staple of the Maid of Might being able to inspire others to help themselves, feels a bit short of world changing. Along with refusing to offer any hints what Lex plans to do with the pocket-sized gods shrunk by Brainy (Jesse Rath), the finale also leaves the fate of the Coluan in doubt. Will his friends find him before he parishes in Leviathan's lair? And, even if they do, what version of the character will survive (possibly one that might provide the show's next big bad)?

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