Supergirl: Float Like a Kryptonian, Sting Like a Luthor

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The premiere episode of Supergirl Season 5, “Event Horizon,” was a JOURNEY, my friends. We got amazing Kelly/Alex and Brainy/Nia content, a deeper peek into Lena’s brain, a quick-but-thorough introduction to some new characters, and, obviously, immense heartbreak at the thought of Lena deceiving Kara even a little bit. The entire episode gave me a lot of feelings — so many that I had to do something with them, so here are my thoughts on some of the parts of the episode that really affected me.

 

You’re in a cult; call…someone

Supergirl took a shot last year at the current political landscape and all that went along with it, and this year at least one of its big swings so far seems to be social media and people not being “present” with each other anymore. And, yeah, our phones can turn us into mindless automatons who tend to tune out the outside world, but they and social media can also help us connect in a way we never dreamed possible. If finding your people is a cult, I guess you better sign me up and call my dad…or something like that. Lena especially has leaned in to technology and its companionship, since she’s developed her own AI program. At least she has someone to talk to about Kara’s betrayal. And if Lena created it, you know it’s got to be smart. I just hope that these simulations take steps in healing Lena, not breaking her.

Kara had hoped that after the divisiveness of Lex Luthor and the anti-alien president, people would be willing to rise up, and she’s disappointed that they instead seem to be sinking down into their gadgetry, something I think we’ll continue to see as a theme throughout the season — a disconnect of people with the real world.

Hope doesn’t float; it punches

These simulations really do show us what Lena’s biggest fear is these days, don’t they? Sure, she’s able to run a million scenarios about Kara telling her that she’s Supergirl, but they all seem to involve Lena being able to physically hurt her bestie. Lena has always hated being weak. She was willing to overlook the weakness that her friendship provided, but not anymore. She’s obviously not able to access those feelings (packed up tight in those boxes) well enough to tell Kara why she’s so upset, so instead she punches it out as “We’re Not Gonna Take It” plays, because obviously Lena is a huge Twisted Sister fan. Interesting, also, that Kara is still a hero in her simulations. There are some things that even an unreality can’t fake. Like those stilettos that Lena is wearing. In her simulation. As she’s casually hanging out by a bus stop. Someone get this lady a pair of Crocs.

Oh, no, I was just passing by on my way to the CEO store. I'm out of fucks to give.
Oh, no, I was just passing by on my way to the CEO store. I’m out of fucks to give.

Could they BE any cuter?

Brainy, much like myself, is just…horrifically awkward around women. Like, so awkward. We think it’s because he’s just a bumbling alien, and I really like that Nia calls him out on it and just asks if it’s because he’s inexperienced. No, apparently Brainy was quite popular and has been with many other people (sure, Brainy), but he still feels just so terrible about how he treated Nia last season earlier, especially since Nia is the first person he’s ever loved. He can’t forgive himself for how cold he was with her, and he won’t trust himself to lose his stiff formality, just in case. But Nia gives him permission to just…let go. And it’s so, so cute. And they have a very sweet, very tender moment, one that’s pretty important to see on TV. You don’t see twelfth-level intellects in just a regular love story every day that isn’t about them being a twelfth-level intellect. Representation is important.

We'll fight the powers that be, just Don't pick our destiny 'cause You don't know us, you don't belong
We’ll fight the powers that be, just
Don’t pick our destiny ’cause
You don’t know us, you don’t belong

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the adorably confident Alex and Kelly, who are also just a month into their relationship, but you get the impression they’ve done a little more with each other’s hands than shake them. They have a newfound closeness and comfort that they were just starting to build on at the end of season 4, and they are still in that phase where you genuinely enjoy each other’s company all of the time. Giving Kelly a job with new character Andrea Rojas cements her as more than just Alex’s girlfriend, but these cute scenes with the two of them furthers that, too. 

I get that look on my face when I think about Nicole Maines, too.
I get that look on my face when I think about Nicole Maines, too.

Simply having a wonderful sister-time

The heart of this show has always been the Danvers sisters for me, and this episode made me feel that even harder. First of all, Alex gave Kara the business about keeping her secret from Lena. If you had told Alex three years ago that she would be fighting to tell a Luthor her sister’s real identity, well, I think Alex would have laughed in your face. Or shot you in it. But over the last few years, she really has come to love Lena just like Kara does — well, not just like, if you know what I mean.

No, Kara, I think you need to be honest with Lena about ALL of the outfits you want her to see you in, not just the super suit.
No, Kara, I think you need to be honest with Lena about ALL of the outfits you want her to see you in, not just the super suit.

And Kara takes any opportunity she can to tease Alex about her new girlfriend…or to make Alex uncomfortable, like practically shoving her onto the (nonexistent) dance floor with Kelly. They also got to fight together again as sisters, something I really missed last season after Alex had her mind wiped. I maybe have missed their dynamic just as much as I missed Lena. I mean, maybe.

I’ll take Strong Women for $500, Alex

It was nice to see the team fighting together again, but it was nicest to see good ol’ Agent Danvers. She had a heaviness that hung about her all last season, and it really seems to have disappeared a bit. Thanks, Kelly. Alex kept her team focused and together, but that didn’t stop her from joking around. “How do you guys change so fast?!” got me GOOD.

Oh, we're not gonna take it No, we ain't gonna take it Oh, we're not gonna take it anymore
Oh, we’re not gonna take it
No, we ain’t gonna take it
Oh, we’re not gonna take it anymore

But we didn’t just have Alex — no, no, no. We got to meet Andrea Rojas, another one of Lena’s “friends” from boarding school. We got some teasing about their “relationship,” both past and present, and I can’t wait to dig into that more. But we also saw her march into Catco and, really, try to bring the magazine back to what it used to be — more of a focus on high-waisted jeans, I guess. She’s there to improve revenue, and Pulitzer prizes don’t do that. Clicks do. I am always in favor of adding more strong women to any cast, and I do love me some Julie Gonzalo. We have just a hint at her and Lena’s relationship from boarding school, and maybe what relationship could be coming, and even though it’s the subbest of text, I’m in. I’m intrigued. I’m ready to see what Andrea brings to the table, and it’s likely that I’ll be buying what she’s selling.

For your next article, I want you to really dig into why Supergirl got bangs, but also run a poll to see if people find the bangs more bangable. Why did your face get so red?"
For your next article, I want you to really dig into why Supergirl got bangs, but also run a poll to see if people find the bangs more bangable. Why did your face get so red?”

SuperHeartbreak

Yes, yes. Finally, we get the big coming out reveal — Kara tells Lena she’s Supergirl. But before that, we got some surprising self-realization from Kara that while she’s receiving an award for being truthy, she’s basically a lying liar who lies, and also some Luthor-esque passive-aggressive commentary about honesty about her dear old bestie. Lena almost seemed to be focused on causing Kara pain, something we know from the simulations that that’s something she is into. Every time Lena opened her dark-lipsticked mouth to apologize to Kara for being untruthful, my stomach sank a little further.

Much to my surprise, I really thought that Kara’s eventual confession was perfect, albeit years too late. As a known Lenasexual, I was ready to rip it to shreds, but I think all of us have been caught up in a lie that just…got out of control. She just wanted Lena to love her, and who can blame her for that. And you can tell from the look on Lena’s face that she’s shocked. She never thought Kara would be honest with her about this, and who can blame her? It’s been YEARS. And maybe deep down in her box she reserves just for Kara, she didn’t think she deserved it. But Lena underestimated her on this one, I think. I just hope Lena really heard Kara’s reasoning behind the betrayal. And Kara’s little half smile when Lena says that Kara may falter in the truth but always gets back up — it’s heartbreaking how hopeful it is.

Let's just...enjoy this for what it is, shall we?
Let’s just…enjoy this for what it is, shall we?

We’ll never know if Lena really would have outed Kara if she hadn’t found out the truth. I’d like to think she wouldn’t have, but who really knows? The intro she gave — heartfelt and full of emotion, especially without the weighted double meaning behind it — was perfect.

And then we get that scene that would’ve been perfect in any post-reveal fic we bookmarked to read later. Lena turns to Kara, eyes bright and hopeful, and says, “I guess that’s your cue, Supergirl,”as she gets to be the first to see the new suit materialize. A look of awe and amazement fall over their faces as these gal pals share this special moment, a moment that’s only theirs. A moment that they’ve earned together. Except it’s never that easy, is it?

I mean, you know I gave you pants first, right?
I mean, you know I gave you pants first, right?

The scene with the two of them on Lena’s balcony was perhaps one of my favorite scenes of the episode ever. It seems like these two are finally able to be themselves with one another — a casual Lena and a Super Kara talk about their feelings, and Lena tells her how things have to change — she needs to know everything

We've got the right to choose it There ain't no way we'll lose it This is our life, this is our song
We’ve got the right to choose it
There ain’t no way we’ll lose it
This is our life, this is our song

Kara immediately agrees and gives her a watch, like James’. If she needs anything at all, Kara will be there. You think these two are finally starting to see each other for who they really are…until Lena’s face falls into a hard mask of anger. 

Oh, you're so condescending Your gall is never ending We don't want nothin', not a thing from you
Oh, you’re so condescending
Your gall is never ending
We don’t want nothin’, not a thing from you

Lena has convinced herself she’s lying to Kara about forgiving her — and maybe she is, for now. That’s a lot to forgive in just one night. But the Lena Luthor we know? When it comes down to it, she’ll never betray Kara, not in the end. And I think you can’t blame Lena, really. It’s Luthor nature to strike back when you’ve been betrayed, and this may be the worst betrayal Lena has seen in her young life. She just needs some time to remember that the Luthor name doesn’t deserve her. She’s a super (friend), not a Luthor, and she needs time to make the choice to remember that. She’s never know unconditional love like she has from Kara before, and she’s not the person she has convinced herself she is.

And above all, Lena Luthor is a good person. And how do I know Lena Luthor is a good person? Because she named her AI “Hope,” and I assume it wasn’t for Hope Brady…although it does look a little bit like an hourglass (and Lena does have a fancy face). No matter what throughout this season, she’ll always have hope. And Hope could be what leads her back to Kara. 

Your life is trite and jaded Boring and confiscated If that's your best, your best won't do
Your life is trite and jaded
Boring and confiscated
If that’s your best, your best won’t do

They’re stronger together, after all. El Mayarah.

 

Random thoughts of randomness:
  • I hope that Kelly’s job at Obsidian North doesn’t cause any problems with her and Alex’s relationship down the road.
  • So, so, so many layers to Lena’s first conversation with Andrea. Will it be subtext only, or will Lena Luthor finally be the pansexual hero we all know she can be?
  • Who is Midnight? What’s her deal? Why is that her nickname?
  • J’onn sure does spend a lot of time at the DEO for someone who doesn’t work for the DEO.
  • Listen, I wouldn’t ship SuperCorp as hard as I do if they didn’t set them up in the most romantic tropes ever, like Kara spying her on the balcony before the ceremony.
  • So does Kelly full-on know that Alex works for the DEO? Does she know about Kara?
  • Also I love that they agree that Hans Gruber is the greatest movie villain of all time, although they’re both wrong (it’s Emperor Palpatine).
  • Who do you think manufactures those Supergirl watches? Maybe they’re in the Skymall catalog.
  • Lena’s calling is “to fix mankind”? Um…no, thank you? All mankind needs to be perfect is you in it.
  • I am worried that Obsidian North (and, by default, Andrea) will have access to all of the information stored by the VR tech. I see a conversation down the line of Lena begging Andrea not to spill Kara’s beans.
  • Eve really can’t catch a break, can she?

 

 

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW and Showcase.