Anyone else feel adrenaline coursing through their veins and have a smile they can’t wipe off their face after this week’s episode of Supergirl? Sure, there have been glimmers of hope, or a stand out episode here and there in Season 3 that proved the powers that be on the CW superhero drama actually did know where their greatest strengths lie, but for so long it’s felt like I’ve just been sticking things out with Supergirl, hoping against hope that it would live up to that potential. All of the pieces have been there, the show just needed use them. It needed to be better and do better than it had been.
After a somewhat weak return from the latest midseason break, Supergirl really seemed to be trying to turn that corner in recent episodes. It was starting to address issues surrounding poor past behavior in Kara’s relationship with Mon-El and there really seemed to be a renewed sense of focus on the female characters. However, I still went cautiously into “Trinity,” especially after realizing much of the episode would focus on Supergirl and the DEO team dealing with fallout from Lena’s attempt at freeing Sam of Reign.
I have never made any attempt to hide the fact that I love Lena Luthor and hope that Supergirl keeps her on the side of good. While I still worry about where the show will take Lena’s future motivations after learning that she’s figured out how to make Kryptonite, my love for her grew by leaps and bounds this week. The episode began with her getting harshly interrogated by not only Supergirl, but Supergirl’s entire DEO team, and not once did Lena back down, show any weakness or try to make excuses for her actions. She is a smart woman who had calculated the risks and thought she was doing what was best for her friend and others. She wasn’t about to apologize for any of it, and frankly, nor should she.
Throughout the entire mission in the Dark Valley, and even afterwards at the DEO, Lena has a confidence about her that really shone through. From the minute she stepped in the DEO she looked like she belonged, and not only that, went on to prove how valuable it can be to have her around. I mean even Brainy proved to be no match for the genius that is Lena Luthor!
Watching Lena, Alex and Supergirl all work together to come up with a plan to battle the Worldkillers is literally the show I’ve been imploring Supergirl to be for over a year now. I am certain I could watch those three women walk the halls of the DEO, go on missions and save the world together forever. That is the exact kind of thing that makes me love you, Supergirl. When in doubt about what direction to take the story next, please let the answer always involve and center around Kara, Alex and Lena.
Having Lena so heavily involved at the DEO this week though did bring to the forefront the old question of whether or not she was aware that Kara is Supergirl. While Lena may not know about Kara just yet, she does now know that Alex works for the DEO and that James is Guardian. For so long I’ve thought that when Lena finally does find out about Kara that she’ll just say “duh, yea I’m a genius and I have known for awhile,” and that’ll just be that. The fact that that’s basically what happened with Alex proved to be entertaining and gave us some great interaction between two characters I wouldn’t mind seeing interact on a more regular basis. Both Lena and Alex could benefit from an expanded world on the show, and since no one thinks the fact that Lena’s BFF, Kara Danvers, has been largely incommunicado these last three weeks is a little strange, having Alex and Lena get closer and work together more seems like a great idea to me.
In any case, Kara can’t continue to be mad at Lena about lying and keeping secrets when she’s doing the exact same thing. She may think she’s doing it to protect Lena, but that just doesn’t make sense any more. Besides, Lena has more than proved herself, even before this week, and she deserves to know. Supergirl may have told Lena their slate was clean and the pair promised to work together, but until Lena knows the truth about Kara that won’t fully be the case.
One person not wanting to keep secrets any longer was James, as he not only told Lena that he went looking for Kryptonite, but also that he is Guardian. Here’s the thing, while I’ve been very against the Lena and James pairing right from the start, I didn’t completely mind it this week. The writers actually seemed to have some purpose behind what they were doing with James, a very good thing for a character that was very easy to love and root for in Season 1, but that the show has really let flounder this season. However, I may be more on board with this relationship between he and Lena if I didn’t feel as though I was thrown into the far deep end of the pool and expected to swim right away.
If the Supergirl writers had taken some time to build this relationship, from begrudging co-workers to something more, I maybe would’ve found myself more invested. As it stands now, I still find myself watching their scenes a little unsure how we got to scenes like that end one so darn fast. Maybe it’s residual whiplash, but I find myself wishing that men and women on the CW were allowed to be just friends. James and Lena, especially with what’s happened now in their relationship, could be very good friends, but because of the lack of development, I’m just still not invested in the relationship.
It’s pretty hard to find or want something to complain about after an episode that literally saw Kara, Lena and Alex walking around the Dark Valley with wooden stakes in hand. Again, more of that, Supergirl! Always more that! Despite the dark and hard fight against the Worldkillers, the episode had light and fun undertones that added to my enjoyment all the more. After all, Alex finally got a well deserved super suit of her very own and Chyler Leigh played the reaction perfectly! We’ve all known that she’s a badass, but now she can fully be one.
Two of the three Worldkillers have been dealt with but we’re headed for a huge showdown with Reign. I really hope to see Supergirl stick with the momentum it’s built over these last couple episodes, and keep the sense of focus its had on the women of the show as we head into the last part of Season 3. Lena revealing that she knows how to make Kryptonite isn’t entirely surprising, she’s a brilliant scientist after all and loves a challenge. We’re clearly headed for more tension in the Kara and Lena dynamic because of it, but I continue to hope that in the end Lena remains one of the good guys. It was clear this week what a valuable asset she could be for Team Supergirl, so let’s keep her there.
Since I’m feeling generous after a couple of weeks of episodes that I truly enjoyed, and because Kara Danvers has always been about hope, that’s the feeling I find myself leaving Supergirl with after “Trinity.” Hopeful that the show may have turned a corner and is headed once again to what we knew it could be. It’s been admittedly hard to stick with Supergirl through some very tough times, especially last season when it clearly lost its way, but if we get more episodes like this one then I’m willing to forgive a lot. But I do have one last wish, Supergirl. You’ve always been about chosen family, please let Lena Luthor stay part of Supergirl’s. She deserves it. We deserve it.
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Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Showcase and The CW.
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