Hello, friends, and welcome to another week of Supergirl! I kind of feel like we got a little bit of time to catch our breath with this episode…right up until the very end, where it was just taken away once again. As always, the episode, “Strainger Beside Me,” gave me some feelings, so let’s just dig right into those, shall we?
Brother, can you spare a memory?
J’onn’s dealings with his brother gave us more questions than answers at this point, one of the main ones being, “Exactly how much does Kelly know?” Because she definitely knows J’onn’s a Martian now, since she entered his brain, and she didn’t react AT ALL when the Super!Watch somehow called James away (I…didn’t know that’s how those functioned?). So thanks to Kelly, J’onn will keep plugging away at the empty spaces created by his sibling, freshly back from a trip to the Phantom Zone, and hopefully we will figure out what the heck is going on sooner rather than later. You know, except for Kelly, since she apparently knows all of National City’s deepest secrets.
If I know one thing, it’s that Andrea Rojas is up to no good. If I know two things, it’s that I am totally, completely, 100% here for it, even if she turns out to be one of the season’s biggest bads. I know Kara’s upset and feels like she’s being targeted by her boss, but to be fair (TO BE FAIR), she’s not gonna win any perfect-attendance awards anytime soon. I like the fact that Lena selling CatCo means that Kara and Nia’s work dynamic has completely changed, since it means that, you know, they actually have to go to work and do work there. Also, no offense to Pulitzer Prize-winning “journalist” Kara Danvers, but I would not want her to copy-edit me. I don’t understand what Andrea’s end game is here, though. What possible benefit could there be to forcing people to write about things they have no knowledge about? Stretching your writing muscles is one thing, but Kara writing about fashion at the party for RECEIVING HER PULITZER is the equivalent to me writing an article about Karamel. Just…no knowledge or interest on the author’s part, and definitely more than a little negativity.
And William Day? Obviously, something is up with him, but I don’t know what. They keep mentioning his wife, so she’s either dead, missing, has left him, or is a husband. And what was he investigating with Andrea and this Dr. Niles Jarrod? Is it possible this William Day isn’t the real William Day? We’ve seen how easy it is for people to just be…replaced. Or is he one of the good guys and Andrea is the one with the shady goings on? Maybe he’s just there to investigate her? All of the questions, none of the answers. So about on par with a second episode of the season.
And Kara crediting coming clean with Lena for her cheerful, sunny attitude in the face of all of this is just setting us up for bigger heartbreak when Lena eventually comes clean about her true motivations.
Maybe the Real Blueberries Were the Enemies We Made Along the Way
Oh, Alex. Alex, you sweet, beautiful, naive newborn baby. Alex isn’t used to her heart making decisions over her brain again until recently, and she’s panicking because she already mentally picked out china patterns for her and Kelly (a tasteful print that, in certain light, definitely, hilariously looks like boobs), but didn’t realize that her signature dish could land her lady in the hospital. You guys will figure it out. Just look how happy you are (and how happy you make me!).
It’s nice to see this Alex again — nesting Alex who has more in her life than work. I am sure that Kelly’s job will cause some problems down the road, but hopefully by that time, their base will be a little more solid, and Alex will be flipping some cinnamon pancakes on Kelly’s plate. With extra whipped cream and the crispiest bacon you’ve ever seen.
Also, Kelly is right. Poached eggs are gross.
And Alex knows Kelly in a more important way — you know, the way where when your girlfriend is being impersonated by a Martian, you clock it immediately.
The Dumbest Smart Person Ever
Over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of people like Brainy. You tell them one thing — like “this is the best day ever,” and then what you intended as an offhand comment is now perceived as a roadmap to success. He’s trying so hard, since emotions and love are something that his high intellect is having a little trouble dealing with, but it’s just not…quite right. Because he needs a little more humanity to balance out the brains. So just…lighten up on the food, dude. He’s not trying to win over Kara. I do hope they figure it out, because I absolutely adore these two together. And I think Nia wants him to figure it out, too.
A Sister of a Fight
Thanks to J’onn’s shape-shifting brother, we get an amazing fight scene. You see, I much prefer Danvers-sisters fights when one of them isn’t actually a Danvers sister. It was super fun to see Alex fly (!) and throw a truck at Kara one-handed (!!), but also reassuring post-fight when we see Alex immediately recognize which one of the Kellys is her Kelly…twice…even though it makes absolutely no sense that, A, James is summoned by the Super!Watch, and, B, that he brings Kelly with him on the back of the Guardianmobile. And clearly Kelly’s therapist training makes her qualified to run into a burning building. Ah, young love.
Honestly? Whatever. I love these two. Belief suspended. Just be happy, you two.
Truth Takes Time
I have been saying all summer that there’s absolutely no way they could make Lena evil (because — and I can’t stress this enough — she’s a good person), and I just couldn’t possibly fathom what a storyline like this would look like.
I…stand corrected. Miserably and sadly, I now see where this is going, and to me, it makes perfect sense. It’s such a Lena response, isn’t it? To try to explain away the cure for what’s clearly a broken heart with science.
I get why she kidnapped Eve, because deep down, she needed some sense of closure at the betrayal of one of the people she cherished the most. She knows she can’t kidnap Kara and make her talk (honestly, she wouldn’t need to — Kara would gladly let Lena chain her up with some Kryptonite cuffs under a red sun lap or two and let her have her way with her…brain), so she does the next best thing and tries to get some answers from Eve. It all makes sense for our favorite Luthor — nudging herself into that morally grey area to make her former friend give her some answers. And by the end, we see Lena’s intentions aren’t as innocent as we maybe first thought. Because her plan all along was to determine if Eve could be trusted and then merge her brain with Hope’s, and this is how she’s going to save humanity.
It’s heartbreaking because it’s believable. This obviously won’t end well (in addition to it being kind of terrible, HoVe is probably going to overpower Lena’s programming, start thinking for herself, somehow overcome that “inability” to hurt anyone, and work for Leviathan), but Lena doesn’t see it that way. She thinks this is how she’s going to make her mark on the world and make up for her family’s wrongdoings. This is how she makes the world a better place.
And that’s the most heartbreaking thing, I think. Lena’s always thought her salvation would be in her science, when we know that it is in her humanity all along. She talks about emotions like they’re a weakness, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Her humanity is what makes her better than the rest of her family, and her relationship and love for Kara and the super friends are what’s going to make her see how misguided she’s been. I still believe that the winner in the battle for Lena’s soul won’t be science; it will be her family. Her real family.
She watches Hope surround Eve, so similar to the way the nanobots attacked Jack, a look of terrified determination on her face as Eve stands there, helpless. Lena is reaching the point, I think, where she’s shoved how scared she’s become into the box furthest away from her heart and is listening only to that voice telling her that the ends justify the means, no matter what. And in this case, whether she knows it or not, the end is Lena feeling like she has some control over her own life and heart.
And how do I know that Lena is a good person this week? Because she literally wrote morality and empathy into Hope’s code.
I think, though, that between Leviathan and Andrea Rojas, Lena has maybe waded into water that’s gonna be too deep to wade in with out her Kryptonian gal pal. As enjoyable as it was seeing Andrea top Lena, I do think it’s only temporary. Lena could only be permanently topped if she’s a willing participant.
Everyone’s trying to live their best life in this episode and just being attacked from all sides. Alex and Kelly just want to be together, blueberries and Martians be damned. Kara wants to be a journalist by just showing up whenever she feels like it, and Andrea would like some normal employees to go along with her plans of world domination. Nia just wants Brainy to be himself, not what he thinks she wants him to be, but I don’t think Brainy believes that he’s enough for his perfect girl. And Lena? Lena is trying to save humanity one mindless automaton at a time, with science. It seems too early for Lena’s plan to be unfolding for her to be the big bad of the season, so that, at least, gives me a little…Hope.
Random thoughts of randomness:
Jimmy would make a great fit in government. No matter my personal issues with how he treated Lena (and how their romantic storyline was handled by the writers), deep down, he’s a good, decent human being who’s trying to do the right thing. I would honestly vote for his fictional character for president if he ran right now — or, really, any public office.
I wonder if Hope will be the key in how they write in Andrea Brooks’ pregnancy — now that she’s been merged with supergenius Eve, she’s able to create life. Super terrifying from a “the evil computers are taking over the world” standpoint, but great news for Kelly and Alex if they could create a baby on their own! Or, you know, adopt Eve’s.
Kara is awfully judgmental of technology for someone who uses Super!Watches to call and be called by her friends, who freely uses her alien superpowers, and who is best friends with Super!Scientist Lena Luthor.
Kelly is just so calming. Like Alex, I’m falling for her harder every week.
The more “evil” Lena becomes, the more Irish she gets.
This little kid with the evil-demon voice is just a DELIGHT.
Lena looks like she’s cosplaying Dr. Wendy Carr, and I am very into it.
There’s no way Kara Danvers would have only taken two boxes of sushi.
“Do I look like a guy who does charity?” William asks, and then we see that…he is a guy who does charity. Okay, sure. Not really invested either way in this guy, so keep it coming, I guess.
How many guns do we think Alex has hidden around the apartment?
Kara doesn’t have a key to Alex’s apartment? She really needed to bust down the door?
It’s okay, Kelly. I, too, am allergic to cats and have some type of negative reaction to hazelnuts, but I still have found a fulfilling relationship with a woman.
This cover of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is an ATTACK.
Supergirl airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW and Showcase.
Monica is a queer fangirl who lives in Pittsburgh with her wife and cat. She cohosts a Wynonna Earp podcast called There’s Something in the Heir, her favorite Buffy episode is “Doppelgangland,” and one of her favorite TV couples is Ben and Leslie. You can find her shouting about strong female characters and queer representation @lesbiyinzer on Twitter.