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Supergirl Season 5, Episode 8
The ambition of CW’s DC superhero crossover occasions is unparalleled on community TV, current as an annual reminder of what may be attainable when TV networks dream large. That being stated, working to convey collectively an enormous logisitcal and narrative challenge like “Disaster On Infinite Earths,” set to start subsequent Sunday, is not with out its sacrifices. This yr, a kind of sacrifices is the rushed conclusion (and center, if we’re being sincere) of Supergirl‘s non-Disaster storylines.
“The Wrath of Rama Khan” has loads to do in simply 42 minutes because it rushes to organize for “Disaster On Infinite Earths,” and it does not pull it off. Whereas the episode ends (pre-Disaster prologue) with the implication that the Leviathan arc is way from over, this chapter of the Leviathan story—to not point out Lena’s failed plan to make use of Myriad to re-program the folks of the world so they’re unable to harm others—speeds chaotically to an unsatisfying conclusion.
To be truthful, it is not completely Disaster’ fault. This primary a part of Supergirl Season 5 has bitten off far more than it could possibly chew. We have had the mysterious Leviathan gradual burn, Lena’s plotting, the return of J’onn’s brother Malefic, and the swooping in of Andrea Rojas and what that has meant for CatCo Media. “Khan” tried to coalesce many of those storylines into one, however, as they have been thematically at odds, it did not work. It additionally does not assist that we have not seen Kara’s extra relatable storylines at CatCo as a journalist, enjoying video games along with her buddies, and even having sister hangs with Alex to floor these extra bombastic plots.
What has labored on this season has been the Lena Luthor stuff, in no small half due to a) the work this present has accomplished to construct this character and her relationship with Kara since Day One and b) the stellar efficiency from Katie McGrath. Sadly, the conclusion (for now) right here is muddled. Whereas Kara is confirmed proper in urging Alex to belief the “good” in Lena and use Malefic to cease Myriad reasonably than using a extra deadly answer, the story has to do loads of labor to power this storyline right into a “it’s a must to use your coronary heart reasonably than your head” and “we now have to consider within the risk that anybody can change for the higher” framework.
Whereas I feel these are admirable, underepresented themes to discover, there’s a distinction between giving somebody who has requested for the chance to point out they’ve modified that probability and assuming somebody will make a random 180. Alex spends a lot of this episode being the voice of cause—stating that there’s a lot extra at stake right here than a friendship—and being slowly satisfied by each different character that she is incorrect, which undermines the intelligence of each different character and chips away on the believability of this world.
There may be a lot to like in regards to the Kara/Lena angst on this episode, particularly the scene that noticed Kara attempting to elucidate herself to Lena once more. That being stated, the present is not doing itself any favors by making Lena’s actions so villainous. Whereas Lena’s plan is simply too obscure to get any actual learn on (once more, hurting the sense of stakes on this episode), what would this episode have performed like if Lena’s plan needed to do with one thing recognizably necessary and particular, like reversing local weather change (which might have performed higher thematically with the Rama Khan plot)? Lena’s obscure mission to maintain folks from hurting each other by utilizing Q-waves to incept them in a roundabout way just isn’t solely horrific, but in addition very unclear. What would this even seem like?
Nonetheless you slice it, the plan would imply a breach of consent on a worldwide stage, one that’s echoed on the person stage by Lena’s BFF, Hope, an AI Lena pressured into Eve with out Eve‘s consent. When Hope affords to threat her life to repair the satellites, Hope is not simply risking her personal “life,” however Eve’s as properly. Hope mentions that Eve could be OK with it, however it’s unclear if she has any manner of truly figuring out that. Supergirl has by no means bothered to elucidate how Hope’s character really works, which undercuts Lena’s apparently sincere worry that she is going to lose her one buddy.
In the meantime, Rama Khan is on a mission to trigger an extinction-level occasion, with the reluctant after which outright unwilling assist of Andrea. It is exhausting to take this menace severely after we, as viewers, are a lot extra emotionally-invested within the Lena stuff, to not point out conscious that the stakes are about to be raised a lot extra exponentially in “Disaster,” during which total worlds (as in plural) are in danger. Sorry, Rama Khan. You are simply not that scary.
By episode’s finish, Supergirl has managed to cease Rama Khan, with the assistance of J’onn, impressed by the truth that Alex selected the extra hopeful selection in stopping Lena. J’onn has despatched Malefic again to Mars to assist M’gann cease the warfare. Hope considerably hilariously takes the autumn for Lena; Alex and Kara do not really consider the ruse, however throw their fingers up as in the event that they don’t have any institutional energy to wield, and make respective dinner plans. (Alex going out for sushi with Kelly, and Kara sitting alone in her house, watching a photograph of herself and Lena from happier occasions.)
The Monitor pops in to tie as a lot of this world into “Disaster” earlier than the crossover begins. He admits to J’onn that he was the one to launch Malefic from the Phantom Zone in order that J’onn may cope with his household drama earlier than “Disaster” started. Um, thanks? The Monitor then pops over into no matter interdimensional area he’s retaining Lex Luthor in as a result of, oh yeah, he apparently introduced him again from the lifeless. Whereas I’m hooked by the menace Lex represents to his sister, I could not assist however roll my eyes at The Monitor’s declare that the universe wants “a thoughts like [Lex’s].
Minimize to Tom Cavanagh having the time of his life in a way more official “Disaster” prologue, which additionally performed on the finish of this week’s Batwoman episode. In it, we see a personality who’s presumably Nash Wells/Pariah in Central Metropolis on Earth-1. “For thus a few years, I’ve travelled throughout worlds — throughout the multiverse — to do one factor: kill you. And now, right here, you saved my life.” Presumably, Nash is speaking to The Monitor and, presumably, being sucked by that door will change his life eternally. See you on the Disaster, nerds!
I miss Nia.
This present thinks I care about Russell Rogers much more than I care about Russell Rogers. The scene of Andrea enjoying again her digital scrapbook of Russell reminiscences simply jogged my memory how lengthy it has been since we have seen William Dey. Surprise if that man remains to be engaged on his loopy wall.
Will we see any repercussions to Alex utilizing Kara’s earnest makes an attempt to speak to Lena to plant a virus with out telling Kara? That felt like a reasonably main betrayal, even when it was additionally a intelligent strategic transfer. On the whole, it looks like Alex and Kara ought to have extra outlined constructions in place for retaining their private relationship interfering an excessive amount of with their skilled relationship on the DEO.
Not solely do Lena and Kara each have printed out images of one another to stare forlornly at, however Lena’s is framed.
Lena’s appears to be like this season—from her daring lipsticks to her fits—have been so good.
Kayti Burt is a workers editor masking books, TV, motion pictures, and fan tradition at Den of Geek. Learn extra of her work right here or observe her on Twitter @kaytiburt.
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