Supergirl undoes what made Midvale special and loses some of the magic
While it’s great to have Kenny back, completely erasing the critical events of this episode and the evolution of the sisters’ relationship is a missed opportunity. This episode takes place in 2009, two years after the flashback parts of the first episode of Midvale. It would be so much more interesting to see Alex and Kara’s debut heal their relationship.
There probably still has to be some reason for Kara to keep her powers a secret until the show’s first season, Alex doesn’t need to be that reason, or could ask her not to do it in a way. different. She could be in Kara’s corner and nervously urging caution without blaming her. Watching the Danvers sisters relive a schism they already healed the last time the show returned to this time period is a frustrating repeat.
Where the episode succeeds is in small moments of character-driven perfection, when Kenny finally shows Kara the Smallville– like the barn base camp, it’s made for their supering, where Brainy is “enlisted” into the glee club and gives Kenny the amazing advice on the brand that “there is nothing women like more than physics well applied. That and a minimum of emotional vulnerability. Seeing Nia and teenage Kara show each other their powers and play together was such a lovely moment. Imagine what it would have meant for Kara to grow up with another alien! It must also be said that Olivia Nikkanen and Izabela Vidovic reprise their roles once again and the way they portray young Alex and Kara, from manners to tone of voice, is the backbone of the episode. None of this would be possible without actors who embody Alex and Kara so fully that while Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh aren’t on screen, they aren’t missed because their characters are really there.
Eliza Helm’s Cat Grant – via CJ here – is a fun addition. Her clothes are very 2000s (Blair Waldorf would approve) and her voice is an excellent Calista Flockhart. Cat has a story rich in history in the series, mostly told in incredible casually alongside Alexis on Schitt Creek, and it’s cool to see her in her early days working hard for her credibility, experiencing some of the sexism that shaped her into the character of season 1.
As usual, Brainy (who is adorable in his tuxedo and gives Kenny great dating advice) offers a lot of the comic relief as well as pop culture references, which are heavy in the movies. time travel like Groundhog Day and Back to the Future. Although a 32-year-old man wanders off passing himself off as a high school student and becoming an athlete, Brainy has something of a David Arquette-inNever been kissed atmosphere. This is all an attempt to adapt, and not a moment too soon. Brainy still hasn’t figured out how to deal with shedding his personality inhibitors, and so far stress-eating is a favorite. It’s weird to hear him say to Nia, “I don’t know what else to do” – we never see Genie Coluan like that, but it’s a sign how out of depth Brainy is.
Nia was also stressed out, trying to interpret her dreams, missing her mother and feeling inadequate. One moment that felt a bit bad was when Brainy asked Nia which high school clique she belonged to and how she was doing. She started to say that she had stayed to herself, and the attention returned to Brainy. We know Nia didn’t have the easiest time growing up, which feels like Brainy should have guessed, or Nia could tell. Nia knew her young identity, but that didn’t always protect her from harassment. Super girl did a great job of balancing Nia and Brainy’s needs in their relationship, and it’s possible they might look back on that moment, but that was out of step with the usual awareness and care with which Super girl is written.