‘Supergirl’ Season 3 Recap and Review: “Midvale”
After last week’s episode with the separation of Sanvers, the Supergirl writers smartly decided to give the audience a break by having Kara whisk Alex off on a road trip back home to Midvale to visit Eliza and their childhood home. Alex was not initially appreciative of this gesture. She pushed Kara away and hid under the covers after drinking heavily.
This trip home gave the audience a chance to see how Kara and Alex first related to each other when Kara arrived. It wasn’t the Kara and Alex we are used to seeing. Pre-Supergirl, Kara spent her time alone, very much the outsider. The only person who spent time with her was a fellow student, Kenny. They began spending time together and he took Kara out to the woods to show her his telescope and view of the stars. The next day, Kenny ended up dead.
The rest of the episode focuses on how Kara and Alex worked together to solve the murder. By the end of the episode, both younger and older Alex and Kara have bonded. Present Kara and Alex begin to open up to each other again in the way the series made us fall in love with the two of them as sisters.
While placing almost the entire episode in flashback may not have been the greatest narrative choice, it did provide a respite from Alex’s (and the audience’s) grief over the loss of Sanvers. I think ultimately it was a wise choice by Supergirl writers. The actresses cast this season to play young Kara and Alex mirror their older counterparts well including many of their mannerisms. Young Kara was played by Izabela Vidovic, while Olivia Nikkanen played young Alex.
The one sore spot of the episode was a shapeshifting moment from J’onn. We know he had taken an active role in being part of Kara’s life ever since she arrived on Earth and would check in from time to time. This time, however, he showed up looking like Alura, Kara’s mother. I feel like that was an extremely insensitive choice. Trying to make Kara “comfortable” with an authority figure by playing with her emotions was a cheap shot. The writers could have done better with that one. Moving back into Danvers relationship territory is somewhere I’m glad the show is heading. It’s part of what makes this show so good.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 PM on The CW Network
Micky Small is a graduate student in Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University by day, and building a production company with original female superheroes by night. Check out the trailer for her new all-female superhero film, The Violet Blaze Chronicles. Follow her @femmepwrdprod
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