The end was intriguing. Lena, we are lead to believe, is even better at chess than Lex. Now, does this mean she’s better at playing good and hiding her true colors, befriending a Super before ultimately turning out to be their enemy? I think that’s what the show’s suggesting but I honestly think it would be more interesting if it turned out that Lena is just a good egg trying to make it through the world with an evil family.
There was a nice twist that even though Lena was adopted, she still is, biologically, a Luthor. Going the Jon Snow route with her was interesting and it puts her relationship with her adoptive mother in better context. Honestly, though, Lena’s family situation reminds me of Kara’s so much. Both adopted, both felt that they didn’t really belong, both have a very close relationship with an older sibling. Lena’s rebranding of LCorp is even similar to Kara taking up the cape, both are taking something an older family member created and making it their own. Lena is a very deliberate, almost too deliberate, foil for Kara. The sultry brunette to her sunny blonde. The Veronica to her Betty. (Anyone watching Riverdale?)
Whether or not Lena ultimately turns out to be a big bad, she was innocent this week, framed by her mother and Cyborg Superman (who, frustratingly, is still just a Cyborg, not a Superman). The trouble we go through to get our children to open a biometric safe full of weapons, am I right? Maybe it’s because I just watched last week’s Agents of SHIELD as I’m sitting down to write this, but Lillian’s anti-alien sentiment just feels…done. I’m sorry but Agents of SHIELD is doing this better. I wish Metallo would get a new shtick. At least Lillian’s motivations are all tangled up with her affection for her son and some serious crazy.
I will say, with all the Luthors and all the talk about Lex it feels weird we’ve never seen him. I mean, we did get baby Lex in this episode, but it feels a little bizarre to have his presence so felt, especially in this episode, without a face to stick to it. We’ve seen Superman and that was so much fun. Is it so wrong for me to want a deeper look into this universe? I want to meet Lex. And Lois! I’ve been complaining about the show doing too much so it’s probably coming across hypocritical that I want them to add more characters but how much fun would it be if Kara had to go to Metropolis for an episode or two?
I think my favorite moment this week was probably Lena shouting “Don’t hurt her!” at her mother. That and Lena sending Kara an office-ful of flowers. And the implication that Kara carried Lena in her arms away from a fiery explosion. Is it any wonder I ship these two? Plus their chemistry is off the charts and, I’m sorry, but I’m just not seeing it with Mon-El. Maybe I’m wary of investing in Mon-El as a character because I really can’t see him surviving the season? The whole will they won’t they thing they’re creating could so easily be leading up to Mon-El sacrificing himself for Kara in very dramatic fashion. Lena Luthor feels more permanent. Like she’s going to be around a while, whether as Kara’s friend and ally or as something more sinister, only time will tell.
The whole big fight scene was enjoyable as hell, especially when J’onn showed up. I know they can’t use him like this all the time because it’s Kara’s show but it is fun to see them fighting cape to cape.
Bits and Pieces
Baby Lena is seriously one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.
Alex coming out to her friends reminded me of the scene in…“The Yoko Factor,” I think, where Willow calls Tara her girlfriend for the first time. (cue Giles from offscreen: “Bloody hell!”)
I really hated James' reasoning behind blaming Lena. If she'll betray her own mother, what won’t she do? Really? She betrayed her mother to save lives. Now saving people is suspicious? I get that he’s prejudiced against Lena because of her brother, but that was a real logic pretzel.
Katie McGrath is just earth-shatteringly beautiful.
Quotes (Supercorp Shipper Edition)
Lena: “Don’t hurt her!”
Kara: “Kara Danvers believes in you!”
Kara: “So my office is overflowing with flowers.”
Lena: “Well, Supergirl may have saved me, but Kara Danvers, you’re my hero.”
four out of four offices full of flowers