Adam H. Kerman
2021-04-08 05:16:03 UTC
I've mentioned before that I had several CW series from 2019-20 sitting
unwatched on the DVR. A few weeks ago, I started watching Supergirl and
sort of got into it. Yeah, the plot makes no sense and the casting of
the villains sucks. Leviathan was boring. What idiot thought Duckie
could play a Supergirl villain? Duckie?
The show didn't miss the loss of Mechad Brooks nor Jeremy Jordan. The
latter came back as Toyman Junior in a couple of episodes.
Plenty of the plotting in the pre-Crisis first half of the season didn't
work, like Lena creating a Hope A.I. and giving her Eve Teschmacher's body
to keep Andrea Brooks in the cast, and then just having the A.I. parrot
back what Lena wanted to hear.
The script was stupid (do I really need to say that?) but I like Katie
McGrath so much, I was rooting for Lena to win. Lena's motivations were
stupid (Supergirl didn't tell me she was Kara! Whoa is me!) but I didn't
care. She performed the hell out of those stupid lines. I liked her
playing off Andrea Brooks too.
Why can't there be an Emmy for best performance of a dreadful script?
When Lena worked with a resurrected Lex post-Crisis, I could no longer
root for them. I just can't buy Lex being a smart-enough supervillain,
nor Lena being unable to see through his manipulations.
Jesse Rath played a toned way down Brainy this season. The performance
was a lot better and I didn't mind the episodes in which he was manic.
Once he removed the inhibitors, the performance was more interesting.
Nicole Maines as Dreamer, sigh... They don't know what to do with the
character. She's absurdly superpowered and rivals a lot of Supergirl's
powers (at least in the absurdly weakened Supergirl that have in this tv
series) and pretty much just takes away from Melissa Benoist's screen
Chyler Leigh isn't giving the kind of performance she's capable of. I
guess the scripts have sucked out any interest she has in acting.
Julie Gonzalo, well, they don't really know what to do with the Andrea
Rojas character either. She took screen time away from Gemma Cooper,
one of the Leviathan. Andrea is essentially a villain since the V.R.
crap was mostly her technology, and she deliberately ignored its life-
threatening problems till it was too late to stop the evil plot.
The V.R.'s problem was the "end program" button didn't work and left you
inside the program. That's kind of a serious flaw. Lex screwed up the
code. But then the resolution to get billions of simultaneous users out
of V.R., to prevent Leviathan from killing much of humanity, was that a
vastly replicated Supergirl (seen speaking English only) was able to use
her super-empathy power to get everyone to willingly exit the program.
The flawed code was to prevent exactly that.
As usual, nothing about Lex works. At the end, Brainy defeated Leviathan
on his own, then Lex just walks in, snatches away Brainy's victory, and
claims to have anticipated Brainy's actions. Lex is all hand-waiving.