Supergirl is finally returning to the show it was in Season 1. When Alex is kidnapped, Kara and Maggie have to find a way to work together to save her, even if their approaches are so drastically different. When the person they love most is in danger, it’s interesting to see where these ladies go first.
On Supergirl Season 2 Episode 19, “Alex,” Kara and Maggie begin the episode with a fight so drastic that it could’ve torn Alex between them, but her disappearance saves us from the unnecessary drama and pits these two against each other as they work together to save her life. It’s the perfect way to make these two come to terms with each other.
Lena and Rhea
After Rhea’s business proposition at the end of “Ace Reporter,” everyone worried that Lena would follow her family’s footsteps and embark down the dark side and work with Rhea to take down Supergirl. And now we’re still worried.
Lena is too smart for her own good, it seems. She figured out Rhea was an alien on her own, and sent her packing after faking a friendship with her, but the end of the episode saw Lena pair up with Rhea after an interesting phone conversation with Kara. Lena needed Kara’s help, and Kara was too busy searching for Alex to help her friend, who she literally just said she’d always be there for. I understand that Kara was dealing with a traumatic event of her own, but she wasn’t doing anything except being upset when Lena reached out. She could have at least listened and pretended to be the friend she promised she’d be. Now that Lena obviously knows Kara is Supergirl, there aren’t secrets they need to keep from each other, like Alex being kidnapped.
If Lena is actually turning evil, that’s an enormous disappointment. It’s just a repeat of Clark and Lex from every incarnation of Superman, but especially from Smallville. The “friends turning against each other” story is overdone, especially in this world. Why can’t a friendship just work out, especially between a Super and a Luthor? It’d be nice to see that rivalry be done with once Lillian Luthor is stopped. If Lena does turn evil, hopefully she finds a way back.
Kara and Maggie
Whether Kara wants to admit it or not, Maggie has fair points about Supergirl. Most interesting is the “Supergirl defense” that criminals use to escape conviction, claiming Supergirl used too much excessive force bringing them in than is legal. Which is true. Maggie even pointed out that Kara has broken a man’s arm. Supergirl is far too aggressive with human criminals than she should be; if it’s an alien, it’s different, but most of the people Kara stop are human, and she can’t go after criminals in the same way.
It’s interesting to see how far these two went to save Alex. While Kara adopted Maggie’s approach of being patient and staying true to what Alex would want toward the end, Maggie embraced her dark side and went along with the kidnapper’s demands. Thankfully, Kara stopped her, but it was Kara that ultimately stopped Rick; her speech to his father, using human nature against him and to her advantage, is exactly what Supergirl should stand for.
Kara: I stand for hope, help, and compassion for all.
It reminded me of the scene from Season 1 Episode 7, “Human for a Day,” where Kara, with a broken arm, talked down the man in the convenience store and coerced him into giving her the gun. She knows how to talk to people and get them to embrace their best selves, and that’s what a hero should do. That’s what separates Supergirl from, say, Green Arrow. She doesn’t just do whatever she wants; she isn’t a vigilante.
This episode proved, if the series hasn’t already, Alex is a total badass. Who else could keep such composure when kidnapped and faced with inevitable death? She had no hope to rely on; there was no instance where she believed someone would actually be able to save her, and she was kept in the dark. Talking to Kara probably helped, but how much?
The scene between Alex and Maggie talking about wanting more firsts together was heartbreaking. The series has begun to rely on these two too much for the relationship aspect, but it’s also nice to see a proper LGBT couple on network television. They’re treated just like any other couple, which is something shows often fail to do. They’re normalizing a lesbian relationship, and Supergirl deserves props for that.
What did you think of the episode? Are you impressed? Did you think it was Season 2’s best?