Saturday, December 15, 2018

What I’m Watching: Supergirl

Supergirl: Season 4, Episode 9 “Elseworlds, Part 3” (B+)

The conclusion to this crossover was energizing and engaging, and cleverly included a handful of people from this show since they exist on another Earth and therefore aren’t subject to the narrative-rewriting of one Dr. Deegan, who had made himself Superman so that he could be both the hero and the villain. Oliver was smart to realize that they needed to be bad in order to accomplish good, something that Barry didn’t like much but which definitely worked when they distracted Deegan with the threat of not preventing casualties and then pitching a plan of destruction to smooth operator and kingpin Cisco. I understand now why we were introduced to Lois and saw Superman in the first part of this saga, with them playing a major part in taking down Deegan and then moving off-world so that Kara can once again take up the mantle of Supergirl after doing a spectacular job of convincing a far less happy Alex that she could be a good and influential person. The Monitor wasn’t even so bad, demonstrating omnipotence but also a vision, one that didn’t necessarily require destruction. I enjoyed seeing Gary as a fanboy bartender and Jimmy as Cisco’s enforcer henchman, and I’m always all about alternate realities. I was particularly excited by the end of the episode, which found Batwoman calling Oliver to tell him that Deegan has befriended Psycho Pirate, which gives them a lot to fear and us viewers plenty to look forward to with the advertised Crisis on Infinite Earths, coming Fall 2019! While this wasn’t as awesome as the last crossover, I’m still pumped for another one.

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