Wednesday, April 1, 2020

What I’m Watching: Supergirl

Supergirl: Season 5, Episode 16 “Alex in Wonderland” (B)

If virtual reality is going to play such a big part in this season, at least we should get the opportunity to see a different version of the world, with certain characters playing other parts. Alex seemed very upset with her sister when Jeremiah died and Kara was much more okay with the circumstances of saying goodbye than she was, and taking out her frustration by going into Obsidian to play Supergirl was an interesting choice. I guess it makes sense that she would want abilities and weapons she could control rather than the one she was given by Hank that she hasn’t yet been able to master. I’m actually usually fond of situations in which people lose the ability to comprehend that they continue to be in a simulation, but it’s hard to find this show all that compelling when I’m watching it immediately after the far superior “Westworld.” Alex appeared to grasp right away that something was wrong when the woman who introduced herself as Bonnie was convinced she was Tilly just moments later, but she was overwhelmed by the allure of getting to be Supergirl. Only when Kelly smartly escaped the simulation when Hank and Brainy wanted to lock her up and figured out a way to send in a younger version of Alex to prove to her what was going on did Alex catch on and eject herself right away. Andrea does seem set on fixing these many disconcerting bugs, but Eve being one of her top employees suggests that’s not going to happen anytime soon. William made it to the right place only to have Margot shield all of the trapped people from his view, though hopefully he’ll keep digging. This show was slated to have six more episodes this season, but it looks like that won’t be the case as it has been indefinitely preempted for the next couple weeks. I’ll check back in once it returns and hope for a satisfying resolution.

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