Thursday, April 15, 2021

What I’m Watching: Supergirl

Supergirl: Season 6, Episode 3 “Phantom Menaces” (C+)

I don’t know what it is, but I’m not feeling energized by any of the storylines on this show right now. I recognize that Kara being stuck in the Phantom Zone may last a long time, but that’s a particularly draining plot point that hardly seems in a rush to be resolved. Additionally, it’s likely that her new friend Princess Nyxlygsptlnz might have ulterior motives and not be someone that she wants to free from the prison her mother created, and I also suspect that Zor-El won’t fare all that well in the real world either. Seeing her still alive there and knowing that she’s the protagonist of this show makes the despair that her colleagues and friends on Earth are feeling less genuine, even if they truly believe that she might be trapped forever and gone from their lives. M’gann being injured could have led to her death since she is a recurring character and not entirely central to any of the others’ stories aside from Hank, but of course she managed to survive and affirm Hank’s dedication to what he does (I know I should be calling him J’onn but I’m sticking with Hank). Lena and Brainy probably should have realized that messing with Lex was going to lead to consequences, and setting a hospital on fire to villainize Lena tracked with his tendency to enjoy showmanship and theater above all else. Brainy’s angry freakout was a bit much, and I’m not sure that Lex really will tire himself out the way Lena thinks he will now that she’s opted to walk away so that he can’t manipulate her as he always has.

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