Supergirl meets her Soviet sister in a jam-packed penultimate episode

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Even as you’re shopping for bang to your Supergirl buck, “Crimson Crash of day” greater than delivers. This is a nearly
preposterously overstuffed episode; one with game-altering events on so many
fronts it’s laborious to beget track of all of them. It doesn’t all work and hundreds
of it doesn’t beget up below scrutiny, nonetheless “Crimson Crash of day” is such a propulsive
thrill budge that it’s laborious to care all that powerful. This episode is like Supergirl on steroids, and while that’s
doubtless no longer a roam the display might perchance well beget long-length of time, it’s continually fun to ogle Supergirl saunter for broke every as soon as shortly.

After a season of leading parallel lives, Kara and Crimson Daughter
indirectly come face-to-face when Crimson Daughter is shipped to waste Kara. In a
right vogue subversion, Crimson Daughter scoffs at Kara for making an are trying to bring the
traditional “We’re no longer so hundreds of, you and I” villain speech. Though Crimson
Daughter is clearly conflicted about being a pawn in Lex’s scheme (she’s been
chubby-on stalking Kara in Nationwide City and residing a replicate version of her
existence), she indirectly maintains her loyalty to Lex’s collectivist vision over Kara’s
individualist attitude. I’d’ve cherished for the episode to spend even more
time digging into the complex dynamic between Kara and Crimson Daughter—two ladies who are inversions with out being polar opposites. But “Crimson Crash of day” has manner too powerful on its minds to zero in on somebody factor
for too long.

The center of the episode belongs to Alex indirectly (indirectly!)
regaining her recollections of her sister’s secret id. Alex’s memory wipe has
been truly appropriate one of many weakest parts of the season, and the logistics of how it’s resolved are fairly of a stretch. Alex’s failed adoption from remaining week begins to trigger
recollections of her childhood with an adoptive superpowered sister. So despite the proven reality that J’onn
warns Kara that telling Alex about her secret name might perchance well drive her insane as she tries to rectify two hundreds of realities, Alex manages to
procure her recollections help by map of… the energy of take care of? I notify?

It’s a pleasing blatant strive to manufacture
some Danvers sisters pathos for the waste of the season. And Raodamnit if it
didn’t totally work on me. Supergirl has
executed such an delicate job building up Alex and Kara’s relationship over the years
that even helpful the first clipshow image of Alex’s memory montage (their by map of-the-glass hand contact from the second season episode “Exodus”) became as soon as enough to procure me teary. Throw in Chyler Leigh’s
totally stunning efficiency at some level of the scene whereby Alex thinks Kara is
ineffective, and I’ll even forgive the totally ridiculous map instrument of Kara being healed by magical grass. Photosynthesis for the eradicate!

There are situations
where Supergirl’s saunter-for-broke
storytelling in general is a big misstep, like your complete Argo City stuff from remaining season. But there are also situations when Supergirl
is provocative to tap into an openhearted spirit that can become even its
rockiest stories into one thing particular. Though “Crimson Crash of day” doesn’t retroactively procure the
Alex mindwipe storyline anymore moving, as a minimal it ends that lackluster throughline on an emotional high demonstrate.

As if all that weren’t enough, “Crimson Crash of day” also takes a
huge, unexpected swing with Brainy’s character.
He’s taken captive while on a mission with Nia and J’onn to infiltrate the infamous
where Lex is draining aliens to energy his Accomplishing Claymore weaponry. Thru some
decide up of aggregate of torture, ancestral memory, and misplaced emotional
compartmentalization, Brainy is “rebooted” into a version of himself that
aligns with his ruthless ancestors, who he describes as being “collectors and
conquerors.” Brainy emerges as a callous, humorless version of himself—one
provocative to probability the lives of both J’onn and Nia to uncover where Lex
transports his alien prisoners.

Illustration for article titled Supergirl meets her Soviet sister in a jam-packed penultimate episode
Photo: Sergei Bachlakov (The CW)

The showy mid-torture monologue sits someplace between
compelling and unintentionally goofy, nonetheless Jesse Rath’s subsequent efficiency as this coldhearted version
of Brainy is unnervingly spicy. I’m queer to uncover if Brainy’s transformation is one thing
that can be resolved within the season finale or left as fodder for next season. In
the comics, Brainy (a.k.a. Brainiac-5) is a descendant of Brainiac, who is one
of Superman’s iconic villains, so it’s imaginable Supergirl might perchance well maybe are making an are trying to make spend of Brainy in an antagonistic feature for a
while. For now, nonetheless, right here’s helpful one more stumbling block on the toll road to Nia and Brainy’s superhero take care of yarn.

But wait, that’s no longer all! In other locations, Lena helps Ben Lockwood realize
that his upward push to political reputation became as soon as all due to the Lex’s manipulations. Lillian stabilizes James’ Harun-El powers by giving him more Harun-El. Otis Graves dies—again. And Lex
efficiently pulls off his spurious flag operation by defeating Kaznia’s invading
navy and killing “Supergirl” a.k.a. Crimson Daughter. Or as a minimal he appears to. I’m
hoping that’s a spurious-out as it doesn’t feel like Crimson
Daughter’s yarn is complete yet. Regardless, next week’s season finale appears to be bringing Lex help into the combine in a mountainous manner, which is certainly one thing to appear forward to.

For all its moments of clumsiness, “Crimson Crash of day” crystallizes the roughly logic-be-damned emotional storytelling that Supergirl does most productive. It also permits Kara to totally insist her philosophy of “hope, help, and compassion for all.” Right here’s hoping the season finale affords that same emotional clarity, no topic what the map has in store.

Stray observations

  • Sam Witwer’s efficiency has been a huge spotlight of the
    season, and his portrayal of Brainy posing as Ben Lockwood became as soon as next-stage right.

  • I take care of when Supergirl
    finds ways for Lena to lean into her Luthor traits while restful combating
    for upright—like shopping for Lillian’s for-profit penal advanced after which giving her mother a 24-hour poison-essentially based totally cut-off date. (Cue Lillian: “Couldn’t you beget gotten helpful waterboarded me like a same old particular person?”)
  • Colonel Haley’s reluctant ally arc would were so powerful
    more efficient if “Suspicious
    hadn’t randomly written her as a chubby-on villain for one episode.
  • Nia’s eagerness to make spend of the “Wookie gambit” to sneak into
    Lex’s infamous became as soon as pleasing. I particularly enjoyed her provide of, “Brainy, checklist me the
  • Kara and Crimson Daughter’s Midvale showdown became as soon as clearly restricted
    by budgetary restrictions (it also bizarrely decrease from day to evening mid-fight, except that became as soon as imagined to be a side waste of Crimson Daughter’s “evolved” electricity powers), nonetheless the the rest of this episode’s fight sequences had been
    right and it became as soon as fun to beget so hundreds of them in one episode.
  • Each Eliza Danvers and Lillian Luthor pop up in this Mom’s Day episode. Lillian even makes a
    truth-seeker-induced confession that she truly loves Lena!
  • Somebody in remaining week’s commentary portion speculated that the
    episode namedropped Cat Grant to put together us for an upcoming Calista Flockhart cameo.
    I don’t beget any scheme if that’s the case, nonetheless this episode also makes a conspicuous
    reference to Miss Grant too.