By Prutha S. Patel (@PSPatel)
Following the Sanvers breakup, Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) head to their hometown in the aptly titled Supergirl 3x06 “Midvale.”
Right from the get-go the feel of the episode is set with Haim’s “Night So Long,” serving as a “heads up” that this isn’t going to be a strictly bubbly episode of Supergirl (and nor should it be to be honest). With the girls going home, it’s the perfect chance for Supergirl to feature more of Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater) who is at home and ready to take care of both of her daughters while they’re home.
“Well, this is the mom fine print. When your child’s in agony, you show up regardless of the hour.” - Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater)
However, switching things up a bit for Supergirl, 3x06 was flashback galore with us seeing Alex and Kara…as high schoolers! Where Arrow’s flashbacks primarily take place on Lian Yu or Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) past with the Bratva, it was really great to see Kara and Alex’s flashbacks involving more…normal things. In a way at least. Teenaged Kara and Alex are seen constantly arguing (as siblings do) which added a new layer to how we as viewers see them in the present/as adults. The flashbacks reminded me a great deal of Smallville (full series currently available on Hulu)!
Alex (Olivia Nikkanen) blames Kara (Izabela Vidovic) for the (then current) state of her family: her dad’s gone and her mom nags her to look after Kara at school which causes her to seem like a bit of a weirdo among her own friends. Alex tells Kara that before she came along, her life was way more normal and she was being raised by two parents. (Alex, that was harsh.) Kara on the other hand, is struggling with the classic “superhero-to-be” problem of being forced to play a normal role in her everyday life, all while being forced to keep her super powers a secret from those very same people she spends her days with.
The episode focuses on the mysterious death of a classmate, Kenny (who’s also someone Kara likes). Just how present-day Kara and Alex team-ups are a blast to watch, so was the teenaged Kara and Alex team-up to solve the crime! Nancy Drew-ing their way to find Kenny’s missing laptop they eventually hit a dead end when they discover the drive is encrypted. Kara tells Alex about a friend of Clark’s. Clark’s friend happens to be “good at tech stuff” and may be able to decrypt the drive and help them with their sleuthing. And in yet another total fan-girl/boy-glee-inducing name drop, Kara suggests they send off the remaining photo to none other than Chloe Sullivan! (WHAT?!)
Alex goes to the Sheriff to ask for his help and in the process makes him aware of the fact that they have Kenny’s laptop and are working on going through its contents. When Chloe gets them the drive back, the plot thickens when they discover that Kenny was killed because of information he had uncovered about the local police force: the Sheriff’s in on a drug deal! Later, to cover his tracks, the Sheriff attempts to get rid of Alex too but Kara swoops in (not even kidding, property damage is involved) to save the day! +10 Kara!
Overall, because the episode let us see more of Kara and Alex growing up in Midvale, it was a really intriguing foundational episode for the characters as we know them today. Smallville covered groundwork like this for Clark over the course of its (amazing) 10 season run, so it was nice to also see Kara’s version of earlier superhero-triggering events like these.
This week’s performer of the week goes to the young actresses playing Kara and Alex, Izabela Vidovic and Olivia Nikkanen. So at awe at how spot on their performances were! It was really believable that both were actually younger Kara and Alex. So, well done!
-- What a heartfelt conversation between Kara and Eliza! Love when Supergirl slows things down for some heart-to-hearts.
Eliza: “…You’re allowed to be a mess.”
Kara: “Too many people depend on me.”
Eliza: (sarcastically) “That is a great excuse.”
-- Loved seeing the flashbacks in this episode! They offered up more development.
-- Teenage Kara using her superpowers to beat Alex to the shower, NOT COOL. I’d have killed my sister. (Joking!) But for real, the oldest child has dibs on the shower first, it’s a sibling rule.
-- Truly appreciate how The CW brings in talent from older DC Comics shows. As a big Smallville Clark and Lois fan, definitely a jaw drop moment when Erica Durance popped by for another visit. Even if it was meant to be J’onn (David Harewood) all along.
-- Anyone notice how when Sanvers first got together Sigma and Rita Ora’s “Coming Home” was playing and in this episode Alex is actually headed “home home” (albeit sans Maggie)? Awh.
Supergirl 3x06 “Midvale”: Great
This episode had some really great sentimental moments between Kara, Alex and Eliza. It’s always wonderful to see family interactions on any of these DC TV shows and 3x06 is now up there on my favorites list because of them. Helen Slater, Erica Durance AND a Chloe Sullivan name drop? Come on, how awesome is THAT?!