If the pivot in the totem story didn’t signal it, this quasi-preview for next week’s episode well say it plainly: Supegirl is nearing its end. And with just five episodes remaining, things are getting serious.
Not that we necessarily want things to get serious, mind. The goofiness surrounding Alex (Chyler Leigh) and the adoption in the early part of the episode once again reminded us how much we like these character in civilian clothes trying to lead lives which get interrupted by 5th Dimensional beings. In Alex and Kelly’s (Azie Tesfai) case, we can’t help but wonder if their foster-daughter is some sort of metaphor for developmentally-challenged kids. It’s a good idea and, honestly, watching the cast act with Milla Jones is a delight. In fact, we like it more than the whole totem idea.
And it seems like the production team sensed how easy it is to fatigue viewers with seven mystical items needed to assemble some magical whatsits. But in destroying the Hope Totem, the nature of the story changes and, presumably, clear the way for Lex (Jon Cryer) to re-enter the scene. Does it mean Nxly (Peta Sergeant) will give up on going home and focus on revenge? We imagine Lex will try to sweet-talking her into that plan, but it’s easy to see that backfiring. Either way, pivoting from the search for these items to something with a different tone is a great idea even if this week’s episodes milked a lot of material from the loss of hope. Some of the dialogue and frustration of the characters rang a little too close to home and we expect the sense of hopelessness permeating the story will continue to some extent for the next five weeks.
Supergirl airs Tuesdays on The CW.