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Supergirl introduces a new status quo for the Danvers sisters



Photo: Shane Harvey (The CW)

Welcome back to Supergirl
and welcome to a brand new supergirl
Status Quo! Rather than pick up the story of Ben Lockwood's arrest
For the mid-season finale, "Suspicious Minds" needed unexpected turns as he examined Kara's newly discovered separation from the DEO. It's a pretty strange trip
One that starts as a strange human
Mystery palate cleanser, just to swing in a different way. "Suspicious Minds" focuses on most of the time
Secret of the Morai – an invisible alien race with a dark past. It only turns out that the Morai are mostly only there to fill up time as the episode reaches its real climax: the discovery that Alex is
They would have to get used to blurring their knowledge of Kara's cryptonic heritage to protect her sister's secret identity from the DEO.

During an unexpected pivot
can sometimes be a really addictive storytelling choice, it just feels that way here
like a random one. One of the biggest problems is that the Morai alone are unbelievably convincing. A powerful alien race with the ability to become invisible
They were captured by the US government as children and forced to become killers. It's dark stuff and Colonel
Haley – who worked on the initial phase of the project – even notes that the
The government specifically used the trauma to force the Morai to obedience. However, after the government decided to cut back on relations with foreigners, the Morai were classified as collateral damage and were to be executed. Only they managed to free themselves and go on a revenge mission
against the government agents who first enslaved them.

It's an incredibly dark story, one with
a huge potential for the show to dig into the horrors of the government
Treatment of the Morai and involvement in the wider exploration of alien oppression. (The Morai seem to have been enslaved for decades, right?) In the end, however, they are mostly only there to deliver some Predator -inspired action beats. director
Rachel Talalay manages to create convincing actions
Sequences despite clear budget constraints. But it is strange that this episode introduces
the Morai as this big ethical dilemma and then just lose interest in them. Despite a pretty shocking moment, one of the creatures was
kill yourself instead of being taken into custody, the episode is not even
really make sense of their story in some way. Most seem to be killed except one
Kara manages to detain herself as she crashes into the DEO to save the day. given
As Haley works, I can not imagine Morai being that long
World too.

Photo: Shane Harvey (The CW)

Meanwhile, the "Haley" tries to learn
Supergirl's Secret Identity unfolds along its own strangely intricate plane
Path. Although she apparently has a Seeker / Mind-reading Alien
Creature at your disposal, for some reason Haley does not immediately call this resource.
Instead, she goes through normal interviews and discovers successfully
Supergirl's identity, her head wiped out by Jnon, and then pulled out the alien deus ex machina. It is a
The show could go through unnecessarily chaotic bow
The seeker is an imminent threat right from the start. That would be given
The episode is a chance to build on all mind wiping and not just
throw everything in the end.

What raises "Suspicious
Minds "is the funny stuff that exists on the edges of Kara and Lena
Brainys tries to find Kara as Girl Friday
now that she is operating alone By far the best episode of the episode is that Jnon is
officially start a new career as a private investigator, which is fantastic
In addition to the season. It was really refreshing to see Kara, J'onn and Alex all working
together to solve a problem again, and I came to their investigation of the Morai, that I
I really would not mind if the show dropped the DEO altogether
Three of them work as superhero freelancers. Unfortunately, this is not the direction the season is going. (At least not yet.)

Still, if there's an advantage
the weird last outburst of the episode, Melissa Benoist, allows one
absolutely heartbreaking performance as Kara breaks down at the thought of cutting Alex out of so much of her life. The preview for the next week
It seems to indicate that things are going pretty fast for the mind-wiped Alex, which is not really surprising. Kara was such a big part of Alex's life since she was a kid, that Alex had the idea to destroy those big memories (while they were somehow)
still remembering that Kara is her sister?) seems incredibly doubtful. Alex
argues that she needs to erase her memories because
Only then can she keep her job with the DEO and keep fighting to do better
Space. But how much of Alex has identity and morality
marked by her relationship with Kara and Kara's abilities, there's even a guarantee for that
she will still be a good person without half her memories?

That's for the next one
to analyze and I appreciate every story
This brings the relationship of the Danvers sisters back into focus. It seems that there is a fairly large margin of error for this memory loss arch, but hopefully Supergirl will find a little more structural confidence after eliminating the hiatus cobwebs next week.


Scattering Observations

  • The "Red Daughter" (aa.k.a. Soviet supergirl) has elevated her
    Training and skills. Their dealers also refer to "our friend" and his
    Ability to control it. That must be Lex Luthor, right?

  • Brainy and Nia go on a delightfully failed date / meeting in which he finds himself
    encourages her to assume her role as a superheroine. He even has codename and costume
    Ideas!
  • In addition, Brainy reveals that he was previously on a dark path
    be arrested and given the opportunity to change and become a hero. In my opinion
    that's all new information, right?
  • James and Lena improve their relationship after apologizing for the criticism
    her manipulations behind the scenes, and she opens his attempts to empower people. Let the countdown start until James gets super powers!
  • That five agents at the DEO know the secret identity of Supergirl
    Feels like a pretty big deal for the show to show it off.
  • I had previously thought Haley morally gray
    Character, but between the cruel justification of Morai enslavement and forced planning
    Kara in the DEO servants, this episode seems to bring her into a full rogue field.

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