‘Supergirl’ (Season 3): Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

Throughout the three seasons of The CW series Supergirl, viewers have seen flashbacks to the lives of Kara Danvers and her sister Alex. We’ve seen Kara on Krypton as it explodes and we’ve seen Kara deal with being on Earth with her adopted family.

Last night’s episode gave us much more than just some flashbacks. We got to see nearly an entire episode, set ten years in the past, focusing on how Kara and Alex truly became sisters. As we know, the ship on which Kara was placed in by her parents, being sent to Earth to act as guardian to her baby cousin Kal-El, veered off track – getting lost in the Phantom Zone for years – before being dislodged.

When she arrived on Earth, she discovered that her cousin had grown up, becoming the legendary Superman, no longer needing her guidance. Instead she was basically trapped on Earth – a strange planet to her – and was placed with the Danvers family (friends of Clark Kent’s who took her in, no questions asked). While Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers accepted her as one of their own, their daughter Alex was none too thrilled about having a sister.

As last night’s episode explored the mysterious death of a high school student – who was one of Kara’s few friends [and secretly Alex’s tutor] – we saw glimpses of the Kara from present day. She was a long way from being Supergirl, but you could see the possibilities. Also prevalent were the capabilities of Alex for the super spy for which she became.

Perhaps the best part of the episode [or at least one of the best parts] was the terrific casting of teenage Kara and teenage Alex, played by actresses Izabela Vidovic (from The Fosters and About a Boy) and Olivia Nikkanen (from episodes of The Americans and The Good Wife) respectively. These younger versions of the Danver sisters were quite the little investigative team, to say the least.

For once, we got to see an episode that didn’t feature the DEO, anyone at CatCo or a super suit and flying cape. It was quite a nice departure. Although I have to admit it was pretty cool to see J’onn J’onzz morphing into the image of Kara’s mother (Smallville’s Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane) while pretending to be an FBI agent named Noel Neill. Avid fans of the Superman world should recognize that name as the very first actress who portrayed Lois Lane in the original black and white Adventures of Superman TV series. The other interesting part of the episode was the salute to Smallville in the form of Kara mentioning that Clark had a friend named Chloe, who was a techie [and would be able to help them with the damaged laptop of their murdered friend] who was known to have a “wall of weird.”

As the song at the end of the episode, “The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani, perfectly conveyed Kara and Alex had a sweet escape from their day-to-day lives, but despite the respite, they are both still going to have their fair share of trials and tribulations in the future. After all this is the world of Supergirl, and anything is possible in that world.

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The next new episode of the third season of ‘Supergirl’ will air on The CW on Monday, November 20 at 8/7c.