This week on #Supergirl: Lena sacrifices her kryptonite to save Supergirl. More #Supergay at 10.
Spoilers through Supergirl season two, episode eighteen: “Ace Reporter.”
Supergirl is finally back on our screens and thankfully, it brought Lena with it! In fact, it brought a Lena-centric episode and the only thing that would have made “Ace Reporter” better would have been an Alex/Maggie B-plot instead of the weird Team Guardian thing they had happening. (Also, when are Alex and Maggie going to get an A-plot? Anytime soon, Supergirl?)
The Case For Supercorp
Things are slow at the DEO, like Alex has one line and disappears forever kind of slow, so Kara heads home for the day to do a little baking. If Cat Grant could see Kara in that moment, she would smash her pretty face into those scrumptious desserts. All is well, however, as Lena shows up on Kara’s doorstep to ask her only friend in National City for a favor. Lena’s ex, Jack Spheer (guest star Rahul Kohli), is in town and she can’t possibly face him alone, not while she’s still vulnerable emotionally, so she asks Kara to come with her to his Biomax demonstration. *wink*
I’d like to submit Exhibit A into Evidence in the case for Supercorp. You can’t tell me that this is a completely platonic scene. There is some serious flirting happening with their super gay eyeballs.
The pair head off to Jack’s presentation and it plays out a bit like the opening part of Big Hero 6. Kara does that thing that we Hermione-types hate and raises her hand to ask a question even though she’s completely unprepared to do so. Despite fumbling through her question and being interrupted by Snapper, Jack later remembers her as the “one who grilled him” and I died a little inside at the comment. Lena introduces Kara to Jack as the best reporter she knows and I’d like submit THIS comment as Exhibit B. We all know that Kara is, at BEST, a middle-of-the-road reporter who was recently fired from her job. Lena says this because OF COURSE she supports her only friend, but also because she’s been giving her sex eyes since they first met. Kara’s response is eerily reminiscent of an earlier interaction with previous crush James and that comparison is Exhibit C.
Kara has an explosive meeting with a Biomax whistleblower and while I know this meeting is integral to the plot: why? Why in the world would this dude choose the writer of Danvers.com? Kara has posted ONCE on the internet. There’s no way that kind of thing would happen. Either the writers have no idea how the internet works or Kara is more internet popular than first imagined.
Kara has a second interaction with a Biomax whistleblower, this time saving Snapper’s life, and thank goodness for that, too, because no one else on Supergirl dares to call Kara on her bullshit. You know why Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow worked so well this year? Because their characters weren’t afraid to call the leads on their crappy behavior. Kara has been a crappy reporter and since Cat Grant isn’t around to put her foot down, it’s up to Snapper to do so.
Knowing that Lena might be in danger, Kara crashes her girlfriend’s dinner and brings along Mike as her beard. Lena looks absolutely stunning and 100 House Points to whomever at Supergirl’s costume department chose that red dress.
Also Exhibit D:
Kara breaks into Jack’s office, which I thought was in Metropolis (?), and steals a few vlogs detailing his transformation into the villain from Big Hero 6. Kara tries to warn Lena about Jack, but Lena won’t hear any of it because she needs that beautiful man around to relieve all the sexual tension from when she’s near Kara. (It’s the only reason I’ll accept for why she kisses him.) Even still, Lena and Kara share several looks that all scream, “I want your lips on my lips and may we die before we stop.”
Lena confronts Jack about his villainous use of the nanobots and he’s all adorably confused by the allegations. Really, I want to hate him but Rahul is just so darn likable. Jack’s assistant, Beth, steps from the shadows and does an “okay” villain cackle. From a one to Ursula, she’s about a four. Bluetooth Cupcake confesses she’s been controlling Jack all along and the entire gay community cries out that for an entire episode, Lena has been attracted to a woman the entire episode and I guess that’s a hesitant Exhibit F. (Mostly because Kara/Lena’s eye flirting game is hella strong.) Supergirl shows up to protect her girlfriend but Lena is a strong independent Luthor who don’t need no Super. She elbows Miss “I have a black belt” in the face and the drops the line:
Lena: “Oh, I wouldn’t know. I’ve never stood behind a man.”
Exhibit G is Kara’s heart palpitations after Lena kicked Beth’s behind and then, without hesitation, chose to save Supergirl over her own Kryptonite. (While this is romantic, I also kind of admit it was her only option.)
At the end of it all, Kara goes to Lena’s couch, the place where all magical things happen, and consoles her closest friend. I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve consoled a lot of female friends, and it’s never been quite that….intimate before. Therefore, I submit into evidence Exhibits H thru Z:
This final scene was great not just for Supercorp shippers, but for fans of Lena as well. Lena is a character who struggles immensely with her levels of goodness. In her mind, an ounce of evil thought is a gateway drug to becoming just like the rest of her family. She’s terrified of letting herself slip into the darkness, into a place from where she can never return. I equate it to being like a child who grew up with parents who suffered from addiction. While they themselves may never go over the edge to the extent that their parents did, it’s a fear that sits inside them. Lena is terrified of that darkness.
In Kara, she sees the light, the anchor to the goodness of the world. When Kara promises to protect Lena, Lena believes it in a way she never has in her entire life. Kara doesn’t protect Lena until the time comes when she can use her. Kara protects her because she loves her, because she’s a good person and that’s what good people do. Despite not agreeing with one another, Kara has unwavering faith in Lena, something she’s never believed she deserved because all her life she was defined solely by being a Luthor. Kara Danvers, not Supergirl, is the one who gives Lena hope.
And if that thought doesn’t choke you up, well, I don’t know what to do with you.
James, Winn, and Lyra had a bit of a spat on Team Guardian that didn’t make much sense to me. Crime was so low that Kara had nothing to do, but James seemed pretty busy. Lyra was all over the place with her emotions and while I’m all for bringing her onto Team Guardian, their entire plot of “Ace Reporter” felt forced and over-the-top. That time would have been better served showing us Alex’s knife-fighting routine.
Speaking of, WHERE THE SHIT WAS MAGGIE THIS EPISODE?!
Kara got her job back as a reporter at CatCo and while I’m happy to see her working as Kara Danvers again (because again, that identity is more important than Supergirl), I still don’t love her as a reporter. I am glad that Snapper is hopefully making her realize that she can’t bend the rules to her whims as she so chooses.
Next week’s episode looks too hard to watch alone. Someone please come over and hold me because I don’t think I can suffer through Alex being hurt.
Supergirl airs Mondays on The CW at 8pm EST.