1:29 pm EST, January 20, 2020

‘Supergirl’ season 5, episode 10 review: Brainy(s) in a bottle

On Supergirl season 5, episode 10, Lex is in charge of the DEO...

On Supergirl season 5, episode 10, Kara attempts to understand and deal with the changes in National City and reality following the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and the multi-verse being reset due to Oliver’s sacrifice.

In all honesty, Supergirl season 5, episode 10, wasn’t my favorite episode. Seeing Jesse Rath show off his incredible talent and appear as many versions of Brainy was definitely a highlight, but after such an enormous, life-changing crisis, it was easy to expect more. (Not that I should have because, usually, the mid-season premieres suffer due to the schedule of the year’s crossover.)

With Supergirl on Earth-Prime, I really hope the series begins to dig into whats that means for our characters and what other changes have occurred because of it. Lex being a good guy and leading the DEO is definitely very interesting, but there have to be other things that have changed, I’d hope.

Supergirl season 5 episode 10

‘Supergirl’ season 5, episode 10 review

Jesse Rath gave an incredible performance on this episode, not only as multiple versions of Brainy, but as the Brainy we’re familiar with, our Brainy, as he accepts changes within himself and what that means for his future and relationship with Nia.

I’m excited to see what the Supergirl writers do with their opportunity to shake up the status quo after the crisis. I want to see big risks taken, major changes, and stories that continue to keep Supergirl interesting and keep Kara on her toes for the coming seasons.

The Arrow-verse has played it very safe in the past, which has just led to disappointment. (For instance, the minor changes that occurred with Flashpoint.) Going off of this episode alone, I wouldn’t say anything has changed. This was a very “safe” episode, exploring only one major change (halfway). If this is what the future of the Arrow-verse will look like, I can’t say I’m that excited (or surprised).

The bottle

Sticking an entire universe in a bottle is totally normal, right? I think it was an ingenious way for Brainy to save his people with the anti-matter wave coming, though he got lucky the entire multi-verse wasn’t actually destroyed. I’m a bit confused about how those people came through at Al’s bar if the multi-verse was entirely destroyed, and technically in this timeline, “Crisis on Infinite Earths” never happened. Any way, too much thought about that and timelines will make my head hurt.

Meaghan Rath, Jesse’s sister, appearing as an alternate version of Brainiac-5 was very clever of the writers, and it was great to see their relationship on-screen, even if very short-lived. I’d hope, in the future, the writers find a way to bring her back because it’s a real shame we only had, like, 20 minutes with her.

As for our Brainy, the development at the end of becoming more himself than he’s ever been, is fascinating and could/should lead to some very interesting stories for him. Already he seems much more detached from emotion, breaking off his long-term relationship with Nia and working alongside Lex.

I’m curious to see how this will impact his relationships with Kara and the others, and if he’ll have to start using the personality repressor to limit his knowledge again in order to remain a regular on the show and keep his friendship with the many characters.

The Luthors

By far, the most interesting part of the episode was the Luthor family. With all three around again, we’re in store for such amazing stories, even if Lex makes me want to rip my own hair out when he’s back.

Lex making a deal with the Monitor to restore Lena’s memories was, well, unexpected. I would have figured he’d want a clean slate with Lena to completely destroy her again, since he takes such joy in tormenting and emotionally abusing her. But I guess it makes sense since Kara’s betrayal is driving Lena to lengths she’d never have considered before.

Throw Lillian in the mix and this is a disaster waiting to happen, though I am hopeful it’ll show Lena exactly the path she’s headed down and where she needs to draw the line. Her entire life, she aimed to avoid being anything like her family, so working with them, despite her reasoning (for Project Non Nocere), is probably the only thing that can truly show her the light, to find her way back to the hero’s side.

If we have to deal with Lex, at least it’s with Lena and Kara around, which makes him a little less unbearable because they are both so absolutely done with his bullshit at all times.

I wonder if this story is leading into Lex being an antagonist for the Superman and Lois TV series that’s already been picked up for the 2020-21 TV season…. I hope not.

Kara and Lena adapting to Earth-Prime, barely anything on ‘Supergirl’ season 5, episode 10

As the only two people without memories of living on Earth-Prime their entire lives, I expect to see some struggles with the new reality, especially from Kara. (It’s unclear if Lena has memories or not, but considering Lex’s deal, it’s likely she had just woken up in the new universe when we caught up with her.)

So much should be different. As Lex is a good guy now, Kara presumably never won the Pulitzer, which was such an important moment for her as a journalist (along with the story about Lex that made Kara Danvers a household name). What has the history of CatCo looked like? If Lena has worked with Lex at Luthor-Corp and the DEO, did she ever have time to buy CatCo? How long has Andrea been in charge?

I’d also like answers to where all of our beloved (exited) characters are, like Cat, Lucy, and Sam. What are they up to? Did this change their lives, too? I know it’s a lot to expect, but it’s seriously such a missed opportunity if they don’t take the time to familiarize ourselves with this universe’s National City.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET (following Batwoman) on The CW!

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