When a show has an episode that tugs at your heartstrings due to brilliant writing and stellar acting, that’s a feat that deserves accolades.
This article contains spoilers so if you haven’t seen the Supergirl episode “Falling,” please do not continue reading.
The use of Red Kryptonite is not a new plot device for the heroes from the Krypton universe. We’ve seen the effects of this deadly rock in many of the Superman stories.
In Supergirl, Kara became the latest Kryptonian hero to fall victim to Red Kryptonite, turning a hero to a villain. Prior to her exposure, the series reminded viewers how beloved a hero Supergirl is in a scene where a young girl has a Supergirl costume trying to emulate her.
However, once Kara as Supergirl is exposed to Red Kryptonite after coming to the aid at a fire location, Melissa Benoist gets to shine in an episode I feel is the best episode of the series thus far.
Everything about Kara not just her outer appearance, which was fabulous, but also her demeanor changed. She had a new confidence, which unfortunately to those around her turned her into a bitch to rival Cat Grant. Additionally, she had no problem pursuing her feelings for Jimmy Olsen. I loved Kara’s line “What I want is what the poor man’s Lois Lane was too idiotic to keep,”as it showed that she was so over being a shy wallflower waiting for Olsen to make his move.
Evil Kara/Supergirl was a menace. She let Cat Grant know that SHE, not Cat had the real power. To illustrate this, Supergirl throw her off the balcony of the Catco building! “Real power is deciding who will live and who will die,” Supergirl chillingly said after saving Cat’s life by catching her in the nick of time. Cat Grant later gives a press conference denouncing Supergirl and warning the public that the former hero is now dangerous.
Not to take anything from Cat’s plunge to her almost death, the scenes where Kara faced off with sister Alex accusing her of being jealous of Kara’s beauty which is why she encouraged her to “dress down” in sweater sets and skirts and telling her “We’re not sisters, we don’t share blood,” broke my heart. Kara was cruel to Alex verbally and later, physically.
Melissa Benoist proved she is an acting powerhouse. When you can leave your comfort zone by taking your character into an entirely different direction, that’s amazing and deserves praise.
Viewers learned that Maxwell Lord was behind creating the Red Kryptonite and was able to create an antidote.
Kara now faces rebuilding people’s trust in Supergirl.
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