Kara, you are in danger, my daughter.
Super Girl rang in its first final season with twists, turns and a new threat to our Girl of Steel. Tuesday’s episode, titled “Rebirth,” saw the Super Friends defeat Gamamnae, revive a dying Brainy, and reverse the damage Lex did after using the Obsidian Platform to brainwash half the world and become devout followers.
Unfortunately for the team, their victory came at a heavy price: Kara was sent back to the Phantom Zone because Lex is still an extremely evil guy, despite his entertaining antics. The episode wrapped up with Supergirl lying on the floor unconscious as a group of Phantoms – who give the Phantom Zone its name – draw closer to her.
Without Supergirl’s exact location, the Super Friends have an impossible task if they hope to see their leader again. For Kara, her banishment will be a test of willpower and inner strength as the Ghosts disturb her mind.
“One of the things they do is take people’s hope away and give them nightmares,” co-showrunner Robert Rovner told TVLine. “His trip there is trying to find hope and a way out of a situation that seems pretty dire to him, as is the case for the people of National City. His friends and family [are] try to save her at all costs.
“As you can imagine, there are some very strong parallels to what we’ve all been through with COVID,” adds co-showrunner Jessica Queller. “Being trapped in the Ghost Zone alone, isolated with your own thoughts and fears, with no idea when you can go out and see your family and loved ones again, we hope this will be something that resonates with viewers. . ”
With Supergirl lost in the Phantom Zone, the Super Friends will be left to pick up the pieces. As we saw in the premiere, they covered Kara at CatCo, explaining that she is with Cat Grant in pursuit of a story. But as time passes and they are still unable to find her, hope will begin to fade for some.
“I think it’s a very emotional arc for everyone,” says Rovner. “They really don’t know if they’re going to be able to save Kara. They start off with hope, but really struggle with it, especially Alex with the thought that his sister might not come home.
According to Queller, the uncertainty of Kara’s return arouses feelings of “heartbreak, hope and despair.” While Alex will struggle with his sister’s absence, at least she will have Kelly to lean on while dealing with these complex emotions.
“She is very close to Kelly, who helps her, along with the rest of her extended family, deal with what she is facing. But that brings Alex to a very dark place, as she is faced with the reality that she might never get her sister back.
With Alex, “it’s been his MO all his life to protect his sister,” Queller notes. “That’s why she came to the DEO, and that’s why she’s done just about everything she’s done in her life. The feeling of helplessness therefore brings, in the first episodes, a little existential despair. The only thing that was her life’s mission to do, if she didn’t accomplish it, then what does it all mean?
Meanwhile, Lex has become human again and will soon be faced with the consequences of his heinous actions. Rovner says the mega-villain trial, which takes place in Episode 2, will be “fun to watch.” It will also force his sister Lena to find her place in the family.
“She still has her foot in the Luthor world, and I think she’s torn between allegiance to family, not allegiance to Lex,” says Rovner. “And will she ever be able to break with that?” It’s an interesting dilemma for her, and how does she really break free from her brother?
One less thing Lena will have to worry about is where she is with Kara. Before Supergirl was sent to the Phantom Zone, Lena and our hopeful hero admitted that they were ready to finally make amends. According to Rovner, this path to mending their relationship will continue if Kara ever returns to National City.
“Lena is definitely Team Supergirl and Team Super Friends, and I think they’re both looking forward and not looking back. They meant it when they said they were going to try to mend their friendship, ”he notes.
In the final series of the series, the Super Friends will focus on Kara’s return and that will come with its own complications, especially if the Phantoms decide to turn their eyes to Earth.
“Supergirl faces the Phantoms in the Phantom Zone, and maybe that’s what the Super Friends are up against in National City as well,” Rovner teases.
“These ghosts are moving,” Queller adds. “The Phantoms may want to wreak havoc on Earth.”
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