Synopsis for the episode Supergirl 1×16: “Falling”
Kara (Melissa Benoist) turns on her friends and the citizens of the National City after being infected with red kryptonite, which makes her malicious and dangerous. Therefore, DEO is on high alert as Supergirl appears to be completely out of control. Because of this, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Hank (David Harewood) have to turn to an old acquaintance to stop Kara. Meanwhile, Cat (Calista Flockhart) shows up on The Talk to talk about Supergirl. But even she can not do much about the fact that people in National City have lost faith in their heroine.
In the previous episodes of the first season of Supergirl, the young protagonist Melissa Benoist had a number of chances to show off her talent and present Supergirl from different sides. Benoist has improved weekly, and now he faces a very special challenge in the episode Falling: transforming the kind-hearted guardian angel from National City into an unsympathetic villain who becomes a real danger to the city and Kara’s loved ones. And Melissa Benoist also masters this task with brilliance.
Red kryptonite, an invention of Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), released a few weeks ago, does “falling‘from the like-minded virgin of steel to a disgusting, extremely arrogant person who is not good at eating cherries with. In fact, Lord would use his latest discovery as a weapon against Non (Chris Vance) and his followers and set a trap for him. But as Supergirl is affected by the synthetic kryptonite during a simple rescue operation, it unleashes a repressed anger deep inside her, which then takes control of Kara and leads her down very sinister paths.
Get off track
The author team behind “super girlHere there are numerous opportunities to play with this new premise and the changes in its main character, resulting in a varied, sometimes extremely entertaining and funny, but also surprisingly drastic and often very serious episode. Again, both the mix and the balance between these different aspects are right here, so any logical gaps and usability are cleverly hidden, and as a viewer, one has first and foremost the fun of this section. Watching Benoist or Kara from this brand new side is a fresh idea that promises lots of excitement in the sense of a more procedural-typical episode, but which at the same time also promises a few far-reaching developments for the rest of the season.
When introducing the red kryptonite, one makes use of DC Comics, where Superman was repeatedly affected by this substance and during which, for example, lost his superpowers. How Lord managed to create this “weapon” against the Kryptonians, remains as always with the scientific explanations in “super girl‘quite vague, but the effect of the ominous substance is far more original than Supergirl’ just ‘losing her special abilities. Because the red kryptonite acts as a substance that opens a valve in Kara and lets her repressed emotions run free, not only does an entertaining story unfold with a completely changed protagonist, but also an extremely interesting look into Kara’s inner soul life, which using far is more turbulent than many would have thought.
Of course, we have fun at the beginning of seeing Kara at times extremely confident or arrogant (as is so often the case, it is only a very fine line that separates these two qualities), completely convinced of herself and unstoppable, just like her boss and mentor Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). In the beginning, she is also quite fascinated by her assistant’s new bite, whereby it quickly becomes clear that this is not only a short whim of Kara, but that she is being corrupted more and more from minute to minute, which ultimately makes her a terribly vicious, sneaky and manipulative a snake force.
A new color
Cat’s new assistant Siobhan (Italia Ricci) notices this first. After hanging out with Winn (Jeremy Jordan) in the broom closet, she wants to publish a scandalous story about Supergirl, but Cat resists, knowing the heroine’s significance to the city. When Siobhan then tries to contact the Daily Planet, the “new” Kara plans to act, resulting in Siobhan’s firing. Of course, Kara can not help but make a sneaky comment.
From the beginning of her transformation of the friendly Kara into a disgusting bitch, Benoist shows a lot of fun with this new facet of the character, and the writers also seem to enjoy showing Kara – for her circumstances – very atypical, extravagant and arrogant . The parallels to Cat Grant are undeniable, but Kara takes it a step further and soon knows no bounds at all. Where you would expect Cat to have a conscience, Kara behaves ruthlessly and becomes a threat to the people of National City.
That way, it shows us in the first place, in a few charming, if a bit clichéd shots, how much Supergirl has risen in the eyes of the people of National City, and has become a role model and an idol that people look up to. Cat knows that power and is its strongest defender, which she also says in CBS ‘talk format “talk“Next to Kelly Osbourne does more than clear. But when Cat learns that Supergirl has gone astray (in a very exciting scene where Supergirl throws Cat from her tall tower), the tide turns. Supergirl is a new enemy, an uncontrollable force, exactly what a Maxwell Lord wants her to be: the scourge of humanity that could create chaos and suffering without hitting an eyelid. And people would be helpless.
Take away the pain
Granted, it’s easy for the good citizens of National City to be convinced by opinion leader Cat Grant that Supergirl has suddenly become evil. But Melissa Benoist also makes a big effort to make Kara, who is actually very likeable, very scary. However, one must never forget that Kara is not harmed by the red kryptonite, but that it reveals the evil in her. Kara’s pent-up anger after the loss of her aunt is especially evident in the emotionally charged quarrel with her adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) (Kara’s new outfit is not for nothing reminiscent of Astra). Eventually, this also opens Alex’s eyes, who after Kara’s healing know that the two must deal with this subject again. Suppressing emotions, especially anger, will never end well, as the extreme case of Kara showed.
Of course, her past deeds have not left Supergirl unharmed, whether it’s personal loss or just a slight sense of misunderstanding as to why Hank (David Harewood) in his Martian Manhunter form can not help in the fight against alien threats, which again, according to Karas leading transformation to great frustration in her and ugly provocations towards Hank. In a way, Kara is shown very humanly here, the facade is taken from a deep-rooted side of her, and then an evil grimace appears, which probably everyone carries within themselves. Only with her is this revelation of her character all the more drastic, as she lets her anger run free in a destructive way.
While I would have liked the fight between The Martian Manhunter and Supergirl to be a bit more widespread and bombastic (probably a budget issue), the resolution of this conflict works excellently, at least on an emotional level. Well, the Lord’s magical convalescent weapon that brings Kara back to normal needs as simple plot units get accepted. But the writers do everything right in the scenes about the self-sacrificing Hank Henshaw aka J’onn J’onzz. Again, David Harewood’s natural, extremely dignified charisma comes into play as his character stands protectively in front of his two foster daughters. Of course he could escape, but he does not want such a life, not again. As a prisoner, he can at least be sure that Alex and Kara will not be suspected of having known his secret alien identity.
The emotionally charged snapshots pile up towards the end of the episode, for example when Supergirl, crushed, realizes what she has done, or when Alex shares a wonderful moment with Hank in her glass prison. This is where the good character relationships pay off, which have been credibly built up to this point in the season, and which make us feel with the characters. Even the intended enlightening conversation between Kara and James (Mehcad Brooks), which she had thrown herself very aggressively over, succeeds, but ends up with James himself unsure of what he really wants.
change of mind
It is possible that James is now taking a short break to relax in the complicated “Will they, will they not” relationship between him and Kara. He also knows that the bad things Kara said about Lucy are deeply rooted in Kara and not just a result of the red kryptonite. Regrettably, but aware of her guilt and responsibility, Supergirl finally shows up for Cat, who in turn felt it was her duty to warn the public about the evil Supergirl. It is now up to Supergirl alone to regain people’s trust and become the symbol Cat still sees in her, even though the involuntary flight lesson has visibly shaken her.
It’s a pretty interesting time to let our protagonist go through this difficult phase. Falling shows that Kara is more human than she might often think she is and that she needs to find a way to deal with her emotions. Otherwise, in her position and equipped with her powers, she will become a real danger to humanity if she again lets hidden frustration and anger overcome. With Hank behind bars, however, she now also lacks an important fix point with Alex, who always gave the two Danvers sisters support. As the first season of Supergirl is coming to an end, it looks like the two superwomen will finally have to rise above themselves and face their damn big responsibilities.
Personally, I really like the Falling episode, despite a few minor criticisms, and above all, it offers excellent TV entertainment and lots of variety. Both the highly dramatic snapshots (Kara puts Alex in mortal danger) and the very entertaining nuances (Kara’s cat gift style performance is excellent) do “falling‘to an exciting, optimistic episode that makes time fly by. Melissa Benoist puts a lot of effort into this and turns her character into a real, frightening threat, which, among other things, ensures that you are completely involved in the very dark scenes and sometimes assume the worst development.
The gaze on the emotional state of our heroine hidden deep within Kara is very exciting, interesting and easy for the viewer to understand as everyone can relate personally to Kara and her repressed emotions. However, the further course of the story is difficult to predict, so you can look forward to the next episodes of the superhero series, which is now slowly but surely becoming home for its first season.