Speaking of cute kids…if we didn’t already know that this was the final season, the addition of Esme would be a sure sign the show is running out of steam.
I am glad, though, that they added some dialogue at the beginning of this episode to walk back a bit the end of last episode, when Alex and Kelly seemed like they were just taking Esme home on the spur of the moment, like a stray cat. At least we got some dialogue at the beginning of this episode establishing that they’re actually going through the normal adoption process.
Back to the bad stuff, “you can mimic the powers of other aliens…”. “…other aliens…”. Yeah, that’s the way to make child feel like they’re a part of a family. I actually physically winced when Alex said that. And I don’t even like Esme.
And, at this point, I have no idea how the totems are supposed to work, or how the gauntlets are supposed to work. Like, we still don’t know what Supergirl was supposed to do for the Courage gaultet. And Nyxly apparently failed the Humanity gauntlet by being humane? And Supergirl passed the Hope gauntlet by…taking away the free will of two different countries? After explicitly saying that was a bad idea five minutes earlier? And…I could go on and on, but the whole thing is a convoluted mess. I seriously don’t think the writers have any idea how any of this works, either, they’re just randomly throwing up ideas for crises, and then trying to awkwardly backform a rationale for how they’re caused by the totems’ influence.
And, just by the way, two countries just went to war, and launched the first nuclear strikes since World War II, and everyone just kind of…moves on. I mean, even without their nukes, they’re still at war. And the Superfriends just went full-on Authority, and unilaterally disarmed two sovereign nations, but didn’t actually do anything at all to resolve the underlying problems. And demonstrated that they can and will override sovereign governments and just do whatever they want, with no accountability. Other than letting their pet embedded reporter write about how great they are. How is it possible that everyone on the planet is just shrugging all of this off?
I’ve posted before, that I loved Supergirl when it premiered. Then, as it devolved into relationship drama about relationships that I didn’t actually care about, I drifted away. I came back in after Crisis, and now…now I think I’m hatewatching it. Which is not something I normally do. And now I’m sad.