In Review: Supergirl, “Red Dawn”

Supergirl and Red Daughter are awesome!

Supergirl, “Red Dawn” Broadcast on May 12, 2019

Teleplay by Gabriel Llanas & Eric Carrasco

Story by Lindsay Sturman

Directed by Alexis Ostrander

Previously on Supergirl: Alex has her mind wiped of Kara being Supergirl to protect her, Alex learns she won’t be able to adopt a baby, Brainy tells Lockwood not to inject himself with an experimental serum as it could kill him instead of giving him super powers, Kara and Lena learn about Red Daughter and how Lex plans to stage an invasion of the United States, and Kara goes to President Baker to present him with proof of Luthor’s plans only to have a black hood put over her head.

Now: Midvale, 2007. Young Kara and Alex walk along a lake. Kara’s clapping to music causes the pair to topple from a cliff. Adult Alex wakes up from this memory she shouldn’t be having. Kelly Olsen is in the living room with and tells her that this dream about her adopted sister was probably caused by her inability to adopt the baby. Alex thinks otherwise. Before she can think more about it she receives a call from Querl who tells her about Lockwood’s new abilities. In Washington D.C., Kara’s hood is removed. She’s still in the White House and escapes from her bonds and knocks out the guards, only to be confronted by Red Daughter who has a large chunk of Kryptonite that causes Kara to collapse. Cue opening title card, that says Red Daughter in Russian before changing into the more familiar title of Supergirl.

This was a really good episode with a lot happening. It’s obvious that things are getting wrapped up before next week’s season finale. Kara’s dealings with Red Daughter are good, with their opening conversation excellent. I’m sure Melissa Benoist was happy to have that change of clothing in the opening sequence for Supergirl’s alter ego. Benoist does a good job as the Russian villain. I wasn’t pleased with the helmet in the final battle sequence, but it was understandable because it was an easy way to film the fight. Chyler Leigh got some good scenes as she begins to get her memories back, with a really strong scene at the episode’s end. Plus, it’s always neat to have Helen Slater appear. Brenda Strong and Katie McGrath get a pair of good scenes, with their first being fantastic stuff. Ben Lockwood’s character has some changes and revelations that definitely alter his direction. Again, Sam Witwer kills it. Mehcad Brooks also gets some good moments in the last half of the episode. The real scene stealer of the episode is Jesse Rath who gets to have Querl cut loose in the worst possible way. If you’re a Legion of Super-Heroes fan and haven’t been pleased with the television version that Rath plays…I’m just saying, be careful what you wish for! And I cannot get enough of Robert Baker as Otis.

The good: The story that covers so much ground, Melissa Benoist, Sam Witwer, Jesse Rath, the special effects team, and the great cliffhanger.

The bad: The helmet in the final fight and the solution to Supergirl’s predicament in the end would make Alec Holland very upset.

The final line: This was a really strong episode with every character doing something important to race to the finale of the season. Supergirl and Red Daughter are awesome! And look out for the rebooted Brainiac 5! Overall grade: A-


Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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