Synopsis: In ‘Rebirth’ as Brainiac lays close to death after trying to stop Lex, Supergirl and the team swoop in to save him, engaging in an epic battle with Gamemnae.
Picking the story up from where it left off last season. Brainiac has risked his life to stop Lex Luther and lays close to death. Fortunately for him. Supergirl and the team arrive just in the nick of time to save him, but then an epic battle ensues between them and Gamemnae. The end result of which somehow transfers her powers and the powers of his race to Lex Luther. Now a supercharged Lex Luther lays ready to take over the world and be rid of Supergirl.
So, knowing that Lex Luther has become all-powerful. Supergirl and the gang set about dismantling the Obsidian platform. Additionally, they need to find a fragment of Gamemae’s destroyed planet. Which is the only thing that they can use to take Lex’s new superpowers away from him. But in order for their plan to work Supergirl will have to be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Katie McGrath puts in a strong performance in this episode. As we see a remorseful Lena Luther bending over backward to redeem herself. Indeed the scene near the end of the episode where she punches Lex Luther in the face was comedy gold. But it is the scenes in which Lena is going out of her way to try and give Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) a fighting chance that truly shows the sisterly love that she has for her.
Also, putting in a strong performance is David Harewood as J’onn J’onnz / Martian Manhunter. In the episode we see him taking more of a mentor role as he reassures Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) that they will get her sister back from the phantom zone. Harewood for my money is perhaps the strongest actor in the main cast. Especially when it comes to rather emotive moments as we see in this episode. He just has a way of making you believe him.
Capping off the strong acting performances is Jon Cryer who proceeds to give us one of the most insane interpretations of Lex Luther seen on screen in quite some time. The little celebratory dance he does to Queens ‘We are the Champions’ toward the end of the episode was genius. I was almost sorry to see Supergirl and the gang swoop in when they did.
‘Rebirth’ is a fun hour of television, which finished off most of the plot threads that were left hanging from last season’s story arc. As always the episode suffered from a few soap opera moments that slowed the action down. These moments discussed whether or not Alex should tell her new girlfriend that her sister is Supergirl. And of course, we had the fallout from Brainiac pushing Dreamer away in order to protect her. Thankfully, these moments didn’t gum up the works too much.
The episode ends on a bit of a cliffhanger as it is set up for the new season. It seems that Supergirl was the least affected show production-wise by the pandemic. Given that it only really needed this one episode to wrap up last year’s story arc. Whereas The Flash needed 3 episodes to do the job.
Hopefully, with this being Supergirl’s final season. We’ll see a lot more action and fewer soap suds.
Overall Rebirth did the job that it set out to do. Which was wrap up the story from last year and begin this year’s final season on a strong footing.
- CGI & Stunts9.8
- Incidental Music9.2