Synopsis: In Dream Weaver. Kelly meets Joey, a young orphaned alien boy, who is acting out in foster care because he fears there is something wrong with his brother Orlando, who is incarcerated. Meanwhile, Nyxly crashes one of Nia’s dreams and asks her for help.
Kelly’s new job in social work sees her become a champion for social justice when she meets Joey, an orphaned alien boy who is acting out. When Kelly visits the foster home where Joey is being taken care of. She finds out that Miss Hochschild is forcing the children to wear inhibiter bracelets. Added to that she is also abusing the kids. Upon speaking to Joey. Kelly learns that he is deeply concerned for his older brother who is in prison. Joey is worried that his brother Orlando is being forced to use his powers. The worry is that if he uses his powers too much he will die.
In order to learn more about what is happening with Orlando and the prison work program that he is a part of. Kelly calls upon Supergirl for help with the investigation, which reveals that a mob boss is using the work program to get prisoners to steal for him.
Elsewhere, Nia is having a frightening dream involving her mother and learns that Nyxly has crashed the dream. Nyxly tells dreamer that she needs her help to get back to the fifth dimension. As an incentive, Nyxly offers to bring Dreamer’s mother back from the dead for one day.
Azie Tesfai gives a somewhat compelling performance as Kelly Olsen in a story that is setting her up to become the next Guardian. Her interactions with young Joey felt genuine and you really find yourself feeling empathy for the young kid’s situation. I also enjoyed Tesfai’s scenes with Mrs. Hochschild who was played brilliantly by Susan Hogan.
Aiden Stoxx puts in a solid performance as little Joey’s older brother Orlando. His scenes toward the end of the episode where Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) persuades him to surrender were nicely acted.
Dream Weaver was a solid episode, which had a pretty good storyline about social injustice that happens when the legal systems do not work for those that need help the most. The scenes in the Foster home kind of rang true to me because when I was a kid back in the 70s and 80s I was in and out of care homes myself. So because of that I felt real empathy for Joey’s situation and could completely relate to him being worried about his only family. Thankfully for me. None of the care homes I stayed in were as bad as the one we see in this episode. But they were not particularly great places either for a child to be in.
Overall. A pretty good episode with a fairly nice setup for Kelly to become The Guardian. However, I think I prefer her doing the undercover work as a social worker.
- CGI & Stunts9.6
- Incidental Music9.0