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American Dreamer Recap

Tonight David Harewood took over the show in a completely different way. He sat behind the camera as the director! This marks the first time that an actor on the show has directed an episode of Supergirl. This episode, being the fourth remaining in a very intense season, David worked his magic along with Nicole Maines, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, Melissa Benoist and the other cast and crew of course. While Supergirl was laying low, Kara used her powers as a reporter to try and clear her alter-ego's name. Besides David's "Money" magic, here's what stood out to us:

  1. Dreamer Makes Her Presence Known: While Supergirl is laying low and working on clearing her name, Dreamer has stepped in with Brainy's help. Brainy is concerned that Dreamer and he will be caught but Dreamer is persistent in her desire to cover for Supergirl. Kara was using the office all night to create a crime board for finding Lex. Thus far, Kara hasn't been able to track Lex down, but she has a lead through Ameritech.
  2. Children of Liberty Are Deputized: Lockwood and his Children of Liberty are starting to use their new authorities to round up Aliens and pull them right out of their homes. Lockwood's son shows some trepidation but Lockwood assigns him to go with another Children of Liberty Agent to continue his training.
  3. James' Mind Palace: While in James' mind palace, Brainy takes James through several memories to try and help him gain control of his powers. He actually visits the Daily Planet but James' memories are in such a state that Brainy is having trouble keeping them aligned. James ends up shooting heat vision out of his eyes when under that level of stress. One of the memories was of James at his father's funeral but he didn't make it. He claims to have been locked in a bathroom across the street. This triggers Kelly's memories as well because she remembers being alone when she needed her big brother the most. Alex and Kelly share a sweet moment together bonding sharing the burdens of being a sister.
  4. Dreamer Discovers An Alien Refuge in the Bar: The Children of Liberty arrive at the alien bar to take all of the aliens in. Dreamer just arrives in time to stop the attack. After being able to fend off many of the attackers, Dreamer turns to the bar owner who notes that she may have stopped them this time, but no where is safe for aliens to go. During the raid, Ben Lockwood's son runs into his friend who he doesn't realize was an alien. He starts to question Lockwood's message.
  5. James Remembers: James was at the funeral but he was early. He was asked to leave before the funeral began. While he was outside, he was chased down by two bullies and trapped in a coffen. On the day of his dad's funeral he was trapped. Brainy loses connection with James and Kelly goes in after him. The two meet at the pivotal memory where James found the courage to change the narrative in his own mind. He defeated his trauma and was able to free his youngerself from the coffen. When he awakes, he is floating off the bed!
  6. Kara Interviews Dreamer: Kara remembers that the way to fight against oppression is to inspire hope. She goes on live TV with Dreamer to reveal that she is both an alien and an American. She is both human and alien and she is a trans-woman. She goes on to tell tons of nerdy details like she is Griffendor, House Stark, loves s'mores. The reaction to the report is to inspire those who are watching! Even Lena feels the power of the report. Brainy tells her that she needs to open more doors and trust.
  7. Catco Battle: Lockwood arrives at Catco to take Dreamer down. Alex cuts the power to Catco giving Supergirl and Dreamer the ability to take out all of the Agents of Liberty without being detected. Brainy joins the fight as well. More agents arrive and Ben goes mad after Dreamer. As he rounds the corner, James is there. He crushes the gun Ben was holding with his new powers! James then is able to kick them out of Catco!

In the final wrap up moments, Kara's source at Ameritech is inspired by what Dreamer did. She gives Kara the papers she needs and is willing to go on record. Lena and Kara find a time to reconcile on the balcony at Catco. Lena let's Kara know she was willingly working with Lex. She agreed to work with him because he had cancer. Lena was so scared of that fact that she didn't allow Kara to be there for her. Kara then gives her a hug and reassures her that giving help is not a judgable offense. George Lockwood turns his back on his father's ideals in a short scene where he destroy's the Agent of Liberty mask. Lena and Kara working together on the Lex case find out they have to go to Kasnia to find Lex. In the last moments of the episode, the woman who had her husband forcibly taken from her shows up at the Lockwood home and murders Lydia Lockwood! J'onn completes his mission on Mars and returns the knowledge of the Martian Religion to Mars where it will be safe.

A final note on the directorial debut of David Harewood, we certainly don't feel qualified on how to provide a ranking or feedback on directing. We don't even know where to begin. That said, there were some very powerful moments where Mehcad brought a ton of emotion to screen. The scene between Lena and Kara on the balcony was another example of very real and raw emotion as well as Alex and Kelly's moment caring for James. We think a lot of what the actors were able to do must have come from the direction David gave. We hope he enjoyed the director's chair and wish to see him behind the camera again (so long as we don't lose our J'onn J'onzz)!

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+1 #33 American Dreamer RecapSomeNerd 2019-04-30 17:49
Don't forget if it was actually Kara who has made the hope's speech in this episode, the military,DEO, maybe even Otis, may have attack Catco, not just the Children of liberty. Supergirl is still considered the number one enemy and as we seen in the previous episode she has lost the faith of the civilians. So storywise it make sense that she is not the one to do it, this time.
I agree with everyone that Dreamer is still too young of a superhero to earn the trust/faith of the public. But in the meantime, J'onn is away and has always lay low, Brainy is unknown from the public; so it make sense to choose her instead of anybody else. Plus she is both an Alien and an Earthling so she could impact everybody.

Kara using her powers as kara or casually are always fun to watch and it change the dynamic of the show in a good way. I hope we will see more of that in the future episode or next season.

David Harewood has done a really good job directing his co-worker, there was A LOT of emotionnal scene and I think they all nailed it (if I must complain I just wish we add more Alex)

What I understand from what we saw with the Harun-el is that it gives the same powers that any Kryptonian has, since it is a Kryptonian rock:
-Lex had super strength
-Bitsie had also super strength and invulnerability (she didn't burned her hands with the oven)
- James seems to have all of them, except for superspeed and x-ray vision

I really hope it will not be permanent, even though his PTSD storyline was interesting, the writters usually have a really hard time to make his character arc interesting to watch, especially since the Gardian storyline back in season 2.

And I'm willing to bet Eve will use holograms or image indussor (based on what we saw on the promo of the next episode and what we can deduce from the Harun-el)
+2 #32 RE: American Dreamer Recapvantheman77 2019-04-30 00:42
Quoting Kelly:
How is it that after what 6 weeks of training Dreamer is kicking all kinds arse, not once on the ground....yet SUPERgirl ends up on the ground and needs help every freaking battle? Where oh where is the SUPERgirl who defeated Superman all by herself? I want THAT SUPERgirl back.
I enjoyed just seeing Kara, not having Supergirl in the episode didn't bother me
....however Dreamer becoming SUPERHERO deluxe in just a few episodes was a WTF? scenario imo.
BUT if James keeps his powers and ends up yet ANOTHER superhero on this show, this will probably be my last season of Supergirl weekly. I will binge in the Summer maybe, but not really interested in seeing another season like this one. Season 3 had a chance to keep CB fans with the Legion, they screwed it up, Season 4 had a chance with Red Daughter and we truly get that story in barely 3 out of 22 episodes...they better make some changes for Season 5.


3 out of 22 episodes concerning the Red Daughter storyline is very disturbing.
+5 #31 RE: American Dreamer Recapkdickerson87 2019-04-29 20:25
I thought David did an excellent job directing. I think he would do well on another episode too. I enjoyed this episode.

I dont like how "super friends" are getting the shine on "Supergirl". I also dont like how people such as James are getting superpowers. Like really?

I'm ready for the focus to be on Supergirl again just like season 1 and 2.
+4 #30 RE: American Dreamer RecapKelly 2019-04-29 20:19
How is it that after what 6 weeks of training Dreamer is kicking all kinds arse, not once on the ground....yet SUPERgirl ends up on the ground and needs help every freaking battle? Where oh where is the SUPERgirl who defeated Superman all by herself? I want THAT SUPERgirl back.
I enjoyed just seeing Kara, not having Supergirl in the episode didn't bother me
....however Dreamer becoming SUPERHERO deluxe in just a few episodes was a WTF? scenario imo.
BUT if James keeps his powers and ends up yet ANOTHER superhero on this show, this will probably be my last season of Supergirl weekly. I will binge in the Summer maybe, but not really interested in seeing another season like this one. Season 3 had a chance to keep CB fans with the Legion, they screwed it up, Season 4 had a chance with Red Daughter and we truly get that story in barely 3 out of 22 episodes...they better make some changes for Season 5.
+3 #29 What happened to Lex's hard drive?Constance 2019-04-29 18:23
Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see any mention of what was found on Lex's hard drive, handed to Kara at the end of the previous episode. I'd think she'd want to find out right away, to help her solve where he might be!
I love this show; I love Melissa's acting; I loved her using her powers "icognito"; I loved Lena's coming clean to her; the acting is incredible. Of course, I have to agree that I'd rather see more of Melissa being Supergirl and not giving everyone else "powers", but I am very forgiving as long as I can keep seeing all the fine acting and creativity!
By the way, rewatching last week, they show just a frame or two of Kara in her Kara clothes running at superspeed from the column to the book stacks; so she changed clothes in a fraction of a second behind the column where she was hiding from Otis; I had previously assumed she changed once hidden by the book stacks.
+2 #28 RE: American Dreamer RecapLibertyPrime 2019-04-29 15:45
Brandtm2 & muckle9999, you guys shame me with your persistence and optimism.

I'm going to stick it out and hope for the best. But they don't make it easy...
+2 #27 RE: American Dreamer Recapmuckle9999 2019-04-29 14:23
Quoting LibertyPrime:
Maybe the whole episode would have been easier for me to take had the writers not found excuse after excuse over the last three seasons to hobble the title character so that side characters can appear more effective.

The show has gone from "Supergirl" to "Supergirl and Friends" to "Supergirl's Friends," and I've had more than enough of it.

If it wasn't for Arrow's epic collapse this year, SG S4 would be my least favorite Arrowverse season by a country mile. 

Right now, I don't care how the season plays out. I'm not sure I care about Season 5. The writers and producers have squandered any lingering goodwill I have carried.


No question that this season has been a big disappointment. I don't see how the final episodes are going to save the season. I wonder how many fans are going to call it quits. They took a great show and made it unwatchable. But I will tune in every Sunday until the end. I will continue to make my comments that no one likes. lol
+4 #26 RE: American Dreamer RecapBrandtm2 2019-04-29 14:05
Quoting LibertyPrime:
Maybe the whole episode would have been easier for me to take had the writers not found excuse after excuse over the last three seasons to hobble the title character so that side characters can appear more effective.

The show has gone from "Supergirl" to "Supergirl and Friends" to "Supergirl's Friends," and I've had more than enough of it.

If it wasn't for Arrow's epic collapse this year, SG S4 would be my least favorite Arrowverse season by a country mile. 

Right now, I don't care how the season plays out. I'm not sure I care about Season 5. The writers and producers have squandered any lingering goodwill I have carried.


Well, I share your disappointment with "Supergirl's Friends" but I'll never give up. This is still the only Supergirl show we've got. I still keep watching and hoping and sometimes we get a fine episode like last week's.
+4 #25 RE: American Dreamer RecapLibertyPrime 2019-04-29 13:54
Maybe the whole episode would have been easier for me to take had the writers not found excuse after excuse over the last three seasons to hobble the title character so that side characters can appear more effective.

The show has gone from "Supergirl" to "Supergirl and Friends" to "Supergirl's Friends," and I've had more than enough of it.

If it wasn't for Arrow's epic collapse this year, SG S4 would be my least favorite Arrowverse season by a country mile. 

Right now, I don't care how the season plays out. I'm not sure I care about Season 5. The writers and producers have squandered any lingering goodwill I have carried.
+5 #24 RE: American Dreamer Recapsuperbill 2019-04-29 12:56
Lots of division among us on this one! For my part, I thought it was pretty good, and I enjoyed it. I didn't see it as a "filler" episode, at least not in the same way as some past seasons where a particular episode focused almost entirely on one secondary character. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a good balance among the different storylines, and especially that we saw a good amount of screen time for Melissa. But the key thing was that it kept all the threads moving forward toward the season's conclusion. The story this season has been really complex and it stands to reason that pulling all these threads together requires giving them their due.

Here's what I liked:

* Seeing Kara as a reporter, using information and logic to find the truth.
* Using her powers (as Kara) in a variety of ways, which was really cool.
* The fight in the bar and later at Catco added some real excitement.
* Witmer's performance as Lockwood becomes increasingly power-hungry.
* Katie gave a really strong performance. I've always liked her portrayal of Lena, but in this episode we saw additional layers and emotion that we haven't seen before.
* I thought the episode was well-structured, so kudos to David for his role as director.
* Kara and Lena working together. I am looking forward to their adventures in Kaznia.


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