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Event Horizon Recap

Here we go again! The sun is setting a little earlier, pumpkin spiced whatever is back on the shelves and Supergirl soars back into our hearts for another season! We couldn't be more excited! Tonight on an all new time, we got to see Supergirl in a brand new way, both Kara and The Girl of Steel were sporting a new look! J'onn faced new trials that were unexpected, Andrea Rojas made huge waves at Cat Co and young romances continued to blossom! Of course there was much more than just that, here's what stood out to us:

  1. Lena Packs a Punch: Lena is using virtual reality and artificial intelligence to get her feelings out on Supergirl. She is really in a bad place. Additionally, Lena has created her own unfeeling artificial intelligence to be her assistant. No more Ms. Tessmacher.
  2. Obsidian North Buys Cat Co: Andrea Rojas buys the building and everything in it. Now Andrea owns and wants to run Cat Co. This displaces James as Editor and Chief. Additionally, Kelly is now working for Obsidian North in the same building as Cat Co just one floor down.
  3. Midnight Debuts: J'onn's brother spent weeks building a Phantom Zone projector to let Midnight out of the zone. J'onn actually is responsible for putting her there. She shoots negative energy voids that destroy anything they touch. Midnight is able to escape before Kara attempts to put Midnight back in the Phantom Zone.
  4. Pulitzer Prize: It's a night all about Kara! Her piece on Lex Luthor has won her the most coveted award in journalism. She gets a brand new suit. She tells Lena that she is Supergirl. It catches Lena off guard. Lena is there to announce Kara for her award.
  5. Midnight's Second Attack: Supergirl puts on her brand new suit right in front of Lena who looks like she has forgiven Kara. Midnight tries to create a black hole that would suck in J'onn and team Supergirl. J'onn does indeed get sucked in but Kara is able to get to him and close the rift in time.

Final wrap up moments. James quits Cat Co. On the advice of his sister, James decides that he needs a new adventure. Rojas says he'll never work in journalism again, but James says it's all part of the adventure. Nia and Brainy profess love for one another and share a kiss. J'onn is attacked by Ma'alefa'ak. J'onn doesn't seem to remember him and when they touch they seem to hurt each other. Lena is visited by Kara. The two part as friends but Lena is not ready to forgive yet. Because she knows by Kara's own admission, she can use Supergirl to further her plans. Her goal to expose Kara is sidelined.

The episode ends with Eve being kidnapped from some unknown diner.

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+4 #56 RE: Event Horizon Recapkdogg87 2019-10-10 19:44
It was a really solid premiere. In motion, so far, I'm digging the suit. I'll always miss the skirt, but it didn't really bother me in this episode.

As for the elephant in the room, Lena...

I think she was always going to tip towards the dark side. I'm not saying she'll stay there. But we all knew it would cause for better character drama.

As for whether Kara's supposed "betrayal" justifies her plans and actions, I don't think they do. As others have pointed out, the secret, in and of itself, had nothing to do with Lena. It existed before Lena came along, it being kept was never malicious. And seeing as neither Kara nor Supergirl had caused harm to Lena, and both were in good standing with her, when Lex made the reveal. Add on to that, Kara WILLINGLY came forward, and Lena's stance just isn't justified.

It's also hypocritical. Lena's obviously kept some pretty dark secrets. Working with Queen Rhea. Trying to kill Morgan Edge. Secretly producing Kryptonite. Secretly working with Harun-El (including deadly human trials). Secretly working with Lex. Killing Lex. Holding Sam prisoner AND hiding the fact that she was Reign (along with the hubris of thinking she, alone, could help her). And some of these secrets impacted Kara/Supergirl more than Kara's secret should have impacted Lena. And several of those secretive actions lead to disastrous results.

Yet, somehow, when Kara/Supergirl found out about ANY of those secrets, SHE was eventually the one to apologize. She apologized for over-reacting about Kryptonite and the Harun-El, despite her feelings being valid. And she apologized, intensely, after revealing her identity.

Bottom line, I can't Lena's current path. But sadly, it's not out of character.
#55 RE: Event Horizon Recapmuckle9999 2019-10-10 14:15
Quoting SSAV:
Quoting SuprgrlFn:

I won’t argue that Lena has done some ethically shady stuff, but that is part of what makes the character interesting and actually what drives her - Alex killed Astra and has made no secret of her ability to coerce - to the point of TORTURE - to get the answers she wants. There’s plenty of moral grey to go around, and THAT is what makes it interesting.


Alex killed Astra when she was about to kill J'onn. In the heat of battle. Not the same as poisoning Lillian or killing Lex. As for torture and coercion, some of us did call that out at the time. Along with the alcoholism.

Fiction doesn't exist in vacuum. It is meant to be engaged with from our own experiences. Not because it'd incite anybody to change in the short term; but because it could be food for thought for others.

Lena can be better. So far, she has not shown much open-mindedness towards taking criticism. She caused issues since S2 and wasn't criticised much by the people in the show except Kara and the show mostly takes Lena's side. And, she is a hypocrite. She was going to harm Kara and her family and friends in a way that was disproportionate to her "crime". In both the fictional and real worlds, an attitude like hers could cause untold harm. In her world, it already has.
I don't see anything wrong in saying that.


The lovely Lena is the scientific genius of the show. No genius takes criticism well because they're a genius and they're right and you're wrong to criticize. How dare you! I love her character in fiction or non fiction.
Of course, she has caused some minor issues throughout the series but she always does the right thing at the end. And let's not jump the gun and crucify her for thinking about hurting Kara. When that time comes I'm sure that the lovely Lena will do the right thing.
+2 #54 RE: Event Horizon Recapmakasi_K 2019-10-10 11:46
Quoting SuprgrlFn:
I think that people trying to ascribe NORMAL human actions/reactions to a character in a fictional SUPERHERO show are really missing the point of the genre.


Which is why I put the word normal in quotations. But even so, just because it's a superhero show doesn't mean we cannot judge a character based on their actions. It's why we have heroes and villains. We have heroes just like Lena that have grown in an abusive enviornment but don't fall into the same behaviors as often as Lena does.

Lena was introduced as a character that could go the way of her family, that's always been her arc. So to see her react this way is realistic for her but it doesn't mean it justifies her or that we have to continue rooting for her to stay good. Smallville's Lex was always meant to turn evil, just as Clark was on the path to being a hero. I know we don't want this show to essentially be about a female Clark/Superman or female Lex but sadly it's what it has been since the start.

Alex killed to save a life in the heat of battle (after trying to talk Astra down), everytime it's been in battle. Same for J'onn. When she's overused her power she's been called out within the show (even if it doesn't stick for long), Lena rarely is, and when she has been the narrative tends to take her side or at least it doesn't let the other characters further support their side. Lena's had the full support of 90% of the characters, we barely see this abusive childhood she's had. In fact we know as a kid Lex was good to her & she looked up to him, and Lillian loves her and they even get along now (in their own weird way). The show went from "Lena never had any friends" to introducing an old friend every season. My point being that the show isn't very good at painting her in a sympathetic light imo. Why should I root for her when she barely has any opposition? Again, my opinion, I know I might be in an online minority here.
+2 #53 RE: Event Horizon RecapSSAV 2019-10-10 10:27
Quoting SuprgrlFn:

I won’t argue that Lena has done some ethically shady stuff, but that is part of what makes the character interesting and actually what drives her - this push-pull between the innate desire to do good and the learned behavior of doing anything necessary to survive and thrive. As for nearly killing Edge - umm, James did and threatened that as well. Alex killed Astra and has made no secret of her ability to coerce - to the point of TORTURE - to get the answers she wants. There’s plenty of moral grey to go around, and THAT is what makes it interesting.


Alex killed Astra when she was about to kill J'onn. In the heat of battle. Not the same as poisoning Lillian or killing Lex. As for torture and coercion, some of us did call that out at the time. Along with the alcoholism.

Fiction doesn't exist in vacuum. It is meant to be engaged with from our own experiences. Not because it'd incite anybody to change in the short term; but because it could be food for thought for others.

Lena can be better. So far, she has not shown much open-mindedness towards taking criticism. She caused issues since S2 and wasn't criticised much by the people in the show except Kara and the show mostly takes Lena's side. And, she is a hypocrite. She was going to harm Kara and her family and friends in a way that was disproportionate to her "crime". In both the fictional and real worlds, an attitude like hers could cause untold harm. In her world, it already has.
I don't see anything wrong in saying that.
+3 #52 RE: Event Horizon RecapSuprgrlFn 2019-10-09 15:07
I think that people trying to ascribe NORMAL human actions/reactions to a character in a fictional SUPERHERO show are really missing the point of the genre. The characters are meant to have outsized reactions to things. For one thing, if they behaved totally normally, the plots would be totally boring. Second, the swings of emotion and drama are part and parcel of what drives this type of show.

Here we have been shown two characters raised in similar circumstances (though Lena’s were clearly more traumatic) and they turned out very differently and YET there are similarities as well. The audience is meant to root for the character to remain good, not hope for her to go bad. THAT is not a normal audience reaction.

I won’t argue that Lena has done some ethically shady stuff, but that is part of what makes the character interesting and actually what drives her - this push-pull between the innate desire to do good and the learned behavior of doing anything necessary to survive and thrive. As for nearly killing Edge - umm, James did and threatened that as well. Alex killed Astra and has made no secret of her ability to coerce - to the point of TORTURE - to get the answers she wants. There’s plenty of moral grey to go around, and THAT is what makes it interesting.
+3 #51 RE: Event Horizon Recapmakasi_K 2019-10-09 02:36
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A "normal" person, no matter how emotionally damaged, does not try to kill their enemy (she tried and failed w/ Morgan Edge, and succeded with Lex, she also poisoned Lillian), does not get revenge on a girl for stealing her boyfriend (I believe Lillian mentioned something about Lena playing a long game and ruining the girls life or something), does not plot to hurt or manipulate their friend out of hurt feelings, does not create a VR where they can act out beating up/killing their friend (the fact she has that much hate and anger says a lot), etc. Lena has a god complex, believes she's above others, doesn't trust people unless they trust her fully, holds grudges, and can be manipulative.

I feel that people forget all the warnings and hints Lillian has been giving about Lena since season 2. She may try to be good and is good most of the time but she has a dark side. For 3 seasons Lena has been making mistakes but always coddled and supported by all the characters (especially Kara), maybe it's about time people start holding her accountable (like it should have happened w/ the Harun-el stuff) to see how she pulls through.
+2 #50 RE: Event Horizon Recapmakasi_K 2019-10-09 02:31
Quoting DigitalDiva:
But because Lena found out Kara's secret without Kara telling her she was going to tell Kara's secret to the world. A good person does not do that. A true friend would never do that.


I see justifications for this from many but I think there's no excuse for what she was going to do. If Lena wasn't self-aware I would understand but she is, she knows damn well when she's doing wrong or right and in this instance, she willfully indulged in her Luthor instincts. Kara revealed her secret and was extremely vulnerable with her. The ball is now in Lena's court, she can't play the hurt victim anymore and I do hope that Kara finds out and isn't as quickly forgiving as she usually is. One thing is acting in the heat of the moment & another to plan to use or hurt someone that believes they've been forgiven (even though Kara did nothing wrong). Also, Kara telling Lena effectively kills any speculation that Lena would react fine if Kara had told her the truth. Lena might've already known but Kara didn't know that and still, Lena reacted badly. Winn had no idea his bff was an alien for 2 years but he had no negative reaction and he's also someone that's been mistreated by his family.

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+1 #49 RE: Event Horizon Recapsuperbill 2019-10-08 20:45
Quoting kdickerson87:
I think Lena's "Alexa" ( forgot her name on the show) is evil and will turn on Lena. Like the thing will have make and execute decisions for Lena.


Yes, I feel the same way. This could make Lena rethink her over-reliance on technology and result in her cooperating and reconciling with Kara/Supergirl to defeat the threat.
+1 #48 RE: Event Horizon Recapkdickerson87 2019-10-08 18:38
I think Lena's "Alexa" ( forgot her name on the show) is evil and will turn on Lena. Like the thing will have make and execute decisions for Lena.

Glad Kara finally told Lena. Kara should have known that Lena would find out eventually.

J'onn's brother wasnt born with telepathy so he is hitting J'onn hard with something. J'onn is so powerful but gets thrown down and defeated at times each season. Looking forward to the dynamics of him and his brother.

Glad James is finding a new adventure.

Overall, love the episode, watched it so many times already. Awesome episode.
#47 RE: Event Horizon Recapstarlord 2019-10-08 18:34
Why is it the last thing this show needs ?

I think it would be good for the storyline finally something new happening with Lena and it would be good for the actress also to have some new material for her character.

Quoting Littlegoldfish666:
I didn't really think much of the opening episode. It kinda bored me. I really hope they don't drag this thing with Lena out for the whole season. She has proven time and again how good a person she is. All she's ever wanted to do was help people, despite her last name. Turning her evil now would be such a waste of a great and complex character. Plus it would essentially be the female version of Superman/Lex and that's the last thing the show needs


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