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I thought after the events of CoIE it would be appropoate to start volume 2. Please use Volume 1 for any comments on episodes 1-8. As before I'll update with episode titles only after they're anounced on the news feed.

S5E10 The Bottle Episode

S5E11 Back From The Future Part 1
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OK, here we go! Brand new era.

Nothing says new status quo like a LuthorCorp/DEO commercial with a cheery Supergirl proudly endorsing Lex and Lena. I agree with Kara. Ick! :D It does brings up questions: What else has "old Kara" done that "our Kara" would not approve of? If Kara now acts differently than the unaware public expects, what might the consequences be?

Next we have the exposition dump, where we get the lay of the land, so to speak. We get an answer as to who remembers what. This seems a bit of a cheat. Memories cannot be "restored" where they never existed in the first place. Unless J'onn keeps backup copies of his friends brains just in case, it makes no sense. But, hey, space magic. These aren't the droids I'm looking for. Move along. LOL

Jesse shows impressive comedic chops while apprehending himself. I also noted the probable reference to Batman's shapeshifting foe Clayface. :) He also shines as "Tony Stark Brainy" and "Emotionally Unstable Brainy." Farewell, "Eyepatch Brainy." We hardly knew ye. :(

Many kudos to Meaghan Rath as DEO Director Brainiac-5. She was instantly believable.

It was weird seeing our Brainy not be the smartest person in the room. The reveal of the reason why turns out to be heartbreaking and stands out as probably the best scene of the episode. Melissa and Jesse are just great together. To my mind, it's criminal that we don't get more of that interaction.

Sorry to say, the bar fight wasn't to my liking. The choreography was fine, but the music choice simply kicked me out of the moment. That is not to say it was done poorly, it's strictly my stylistic preference.

Seeing Brainy without the inhibitors was awesome. Looking forward to his uninhibited personality reveal itself.

The MacGuffin of the episode, the titular bottle, served its purpose. It was probably the least interesting element to me, though it was nice to see the nod to comic book history.

Was it me, or did the witches just kind of change their minds about opening the bottle way too easily?

Finally, after our heroes struggle with working for a supervillain, we come to the way forward. I can't say I like where things ended up, but it isn't boring.

The episode had a lot to do, and for me, it did so in a very entertaining way. High marks for the execution, though I am not yet completely sold on the new direction.
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I'd never actually heard of the term 'Bottle Episode' before so some googling was required to see what it's all about. Wikipedia summarises it as:

"In episodic television, a bottle episode is produced cheaply and restricted in scope to use as few non-regular cast members, effects, and sets as possible. Bottle episodes are usually shot on sets built for other episodes, frequently the main interior sets for a series and consist largely of dialogue and scenes for which no special preparations are needed. They are also commonly used when one script has fallen through and another has to be written at short notice.[1] Bottle episodes have also been used for dramatic effect, with the limited setting and cast allowing for a slower pace and deeper exploration of character traits and motives."

So I have no idea what to expect, will it be boring or fascinating?, will it have any Supergirl action in it?, will it give Melissa a real chance to shine and give us one of those top drawer performances of hers?. I'll await with interest to see how it turns out. Note: I've avoided seeing any previews (Trailer, Pictures and Synopsis) so far.
I know this because it was referenced in the most recent comics and of course the internet. The title could also refer to The Bottle City of Kandor. In the comics Kandor was Kryptons capital city but it was miniaturized by Brainiac 1 and put in a bottle. It was rescued by Superman and placed in the Fortress of Solitude until he could figure out how to unminiaturize it.
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I'd never actually heard of the term 'Bottle Episode' before so some googling was required to see what it's all about. Wikipedia summarises it as:

"In episodic television, a bottle episode is produced cheaply and restricted in scope to use as few non-regular cast members, effects, and sets as possible. Bottle episodes are usually shot on sets built for other episodes, frequently the main interior sets for a series and consist largely of dialogue and scenes for which no special preparations are needed. They are also commonly used when one script has fallen through and another has to be written at short notice.[1] Bottle episodes have also been used for dramatic effect, with the limited setting and cast allowing for a slower pace and deeper exploration of character traits and motives."

So I have no idea what to expect, will it be boring or fascinating?, will it have any Supergirl action in it?, will it give Melissa a real chance to shine and give us one of those top drawer performances of hers?. I'll await with interest to see how it turns out. Note: I've avoided seeing any previews (Trailer, Pictures and Synopsis) so far.


Sort of akin to what in animation where a cartoon, like say Popeye or Tom and Jerry (going back to my childhood) would show scenes from past cartoons in order to tell a story in a new cartoon. Sometimes the voices and music are altered. For example from Popeye is I'm in the Army Now (1936) where Popeye and Bluto look to impress Olive Oyl to join the Army...though Popeye is a sailor.

It includes flashbacks to scenes from Blow Me Down, Shoein' Hosses, Choose Your Weppins, and King of the Mardi Gras.
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I'd never actually heard of the term 'Bottle Episode' before so some googling was required to see what it's all about. Wikipedia summarises it as:

"In episodic television, a bottle episode is produced cheaply and restricted in scope to use as few non-regular cast members, effects, and sets as possible. Bottle episodes are usually shot on sets built for other episodes, frequently the main interior sets for a series and consist largely of dialogue and scenes for which no special preparations are needed. They are also commonly used when one script has fallen through and another has to be written at short notice.[1] Bottle episodes have also been used for dramatic effect, with the limited setting and cast allowing for a slower pace and deeper exploration of character traits and motives."

So I have no idea what to expect, will it be boring or fascinating?, will it have any Supergirl action in it?, will it give Melissa a real chance to shine and give us one of those top drawer performances of hers?. I'll await with interest to see how it turns out. Note: I've avoided seeing any previews (Trailer, Pictures and Synopsis) so far.
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