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The Bottle Episode Recap

The Paragon of Hope is back! After a very big diversion into losing all of reality, being stuck in the vanishing point for nearly a month, and then fighting to restore reality back, it would make sense that the Girl of Steel take a well earned break. Unfortunately for her, that was not what happened! Lex Luthor saw to that! Kara may have all her friends back and exist with her fellow heroes, but she's really trapped under Lex Luthor's rule! Here's what stood out to us:

  1. Lena's Memories: Kara and Alex are walking the streets of National City and they see an ad that shows the DEO is public. What they don't know is that Lena does have her memories. Lex saw to that. Kara is still planning on telling Lena everything but Lena already knows. Lena wakes up to Lex explaining how he rewrote history. Lex pitches to his sister that they should partner up. However when Lena mentions Leviathan, Lex knows nothing about it.
  2. Brainiac 5's Many Forms: Brainy and Nia are on a date when they run into another Brainy. Neither can tell which is which and they both arrest each other to take them in to the DEO. When there, we meet a female version played by Meaghan Rath, who claims she is the director of the DEO, another Brainy gets up from a desk and yet another seems to warp and blink into existence.
  3. Lex, Lena, Lillian: Lena goes to her mother who is now running the Luthor foundation. She want's guidance to which team she should back, Supergirl's side or Lex's side. Lillian let's Lena know that if she sides with Kara she will likely let her guard down again and be hurt. But if she sides with Lex, she knows she can never trust him.
  4. Nia Finds The Bad Brainy: Nia heads to the DEO to meet the other Brainys. She walks in on one that is trying to free a bottled Earth. In doing this, it could kill both Earths and since Crisis, this is the only Earth they have! Brainy takes Nia out but Supergirl gives chase!
  5. The Full Culluan: Brainy vs Brainy! In Al's bar, our Brainy removes his inhibitors and turns full green! He is connected to The Big Brain and taps into his true potential. He is able to convince the evil Brainy to stop trying to free his world and instead work with the people of Earth-Prime to find a safe way to free that Earth. The Evil Kryptonian Witches agree with Kara and our Brainy and they all return to the bottle that evil Brainy saved.

In the final moments of the show, the last two Brainys decide to leave their corporial bodies and live digitally in the Big Brain! Female Brainy tells our Brainy that Leviathan is everywhere. Their two worlds are almost identical and she warns him that Lex is hunting Leviathan. Brainy must hunt this threat alone. We cut to Lex who claims that death has changed him. He puts on a truth seeker and answers Lena's questions. Lex reveals he wants to work with Lena because he doesn't want to be alone. Then we go to Nia's place. Brainy has to break up with Nia in order to hunt Leviathan. Finally, it turns out William is suspicious of the Luthors, and Kara and him team up. Brainy goes to Lex and offers to help him. We then learn a doppleganger has been found and arrested. Its Winn!

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+1 #31 RE: The Bottle Episode RecapCatPat 2020-01-21 06:37
The sound quality from my local affiliate is iffy at best. The cast all frequently sounds like Neil from Family Guy. Quite annoying.

I rewatched on CW online. This really was a standout episode for this season. I kinda wish Kara had Streaky in the new reimagined reality. I am mixed on Lena. I am glad they didn't erase the fallout as it was one of the best moments of the series, but Lena is quite annoying with her bitter poor pitiful me attitude. I do like the Luthor Trinity but want Lena to get her head straight.

Jesse is quite versatile as an actor. I almost believed he was his sister... just kidding. Question regarding the image devices that yellow belt and lady Brainy placed on Prime Brainy that allowed them to abandon their corporeal bodies and join the big brain... Can they resume the corporeal selves with those devises? It might be fun to revisit the two. Also, hopefully they do show the release of the bottled earth down the line. It would be interesting, perhaps the witches were not the only Kryptonians to visit and stay on that earth... I am however still puzzled by lady Brainy telling Brainy Prime that her love and lack of inhibitors made her stronger but then telling him to turn away from them until his Earth was safe... it was a bit contradictory and makes me question it.


I am very pleased with how the back half season premiere. I can't help but think they could be setting up the infected story line recently explored in the comics. Brainy Prime without his inhibitors could go there S we saw when his inhibitor was damaged last season. The story also features Krypto.
+1 #30 RE: The Bottle Episode Recapvantheman77 2020-01-20 20:42
Quoting superbill:
This was a strong start to the second half of the season. Here is what stood out for me:

I think this was the first of at least three episodes where SG and her team are sorting out the effects of Crisis, including the next two episodes involving Winn. Some backstory is necessary to support the overall arc and help them understand how to combat the threats from Crisis, Leviathan, and Lex. I am not concerned if one episode or another highlights one of the supporting cast because in this season it makes sense as a part of the whole. In past seasons we did have outliers which basically existed just to give some characters "their" episode. I think the scope of this season is different and I am OK with it.

Jesse's performance was terrific. The best scene in the episode was the talk between Supergirl and Brainy in the DEO lab; Melissa and Jesse both killed it. Melissa's face can show a greater range of emotion and empathy than any actor I have seen.

The new leader of Leviathan (whose name I cannot recall) is on the board of Obsidian and is exercising influence over Andrea. Her description of bringing people into a virtual world where they could remain indefinitely was truly creepy. I expect we will see more of Leviathan's plan.

Lena has teamed up with Lex, a decision she is certain to regret. Supergirl's warning to "be careful" will come true. His inevitable betrayal will be the catalyst to restore her trust in Supergirl/Kara, and I expect SG will be instrumental is redeeming Lena and bringing down Lex.

A strong season continues! I expect many more twists and surprises the rest of the way.


Melissa is the strongest actress out of the Arrowverse hence why she shined heavily in Crisis On Earth-X and Crisis On Infinite Earths.
+1 #29 RE: The Bottle Episode Recapsuperbill 2020-01-20 18:09
This was a strong start to the second half of the season. Here is what stood out for me:

I think this was the first of at least three episodes where SG and her team are sorting out the effects of Crisis, including the next two episodes involving Winn. Some backstory is necessary to support the overall arc and help them understand how to combat the threats from Crisis, Leviathan, and Lex. I am not concerned if one episode or another highlights one of the supporting cast because in this season it makes sense as a part of the whole. In past seasons we did have outliers which basically existed just to give some characters "their" episode. I think the scope of this season is different and I am OK with it.

Jesse's performance was terrific. The best scene in the episode was the talk between Supergirl and Brainy in the DEO lab; Melissa and Jesse both killed it. Melissa's face can show a greater range of emotion and empathy than any actor I have seen.

The new leader of Leviathan (whose name I cannot recall) is on the board of Obsidian and is exercising influence over Andrea. Her description of bringing people into a virtual world where they could remain indefinitely was truly creepy. I expect we will see more of Leviathan's plan.

Lena has teamed up with Lex, a decision she is certain to regret. Supergirl's warning to "be careful" will come true. His inevitable betrayal will be the catalyst to restore her trust in Supergirl/Kara, and I expect SG will be instrumental is redeeming Lena and bringing down Lex.

A strong season continues! I expect many more twists and surprises the rest of the way.
+3 #28 RE: The Bottle Episode RecapStewart Tick 2020-01-20 17:49
" I am exceptionally happy that they have changed Brainiac's personality so he doesn't come across so odd when he would speak at 100 miles/hour. His speed of conveying words is now slower and comes across with more intelligence in my opinion. He now presents a character that is now in focus."

Yes, exactly - he is now much more like the original DC Comics character!
+1 #27 RE: The Bottle Episode Recapjacksc01 2020-01-20 16:34
Quoting muckle9999:
Growing up I was never into the comic book stuff so I'm at a disadvantage when watching these episodes. I was never the sharpest tool in the tool box and I'm kinda lost. I thought this episode had little action and lots of speeches. I don't care about Lex and his mother anymore. That lemon has been squeezed dry and it's time to throw it into the garbage can. I watch the show to see Melissa and the regular cast but the producers have made it clear that they are going in a different direction and want a new fan base which is fine. I'm coming to the point of no return with the show but I look forward to Winn's return in the upcoming episodes.

I agree with you - this series is stuck with me as a fan as I intend to be here for as long as the series exist (which I hope is a long time - we don't have that many female superheroes so I would love to keep seeing this one - especially when it has a talent like Melissa) but I too wish they would obtain now a new variety of villains and for goodness sake do something with the mopey, bitter Lena.

As for the characters in Kara's team, I also am in agreement that Jesse is a good actor and I would love to see him in the show till the end - of course I felt that way also about Winn. I am exceptionally happy that they have changed Brainiac's personality so he doesn't come across so odd when he would speak at 100 miles/hour. His speed of conveying words is now slower and comes across with more intelligence in my opinion. He now presents a character that is now in focus. I just IMHO don't need to see a whole episode based mainly on his character.

However, I think all of the characters in Kara's current team are good (Kara, Alex, J'onn (the foundation characters) and Brainy, Nia and Kelly (the supporting characters).
+3 #26 RE: The Bottle Episode RecapKelly 2020-01-20 15:27
I am probably one of the biggest critics of Supergirl/Kara screentime, but in this particular episode, she was used perfectly and IMHO it was a really good episode to start the 2nd half. NOW, when Brainy said "I need to do this on my own" and then went on his own, I would have not been too happy. But, it was well written and well done.

They really, really, really got a wonderful actor in Jesse Rath. He amazes me all the time. So good....... I hope we have him in the Superfriends for the remainder of the series.
+1 #25 RE: The Bottle Episode Recapmuckle9999 2020-01-20 12:19
Growing up I was never into the comic book stuff so I'm at a disadvantage when watching these episodes. I was never the sharpest tool in the tool box and I'm kinda lost. I thought this episode had little action and lots of speeches. I don't care about Lex and his mother anymore. That lemon has been squeezed dry and it's time to throw it into the garbage can. I watch the show to see Melissa and the regular cast but the producers have made it clear that they are going in a different direction and want a new fan base which is fine. I'm coming to the point of no return with the show but I look forward to Winn's return in the upcoming episodes.
#24 RE: The Bottle Episode Recapvantheman77 2020-01-20 12:10
Quoting Supergirl.tv Admin:
One thing I will note based on what I’ve been seeing. Supergirl and their cast took a huge lead in Crisis. Yes Oliver got his send off, but David, Jon Cryer and Melissa were paragons, 3/6 if you consider Ryan as an unknown. The cast earned a break and I think Jesse could carry this episode!


Also at the end of the Crisis, half of the Justice League is from the Supergirl show with Superman, Supergirl, and Martian Manhunter.

Also I feel this episode is inspired by the comics storyline Legion of 3 Worlds.
#23 RE: The Bottle Episode RecapLittlegoldfish666 2020-01-20 12:03
It was awesome and funny watching Jesse Rath play multiple Brainiacs. It so never gets tired seeing the Luthors. All three of them are brilliant, but everyone wants a piece of poor Lena. No wonder she has serious trust issues. I still think when push comes to shove Lena will do the right thing in the end

But I'm counting down the days till they somehow manage to fix the multiverse and get everyone back to the way their supposed to be. I'm not really not liking this new direction at all

What was that song during the bar fight? It wasn't a good song and didn't feel like it was a great fit in that scene at all
+1 #22 RE: The Bottle Episode RecapCatPat 2020-01-20 09:45
Another question is if the anti life equation virus--used to infect and kill the Brainiac doppelganger--just a wink to the comics or a clue that darkseid or the new gods will be forthcoming?


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