Nia And Brainy Make For The Past In A Preview Of Next Week’s ‘Supergirl’

by Erik Amaya

In an attempt to save Kara (Melissa Benoist) from the Phantom Zone, Nia (Nicole Maines) and Brainy (Jesse Rath) head for the 2000s to collect a DNA sample from Kara’s younger self (Izabela Vidovic). But as this preview for next week’s episode indicates, traveling in the past while incognito will not be as easy as Brainy thinks it will be.

Also, according to a description of the episode, a younger Cat Grant will make her way to Midvale in search of scoop. Will she accidentally discover “Kira” six years too early? And what will she make of Brainy and Nia?

But before we speculate further, let’s talk about this week’s show. Containing the menace of the Prime Phantom was a genuinely well paced development. The show needed to get the creature off the street and once we saw J’onn (David Harewood) and Brainy succumb to the phantom progeny, we knew things would turn around. As it happens, Supergirl has a habit of letting story ideas linger an episode or two too long, so we appreciate seeing the Prime under glass.

It’s also nice to see Lena (Katie McGrath) as a full-fledged Superfriend. Sure, she may still feel like she doesn’t belong, but getting a heart-to-heart on the balcony with Alex (Chyler Leigh) is one of the last initiation rites, isn’t it? Also, we love seeing McGrath interact with the others. She and Leigh had a scene during Crisis which suggested they’d spark together, so it is great to see that followed up on here. And if Kelly (Azie Tesfai) wasn’t moving in with Alex, we’d suggest Lena as a fine romantic partner.

Meanwhile, we’re ready to see Kara go home. With only a few sets, a small cast, and Benoist playing catch-up after she returned from maternity leave, the story can only go so far. And with a potential new villain revealed, it’s time for her to be reunited with her friends and family. Five episodes of the storyline — six if she doesn’t appear at all next week — feels like the right amount of time; although the realty of Benoist’s leave may see her trapped in the Zone a little longer.

Supergirl airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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