Supergirl season 3 episode 6 review: Kara and Alex’s ‘Midvale’ flashback

MidvaleTonight on The CW, Supergirl season 3 episode 6 picked up exactly where you probably imagined that it would: With Alex and Kara back in Midvale, trying to figure out how to move forward in their lives. Alex and Maggie just called it quits, and Kara tried to be in a position where she could help … only it wasn’t working. It was pretty hard to get through to her (as it is with many break ups).

Would Kara find a way? Over time maybe, and that is what brought us into the remainder of this story — a very good one, we might add.

For one, we started to see Supergirl feel a little more like Smallville in how it was about Kara Danvers before she was a hero. We flashed back ten years into the past to when Kara and Alex hated each other, but it was a mystery that united them and brought them a little closer. Kara’s friend Kenny died, and following that there were questions regarding what happened to him and what information he knew? This is where this episode of Supergirl started to morph into Riverdale since we learned that one of Alex’s closest friends (Josie) was sleeping with a teacher and Kenny found out about it – very reminiscent of Archie and Miss Grundy!

The Supergirl writing staff did a very good job of turning young Alex/Kara into good representations of older Alex/Kara, even to the point where Kara was a little reckless from time to time thanks to her desire to help people. She nearly got Alex killed at one point when the two of them were almost run off the road for digging too deep into the case. That’s when Eliza brought in some heavy artillery … Kara’s real mother?

Okay, so it wasn’t really Alura. Instead, it was J’onn J’onzz (he knew her at an early age), who turned up and posed as an FBI agent in order to convince Kara that she needs to stop using her powers whenever she wanted to help people. Even if she had the best and most noble of intentions, she wasn’t ready to be using them yet. Once again, the writers did a good job of showcasing her early struggles. This time around, Kara wanted to use her powers, but couldn’t, and Alex was all-in on the investigation. She wanted Kara to stay involved now.

Alex ultimately needed Kara to stay involved given that she uncovered the truth at the expense of her own safety. The Sheriff was the responsible party, as he was involved in a drug trade and Kenny found out about it through his telescope (Kenny was clearly the keeper of many secrets!).

With the mystery solved, Alex realized that the ramifications of her being a private eye were severe — she lost her friendship with Josie and all she had to rely on now was her new sister Kara. In the closing minutes adult Kara and Alex had a nice bonding moment when they were looking out into Kenny’s telescope together.

CarterMatt Verdict

Is anyone else sad about Kenny dying? This kid seemed to really love Kara! We do think that the show should’ve given us a little more of the adult versions of Kara and Alex than they did (they were barely in the episode), but “Midvale” still was a refreshing chapter for the show — it looked different, felt different, and the writers did a good job casting young actors who both looked and felt like Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh.

Your take…

Did you like Supergirl season 3 episode 6, even if this wasn’t a traditional episode and it barely used any of the regular cast at all? Share in the comments below! Meanwhile, be sure to click here to preview what’s coming up on the show next!

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