“Supergirl” Episode 609 Recap: Guardian, Angel

Hello and welcome to my Supergirl recap for Episode 609, “Dream Weaver,” aka the one where Guardian rises.

Previously on Supergirl, Kara leaned in, Nia missed her mom, Lena went to her yet unnamed homeland, and Andrea pushed the CatCo team to learn more about the Superfriends.

We open this week in the woods where Lena poked Alex with a stick that one time. Oh wait, no, it’s not the Reignforest, it’s Nia’s dreamscape. She’s in a pretty blue dress and following a woman in white with a snowy owl on her shoulder.

Nia gets her dress caught on a branch in her foggy forest dreamscape

I know I don’t usually put such scenic shots in my recap but look at this! It looks like the beginning of a ballet or something! Stunning.

She recognizes the woman as her mother and calls out to her, but she gets her dress caught on a stick and gets thwarted by an unkindness of ravens. She wakes herself up before she sees what we see: Nyxly lurking in the shadows.

Out in the world of the waking, it’s my favorite night of the year: GAME NIGHT! Alex and Kelly are on a team and absolutely killing it. Just totally on the same page the whole time, with shorthand that surprises even them. Kara is delighted, J’onn jokes that they’re cheating, and it’s all very cute and wholesome fun. They even quote Frozen.

Supergirl recap 609: Dansen, Alex and Kelly laugh and scrunch their cute little noses.

“Some things never change, like the feel of your hand in mine.”

J’onn says that living together suits them, and I agree. Nia and J’onn are up next but Nia is having a hard time keeping her eyes open; she hasn’t been sleeping well lately. She thinks it’s because Brainy is gone, which is sweet, but I have a feeling something imp-ier is afoot.

Kara is keeping score because Lena is still “Back East” (which would mean, like, Boston to most people, but apparently means the Mysterious European Country Lena is from to National City) and if she can’t team up with Alex or Lena, she won’t play at all. Kara says that she hopes Lena finds peace and they all take a moment to think about how dirty Lena has been done by the family that took her in.

They ask about Kelly’s new job as a social worker and she tells them about a new case she has with a 10-year-old alien orphan with EMP powers. Alex knows this will be the perfect gig because empathy is Kelly’s superpower.

Supergirl 609: Dansen, Alex and Kelly smile at their friends

Also in these scenes they were trying to out-babe Avalance, which is no easy feat but I believe in them.

While the Superfriends were having a lovely game night together, it seems Andrea was making a murderboard wondering what the Superfriends do for fun together. She calls Kara, Nia, and William to her office to demand they find the answers, but I think she’s asking the wrong questions. MY question is, does Andrea have any friends? Can Lena hang out with her more when she’s back in town? This obsession with the Superfriends is starting to worry me.

Andrea stands in front of her Superfriends whiteboard

I think her real question is, how can Acrata/The Shadow join the Superfriends.

While Andrea is giving them their next assignments, Nia falls asleep standing up. It’s truly impressive, and I say this as someone who has watched a friend fall asleep sitting up on a backless stool during a New Year’s Eve party. Andrea is displeased by this, but instead of berating her or belittling her, she sends Nia home for a mental health day to sleep.

She turns her attention to Kara and William, and warns them that if they don’t get an interview with Supergirl soon, they’ll be stuck writing obits. Pulitzer shmulitzer.

Knowing she has a head start on finding out how to access the Superfriends, Kara zips off to help J’onn on a mission instead. When she gets to the scene, she sees a truck that has been opened like a sardine can. After a brief investigation, they realize that two different types of alien worked together for this gig. Kara is a little confused. “Since when do those two types of aliens work together,” asks a Kryptonian who dated a Daxximite to a Green Martian who dated a White Martian. But the important thing they DO know is that the stolen goods are bomb ingredients, so that can’t be a good thing.

When Kelly shows up for her first day with her new case, the foster mom says she’s been having trouble with the boy Kelly is here to see, Joey. He used to be a sweet kid but the last time he went to visit his brother in prison, he started acting out, getting so emotional his powers surge. She’s worried someone will get hurt.

Supegirl recap 609: Kelly looks serious and holds a file folder.

I’m glad to see that the manila folders people don’t actually carry around with them anymore are being recycled in the Supergirl prop house this season.

The women are interrupted by a little girl running through the room on a quest for justice, specifically re: her stolen bread roll. It reminded me of all of us who stood up against the misogyny of teachers asking only the boys to help carry things in grade school even when you hit puberty first and have a good three inches on all the boys in your class and the leg strength of a dancer. Eh hem. Anyway, Kelly and I are both amused by this little ball of energy.

As the little girl (Esme) scampers away, Kelly realizes that all the kids are wearing power dampening cuffs. As the foster mom defends that choice by saying it’s the only way to keep all the kids safe, Kelly notices that there are also high-tech security cameras installed. And suddenly Kelly has even more concerns than ever.

When Kelly goes up to Joey’s room, he’s reading a Captain Carrot comic, which is apparently a real DC comic about a superhero who is also a bunny, and she bonds with him about having a big brother to look up to and worry about.

Kelly leans over and looks at Joey supportively

Next time I look for a therapist I’m just going to ask for “The closest you have to Kelly Olsen, please.”

Understandably soothed by Kelly’s calm, understanding tone Joey admits that he’s worried about his big brother because when he last saw him, he had bags under his eyes, a clear sign of overusing his powers. He’s in a work release program in prison, and he’s worried if he uses his powers too much he’ll die. The only reason Orlando is in prison in the first place is because their parents died and he needed more money to help take care of Joey than a minimum wage job could provide so he robbed a store.

Kelly looks at this scared little boy and promises she’ll do anything she can do to help.

Alex promises Joey it'll be okay.

If this season doesn’t end with Alex and Kelly starting a foster home for alien children I’ll write the fanfic myself.

Back at the Tower, Kara, Alex and J’onn are making a plan to stop the aliens from making a bomb when Kelly comes in looking concerned. She explains Joey’s predicament and Kara says she’s familiar with the work release program; it’s called Second Chance and she wrote an article on it once. The jobs are all with a clothing manufacturer so she doesn’t understand why Orlando would need to use his EMP powers, but that’s what Kelly wants to find out. She asks for Kara’s help and she IMMEDIATELY leaves Alex and J’onn in charge of the bomb mystery to help her future sister-in-law.

Supergirl 609: Alex stands with her arms crossed, Supergirl stands with her hands on her hips

I would kill or die for the women of Supergirl, turns out.

And what I loved most about this moment is how uniquely Supergirl it is. (Both the hero and the show.) Oliver Queen or later-seasons Barry Allen would have been like THERE ARE ALIENS MAKING A BOMB WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR YOUR SIDE MISSION and would only help later when things got desperate/it became obvious it was related to the main mission. But Kara loves teamwork and friendship and she loves her sister most of all and thus she loves the woman her sister loves. So it wasn’t even a question. She not only prioritized Kelly but also trusted Alex and J’onn to handle the main mission in her stead. No convincing needed.

Trying to relax during her mental health day, Nia is looking at pictures of her mom to prepare to go back into her dreamscape. When she gets into her dream forest, the same thing happens. Her dress gets caught on a branch, the birds swoop…but this time, Nyxly saves her from the birds. And Nia is surprised to see her.

Nia holds her hand up to keep Nyxly at a distance

Stop right now, thank you very much.

Nyxly apologizes for dream crashing and explains how during the rescue from the Phantom Zone she ended up trapped here, and she can be sentient/corporeal here because she’s a fifth dimensional imp. And she needs Nia’s help.

You see, she wants Nia to use her powers (the same powers that accidentally conjured a pink panther back in Midvale) to materialize her in the real world. She promises she’ll go straight back to the fifth dimension to see her father and brother who she “dearly misses” despite having told Kara her father was a “mad king” who killed her older brother and sent her to the Phantom Zone to keep her from being queen. Whether either of these stories are true is anyone’s guess, but the fact that it’s such a different story proves she’s lied tremendously at least once, either then or now, if not both.

Nia is wisely hesitant, until Nyxly tells her what she’ll do for Nia in return: She’ll bring her mother back from the dead. Interestingly and importantly, Nyxly doesn’t add this next part until Nia seems against this plan; the caveat would be that she could only bring her back for 24 hours. And again it’s unclear how much of this is a lie. Is it true she can only do it for 24 hours and she just wasn’t going to mention it until it was clear she wasn’t one to bend the rules of magic for personal gain, is the whole thing a lie and she just thought the caveat would make it seem more believable when she saw Nia’s reaction…it’s anyone’s guess!

Nia is suspicious but it’s hard to fully write someone off when they just offered to make your wildest dreams come true.

Nia looks confused, concerned, distrustful

Does Once Upon a Time’s Neverland phase haunt Nia’s nightmares too? Is that why these scenes are so dark?

Just as Nia seems on the edge of agreeing to the trade, the white owl swoops down to attack Nyxly and Nia takes this opportunity to leave her dream, like when you’re trapped in a conversation in a party and they’re finally distracted enough for you to slip away to the bathroom. (At least, that’s how I remember them being. It’s been a while.)

While Nia naps, Kara and Kelly go to see the prison warden and ask him about the Second Chances program. He is so proud of it, and credits Kara with giving it positive publicity that attracted more donors. They ask about why a prisoner might be using his EMP powers, and the warden can’t think of a reason so he promises to look into it. They want to see him but there’s a two week waiting period for visitors so they’re simply out of luck.

Supegirl recap 609: Kara and Kelly talk to the Warden

“But…I have a Pulitzer.”

Just kidding, Kara uses her Super powers to distract a guard and check the computers and realizes Orlando is already being transported to his job so they decide to just catch him en route.

When they go outside, they see what Joey was talking about; Orlando looks worn down and tired and he hasn’t even gotten to work yet. Kara senses something hinky going on so she flies to the job site and does a little x-ray spying. She notices the workers getting sorted into two groups; most prisoners go to the manufacturing job as expected, but she notices some men being pulled out of line, put in a van, and taken to a second location.

Kara and Kelly look distraught watching the prisoners

I see Kara has been watching Nancy Drew. (As she should be. You should be, too. It’s a very good show.)

When Kara gets to said location, J’onn shows up, and they realize their two cases are connected. Kara can see that Orlando and the other men don’t want to be doing this, don’t want to hurt anyone, but the guard who pulled them aside is holding them at gunpoint and forcing them to use their powers to help him steal bomb supplies.

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  1. I fully support your headcanon on the Dansen Orphange, as long as it doesn’t get brought up in a song, a la the finale of Hamilton.

    Nia’s dreamscape looks like an Evanescence music video.

    While Nia absolutely should not trust Nyxly in any way shape or form, she is also the only Superfriend we have not had a doppelganger for. And I would love to see Nightmare, the skanky and evil and kinda gay version of Dreamer.

    If there is a training montage, we can just lie down and refuse to cooperate until the inspirational power chords go away.

  2. “You see, she wants Nia to use her powers (the same powers that accidentally conjured a pink panther back in Midvale) to materialize her in the real world.”

    Great catch!

    Au contraire to you, was legit shocked when it was Kelly under that helmet (it’s a Double Dykes on Bikes couple! 😄)

    I love Melissa as Kara/SG: I feel like, lo these nearly 6 years now, I haven’t said that nearly enough. This character could seem so stiff, or preachy, but she just doesn’t. This Kryptonian is very, very, human and Rao, am I ever going to miss her. Wah. 😭

    Agreed, William is perfectly fine as a friendly, caring co-worker. [Just like the Glorious Revolution of 1688, All Hail William&Mary!😉]

    But completely disagree re that alien girl. Call it my total lack of maternal instinct, but she was so {cringe} I had to Mute her. [Promise me she’s not going to be adopted by A&K???]

    I guess Ireland is East of El Lay, I mean National City?

    Inasmuch I’m interested in the Kelly and Nia plot developments . . . this was an ep that made me very much look at the clock: 11 episodes left.

    Lena, COME BACK! Your girl’s still a-leanin’ for you!

    • Just wanna say: hmm, who could Nia have discussed her Nyxly dreams with?

      So Brainy’s away. Lena too. Kara, along w/ Alex (and by extension, Kelly), are still dealing w/ her Post-Phantom-Zone-Trauma (PPZT). I guess she’s not that close to J’onn?

      Hmm, who else? Oh, I don’t know, maybe *the very Super Friend she discussed her dreams with “way back” in 5×19???* Or is that, like everything else about ***M’Gann*** supposed to go down the memory hole? [Am getting annoyed about her unspoken disappearance, or couldn’t you tell?]

  3. “Kara, lucky she didn’t get fired on the spot, says she understands and gets back to work.” that hasn’t happened since snapper fired her in season two and that girl has incredible job security these days. “you don’t have to have superpowers to make a difference in someone’s life.” and you don’t have to be a costumed hero either but these writers don’t realize that

  4. ’twas a long break! But waited and watched the latest episodes back-to-back.

    I dunno, maybe after that tense first part of the season, it’s been a slow start, with a bit of Supercorp spirit sprinkled here and there.

    Lots of feels again when the Danvers sisters were supporting each other during troubled times. This, this will be one of the relationships I will miss the most. Oof.

    I also thought there were fewer episodes left to the season. Weird, but also good for us that we were wrong.

  5. Episode seemed quite a bit troublesome to me. Trying to tackle historically racist prison systems and just falling way short. Article on Den of Geek did a lot better to break this down than I can.

    • It’s the Eternal Conundrum of super hero movies/shows: just how much Real World Problems are you going to pack into shows about people who can, e.g., fly?

      I kinda love Kara’s “Who cares about the ratings?!” to Andrea, but in the Real World, viewers often tune into super hero shows to ESCAPE Real World Problems (not withstanding that worrying about ratings is now a thing of the past for “Supergirl”—so ***Supercorp Endgame No Possible Fecking Reason NOT To?***—there are still bunches of staff, inc writers, who have to worry about their careers. And, ergo, ratings.

  6. Ah, Intergang. What can I say; it was named in the early 70’s, which were not a time for subtlety, especially in comics.

    The name could have been worse: “Intergang” originated in the same DC plotline that introduced evil space-god “Darkseid” and his home planet of “Apokolips”.

    (Geek Trivia: In one of it’s comics incarnations, Intergang was brought down by the reporting team of Cat Grant and Clark Kent.)

    • For some reason Darkseid I enjoy the name of…I’d never heard of Apokolips though hhahaha very on the nose. And I can definitely see how those things are interesting in print but some of the magic is definitely lost when you hear people say them out loud haha

    • To be honest I’m ready for this show to end. It used to be a fun girl power show. Now it’s gotten boring and preachy. I watch these shows to escape from this world’s problems and see a fantasy world without them. Now they’ve brought the real world issues into the show (heavyhandedly) and it’s too much. I might as well just watch the news.

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