REVIEW: Supergirl, S5E11 – Back From the Future, Part 1

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Supergirl brings Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) “Back From the Future” in the first part of an epic adventure, but it also adds his evil doppelganger. In the meantime, it also opens the door for Kara (Melissa Benoist) and William’s (Staz Nair) romance, and I’m not sure how we feel about that.supergirl 511 future brainy

Thanks to Brainy’s (Jesse Rath) extra-logical calculations, teaming with Lex to take down Leviathan appears to be the best possible choice. And in this case, that means dragging a half-crazed Winn to this Earth in order to enact a seasons-old revenge on Chester Dunholtz. Unleashing a murderous criminal in the present sends our Winn running back from the future before crime destroys his family. Apparently, he’s married to fellow Legion member Lightning Lass and they have a young daughter together. But he also has time to be besties with Nura Nal, of course.

Speaking of the Nals, Nia (Nicole Maines) is still reeling from her break-up with Brainy and her inability to process just what he was thinking. She has a little help from her friends in getting through it, and a particularly poignant heart-to-heart with Winn, but she’s not the only one suffering. Brainy is also quietly hurting due to being apart from Nia, as well as due to his guilt for working with Lex and lying about it. The Winn and Brainy friendship hits a new plane of existence when Winn listens to his troubles and even forgives him for indirectly almost ruining his good name.

Lena (Katie McGrath) is also unwillingly working with Lex for what she presumes to be the greater good, but she extracts a promise from him that no one will be hurt and she will get some Q-waves out of the deal. Her role is to pump Andrea (Julie Gonzalo) for information about Leviathan by offering forgiveness and friendship with an underhanded motive. Perhaps she justifies it by still begrudging Andrea’s previous betrayal, but it smells a little like hypocrisy.

supergirl 511 future nia“Back From the Future” is full of exciting fights and fun performances from Jordan especially, but one particularly controversial plot point may lie with Kara herself. After Lex threatens to hurt William if any bad press about him gets out, Kara finds herself surprised by how worried she is about her coworker and the lengths he’ll go to uncover the truth. She winds up not only offering to partner with him for safety purposes, but also inviting him to Game Night. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and admittedly there is some chemistry between Nair and Benoist. But given how poorly Kara’s romances have gone since they nixed Karolsen, and how fiercely protective fans are about the possibility of Supercorp, it’s hard to imagine this new ship working out.

Nevertheless, “Back From the Future” had plenty to offer fans. Not only will Winn stick around for another episode or two, but audiences got to here the Hall of Justice name-dropped and got to witness J’onn (David Harewood) creating call signs for each of the major superheroes in the universe. And while Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly (Azie Tesfai) didn’t get much to do, it’s nice to see them happy together and adjusting comfortably to their relationship.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on the CW.