This episode also successfully resolves a number of other details starting in 2020. Alex is finally getting a proper superhero name to go with his power and costume. CatCo has once again become a respected journalistic medium rather than a cog in a corporate conglomerate. And Brainy, despite that very Wrath of Khan quality in this opening scene, is saved from death and has the opportunity to mend his relationship with Nia. This latest subplot fits in well with Kara / Lena’s long-awaited reconciliation and the idea that secrets are necessary, but so too is honesty and transparency. It will be interesting to see how the all-important Kara / Lena dynamic plays out in Season 6 now that Kara no longer has to play her best friend’s voluptuous reporter. Are they still friends at this point?
As cleanly as everything ties together in this episode, there is a nagging feeling that everything is resolved a bit too quickly and too easily. With Leviathan defeated and Lex once again becoming Public Enemy Number One, there is a certain “back to the status quo” feeling with the ending. It would have been nice to see Lex’s blueprint unfold for more than one episode before the series veered into true Season 6 territory, with one episode focusing on the race to destroy his satellites and the next one developing on the final showdown between Lex and Kara. . On the one hand, with Lex so determined to remake the world into a world where he is loved by all, this is a real missed opportunity not to turn the situation around and to make him see firsthand how the world sees it now. .It’s hard not to wonder if the decision to shorten the scope of Season 5 to two episodes (which happened before COVID, notice) could have played a role in making the finale more rushed than it is. could not have been otherwise. There’s also the question of whether Cryer was involved in the second filming round of this episode, or whether director Jesse Warn was forced to settle for existing Lex footage from last year. This is perhaps another obstacle against “Rebirth”.
Yet even though this episode seems geared toward resetting the status quo and moving Lex off the stage, it does give us a big twist as Season 6 itself approaches. Kara is now trapped with the other Lost Souls inside the Phantom Zone, leaving only an incomplete record of herself. An intriguing development, and one that could theoretically take place for a while. Either way in the coming weeks, the series will face an uphill battle surpassing the Lex Luthor stories of the past two seasons.