While I don’t necessarily find myself being any more or less sympathetic in particular toward Alice, it definitely does make me even more terrified of her. We did get a sense of how badly she wanted to see Kate dead, but this really showed the full extent she’s willing to go to in order to accomplish her mission. After all of her talk of wanting to stay w/ her brother and not letting anything keep them apart again, we now know that she ultimately values her revenge even more. So much so that while she can’t stand the thought of moving forward w/out him, she’d rather they’d be separated when he’s dead than w/ him alive, considering that leaving Gotham was never really an option. There’s clearly nothing Alice isn’t willing to sacrifice to make sure she kills Kate, and an enemy w/ nothing to lose is indeed a truly frightening one.
It just depends on what angle the writers want to take. Based on what we’ve seen before, it would make complete sense that Kate and Luke would be skeptical upon seeing Bruce show up out of nowhere. It actually seems like it’d be pretty easy to figure out that “Bruce” would be an imposter. While Tommy may be obsessed w/ Bruce and know more about him than most, he still doesn’t know everything, and all it could take is the right question to expose him. For example, if Kate or Luke asks him where the Joker is and he responds by saying that he’s locked in Arkham, they’ll know the truth right there. Or they could just do a DNA test since Tommy will be Bruce in face only.
That said, it would also seem at least a bit anti-climactic to build this up, especially since it’s now the cliffhanger we have for the about seven months, and have the plan fail almost immediately. While I’d like to think that Kate and Luke are smart enough to see through this scheme, it’s also possible that Tommy’s impression may be convincing enough to stall that skepticism just long enough for him to find and steal the kryptonite before getting caught. Since this was meant to be the lead-in for the season finale, I anticipate that Tommy’s stint as Bruce won’t last long, and could even end up serving as a prelude to the real Bruce coming back.
I’m hoping beyond belief that this marks the true end of their conflict and that they’ll go back to trusting each other and working w/ each other regularly in season 6 and beyond. We’ve seen time and time again that they’re stronger together and weaker apart. While I do appreciate this season’s efforts to address the fallout of Kara keeping her identity for so long, I’ve obviously had my problems w/ how it was executed, and now I can try to look forward to the two of them putting the worst behind them and having an even stronger relationship where there are no secrets.
But one thing toward the end of the episode makes me worried that the show might not be dropping the whole “Is Lena a villain?” thread next season. I really didn’t like how after talking Andrea down from killing Kara, Lena was seen to be holding the kryptonite dagger while she was hugging Andrea. This likely had to be done either as a fakeout, which will only serve to cause pointless stress for the next year, or to show that Lena will still be acting shady and keeping secrets next season, which I’m sick to death of seeing. It’s even more frustrating that we’ll have to wait about a full year to get any more insight on this.
While it is strange to see Alex take on this new role after nearly five seasons of being a federal agent, I do think there’s some real potential here. She’ll still get to kick plenty of ass and now be able to do so more on her own terms w/out having to worry about any of the DEO’s bureaucracy/red tape weighing her down. My main takeaway, though, is that I just hope this new journey doesn’t further distract her from her desire to be a mom, which I still very much want to see happen. I’d also like to see her get a proper mask, since she’d definitely get made if that hood falls down
I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see her take up the Guardian mantle, especially if she starts using James’ shield, which she totally should since I feel like it’s just been collecting dust since he left. But I also definitely got some Huntress vibes from her outfit, and that would also be really cool to see her take that name. I know Helena Bertinelli claimed it first, but if she’s still around at all post-Crisis, she likely also hasn’t used it in quite a while, so I feel like it should be up for grabs.
I’m starting to think that it is, yes. Obviously no character/relationship is perfect, but I feel like this sort of thing has just been happening too much w/ Sara, and I’m really not sure why. I understand her wanting to either wait until the right time to tell Ava something or not wanting to needlessly upset her, but Sara has to know better by now. She has to know that Ava knows her too well to not pick up on when she’s lying. And while Ava has understood the reasons behind each instance, I’m worried that it might get to the point where the lying is just happening too frequently for anyone’s liking. I love seeing Sara and Ava happy together, and while I’m not opposed to the show adding a bit of conflict/drama to keep things interesting, this doesn’t exactly seem like the most organic thing to include.