This week, our random DCWBTV review looks at Smallville Midvale Supergirl. The series took an entertaining and divergent road trip in which the main cast scarcely appear at all, young Alex and Kara play Nancy Drew, and Chloe Sullivan helps save the day.

Title: “Midvale”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Rob J. Greenlea
Written by Caitlin Parrish and Jessica Kardos

Izabela Vidovic as Teen Kara
Olivia Nikkanen as Teen Alex
Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers
Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers
David Harewood as J’onn J’onzz
Ivan Mok as Kenny Li
David Chisum as Sheriff Collins
Eliana Jones as Josie
Erica Durance as Agent Noel Neill
Gavin Langelo as Jake
Mik Byskov as Mr. Samuel Bernard
C. Douglas Quan as Lloyd Li
Winnie Hung as Amy Li

Premise

Kara and Alex take a road trip home to deal with their heartaches, and recall a formative event from their teen years.

High Point

The episode features an excellent concept. Unbelievably well-cast teen versions of Kara and Alex squabble, before bonding by playing teen detectives.

Low Point

I recognize the episode deals with the sisters bonding, but the mysteries might have been developed in a more logical and interesting fashion, and without raising so many Lingering Questions.

The Scores

Originality: 3/6 While the episode visited familiar territory, it felt very different for this show.

Effects: 5/6 The low-level special effects work very well.

Story: 4/6

Acting: 5/6 Kudos to our guest-star leads, most notably sixteen-year-old Izabela Vidovic. Some of the other characters acted like refugees from an overly angsty teen series. Is Riverdale missing anyone this week?

Emotional Response: 5/6 The episode gets points for being fun, despite some dark turns.

Production: 5/6

Overall: 4/6

In total, “Midvale” receives 31/42

Lingering Questions

How does getting the quarterback to admit in a private conversation, with another student, in a locker room, that he used marijuana, lead to his suspension from school?

Wouldn’t the large hole in the stadium basement wall raise one or two questions? Even more than Kara tossing around a larger teenage athlete?

Given that Alex has two years on Kara, why do they have two of the same classes?

How on earth did Kenny get so many incriminating photographs? Because I’m pretty sure being curious and owning a telescope wouldn’t let him do that, no matter how creepy determined he might be.