Lena Luthor Designs Both Planes and Shoes

Hello, friends! Have you missed my LenaCaps? What a ridiculous question. Of course you have. I know that they’ve missed you. The last few weeks have been jam-packed with Lena-rific goodness, and I thought about going back a few episodes and writing about those, but I just had to jump right into this episode. You could say that it was…a shoo(e)-in.

I’ll see myself out.

We open on a couple of besties about to hop on a plane to THE vacation destination of 2019, Kasnia. It has everything — purple lightning, self-destructing bunkers, paper. Kara tries to get Lena to stay home so she can fly alone…faster…if she flies commercial, but Lena designed this plane herself, Kara. It’s safe as can be, and also is filled with Kara’s favorite snack.

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Lena Luthor Believes in You

Hello, friends. What an episode. It’s always nice to be reminded why you started watching a TV show in the first place, isn’t it? Because this episode was everything I knew Supergirl could be, and it didn’t disappoint. It relied on the power of its women to carry the storyline (and each other), and that’s when this show is at its strongest.

I’m sure the fact that Lex was nowhere to be seen didn’t hurt.

This episode opens up right where the last one left off — Lena is zip-tied to her chair (I can forgive you for a lot, Eve, but I may not be able to let this one go), unconscious (really, this is unforgivable), and Alex bursts in with the DEO, alien gun blazing. “Lena!” she cries, voice full of love. Or whatever. Maybe I’m projecting.

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Lena Luthor Is Smarter Than You’ll Ever Be

Hello, friends and fellow Lenasexuals. It’s been a while. But I’m here now, and isn’t that all that matters?

I have a lot of thoughts on Lena from this season, from her suits to her boxes, but I’m just going to do a quick Lenacap of last week’s episode, 4×15, “O Brother Where Art Thou,” AKA the episode in which we met Lena’s dad father elder uncle grandpa extremely older brother, Lex. Man, it’s like Supergirl said, “Wow, we haven’t had a condescending white guy be a prick in a while, so what could we do?” Well done on that account, I guess, but to no one’s surprise, a lady is the one who bears the brunt of his assholery.

You can probably see where this is going, but let’s go there anyway, shall we?

We open on the four-years-ago Luthor siblings as Lex gloats about — you know what? Who cares. Lex is being a dick by somehow introducing the world to a red sun and killing random people, and Lena just wants him to fucking chill out, because Lena Luthor Is A Good Person. Step aside, straight white guy. No one cares. Especially Lena. At least she looks good.

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You can tell it’s a flashback because her eye makeup isn’t as sharp.

Just have you and Superman pull them out and measure, Lex. Isn’t that what this is really about?

So now Lex is being eaten alive by kryptonite cancer or something and was granted a mercy furlough to see his sister. That…seems unlikely, but whatever. What we do find out is that Lena has been talking to him for at least six weeks, and Lex apparently pulled some strings to get her in with the DEO. Whatever, dude. She could have done it herself. Anyway, he wants her Harun-El, but Lena isn’t ready to save him yet. Plus, it isn’t ready and could maybe kill him. I mean, we all have to take risks. That’s just one of them.

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Me when I’m expected to believe Jon Cryer

is an appropriate age to play Lex Luthor in this universe.

We get a condescending interaction with Lex and Eve, designed just to throw us off the fact that she’s been in his skull cap for years, and Eve tells Lena James has been shot. So of course Lena rushes to the hospital and gratefully embraces…Kara, who she was so worried about.

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Um, why are we all here again? Oh, right. James.

Lena starts to spiral as she starts a “don’t they know who I am” huff, and Brainy reminds her of her boxes. Er, so to speak.

Alex finds Lena waiting outside of James’ hospital room and encourages her to summon a scientific breakthrough through “sheer force of will,” which of course she does. But let’s focus on the important things about this scene.

 

Gay.

Alex believes in Lena. Period. Full stop. The woman who used to spend holidays alone, working, has the director of the DEO telling her that she is extraordinary.

Alex encourages Lena to try and find “another resource,” and for some reason, we’re supposed to believe that Lex is the key to her figuring out the Harun-El. Okay, sure. Whatever. I’ll give you a pass on this one because Lena is about to put on The Suit and I just want to get there. Lena tells Lex she doesn’t trust him, but she needs him, and I managed not to throw up in my mouth, so let’s cut our losses and move on, shall we?

Ever since they were kids, Lex has told Lena she was an idiot, and that has driven her to be a better person, so that’s what he’s doing here. Oh, Lena. Lena, Lena, Lena. You are so much better than this. You’ve never stood behind a man, so why are you letting one pull your strings and lead you where he wants you to go? The show is really showing us one of Lena’s few weaknesses as a human. She knows she’s the smartest person in the room, and she’s right every single time. But she has a blind spot when it comes to her biological family in that she’s always seeking their approval while simultaneously feeling like she never deserves it, all the while feeling like she can never be truly good because she’s a Luthor.

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Seriously, did prison age you like 40 years?

And Lex is smart enough to capitalize on it, then takes credit for all of her successes, like most mediocre men. I’m getting angry. Let’s see her again, shall we?

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Oh, and then he compliments her and says he’s proud of her, which is just another attempt to manipulate her, really. Kara’s Kryptonite may be, well, Kryptonite, but Lena’s is her never-ending search for familial approval…and the lack of realization that she doesn’t need it.

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Big Harun-El Energy.

Oh, and then we have another misleading scene where Eve tries to “convince” Lena that it’s a bad idea to work with Lex. Eve, you are communism, and this is a red herring.

Lena, with Lex’s help, figures out the Harun-El, and I have no problem believing that Lena can bioengineer a cure for everything out of mysterious alien black rock. What I have an issue with is that she needed Lex to do it.

Lena’s sad because James is in surgery and she can’t help him, and then Lex tells her some story about a douchily named dog named Ignatious how he met her mother once and she was nice, and while all of the Luthors are a trash fire, Lena comes from a good person. And because apparently Lena has turned into a human who can’t do anything without her brother’s influence, she races off to the hospital to be with her ex, an ex who she says she broke up with because she didn’t want him to find out she’d been working with Lex, but in my mind, she just realized she could do better. Potato, pot-tah-to.

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If I go to the hospital, does that mean I have to see James again,

or can I just hang out with the Danvers sisters?

Sweet lesbian Jesus, look at that eye makeup.

At Lex’s prompting (barf), Lena busts into James’ operating room, ignoring all scientific and medical protocols, tells everyone to leave or they’re fired, and injects James with the Harun-El as Alex and Kelly (Ally? Kelex? AgentOlson?) look on. I mean, I guess she’s saving him anyway with her magic serum, but could she have stopped for 30 seconds and washed her hands and put on a mask?

Anyway, whatever. She saves him. I just hope that one of the side effects of Harun-El is that you don’t attempt to date people who are better than you.

And then we find out that Lex has been playing his sister like a fiddle all along. He had James shot so she would finish the serum AND test it out on him, all so Lex could have it injected into himself and he could escape his creepy mansion compound. Oh, and Secret Double Agent Eve Tessmacher has been working with him all along, which I guess includes when she worked for Cat Grant at Catco? Uh, okay. I guess that’s one way to play the long game. Maybe Lex is the one who told Lena to buy Catco in the first place? Except LENA LUTHOR HAS NEVER STOOD BEHIND A MAN.

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Me at their attempts to make Lena appear weak.

So Lex Luthor, who hates at least Kryptonians, if not all aliens, with every fiber of his being, is relying on alien tech to keep him alive? Alien tech that’s been morphed into a serum that only his sister could figure out? You’re not the man of tomorrow, Lex. You’re the boy of yesterday. Sit down.

So this show has taken the “healthiest” familial relationship that Lena has, which is with her sociopathic brother who has tried to kill her multiple times, and made it so he not only double-crossed her but he took one of her friends/most trusted coworkers with him. And this is after introducing us to this human piece of garbage and then gifting him a lighthearted romp at the end of the episode where he gleefully uses his supervillain toys to kill a bunch of people…all while Lena lay unconscious, chained to a wheelchair, with Eve standing guard. Careful, Supergirl. You’re walking a fine line (again) in a show that’s supposed to support women, not beat them down and use their misfortune to further the storyline of a guy.

Random Thoughts of Randomness:

  • Whose strings is Lex pulling? The president’s?
  • I am amused that Lena doesn’t go for “he’s my ex” and instead chooses “I own this hospital” as the reason she should be able to see James. But I guess that tracks. Also, is there a business in town Lena Luthor doesn’t fucking own? I suspect she came up with the recipe for the sticky buns at Noonan’s and probably also owns the gym she and Kara were spinning in. And I’ve also heard she owns the National City Lakehawks.
  • Lena totally knows Kara is Supergirl, what with her “Supergirl is the one who saved you; you should be thanking her.” I see you, Lena. I see you.
  • The Eve reveal was equal parts completely expected and so fucking shocking that I clutched my gay pearls. It had been in my mind all along that she could be evil, but honestly, Andrea Brooks’ portrayal was so honest and sincere and lovely, I just decided I was being paranoid. How could Eve be anything but good, like Lena?

The Danvers Sisters, Kelly Olson, and Nia Nall Corner:

  • What if Alex “finds out” that Kara is Supergirl because Kelly tells her? You know, because James is Kara’s “best friend.”
  • Also, James is not Kara’s best friend. It’s Lena. Get it together, Alex.
  • Kara not being at the hospital probably just feels like the last thing in a long line of her not being there for her sister. Because Alex doesn’t remember Kara rushing out on mashing the potatoes in her Supergirl uniform; she just knows she wasn’t there. This storyline has been really interesting and heartbreaking and shows us all just how important these sisters are to the fabric of this show, and I’m ready to Tara Maclay it all and skip to the end now and have them be happy.
  • I’m so happy to meet an Olson that I don’t automatically hate.
  • Is it weird that I expected Kelly to call James “Jimmy”?
  • The second best thing about this episode was the Nikazie Instagram live after it ended.

And, because I love you all, have some Bonus Suit.

#EarperView with @ChancePurgatory

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week’s bonus EarperView! Who better to learn more about than the Earper fandom’s favorite doggo, Chance Purgatory.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I’m just a happy dog about town who likes to be dressed up and spend time with my owner. But being the unofficial mascot of the Earper fandom has really changed my life. I get recognized on the street now, and people are constantly asking for autographs. Anything for my fans, though.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

Well, seeing as I live at the Purgatory Visitors Bureau, it was kind of unavoidable.

Is this your first fandom?

Are there other fandoms?

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Winning the PCA. The fandom has worked so hard, and it was such an honor to be there with Emily, Melanie, and Tim.

 

What is your favorite con memory?

Probably re-enacting “The Pose” with Tim.

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What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Cuddles.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

People being there for you whenever you need them. And also a fandom who is ready, willing, and able to create Twitter accounts for anything.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

People may not know this, but I actually got the chance to be a featured extra in Wynonna Earp. Here are some of my favorite scenes.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

As long as it doesn’t have a pill in it, I don’t have a preference.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

The number of squares in my buffalo-plaid shirt.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

Woof, woof, woof. Woof-woof-woof WOOF.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

This question is an attack.

How have you Earped your life?

Well, I’ve been asked to be the handler for Bernie at an upcoming con, so I think that speaks for itself.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

Pooped in the Visitors Bureau, truly making it a shit show.

 

Friends, thank you so much for joining me this week for a fun series of EarperViews. Many thanks to the organizers of Earp Expo (and Chance Purgatory, of course) for participating in such a fun week. I’ll see you all again soon, I hope.

#EarperView with @WhiskeyBad

Friends, welcome to our last Very Special Earp Expo EarperView! We close out with Heidi, who is the security director for the con.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

Seriously, at this point, I think Earper has just taken over all of the egos. The Earpin’ don’t stop.

Ideally: Earper 24/7/365

Professionally: Robot Wrangler*

*Inquire inside

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I hopped on the bus post season 1. I caught wind of the show after watching the ClexaCon 1.0 WayHaught panel on YouTube. A month later, S1 goes to Netflix and the rest is history.

Is this your first fandom?

If I subscribed to one of those DNA testing sites via mail in spit swab, they would find Fangirling in my genes. I’m just doin’ what my mother before me did and her mother before her. This is my first fandom on Twitter and it has been a life-altering, wig-snatching hurricane of amazing that has made my life infinitely better. But I’ll always fondly look back on the Charmed/Buffy/Smallville days when Fandom was message boards and AOL Instant Messenger.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

DragonCon 2017 Full stop. That is when I met all of my faves and we liked each other so much we decided to organize a Con of our own. Expo is gonna be so dope, ya’ll.

What is your favorite con memory?

Breakfast with Evelyn Andrews at ClexaCon 2018. I was hungover, there was no bacon, and I’m pretty sure the chair I was sitting in was trying to kill me. Also, everyone else at the table may have wanted to kill me, too, after I said Mon-El wasn’t THAT bad. I’m not good at reading the room. [ Editor’s note — This EarperView is canceled. ]

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Doing no harm and taking no shit. Live Tweeting new episodes is a close second.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Wynonna Earp is so much more than a TV show. Three seasons in and it is more like a CULTURE. A culture of inclusivity, acceptance, love, kindness, vagina jokes, creativity… basically a giant list of positivity that I could go on about for days. It’s a place where I get to go to decompress. To be 100% myself. I am the luckiest.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

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I think this pretty much sums it up.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

First things first, do I have to lick it?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

I fall under the ‘Exclusively Fandras’ section of the Kinsey Scale

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

“I don’t blow jobs without a please first.”

That’s 8 words. What can I say? I’m a giver.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

“It looks like ol’ What’s His Name was all about the alternates. You and me kid.”

“Am I your backup?”

“I think we both know I’m yours, Angel.”

How have you Earped your life?

The increase in the amount of tacos, donuts, whiskey, kindness, love, and acceptance in my life since I became an Earper is pretty substantial.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

I think the Earpiest thing I’ve ever done is still yet to be done. It’s a work in progress, but I always carry the Earpin’ spirit with me everywhere.

The People’s Choice Award makes its way onto the Wynonna Earp set. What part in the storyline does it have?  

It’s the hilt of Wynonna’s new lightsaber.

Friends, thank you so much for joining me this week for this Very Special Series of EarperViews, and many thanks to the fine folks of Earp Expo for playing along. For more info on the con, you can go to their website and see what they have planned. And don’t tell anyone, but I hear there are even more things to come!

#EarperView with @failwolf1

Our penultimate EarperView is with Danielle, the Media Director for Earp Expo. I will also add on a person note, Danielle is fucking hilarious and smart on the Twitter, so if you’re not following her, you should.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

Idk if I have much of a non-Earper alter ego anymore. I kid, kind of. I live in southern Indiana with my fiancée, Casey. I work for the Louisville Health Department as a Graphic Designer. I spend my free time with my fiancée (playing video games or trying new food places around the city of Louisville). My free time also goes to planning Earp Expo. Next year Casey and I will (hopefully) be purchasing our first house then planning our wedding.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I stumbled on Wynonna Earp after bingeing Carmilla. There was a compilation of WayHaught scenes from season 1 that was suggested to me. I watched it, then immediately rewatched it a minimum of five more times. Internally I thought, “I have to keep watching this WayHaught storyline, so I better watch the whole show.”

I believe I found the fandom through watching reaction videos. The first reaction video I ever saw was Marcie’s reactions to Wynonna. I think I said hey to her once on Twitter, before she knew who I was. This led me to interacting with more Earpers and the cast.

Is this your first fandom?

Yes, especially the first fandom I’ve been this involved in. The first “TV show” I got into was General Hospital, I would make “fan videos” of Nikolas Cassadine and Emily Quartermaine.  But this is the first one I’ve been fully involved in.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Definitely winning the PCAs. It’s a huge deal for our little shit show, and it’s even sweeter knowing the award was based off fan votes. Genre television doesn’t get nearly enough recognition and if we can come together and vote for Wynonna Earp to get genre TV on the radar then our mission has just begun. The joy on Kat, Mel, Tim, and Emily’s faces on the red carpet was the real award and better than a million golden shake weights, although a million PCAs would be nice.

What is your favorite con memory?

The first time meeting Emily. Earpers ‘crashed’ a FanGirls shirt meet up at DragonCon. It was pretty much the first time I had met Earpers and she was the first person from the show I had ever met. The moment I walked into the bar, Emily’s eyes locked on to mine. Well, it was either my eyes or my Fandras shirt that caught her attention; to this day I still don’t know. She was so nice as she introduced herself to me (like she needed to, pfft). She asked me how my con was going so far and we chatted for half a second and it was inevitable, we’re best friends now. The say never meet your heroes, they’ll only disappoint you. Well, I say, “FIND HEROINES LIKE EMILY ANDRAS!!”

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Cons will ALWAYS be my favorite Earp activity. It’s comforting knowing you’re in this little bubble of inclusivity, kindness, and acceptance. Meeting new Earpers at conventions are wonderful because sometimes those turn into friendships. Also, it’s the only times through out the year I can see and hang out with my squad.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Wynonna Earp means kindness. Kindness through Earper Support. Kindness through NoChill. Kindness in charity donations. Kindness in EarperGreet. Kindness through giveaways. As Dom says, kindness breeds kindness.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes?

Cut in half, drizzled lightly with olive oil, seasoned with a little sea salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary. Baked in the oven. Mmmm. Maybe top with a little sour cream.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

If you multiply Idris Elba’s age and Blake Shelton’s age then divide by Total Spice Girls No.1 hits, then subtract the number of PCAs Wynonna Earp has won and add the number of dick jokes in season 3…that’s how much I Fandras.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

Because they’re not mutually exclusive.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

There are a lot of emotional Earp sisters moments, and if I take the time to think through them all, I’ll be here hours later crying into a pint of ice cream. So I’m going to say the scene in 311 where Wynonna is on the back of the truck and shoves Waverly’s head back in the tool box and shuts the lid while Waverly yells ‘Mother F*cker”. It’s an accurate portrayal of how sisters act and is on brand for the show’s comedic tone.

How have you Earped your life?

I think planning an Earp convention is Earping your life pretty hard. There’s a lot that goes into planning a con, so most of my free time is spent on that. My work office is completely Earped out, so I talk about Earp with coworkers any chance I get – I’ve even converted a few Earpers. And I have a TeePublic shop with Earp tees that you can find here.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

I made Dom’s iconic water bottle into a tapestry. I wanted to cosplay her bottle at Earpapalooza, but it didn’t work out quite as planned so I wore the tapestry as a cape instead. Dom’s reaction to it was priceless. She was floored by the fact that someone took the time to recreate all the stickers on her bottle and put it on a tapestry. Here are some photos. 

The Waverider lands in Purgatory. What sort of anomaly did they find, and what happens?

The Waverider travels to Purgatory to stop the Abdominal SnowWoman from demolishing the town completely. After Wynonna, Peacemaker tests the Legends (Hey, she has history with people showing up and not being who they say they are), and they pass with flying colors. Their teams work together to fight the anomaly and are almost unsuccessful until Rory brings out his flame thrower and turns the creature into a puddle of water while Wynonna yells, “Take that, you Abdominal Snow Bitch.”

An Hour Later

They all find themselves at Shorty’s because, if there is anything these teams know how to do, it’s drink. Rory and Haught are playing drunken darts, causing a ruckus. Ray is still shocked by the fact that THE Doc Holliday, the greatest gunslinger in history, is alive and sitting in front of him. Waverly and Ava share murder board stories and gab about their amazing girlfriends. Gary and Jeremy, standing with their shirts up, ‘show off’ their nipples (one inverted, one missing) to each other. Meanwhile, Sara and Wynonna stand on the steps of Shorty’s, look on, proud of their team and the hard work they did.

As the Legends board the Waverider to leave, Rory side-eyes Haught, shaking his head. “What was all that about?” Waverly asks putting her arms around her girlfriend.

Nicole gives one last wave to the team before turning in her girlfriend’s arms, placing a small kiss to Waverly’s lips. “Oh, he’s just mad I beat him in darts.” Haught says pulling Waverly back inside Shorty’s, making her way behind the bar. “And we were playing for this,” she exclaimed as she raised a weapon from behind the bar.

Waverly’s eyes grew three sizes as she recognized the device in her girlfriends’ hands. She jumped up and down yelling, “OH. MY. GOD. A FLAME THROWER!”

The End.

HOLY SHIT, THAT WAS AWESOME.

Ahem.

Also, Danielle wanted to include something about Bobo/Beebo, but ran out of time to work it into the story. I loved that so much that I wanted to throw that in.

Anyway, I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the last in this week’s Very Special Earp Expo EarperViews.