I was kind of hoping that Kara stowing away in the time machine would create a second young Kara and she would go back with Nia and Brainy to the future.
I would love to see
Izabela Vidovic playing Kara for longer and it would be a good way to bring back Supergirl in future crossovers now that Melissa Benoist has decided she’s done.
I know I’m reblogging myself, but I am even more adamant about this now. This would have been so much more interesting than the storyline that was; Kara comes back from the Phantom Zone with not-so-dead Dad and he decides that he can’t face his wife until he fixes on Earth what he could not fix on Krypton. For one thing, they had already established that he was the one who had saved everyone on Argo (and yes, I know that he can still feel guilt about anything because guilt is not always logical and yes I know that the Argo solution didn’t save everyone and yes I know they used this to shoehorn in a not very elegantly done Captain Planet plot into a Supergirl episode) and for another can you even picture the characterlines that could be done if you brought tiny-Kara, Kara, and Zor-El into one plotline.
Zor-El comes out of the Phantom Zone (already with some guilt for having sent his daughter away ostensibly on her own) and finds a version of his daughter that is just barely older than the one that he sent away and sees a shortcut to redeeming himself that completely wouldn’t work, because a) he’s still got the fullsized daughter that he sent away almost three decades ago (people often forget that Kara is older than her body), and b) the younger daughter was sent away at least two decades ago (again, people forget that Kara is older than her body) and has so many issues that she hasn’t had a chance to work through.
Kara comes out of the Phantom Zone to find that she has been “replaced” by a younger model that hasn’t had to go through Mon-El, Reign, Linda Lee, Agent Liberty, Lex Luthor, the death of Astra (or the death of Kenny, now that I think of it). A version of herself that she sees as not as broken. And her father (who Kara just got back) seems to latch onto the idea of this new her immediately and her sister and friends are all very protective of her, but at the same time that Kara feels this displacement and jealousy, she is also feeling this kinship and protectiveness. This is her chance to do right what she couldn’t do with Linda Lee. This is one of the few people who could possibly understand what she had gone through after she left Krypton and when she first came to Earth.
Young Kara follows these new friends to the future and away from the place she had been feeling safe for five(?) years. She then meets an older version of her sister and all of these new Superfriends who seem to know more about her than she does herself and they are telling her about all of this impressive stuff that she would have/had done and she’s super overwhelmed at the same time that she is kind of proud of herself. And then SUPERGIRL comes back. And this is the woman who had actually done all of those incredible things that she had been told she could have done. To Young Kara this woman is larger than life already and now she has brought her dad back from the grave. And dad is dead. She hadn’t even gotten used to the fact that apparently her mom was still alive on a small surviving sliver of her home planet, when suddenly dad is alive too. And this is a dad who is trying to make up for lost time and is all over her. And this Supergirl is trying to train her on how to be a better her. And she may be a thirty something trapped in an eighteen year old’s body, but this is too much for her. And this is before whatever emergency of the week happens and suddenly she, Supergirl, her DAD!!!, and all of the other Superfriends are going to work.
Alex sent Nia and Brainy back to her and her sister’s ‘childhood’ with the instruction to bring back a Kara tissue sample and not to screw everything up and they come back with a whole ass Kara and a story about how they very much screwed up and barely fixed it by the seat of their pants. Now she has a wholeass baby!Kara to take care of while still trying to find regular Kara, and work things out with her recently altered lifestyle (remember; they all left the DEO recently) and what does all of this mean for her child search?
More briefly: Brainy and Nia (both of whom were inspired by Supergirl) just accidentally created a Kara. Kelly has a Kryptonian who hasn’t worked through her parental abandonment, survivors guilt and agoraphobia/claustrophobia issues nearly as much as adult Kara to psychoanalyze. No matter how you see Kara and Lena’s relationship (Supercorp forever), Lena will have no idea how to handle 18 year old Kara. J’onn has his youngest surrogate daughter yet.
And then we have a way to bring a new (and more accurately named) Supergirl in for Arrowverse crossovers when Melissa Benoist leaves the role at the end of the series.
Of course almost all of this relies on the writers giving a shit about characterlines rather than “storylines”.