WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Supergirl‘s start of the crossover
The CW’s Arrowverse crossover promised a wedding, but the REAL romance is sparked between White Canary… and Supergirl’s sister. That news is sure to get more than just romantic fires burning, since Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) spending the night together is a moment that fans have both cheerfully speculated on – and dreaded.
Regardless of how fans feel about the development from a writing perspective, the outcome seemed certain from the moment that Sara and Alex let the alcohol flow. From there, it was all a blur until the pair woke up together on the morning of Barry and Iris’ wedding – one more unforgettable moment forever part of the #WestallenWedding (until Barry changes history again, we suppose).
From a story perspective, it makes plenty of sense. Since the end of Alex Danvers’s romance with Maggie Sawyer, a rebound romance seemed inevitable (and possibly, even healthy). There may be no better candidate than Sara Lance – the one member of the CW’s Arrowverse who knows that sometimes, sex can just be an enjoyable way to spend your time.
In truth, it may be mainly the scotch to blame, at least that’s the excuse we can expect Alex Danvers to come up with. That’s assuming she needs one, of course – a first ‘one night stand’ isn’t framed as one to be ashamed of by Kara, who mainly finds the hook-up as funny as Alex’s stammering attempts to pretend it never happened. And in a previous CW crossover, the plotline may have been left at that.
Fortunately, and as a pleasant surprise, the story continues into the following Arrow episode of the crossover. As part of the larger attempt to actually include and develop individual storylines – not ignore them, as was arguably the case last time – the romance shakes Alex for reasons specifically tied to her current Supergirl status. Besides ensuring Alex’s dignity or own sexuality aren’t sacrificed for the sake of a joke, the decision gives Supergirl fans a scene catered specifically to them without stalling the crossover plot (a rare fear for which the writers should, and hopefully will be commended). The question now becomes whether or not this tryst so soon after her ‘Sanvers’ breakup will be carried back into her own series. Here’s hoping.
That being said, the decision to have Sara Lance and Alex Danvers – the two prominent DC women attracted to women – start swapping kisses soon after meeting is assured extra scrutiny. As it should be, of course. Though the conversation may be more valuable than determining a ‘winning’ opinion. Some may call it another sign of masculine depictions of LGBTQ women (would two sexually open men in the Arrowverse ‘hooking up’ be portrayed the same?). And others might claim that given Maggie Sawyer’s personality, it actually seems like Sara Lance would be Alex’s type (she truly is the DC’s most heroic ‘bad girl’).
We’ll let the fans decide – and hope that both of these women enjoyed the crossover as much as fans.
The crossover continues on The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 8pm on Tuesday, November 28th.
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