written by Cara Russell
SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT
Lena travels to her mom’s hometown in Newfoundland. Dear reader, this is just a hop, skip, and a ferry ride north of my hometown, so you can see how it caught my interest and I subscribed to its newsletter.
However, I regret to tell you that “Fortune Bay” is a body of water, and there isn’t actually a town called Fortune Bay in Newfoundland as the in-show highway signs would have you believe. Instead, there are a collection of villages with their own distinct names on the shoreline surrounding the bay (one being “Fortune”). I didn’t think it was that difficult to google, but here we are, in the weird pristine British Columbia’d TV version of a mythical land that wants to be a discount Ireland, all the way down to a pub and thin, uneven accents on a group of people that definitely wouldn’t uniformly sound Like That. Yeah, much of the Newfoundland accent sounds very much like an Irish one, but you can cut it with a knife and you can always tell it apart from an actual Irish native. (Hint: one talks fancy and the other’s got a fancy way of talking.)
I mean, seriously, if you wanted to pretend to film in Ireland, just do it. We have a whole film industry devoted to it in the Maritimes. British Columbia does it pretty frequently, too. Or just stop making up towns in the general area you want to set your fiction in. Ferryland’s just right up the coast.
Anyway, Lena goes home, finds out her mom was part of a coven triad that murdered one member’s abusive husband by accident. Lena’s mom took off to marry Lionel Luthor, letting the widow waste away and their third member to await the return of a prodigal daughter in their fake Ireland so an exposition dump can be made. Is Lena a witch? More like SCIENCE WITCH IN NEED OF COVEN THROUPLES.
Did other stuff happen in this episode? Probably, I was just way too mad about Newfoundland for any of it to stick.
And in conclusion, here’s a pack of wild Newfoundlanders so you can see some of what you missed out on:
Supergirl airs Tuesday nights at 9 Eastern/8 Central on the CW. Cara can be found on Twitter @virtualcara.