sanvers body language
So like all sanvers fans
anyone with eyes and a heart, I was once again riveted by their scenes in last night’s episode. Chyler and Floriana’s body language speaks volumes so I’m gonna focus on that.
We start with Alex hanging out with her squad at the alien bar. Enter Maggie
Maggie who keeps her distance, kind of a primal instinct waiting to be allowed entry into another person’s territory
in case Alex feels the need to run or yell or throw something. Her stance is awkward, exposed, not quite sure what to do with her hands. ‘Danvers’ after choking on her drink at the sound of her name, is all fidgety. Fixing her jacket, hesitant, nothing like the Alex we see around the DEO.
Then Kara has the heart to give Maggie some serious shade and we get this jewel
Maggie’s ‘uh was that just a nerd’s version of the shovel talk?’ look and Alex pauses from her unease to savor a little righteous justice on her behalf.
But it falls away when Maggie asks her to talk. She kind of shrugs and looks down, comforting herself a little before having to face a situation she’s not ready for.
Maggie uses her hands to talk, a welcoming gesture as if trying to bridge the space between them and make some kind of connection. But Alex is shrugging and shaking her head as she replies, trying to minimize the situation, rationalize it away. But it’s superficial and you can see the feelings she’s pushed down trying to resurface.
When Maggie says, ‘Still friends?’ Alex has too look away, hiding her first reaction to the words. Then she only briefly meets her eyes with a halfhearted smile before looking down. She can’t bear to look at her just now and hurries off without a word.
This is the Alex Danvers Alex has carefully molded to present to the world–fighter, sister, protector; strong, reliable, rational. The Alex Danvers that says she is fine and swallows her feelings as she walks away.
Next stop, police station garage, where although Alex is still not comfortable at all, their steps immediately sync up as soon as they see each other, like their bodies just respond to each other despite their best efforts.
They also kind of look amazing together.
While Maggie’s body language is open and relaxed, Alex is tense, tight fist, squared shoulders, defense mode. But this is a different Alex from the Alex in the bar. This Alex is not hiding, she’s is vulnerable and emotional because she’s expressing her feelings, but she’s much braver. She stands tall. Doesn’t hesitate. Looks Maggie straight in the eye. Her comfort gestures are gone and she is expansive and assertive because she’s honest and her shame in her feelings is gone.
‘I was sure about one thing and that was my feelings for you.’
But now Maggie is thrown. She didn’t realize how strong Alex’s feelings were and having them laid out so confidently touches something in her. Her chill is gone and the ‘just friends’ façade she had almost convinced herself she could pull off crumbles.She looks lost, yearning, as she watches Alex leave.
Next is our action scene.
I love this scene cause despite their earlier falling out they are perfectly in tune. There is a natural complicity and trust between them on the job that usually takes years to cultivate. There is no hesitation or doubt that the other has their back.
In the scene at the end Alex is completely taken by surprise and her immediate reaction is to cross her arms, a gesture of comfort and protection.
And Maggie, we’ve never seen her this vulnerable, not even when she was talking about her ex breaking up with her. Here eyes are so full, like they could overflow at any minute, a lot of feeling and pinch of panic.
‘I care about you…a lot.’
She smiles, but it’s nervous, like she’s trying to help herself through it. She looks down and away, to gather herself every so often.
When she’s done, Alex can’t look at her while making up her mind, like it would be too hard to decide anything if she did. She looks away, steps around her, buys time. When she does look back it’s still sad, guarded and vulnerable, a peak over the shoulder, not yet ready to open herself to Maggie again, but willing to give something.
And Maggie’s face. Oh to be this happy.
All this to say, Chyler’s and Floriana’s acting is incredible, they act with their whole bodies which makes their scenes especially meaningful. I look forward to getting slayed by these ladies on a weekly basis.
Bonus: Alex Danvers fight
panty dropper mode.
(special thanks to @lapizsilkwood for the gifs)