Do you ever get inordinately emotional over Astra In-Ze?
Do you ever think about how the redemption arc in S2 could have been about someone who started out with the best of intentions?
Someone who fought so hard to keep their planet and civilization alive, but because nobody listened to her, she grew desperate and her methods became more ruthless, more radical. As her faith in people slipped away, so too did any alternative plan that relied even the slightest bit on hope, on giving people the agency to do the right thing and take responsibility.
The redemption arc could have been about someone adrift and directionless after Myriad is defeated and Non is dead.
Someone who finds Earth festering with the same ignorance and reckless consumerism that doomed Krypton.
Someone who never really mourned, and so her contempt of humanity is tied up with her rage, against the Kryptonians’ complacency, against her own incompetence.
No one expects much from Astra. All they see is a dangerous war criminal, to be persecuted, contained.
But, then there’s Kara, who sees the best in everyone. It’s the most potent superpower she has.
Kara sees Astra’s potential, remembers the bright and passionate person she used to be. Kara thinks of the good she could do in the world, if only she could find her way back from madness and cynicism.
And of course, Kara is the key to all of this. She’s Astra’s last connection to the past, to family. Kara is not the only one who yearns for that connection.
Rather than a man who wants to be a hero because it makes him feel closer to the object of his affections, how about a disgraced and defeated general who jumps in to fight for the good guys because her favorite niece went on some suicide mission and she can’t accept the thought of losing her again?
Kara’s friends would be wary of course, her sister especially. But through trials, that wariness would turn into grudging respect.
Astra gets to know Kara’s friends as people. With time, maybe she’d even befriend some of them herself. She certainly has quite a bit in common with more than a few. She could grieve with J’onn. Bond over Kara with Alex. Banter antagonistically with Cat only for Cat to low key blow her mind one day with some shockingly astute and inspiring piece of insight. Learn a thing or two about the potential of humans to make the right choice through Lena.
It wouldn’t be quick or easy for her, changing her mind, coming to terms with her past, even fully repairing her relationship with Kara.
I could easily see it taking an entire season to really sort out.
But man… the sort of payoff Kara would get for having faith in people and believing in their better angels when she gets one of the two last surviving members of her family to share her burdens with. And hell, maybe it’d even help her sort out some emotional issues regarding Kal-El.
Really, could you imagine?