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Supergirl – Battles Lost and Won (3×23)

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The final showdown between Reign and Supergirl wasn’t even the biggest part of the Supergirl finale.

Reign’s takedown felt like the next step in a chapter where everyone got their moment and life changes caused a major shakeup at the DEO.

It’s so interesting to see something as the ultimate threat at one point and then, suddenly, everything changes and it no longer seems so extreme anymore.

Reign and the Dark witches posed a real threat to National City as they planned to turn Earth into New Krypton.

But a series of actions quickly nipped it in the bud: Myr’nn shapeshifted and went down into the core stopping Reign, Coville sounded the emergency alarm from J’onn’s ship revealing Reign’s location, Sam went to the Dark Valley and with the help of her mother Patricia drank from the Fountain of Lillith, and Supergirl killed Reign after listening to her mother than time-traveled back like one of the Legion’s to use the Harun-El to transport her, Reign and Sam back to the Dark Valley where they defeated her by removing her source of power.

Get all that?

J’onn and Myr’nn’s goodbye was sped up because the world was literally in shambles but his father did give him one crucial memory which reminded him of what it means to live life as a Martian. It’s what convinced him to give up his position as DEO director and follow in his father’s footsteps.

And with J’onn leading the pack, the title went to Alex just as she was about to quit to focus on her own family-work life balance. It’s no secret that Alex has been struggling with how to have a child while she’s risking her life every day for the greater good.

At one point, it seemed like Reign was unstoppable, and I couldn’t help but chortle at the fact that Alex was worrying more about if she’d ever adopt and become a mother than her own survival. That’s some serious dedication.

Her new position allows her to find happiness and start a family!

Supergirl was able to fight alongside her mother and it was her mother who convinced her that she needed to kill Reign in order to defeat her.

Throughout the season, Kara has struggled with her self-identity. At one point, she even wanted to live her true life back at home on Argo so it’s understandable that she would listen to her mother because they say mother knows best.

In this case, mother didn’t know best. When Supergirl went against her own morals and ended Reign using force, she ended up killing her mother and Mon-El.

I actually expected her mother to die so I wasn’t as phased as I was by Mon-El dying just as the battle had come to an end.

However, Supergirl realized that there was another way — there always is — and used a disruption to travel back in time and destroy Reign at the source of all her power with Sam’s help.

And that spared not only her mom but also Mon-El.

Mon-El’s story wrapped up with him finally getting closure with Imra. She admitted that their marriage wasn’t ideal which I assumed would make way for him to reunite with Supergirl.

But alas, a hero’s job is never done.

Brainy realized Mon-El wasn’t as perturbed as he should after receiving the bad news — killing the Blight spared his evil cousin who threatened to wipe out all of the future’s AI. He needed to stay behind and thus, the Legion needed not only Mon-El but also, Winn.

Remember how defeated Winn was when his design didn’t save Demos from the Kryptonian witches? Well, one failure doesn’t erase all the good that his design has done. In fact, Brainy reveals that it’s in the national archives and is the foundation of future groundbreaking tech. Um, go Winn from CatCo!

Initially, Winn is hesitant about journeying into the future and leaving his old life behind but you knew he was going to make the jump not only because his character was moved into a guest-starring role next season but because Winn was always looking for his calling. He was too smart for the DEO but not confident enough in his abilities. But finding out that you’re a hero in the future like those you once looked up to in the tech world? That’s game-changing. I cannot wait to see how he’s changed when he does come to visit next season.

Admittedly, I’ll miss Winn’s witty remarks and the positivity he brought to the team. Without him, J’onn and Mon-El, the dynamic will be vastly different.

As for Mon-El, he didn’t tell Supergirl how he felt about her but rather, teared up while saying goodbye and explaining that he had to go back and protect the Legion. She understood because that’s the kind of man Mon-El is but me? I was upset that they didn’t even share a goodbye kiss. He’s single finally, how could they not give us anything to hold us over?

The love story isn’t completely over, but they’ve both acknowledge that being hero’s comes first. It’s their priority and what they are meant to do and they both respect those decisions. Sadly, they must do it in two different times which yet again puts a snag on their relationship. Plus, producers already admitted the actor, Chris Wood, would not be returning next season so Kara’s happy ending is thanks to herself; she found herself and her own happiness without ever needing to rely on a man.

James Olsen unmasked himself while trying to save the world and really, that’s where we left that story. How will National City accept a black superhero? Especially a superhero that also spearheads a journalistic empire and is dating a Luthor?

Sam and Ruby got their happy ending with the former’s test results clearing her of any Kryptonian DNA. Does this mean they are done with the series for good? Are they out of the girl group for good?

And that, of course, brings me to that cryptic final scene. Lena may have turned over the Harun-El to Supergirl’s mother but she’s “ready for phase two of their trials” with Eve Teschmacher. Yes, that Eve.

While it seems like Lena is definitely exploring her Luther side, we also see a snippet of a naked Supergirl walking towards the Siberian border around the same time she “time traveled.” What does this mean?

The first rule of time travel is that there are major consequences which is why I was skeptical that the do-over was such an “easy way out.” What are the rules of time-travel on Supergirl? Are there really two Kara’s? Why is she at the Siberian border?

Other Thoughts

  • There’s no pizza on Argo so National City definitely wins.
  • The most important thing a father can tell his son is to be happy. Myr’nn wins the father of the year award.
  • I’m glad Sam got a proper goodbye with her mother. Seeing Patricia in the Dark Valley could have gone either way because it could have been a hallucination put there to trip up Sam and persuade her into drinking from the wrong fountain. Thankfully, it really was her mom trying to make amends and do right by her daughter one last time.
  • Destroying Reign seemed a bit ridiculous and all that time traveling stuff felt like something we were supposed to ignore because Kara shined her pearly whites and carried it out, somehow, with optimism. I don’t want to point out plothole dring a triumphant moment but what the hell just happened?
  • All Superman gets is a mention of how he’s saving Madagascar? Weak.
  • With Brainy at the DEO, maybe Kara can make good on finally showing him Star Wars.

The season had some highs and lows, admittedly, but I’ll miss seeing their faces each week. Suiting up to save the world just won’t be the same without Supergirl by my side.

Thoughts on the finale?

 

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