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Supergirl – Girl of Steel (3×01)

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The old Kara can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, cause she’s dead. Or at least emotionally dead.

The season 3 premiere finds Kara trying to cope with her Mon-El-less life by completely shutting down. Supergirl is being hailed a hero, National City is recovering from the destruction caused by the Daxamites, but the same cannot be said for the pain inflicted on Kara’s heart by a Daxamite.

Since sending him away for the greater good, Kara has become icy or like Wynn put it “very fast, very furious.” She’s so focused on taking down the bad guys, the police don’t have anything to do because she’s left National City’s squeaky clean. And the worst part, the joy that she once felt by being Supergirl and helping people is nothing more than a chore to her now. It’s quite the departure from the happy-go-lucky Kara we’re so used to.

It’s normal for a series to have ups-and-downs and hits-and-misses but Supergirl always succeeds in fixes its messes. By getting rid of what wasn’t working for them, they were able to return with a more mature series. As heartbreaking as Mon-El’s exit was for fans, it was a necessary move that allowed them to refocus on the central heroine who had lost her sense of self and identity along the way. Through her loss, they were able to tell Kara’s story.

Supergirl is not devoid of human emotion, but as she’s focused on shedding her humanity, she quits Catco, the one place that she kept around to make her feel more human. “Kara Danvers sucks right now,” she tells Alex adding that she doesn’t “like that girl.” When humans grieve, they tend to detach and Supergirl is taking that to heart, literally detaching from her human alter-ego, successfully, might I add because she remembers what it’s like to be both a human on Earth and an alien on Krypton.

The problem is that she doesn’t realize that making the right decision, the one that benefits the world and not just her (because that would be selfish) doesn’t make her weak. It actually makes her the strongest person around. And that isn’t because she has superpowers, it’s because she has a human heart that can love and feel pain.

Lena Luthor putting up a statue for Supergirl, a woman she calls her friend, is proof enough that people care about her because she’s done right by them, saving them on multiple occasions. Each person that tells how much she’s saved them, chips away at Supergirl’s exterior until she realizes that it’s okay to feel pain, to feel hurt, to lean on your friends. Seeing Kara finally come out of hiding to go out to the bar is a welcoming but still, I hope that this isn’t the writers simply writing off all of Kara’s problems are fixed. Her issues have wedged deep within her psyche and we need a road to closure, not an abrupt ending to the book.

Aside from Kara’s emotional being, the rest of the episode panned out the storylines for the season. Alex and Maggie found themselves disagreeing on whether or not to have a big wedding. Alex finally admitted that she was hesitant because she wouldn’t have a father to walk her down the aisle. Part of me is just glad she didn’t almost sabotage her wedding because her sister was down in the dumps, which would have been so like her. And who would have thought I would tear up when Alex finally asked J’onn, a father figure of hers, to walk her down the aisle? I knew it was coming but it hit right in the feels. We’re going to have a wedding ya’ll!

James and Lena were both dealing with National City’s very own Donald Trump-ish character Edge. It seems like every single city, even one filled with aliens, has to have one of these guys. Edge, who was stirring up all the mayhem this week, threatened to buy out CatCo in order to control the press and the narratives being posted about him. If you have the money, you can control the media which in turn controls the people. Through that, you can defame your enemies and push your own agenda because people “believe anything they read.” Truer statements have never been spoken on this show.

Being a woman that doesn’t like to be defeated or talked-down to, Lena purchases the company instead and creates a permanent enemy out of Edge in the process. Thankfully, she’s allied herself with both Supergirl and Kara and both girls deliver. One drops Edge on a cargo ship with no way of getting back to the city, the other one re-accepts her job back at Catco to run a media empire best friend. I don’t think I have to say which is which. Look how quickly Kara worked her way up the ranks from assistant to whatever position Lena will give her.

Bloodsport wasn’t a good sport at all but he also wasn’t a compelling villain, at least not enough to make us care beyond what was happening at that moment. Supergirl has seen more menacing villains but truthfully, who was doing Edge’s bidding wasn’t the focus, it was more about tactic. Edge stole a high-pressure regulator and cloaked a submarine in order to drop nukes without anyone seeing or being able to stop them. It was impressive. And it was all done to destroy the waterfront so that Edge could build apartments for the wealthy. The series literally took stabs at Trump’s leadership and greed while also throwing shade at him over global warming. “Every moron knows that global warming is the biggest threat of our time,” Press Secretary Cat Grant states. Unfortunately, it’s safe to say, that not every moron knows.

We were also introduced to a mother, Sam, (Odette Annabel) whose love for her daughter (Ruby) unleashes some superhuman strength. Based on her heroic act, I thought she’d be yet another heroine in National City but spoilers indicate she’ll be playing a new villain named Reign. That would explain why the dream saw Supergirl’s mother turn into a Snapchat filter-looking Monster. You know which one I’m talking about. But why are her dreams connected to Kara’s unless she’s the third Kryptonite that came in a pod, that we saw activated underwater, with Kal and Kara. Why is she evil thought?

Other Thoughts

  • I wasn’t a fan of the cliche “Wake up” from Mon-El that brought back Supergirl from her dreamlike stage while underwater.
  • I was more thrown by the fact that she apparently can’t breathe underwater. I guess you can’t have it all.
  • If we can continue having clips of Cat Grant delivering her witty commentary as press secretary, maybe we can sort-of keep her as a constant presence on the show?

 

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Supergirl – Both Sides Now (3×13)

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Supergirl and the DEO are a step closer to the Worldkillers on this week’s episode of Supergirl but unfortunately, Reign is still one step ahead of them.

After pinpointing Julie as the Worldkiller thanks to her still-unexplained visions, Kara and team went to bring her in.

They were expecting a strong entity with powers similar to Reign’s but what they found was a girl sitting with her headphones on singing a song.

Julie got the shock of her life and begged Supergirl not to hurt her, which seemed a bit unusual to me. Why did she think the hero came to instill fear and pain?

When Purity sensed the danger, her switch flipped and those high-pitch shrieks and trembles knocked a few people to their knees.

J’onn was able to cuff her and bring her back to the DEO where Supergirl insisted to get through to Julie. She saw the switch flip but unfortunately, was met with backlash from Alex who wanted to “do it her way.”

Questioning Alex isn’t something I normally do. In this instance though, Kara seemed to have the better approach. Why was it so hard for Alex to believe that this creature wasn’t 100% evil?

Kara begins making headway until Alex ruins it all by angering Purity. When she reveals that they have her crystal upstairs, which will lead them to the Worldkiller’s headquarters, Purity freaks out utilizing her powers to break free from the DEO.

When the crystal is activated, Reign is summoned and informed about her “sister,” which unfortunately cuts into Sam’s mother-daughter bonding time with Ruby.

Lena thought she was doing Sam a favor by letting her take a mental health day and Sam thought she would make all the weirdness up to Ruby by allowing her to play hooky and go ice-skating. Instead, Ruby found herself deserted in the middle of the ice-rink after her mother just disappeared.

Ruby isn’t stupid; she knows something is up with her mother, but I’m surprised she called Lena over Alex. Mother’s can be so gullible sometimes. They think they are protecting their children and shielding them from the difficulties when in reality, Ruby is more aware of what’s going on than Sam is.

When Reign retracts, Sam rushes back to the office to confide in Lena: she has absolutely NO idea where she went after deserting Ruby. Not one single memory. Obviously, this has to be really frustrating. Medically, I’d probably diagnose it to some kind of early onset Alzheimers or bipolar disorder. This is especially true when she became furious when she found out Lena told her daughter that she was sick.

For a brief moment, Reign appeared through her before Sam fought back. Lena assured her she “knew exactly what was going on” and promised to help. What will her diagnosis be?

Honestly, if only Lena, Alex and Kara communicated on the regular. If Lena has told the ladies that information, they would be able to compare it to Julia and Purity.

In an attempt to take her down a second time, Winn located her riding the public transportation. Trust me, as someone who rides the Chicago CTA every day, Purity’s actions were relatively normal. That is until she started using her shrieking vibrato to take down the superheroes, which she found ineffective thanks to Winn’s earbuds. That’s how I tune out the ridiculous people on trains too, who would have guessed?

Stripped of her main power, Purity goes into distress, which becomes dangerous for the commuters. A fight ensues and it’s mainly Supergirl trying to take her down while the rest of the team focuses on getting people out of there.

Eventually, Alex realizes Kara was right this whole time; there’s a struggle happening within Julie. She’s trying to break through while Purity is trying to keep her grasp. The characteristic struggle of good vs. evil with good prevailing for the time being.

Just as they were able to reach Julie and bring her back, Reign crash landed and threatened to kill Alex. Julie, being the brave human that she is, offered herself in exchange for Alex’s freedom. Reign happily accepted since her whole mission was to save her “sister” and train her to be just as powerful.

While defeated all was not lost. The DEO now has a much better understanding of who the Worldkiller’s are and how they operate. The silver lining is that there are actually people inside. Maybe the goal isn’t to defeat them, it’s to save them.

We still don’t know who the other two are, but it’s only a matter of time before they rise.

The other big mystery this week involves Imra and Mon-El. She’s been absent from a few episodes and it’s because things have been a little rocky between the spouses. Everyone picks up on the discord but only J’onn really has the alien confidence to get the real scoop.

Mon-El is hesitant to open up at first but eventually gives us a deeper look at his relationship. His marriage to Imra was arranged. He wasn’t forced to marry her, per say, but he did it knowing that it would bring unity and peace between the planets.

This little fact changes everything for Mon-El and Kara shippers because Mon-El isn’t completely in love with his wife nor is over Kara. We knew that already, but it’s so nice to hear him say it.

Of course, he has respect for Imra and grew to love her but it isn’t on the level of deep, real and passionate as his feelings for Kara once were.

But because of that, he’s confused. He has a wife, but he also he might also have feelings for his ex-girlfriend.

Messy. J’onn agrees, but he gives him some solid advice: be honest. The key to marriage is honesty and Imra deserves to know what he’s really feeling.

He takes J’onn up on that advice and Imra is appreciative admitting that honesty is the on of the qualities she loves about him.

You know how I said mother’s think they’re doing such a good job of keeping secrets from their kids? Well, Mon-El really thought he was covering up his emotions well yet Imra knew exactly what the problem was. It’s obvious after all — any man would be conflicted if he suddenly RETURNED from the future and scored a second chance with the love of his life after thinking he’d never see her again.

He looks at Kara for a little too long, he’s too eager to talk to her and he’s always trying to save her. That man is in LOVE and while it hurts, Imra just knows their time is limited.

But, now that they’re being honest, Imra admits she has to tell him the truth too; the truth about why they really came on this mission.

What do you think she and Brainy are hiding from him? Was their goal always to reunite Mon-El and Kara? Did they need to return to help Supergirl stop the Worldkillers? We need answers Imra.

Naturally, since Mon-El is starting to have feelings again, Kara claims she’s getting over him. Will these two ever just be on the same page?

Haters can say whatever they want, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the romantic aspect of this series. It doesn’t have to be all about fighting villains — Supergirl is allowed to have a love life of sorts.

Alex is still wallowing in her break-up with Maggie, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just being dragged out. I don’t want Alex’s personal life to interfere with the DEO nor do I want her to become cynical. It’s okay to feel pain, to be hurt and to drink your sorrows in tequila, but then, it’s time to pick up the guns and fight the real fight.

Other Thoughts

  • Man, Mon-El looks GOOD in his tight suit.
  • Did anyone else pick up on some sparks between Imra and Winn? I’m shipping them when Mon-El’s marriage dissolves.
  • Julie’s freak out was epic and totally relatable on many levels.
  • Winn, J’onn and Mon-El talking about cars? Classic.

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Supergirl – For Good (3×12)

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SUPERGIRL FOR GOOD

Anyone else really irritated that this week’s episode of Supergirl didn’t make any progress on the Worldkillers?

In fact, they, and Reign took a backseat for a Lena and Edge showdown; a showdown no one asked for.

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen Edge. He’s taken a backburner as National City’s most despised person because you know, there’s an actual threat looming over the city that not even Supergirl knows how to control.

He returns in full-asshole mode, slurring threats at Lena simply because she’s related to the Luthor’s. Karma bites him in the ass almost immediately as his car starts driving itself and goes off of a bridge before exploding in the air. There’s a Polish proverb that states, “zlego diabli nie wezma.” The literal translation is “the devil doesn’t take the bad,” and it most definitely rings true in this situation.

Edge takes Lena’s last words to him: “burn in hell,” as an admission of guilt. He creeps up on them during a news meeting at CatCo to basically tell her he’s going to retaliate until one of them is dead. Sure sounds like a threat to me.

The moment was so threatening, no one seemed to notice Kara’s super-speedy reflexes. She caught fricking glass in mid-air with her back turned to him, people!

Roughly 5-minutes later, Lena collapses to the ground, foaming at the mouth. You would think being surrounded by Supergirl and Guardian, they would have predicted the outcome as I did, but nope.

Kara flies Lena over to the DEO in her regular-person clothes, which correct me if I’m wrong, is a first for the series. Alex gets to show off her medical skills for the second time this hour, the first being while performing a CAT scan on Sam, which we’ll get to in a minute.

Putting Lena in hypothermia stops the poison from reaching her brain and heart and before you know it, she’s awake on the couch at CatCo and ready to get her revenge.

James — who isn’t your ordinary news editor because if he was, they’d be on the list of hottest male professions ahead of cops and firefighters — reveals that the cart barista was shot down by a dissolving bullet.

Lena recognizes that as a product of LexCorp and she follows the breadcrumbs to the real culprit: her mother.

Anyone else happy to see mommy dearest? Same. I’ve never found Lillian to be a compelling villain. She’s more of a pest, one that Lena can’t seem to shake, even though she’s been able to separate herself from virtually every Luthor entity.

Lillian tries desperately to convince Lena to embrace her killer genetics and just take Edge out. We all know what it’s like to hate someone so much, it would be better if they just seized to exist. But sane people don’t act on those emotions; they find another way.

Which is exactly what Lena does. And she enlists Kara to help. Now, at this point, I’m convinced Lena is 100% aware that Kara = Supergirl. How could she not be? It’s an insult to us viewers to expect us to believe that Lena is this airheaded.

And while she’s at it, she has to know that her BF James is Guardian. It’s just too ironic that whenever the two superheroes are around, Kara and James aren’t.

Kara and Lena crash the Park Conservatory Blake Tie Gala, where Lillian plans to take him out.

Lena informs him that either he admits that he wanted to kill her, or she gives her mom the “go-ahead” to do her dirty work. As the strike zone gets closer, Edge confesses although honestly, I don’t think he’s responsible.

Lillian isn’t pleased with her daughter’s decision to spare him and she suits up in the Lexosuit to finish him off. It seems a bit excessive considering her target is Edge, but whatever, do your thing, Lillian. I guess this is how she defines bonding-time with her daughter.

Supergirl drops in to take care of business and Mon-El joins the fight because he “has her back.” At this point, Mon-El is that annoying ex you just can’t seem to shake no matter what because he believes that you can be “just friends.” Hate aside, his idea of hacking Lillian’s drone and using them against her is pretty brilliant, but since when is he prancing around the DEO making calls? I’m not liking this. Stay humble.

Once Lillian is shot down, Guardian prevents Edge from escaping with the confession. In a world where the DEO exist, can you believe they are still using voice records?

So all’s well that ends well.

Except there’s still Sam, who confessed to Lena and Kara about the blackout’s she’s been having after all of her tests come back positive.

On a relatable note, we’re all Sam looking up our symptoms on WebMD and declaring that it’s “brain tumor” bad. Cardinal rule #1: don’t look up your symptoms. Plus, Google isn’t able to diagnose you with “Worldkiller” syndrome… yet.

So like I said, Alex played doctor to help out Sam and found nothing unusual. Sam then broke down informing her besties that since she was young, she’s always had to take care of herself. She also expresses concern about who would take care of Ruby if something were to happen to her. Foreshadowing? I hope not because I truly like this girl gang we’ve built.

But, Regin is a problem. And if we have to neutralize the problem to save the world then bye-bye Sam. And like I’ve been predicting, Alex will adopt Ruby and it’ll be the child she’s always wanted to have.

I wonder why it hasn’t occurred to Sam that maybe, whatever is happening with her has to do with the fact that she crash-landed on this Earth in a pod. You’d think that would be something she’d mention, given the villain uptick in National City. Unless Sam doesn’t even know about Reign because she’s always gone when she’s wrecking havoc.

It dawned on me just how different Reign and Sam really are. Sam doesn’t want to be a burden to her friends and family, she doesn’t want to cause trouble and is so anti-violence, she cringes at the sight of a needle. Reign on the other hands thrives off of it and bringing people to justice; she’s the complete opposite, yet they are the same person.

At least we identified one of the two World Killers thanks to Winn. Now, to get to her before Reign does.

Other Thoughts

  • How long has it been since Sam told Alex about her blackouts? How did Alex’s leg heal so fast? It as if it was never broken.
  • “I don’t have to kill you, you’re already dead Lena.” – Edge. That spoke to me because that’s how I feel sometimes.
  • “Why would you be Cat Grant when you could be Lena Luthor.” Fair point mom. But I do appreciate the subtle reminders that Cat Grant is irreplaceable.
  • I’m glad that despite all the temptation, Lena has chosen to remain inherently good. Being friends with Kara and James shows her that good prevails over evil.
  • Edge’s car is the byproduct of robots taking over the world. It’s scary and it’s unavoidable.
  • I’m done with these Mon-El scenes. For the past few episodes, there has been one scene where the two exes meet at the DEO and re-hash their day with Mon-El telling Kara “he understands this must be hard.” Frustrating much?
  • James should dangle more people from bridges, just saying.

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Supergirl – Fort Rozz (3×11)

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You think you’re having a bad Monday? Supergirl just had to go visit a prison where the most dangerous inmates have been locked up for ages thanks to her mother, where she’d lose all of her powers, and have to rely on her enemies.

And worst — her ex-boyfriend’s wife.

Talk about a terrible, terrible day.

With no real knowledge of how to take down Reign, National City’s most dangerous threat, Supergirl is forced to turn to some of the most dangerous villains she knows — Livewire and Psi.

Of course, asking the people who literally hate you to “have your back” seems a bit ludacris, but these are trying times people, especially when the star is poisonous to men. Talk about toxic masculinity.

Both Livewire and Psi agree to help because the only thing more powerful than hatred is a common enemy. Neither of them want to be killed at the hands of Reign so if that means they stand beside Supergirl to take her down, so be it.

And really, what else does Livewire have going for her? She’s hating her life working at a diner every day as “Roseanne.” Being able to use her powers once again is a thrilling change of pace.

They always say there’s nothing gained without some calculated risks and this is a major risk for Supergirl. Really, any of these women could turn on her and she’s heavily relying on them. It could be a suicide mission for all we know.

It’s interesting to see Kara this vulnerable and powerless. Sure, she can stand her ground, but she’s no match for any of them; it’s a layer of her we’ve never seen before, but she takes it in stride. Kara has always been able to see the good in people, just like she’s seen it in Reign.

Reign admitted to her Priestess that she’s surprised by how strong Sam really is. And Sam might be our saving grace. She resurfaced briefly when Psi infiltrated Reign’s mind to protect Kara.

Kara saw a glimmer of that “good” inside Reign, which she’s latching onto in hopes of being able to defeat her and make her a hero, just like she made Livewire.

However, I wish that Sam held out for a little bit longer so that Kara could pick up on who she really was. I don’t think we’re too far from that revelation.

It could have also been ushered in by Psi, who definitely saw Sam grasping for her daughter, Ruby, as she slipped away into the darkness. That means Reign is overpowering her, but obviously, she’s powerful because she has a purpose, someone to fight for.

Maybe Psi didn’t mention it because she hasn’t turned over a new leaf like Livewire has.

She stayed true the mission and ever helped Supergirl, but she’s not to be trusted.

Livewire literally went from a psychotic killing machine to a friend who risked her life to save her enemy. That’s noble.; She redeemed herself at the very end and it definitely wasn’t fair considering how much of herself she’d invested into this last hurrah. And it’s a testament to who Kara is. She’s able to change people simply by giving them a chance.

Obviously, Sam knows something is up with her considering she just spaces out for multiple hours at a time. She didn’t go on her trip, she doesn’t remember what she does for hours. I’d be concerned too.

Now that she’s informed Alex, maybe they’ll be able to piece everything together and use Sam to get intel on/from Reign.

Truthfully, I don’t know why they’d think the Priestess would still be on Fort Rozz when she’d obviously had to have been on Earth to make contact with Thomas Coville.

Aside from Livewire and Psi, Irma proved to be very helpful in guiding the ship and re-establishing connection to the DEO before they blew up in the blue star. Yet, there were times I thought she may have had altruistic malicious intentions. Anyone else catch that smirk when Supergirl couldn’t open the door to Fort Rozz? Maybe she just found it comical to see Kara so weak? I just don’t have a good feeling about her or her motives.

Psi continuously referring to Imra as Matilda, the story of a gifted girl, was one of the best pop culture references sprinkled throughout the episode. And there were a few good ones: the Shining, Mall of America (villains shop too, okay?) and a nod to Riverdale’s Pop’s Chock’lit Shop.

What did Psi see when she “accidentally” looked into her thoughts?

I stand by my theory that Alex is going to adopt Ruby, at least temporarily while Sam is battling her inner demons that are a little too real at this point.

With Alex on bed-rest, it was only fitting that she’d offer to babysit Ruby. In fact, Alex seemed to need Ruby more than Ruby needed he, especially when Maggie texted.

It was a worthless storyline to bring Maggie back into the picture simply because of a “forgotten” password. Why do we have to re-live all that anguish with Alex again?

Though it did make headway for the best takedown of a cyber-bully ever! Alex showed up to snooty Regina George’s Erica Morrison’s house brandishing her FBI badge and threatening to charge her if she didn’t let up. Seeing her almost crap her pants out of fear was priceless. TV shows rarely tackle girl-on-girl bullying at an elementary level and with such pazazz so it was nice to see a mean-girl get taken down by a boss lady who literally wields so much power in the city. Go Team Alex and Ruby!

The one good thing that happened from Supergirl’s trip to Fort Rozz was that she found out that there are others like Reign, called Worldkillers. Two names stuck out specifically: Purity and Pestilence.

At the end of the episode, we see two women walking home from work talking about very millenial things like office space with a view when a speeding car approaches. One of the women pushes her friend out of the way and is pinned by the car, obviously dead. Or at least would have been dead if she was a human.

Instead, home girl is finer than fine. Her powers activate and her life of office spaces with a view is no-more.

Will Supergirl find them before Reign does?

I’ll briefly touch upon the Mon-El and Supergirl scene. For a moment, it felt like a return to simpler times although we know that it isn’t in the cards right now so why do the writers want us to hold out hope? Why can’t they let our ‘Mon-El has moved on’ hearts mend? Just because he’s seen the future and is a better listener and advice giver doesn’t mean this is any easier! Although he does know Supergirl well and is able to find the silver lining even when she’s doubting herself and her abilities as a hero.

Thoughts on Supergirl? Without even knowing it, the series proved that when girls come together, they are able to accomplish so much more than the “lesser sex.” Girl-power!

Seriously, now all we need is the epic-return of CAT!

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