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?
- 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?
Supergirl – Battles Lost and Won (3×23)
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?
- 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?
Supergirl – Make it Reign (3×22)
This season of Supergirl has been all over the place but the one consistency, the one focal point, the one villain has always been Reign.
Now, the DEO is gearing up for the final battle against the Worldkillers the Dark Priestess and the Daughters of the Night.
Selena and her villainous gal pals stole Kara’s ship and landed at the Fortress Sanctuary where they revealed their true mission to Coville, the moronic human helping them — to terraform planet Earth as the New Krypton?
Yeah, definitely not a good time for Supergirl to be sending out her “on vacation” office message. That’s what she gets for allowing naivety to set in and believing that Reign could be so easily snuffed out from Sam.
Unable to touch the rock of Harun El, they use Coville as they gather for the rebirth of Reign, just as the prophecy foretold. But before they can manage that, they need the blood of the other two Word killers.
Again, stupid Coville is like “hey, let me show you where you can get it” and leads them right to the DEO where everyone is busy trying to figure out why Sam is getting so weak again.
Meanwhile, on planet Argo, Supergirl enlists the help of Alura and Mon-El to find a way back to Earth so she can warn her people about the impending threat.
The writers continuously stressed that Argo was unable to contact planet Earth in any way and then somehow, magically, they are able to use a hologram crystal to communicate with Winn and Alex. Something tells me that if Kara’s mother really wanted to find her, she would have done so. Or is she really this tech illiterate?
The DEO isn’t completely defenseless but it is without its two biggest fighters Supergirl and J’onn. The latter is performing The Reach with his father who is ready to transfer over all of his memories and the thoughts of his predecessors onto his son.
Yes, most of the focus was on the rise of Reign and the three dark Kryptonians coming for blood, literally, but the addition of M’yrnn’s final moments, or at least what we thought would be his final moments, was oddly fitting.
I was balling my eyes out when M’yrnn was saying his goodbye’s to Alex and explaining that he knew J’onn was home because of the people he was surrounded with.
Of course, it was obvious that The Reach would never be completed because, despite their best efforts, Selena was able to get her hands on the blood of the other World Killer’s and revive Reign.
Thankfully, by that time, Supergirl, Mon-El and even Alura portal jumped back home too. Again, if it was that easy, why haven’t we been doing this?
Supergirl may have left her home and her family defenseless by traveling to Argo, but it gave everyone a chance to shine including Demos who unfortunately died defending planet Earth.
Winn took it pretty hard considering he built the shield which failed him in battle. But Winn, this is no time to lash out at yourself — they need everyone to get their head in the game to stand a chance of defeating Reign and saving Sam and themselves from “natural” disasters that aren’t natural at all.
We’re talking seismic catastrophes! And an earthquake in National City seems to be phase one of the hell Reign is unleashing at the core of the Earth.
Will M’yrnn’s shape-shifting actually protect them? And is it worth risking his life before the completion of The Reach?
It seems that for M’yrnn to die a noble death, this is his only choice.
Sam is tucked away in Dark Krypton but that doesn’t mean she’s safe at all. As the voices can be heard saying, “they are coming for her.”
Their only hope in defeating Reign is to get infinite strength from the Fountains of Lilith. Will she find those on Dark Krypton?
And Coville? Well, he should have seen his death coming from miles away in his books and readings. How could he be stupid enough to think that they would be loyal to him because he helped them out? What more could a mere human offer them when the whole point was the remove all human form from the Earth?
- Mon-El and Winn bonding about girls was everything. Mon-El has shied away from his feelings for Kara for much of this season in hopes of suppressing them. Agreeably, the timing isn’t right as Earth is in danger and that’s their number one priority. Supergirl never lost sight of that, but you can’t blame her for also giving into her human side which she has developed while being raised on this planet.
- I’ve read so many negative comments from fans who think Supergirl is weaker because she fell in love. Why? What’s with the notion that love makes us weaker? She’s still a badass superhero but she also has room in her heart for romance. And yes, Mon-El is married but Kara isn’t exactly a homewrecker. She didn’t pursue him out of respect for Imra and the only reason they are together now is because Imra gave him permission to explore the feelings.
- Alex meeting Kara’s mom was monumental, however, there is still something off to me about Alura.
- I enjoyed some boy talk between Kara and her mom. She had a new mom on Earth but this is also something she never thought she’d ever have.
- How has Lena not figured out that Supergirl = Kara? Why would Supergirl’s mother be so overjoyed about meeting Alex?
- I love that Ruby is more involved now that she knows the whole truth about what is inside her mother. She’s her strength and is able to protect her. Heck, I’d argue that she’s the one person that can save her mother and get through to her, even in the darkest of times.
How do you think the battle between Supergirl vs. Reign will end? The series has made it a point to drive home the fact that they will no longer be using lethal force and in a promo for next week, Supergirl states that she does not kill, not even “her.”
Will there be another choice? Will they save Sam? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice?
Supergirl – Dark Side of the Moon (3×20)
Dark side of the moon? More like dark Krypton.
The ultimate villain behind Reign was finally revealed on this week’s Supergirl when Kara and Mon-El took a trip into space to find the black rock, the only thing that could kill her.
We didn’t get much bonding time between the exes so those who were hoping that being trapped in a spaceship together would force Mon-El to tell her the truth about his feelings were left a bit unimpressed.
However, the two did stumble onto Argo, a new town formed during the destruction of Krypton. And Supergirl’s mother, Alura, was actually alive.
During a blissful and unexpected reunion, Alura told her that her father found a way to save them both and she’d been living on this new planet ever since. Since her pod got knocked off course, she assumed Kara never made it to Earth and was dead.
Reunion aside, Alura was also on the high council and arranged a meeting for her daughter to meet with them after she learned of what they needed.
Apparently, the dark rock was the only thing keeping their planet’s atmosphere hospitable and thus, they had none to spare.
It was a difficult task convincing the high council who no longer associate themselves with Krypton, therefore, they don’t want to clean up any of their messes.
However, the ultimate decision rest upon Selena’s hands. We’ve seen Selena before as the hologram figure that’s been guiding Reign. She ruled in Supergirl’s favor and sent the daughter of Krypton and the former Prince of Daxam, which Alura oddly recognized even though he would have been young at that time, back home with the black rock.
Will it work? It’s uncertain. It seems Supergirl played right into Selena’s hands and she’s actually double-crossing her and working with Reign.
Unless all of Argo is now evil which would mean that Alura is also working against Supergirl. I wouldn’t put it past her as I was getting really weird vibes from her and kept fearing that she would stab her own daughter in the back.
When Supergirl mentioned Astra’s death, Alura almost seemed pleased.
And when Kara said that she now knows it isn’t the last time seeing her mother, it seemed like she knew that they would never have another moment like this again.
Maybe what she meant by “learned from Krypton’s mistakes” meant that they would value sustainability above all else and wouldn’t let another planet take what’s theirs from them again?
Hopefully, the black rock doesn’t enable Reign more because they really don’t stand a chance against her powers at this point.
She was trying so hard to convince Lena to turn over to her dark side and just kill her. Personally, I think she should have done it because, from the way it stands, there is no stopping Reign unless you kill both her and Sam.
And in the grand scheme of things, one life, even if it is Sam’s, is a lot better than the whole world suffering.
While Supergirl was trying to clean up one of Krypton’s messes, Alex was dealing with an enemy from her past whose brother was killed after coming to Earth on Fort Rozz. Again, another one of Krypton’s unresolved issues.
Alex was quick to realize that someone was trying to kill her but it was obvious it wasn’t going to be anyone she suspected.
I expected the man who made parole to be the one who saved her from the killer but hey, I forgot that Alex Danvers doesn’t need to be saved.
The whole storyline served more as a ploy to set up the scene for when she becomes Ruby’s mother full-time.
It’s obvious that something will happen to Sam and Alex’s dream of becoming a mom will come to fruition.
It’s why she grappled with all these feelings of not being able to protect a child in her line of work. But what is every cop supposed to say?
As far as her relationship with Ruby goes, I find them to be pretty great together but love that they had her branch out and bond with other cast-members like Winn, especially because he understands dysfunctional families and parents.
Thoughts on this week’s Supergirl?
Should Mon-El have seen this secret world coming since he’s from the future? Is there a way to stop Reign without killing her?
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