When I first saw that Supergirl was doing a flashback episode, I thought it would be a complete filler.
And while I wasn’t completely mistaken, it was a heartwarming episode that really gave us some insight to who Kara and Alex were before all this DEO/superhero stuff.
Of course, back when razor’s were “in,” Kara Danvers was still a superhero, but she wasn’t encouraged to embrace her powers like she is now. I’m not really sure why that is; if the fam was so scared the FBI would become aware of her, why isn’t it a problem in the present? Is it because she’s old enough to wield her own powers and control them?
The Danvers sisters return to Midvale to refocus. Alex just broke up with Maggie and Kara figured going home would help her heal. It wasn’t appreciated at first — turns out, Alex is a mean drunk. Eventually, though, she realized Kara’s intentions were in the right place, as they always are.
These two are so close, it’s hard imagining a time when they hated each other, but it was a thing back when Kara was 15 and a fresh addition to the family. Alex resented her new sis because she blamed her for Jeremiah’s absence. I have to give props to the casting department — the resemblance between young Alex and Kara and the older version is almost uncanny.
We know that Kara’s arrival on Earth had something to do with it, but she wasn’t the reason why he was away from home that much.
Things for Kara weren’t much easier; she landed on a random planet, was forced into a new family and told to hide who she really was in order to fit in. Except she didn’t fit in at school, at all. And Alex didn’t do anything to ease that. In fact, it’s hard to believe that Alex was best friends with the “popular girl” and the jocks and tried to keep her distance from the lame new girl. So glad she grew out of that phase.
Alex and Kara’s love for being heroes and solving crimes eventually led to the start of their friendship. After seeing her friend Kenny Li dead in the forest, Kara took it upon herself to find his killer. Alex, who was too embarrassed to admit she was actually friends with Kenny, decided to aide her.
They found his laptop in the forest with a bunch of encrypted files. Kenny clearly saw something he shouldn’t have with his telescope and it got him killed. The first picture they are able to decode shows that Alex’s BFF Josie was having an affair with the teacher. She swears that he isn’t responsible and begs Alex to not to expose him but you know Alex, she’s a stinker for the truth.
Soon after, someone tries to run them off the road in an attempt to silence them. They believe it’s the teacher but Josie swears she was with him all night. She also officially defriends Alex because she landed her lover in jail for rape, obviously.
Kara gets a visit from someone at the FBI who informs her she’s raised some suspicion and she really needs to keep a low profile. The visitor is a dead ringer for her mother but they chock that up to coincidence. Turns out, it was shapeshifter and Green Martian J’onn Jones who did their mother a little favor. I love that he’s basically seen these ladies grow up; he really is like a second father.
Kara gives up the dream of becoming a superhero but when she realizes Alex is with the murderer, the town Sheriff who has been dabbling in the drug business to make some side cash, she says “screw it” and flies through town, busting through a wall to save her sister. It’s at this moment that they both realized they had something special; a ride or die bond.
Surprisingly, Kara never got in trouble for using her powers. In fact, as a thank you, Kenny’s mom gave them his beloved telescope. Additional decoded files revealed that Kenny, who had a massive crush on Kara, actually knew her secret. He was the first person aside from her fam that accepted her for who she was.
Did the story have anything to do with the present day? Not really. We know that Kara had a hard time adjusting to Earth but this tension between them was never mentioned. While it felt a little out of the blue, I guess it was meant to show us just how far these sisters have come and how bonded they truly are now, even suffering through heartbreak together, albeit Alex’s is a little fresher than Kara’s. It was also a point to mention that Kara, despite finding her footing again, is not 100% herself yet nor has she accepted that she’s lost Mon-El for good. (Or has she!?!)
It was hard to care about Josie hooking up with her teacher, Kenny Li, the corrupt Sheriff, pot smoking, and Alex almost getting killed twice, when you know it isn’t directly relevant to the story.
Still, with all the craziness that’s happened to Supergirl these past few seasons and all that’s still to come, it was nice to just take a moment and remember the innocence of it all. Next week, it’s back to business but this week, it was just a sweet escape.
Supergirl – Shelter From the Storm (3×18)
Reign’s end isn’t near on Supergirl.
After sucking up the powers of her sisters, Purity and Pestilence, Reign had no qualms about cashing in on James and Lena’s romantic morning to demand Ruby’s location.
After all, if she stands any chance of destroying the last smidge of humanity within her that is Sam, she has to destroy the one thing she’s holding onto which is her daughter.
Lena uses kryptonite to subdue Reign which obviously is frowned upon by Supergirl, but James tries to convince Lena that she has to tell Supergirl the truth. Yes, kryptonite is her poison but he also thinks she’d be really happy to have a tool that could defend Regin.
James wasn’t wrong, but Supergirl’s initial reaction to being told someone is mass producing her murder weapon isn’t exactly pleasant. Look, considering the Luthors’ past history with kryptonite, I’m not surprised she’s so skeptical, even if it is Lean. Friends can turn their back on your in a heartbeat.
Lena eventually tells Alex where Ruby secret location, one where no one will find her — Lex’s invisible mansion.
Alex pays Ruby a little visit but refuses to tell her anything about her mother which really only makes the 12-year-old more curious. Kids know when you’re lying to them.
Ruby steals Alex’s phone and sneaks out to phone her mom. She leaves her a voicemail beginning her to come back which Regin picks up.
Within minutes, she’s uncovered the location and infiltrated it. Despite all the fancy technology that would take down mostly anyone, Reign walks through bullets, fire and more without even being phased; it looked like she was going through a car wash in all honesty.
Even though Sam is still in there somewhere, Reign has a strong hold on her as we witnessed when she stabbed her mother, Patricia. Granted, her mother was never all that loving but still, she was trying to make amends with her daughter and be there for her this time.
Sadly, it was too late. Before she died, she made Supergirl promised to tell Sam she was sorry and tell Ruby, the granddaughter she never met, that she always loved her.
Most of the scenes with Reign were crafted to show just how powerful she is in comparison to everyone else. Like Brainy said, without a Legionnaire, Kara only stood a 50% at defeating the all-powerful Reign. With one of them back, her chances bumped up to an 80%.
It was obvious that Mon-El was so torn about leaving Kara, they would find a way to bring him back. Even Brainy said it in a condescending tone.
Eventually, Imra told him that he had to go back and help Supergirl with her fight while she and Brainy went back to the future. She could tell that Mon-El was trying to be an honorable husband but deep down inside, his heart wasn’t completely hers and she couldn’t have that.
Imra is definitely getting the short-end-of-the-stick here, not to mention, she was vastly underrated during her time on Earth. She’s likely better off without Mon-El anyways because like she said, she deserves to be loved unconditionally.
I also love that she put his return in the hands of destiny. If he comes back, it was meant to be and if he doesn’t, that’s alright too.
And something tells me, he won’t be coming back after he acts on whatever chemistry there still is between the two of them.
You know, unfinished business and all.
Mon-El should also receive credit for stopping and trapping Reign when she was close to getting her hands on Ruby. The poor girl was terrified to see what had become of her mother.
If he wasn’t assisting Supergirl, there would have been no one to wield the kryptonite. But since he was, they were able to put her down and bring her back to Lena’s lab to study again.
And even after Supergirl apologized to Lena about overreacting, Lena told Kara that she could never trust the hero again because she knew that she asked James Olsen to break into her place and dig up any remainder of kryptonite.
She also revealed that James didn’t do it because they’d been dating.
To make matters worse, she compared Supergirl to her mother — someone who manipulates her relationships to get what she wants.
Yikes. This is going to be a hard one to bounce back from and that sucks because I loved how pure Lena and Supergirl’s friendship was.
It seems like she’s no closer to finding out the truth about Kara, although, how has she not picked up on it? She figured out Sam was Reign but a pair of glasses has fooled her when it comes to Supergirl. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to admit it.
Watching J’onn’s father battle dementia is so heartbreaking. Props to Supergirl for tackling this illness with a dose of realism. There’s no sugarcoating how terrible memory loss is.
Hopefully, they can weave in his story on occasion the same way they did this week with his father recommending that they use Reign’s ethical code against her. Her purpose on Earth is to rid it of sin so why would she kill an innocent girl like Ruby?
I guess even nefarious villains have their weaknesses.
Thoughts on this week’s Supergirl? Should Mon-El have told Kara why he really came back? Will Alex adopt Ruby? Will Lena and Supergirl make up?
Supergirl – Trinity (3×17)
Supergirl finally defeated the Worldkillers, two of them, anyway.
Together with Lena, who finally turned over all of her findings on Reign and Sam sharing the same body, the DEO conjured up a plan to take down Purity, Reign and Pestilence, or in other words, Krypton’s witches who were planning to kill planet Earth.
When their plan was set into motion, a “magical” eclipse took over National City which would ensure that within two-hours, the city would be left without sun. And as Alex warned, “even Supergirl needs sunlight.”
Can I just say, a world without sun is my biggest fear.
Since Supergirl’s dreams have taken her to the “alternate dimension” that Sam explored in previous episodes while being locked up at L-Corp, she asked Brainy if it would be possible to use 31st dimension tools to theoretically beam them into the alternate dimension the same way he visited her when she was trapped in her own mind.
Most people would chuckle at the idea of something so outrageous but not Brainy.
Since Supergirl’s powers were being weakened by the eclipse, and it also wasn’t known if she’d even have any powers in this dimension valley, Alex and Lena both volunteered to assist her. Lena mainly because she knew Sam better than the other two and Alex because she didn’t trust Lena.
Long story short, Lena kept Reign/Sam contained in her lab using kryptonite, the only thing that can severely hurt Supergirl.
Given how trusting she’s always been of Lena and their friendship — and I use that loosely because she’s never trusted her with her real identity — Supergirl felt betrayed. To make sure Lena wasn’t a typical Luthor, she asked Jimmy Olsen to break into her vault and make sure she was telling the truth about using the last bit of kryptonite left over by her maniacal brother, Lex.
Against his will, Guardian broke in but when he came face-to-face with the steel door, he lied to Winn and told him that there was no more kryptonite and Lena was clean.
Eventually, he comes clean to Lena revealing that he did it on Supergirl’s orders which will likely only infuriate her. In return for his honest, she tells him the truth about the kryptonite — it wasn’t Lex’s, she found out a way to develop more.
And just like that, Lena showed her Luthor DNA which is something she’d been so desperately trying to avoid.
I don’t think she’d ever use it against Supergirl, but you can’t blame the girl wanting to be safe.
Lena also revealed that she’s known Alex was part of the DEO this whole time but that it wasn’t her secret to reveal. If Lena was cunning enough to figure it out, I’m assuming she has also put two-and-two together that Kara is Supergirl. I hope.
Now, back to their mission.
Before they venture in, Kara places an unbelievable amount of pressure on an already conflicted Mon-El. Since she’ll be weakened not only by the eclipse but also trying to carry Alex and Lena with her, she wanted to make sure that he wouldn’t pull her out before she completed her mission.
It was tough watching Mon-El stand by idly and go against every bone in his body to put the woman he cares about in danger.
They successfully braved the Valley of Juru which is where the “human” parts of Grace, Julie and Sam were sent once their Worldkiller alter-egos took over.
For them to become their strongest selves, their human parts had to die. And man, it was a painful death. The hallucinations started creeping in and the longer you listened to the voices of those you (the Worldkiller) killed, the more you lost your identity until you finally died.
Grace was the first one to go but she wanted to become a full-blown Worldkiller from the beginning so that wasn’t surprising.
Both Julie and Sam did their best to fight it, with Sam forcing them to write down who they were so that they’d remember.
Eventually, Alex, Lena and Supergirl are able to convince her to “wake up” and ping them the location of the Worldkillers.
Sam does so successfully, and just as Reign returns to the valley and threatens to kill Lena.
When the three of them wake up, Mon-El, Imra, and Jonn are already geared up and ready to go kick some Worldkiller butt.
The fight isn’t fair by any means. Sure, Supergirl’s team is fuller but the Worldkillers are powerful; its quantity vs. quality.
Reign assures Supergirl that the only way to beat her is by someone equally as strong which she isn’t.
And sure enough, once the total eclipse happens, Supergirl’s powers diminish. Not even Alex’s new magnet suit, courtesy of Winn, can help them.
Their only hope is Julia who is still fighting deep down inside. She turns on her “sisters” but as Purity and Pestilence die, Reign sucks up all their powers.
I’m not sure if none of the “good guys” actually saw that happen because following the battle, Imra is pleased that they finally beat Pestilence and stopped the Blight. She’s even happier that they can finally go home, well, when Brainy figures it out.
However, Mon-El is not as excited. And that’s because he has unfinished business. He’s found himself at quite the crossroads; he loves Kara and cannot let go of her, but he also doesn’t want to hurt his wife.
I felt bad for him when he turned to J’onn for comfort but all he could tell him was that there was nothing that could be done.
I don’t believe that, obviously. It’s evident that Imra needs to go back to her time and Mon-El needs to stay and rekindle whatever he had with Supergirl. But how does one go on living in the 21st century after seeing what happens in the 31st?
Before we can even contemplate traveling back to the future, they’ll have to deal with Reign whose next target is Ruby Arias. In order to kill that pesky human side, she has to kill the one thing keeping Sam alive — her daughter.
Will Mon-El stay behind? Where is Reign hiding out? Will they be able to take her down considering Supergirl wasn’t a match for her when she just had the powers of one?
Supergirl – Of Two Minds (3×16)
Supergirl is finally back on track with the introduction of the third Worldkiller, Pestilence, and our first look at how powerful all three of them are when they are finally united.
The hunt for Pestilence moved up to the top of the priority list after Mon-El revealed that she was the reason he and the other Legionaries, Brainy and Imra, time traveled from the past.
Imra is set on stopping Pestilence, who will later form into the deadly Blight, at all costs which doesn’t sit well with Kara who takes a more moral approach. In Kara’s eyes, everyone can be saved.
There’s a lot of compelling material here since both women have a valid point. Supergirl has proven that the Worldkillers have empathy and can be reached with logical. But Imra is also right that gambling with the lives of millions to save one person isn’t a sound decision. She’s also personally driven to stop Pestilence since she’s responsible for killing her sister but unfortunately, that wasn’t effectively worked into the story and comes as more of an afterthought.
At first, I agreed with Supergirl considering we’ve seen her get through to Julia and we see just how much Sam is struggling with her “split personalities.”
However, Imra is from the future. Logically, Supergirl would realize that Imra has seen the outcome of her efforts in the present and knows they aren’t going to be successful. TLC just isn’t going to cut it this time especially because Pestilence’s alter-ego, Grace, doesn’t even want to be saved. She was enjoying being a sort of “god” and having the power to choose who lives and who dies. My mother always told me you cannot save those who don’t want to be saved.
Mon-El could have been the determining factor and he should have honestly back up Imra because her choice would have saved them a lot of trouble. But his love for Supergirl and the need to keep the Legion running on the same morals that Supergirl always followed got the best of him. True, heroes shouldn’t just kill the bad guys without trying to reform them first, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Both Brainy and Imra defied Supergirl at every turn and you cannot even be upset with them because they too believed they were doing the right thing. Imra even got close to succeeding, unfortunately, Purity came to her aide and restored her strength.
One good thing comes from Imra taking that shot — they get Pestilence’s DNA which allows Brainy to revise the extracted cure from Imra and Mon-El and switch it with the strand she’s been infecting people with.
The cure healed not only Alex and Winn but also Supergirl who was scratched during battle. For a second there, I really thought it was the end for Schott especially as he started being completely morbid and James Olsen even shed tears for his dying friends. That was really dramatic for someone who was back to work the next day!
I was sure that Addy was going to be the third Worldkiller, however, when they revealed she was just a victim it was evident that the doctor who came in contact with both Winn and Alex was to blame.
Even if the Wordkillers story isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, at least The CW got it right by casting three diverse women in the role as “sisters.”
And if you think two Worldkillers are strong, just wait till you see what all three are capable of when they join forces.
Lena was way in over her head as she tried to figure out how to stop Reign from taking control of Sam’s body. Her confidence that only she could do this because the others like her friend Supergirl would only look at her as a government experiment seemed a bit selfish. Did Lena want all the credit for herself? That’s widely out of character.
Simply put, when Sam changes into her villainous persona, there’s a change in enzymes. So the idea is to isolate and remove. That’s the science aspect but the other side of it is that Sam reverts to a parallel dimension, one that Reign called home for most of her life.
Seeing the duo come face-to-face was exciting and it was awesome to watch Sam fight and stand up to herself essentially.
While Lena is running her research, Reign tries to coax Sam into surrendering and eventually threatens to kill the only thing that matters to her, that makes her hold onto the humanity — her daughter Ruby.
Hopefully, now that Supergirl and the rest of the team have figured out what Lena’s been up to, they can all put their brainy brains together to find a way to stop the Worldkillers trinity once and for all!
But what if she can’t stop them? What if no matter how hard they try to change the course of history, Blight is supposed to exist and wreak havoc?
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