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Supergirl – Childish Things (1×10)

"Childish Things" -- Kara does her best to support Winn (Jeremy Jordan, left) when his father, the supervillain Toyman, (Henry Czerny, right) breaks out of prison and seeks out his son for unknown reasons, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Jan. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I can spot a Grayson from a mile away… even when he’s pretending to be a super villain on Supergirl. Yes, Toyman may have looked familiar this week because it was none other than Revenge’s Conrad Grayson. What a pleasant surprise… although not for Wynn.

The surprise was really the whole episode, which was the first one that actually made me realize that this show has some huge potential and so do the characters. For the most part, Wynn hasn’t had a storyline except for being the dorky dude at work that fell for the girl… until this week. We learned that there are many layers to Wynn and they include a father that definitely takes the “worst dad” of the year award.

Yep, Wynn is actually the son of one of Supergirls creepiest villains… because he’s obsessed with toys and not an alien. Toyman escaped prison and decided to contact his son via a creepy talking doll that kept repeating “I love you.” I don’t know about Wynn but if my dad was a psycho obsessed with toys, I’d have MAJOR PTSD as an adult thinking about my childhood or looking at toys. The FBI tails Wynn when he goes to meet his dad, but surprise, the meeting is actually with a projection because obviously Toyman doesn’t trust his own son. Thankfully, Supergirl is there to save the day and suck up all the toxic gas that Toyman lets out into the air to kill everyone. Really, what a bizarre superpower right?

Kara decides to help her BFF out and goes to have a little chat with Toyman, but really, how smart could this have been? Toyman is pretty genius, albeit crazy, and traps Kara in quick sand. She freezes the sand in order to save what she thinks is a child locked in a box, only to find that the “child” is a talking Supergirl doll. Creepy factor x2.

After Kara cheers Wynn up and helps him realize that he won’t ever snap and become like his father, he kisses her, realizes his mistake and runs for it. Of course that’s when he gets kidnapped by daddy dearest who takes him back to his lair and tells him his master plan – he broke out of jail to reunite with his son and he’s going to get revenge on his old boss, you know the guy who stole his toy ideas and made millions, which prompted him to send a toy bomb to his office and kill his assistant and 5 others. You don’t see that on the news everyday.

The insane part; he wants Wynn to kill the dude for him that way they’ll both end up in prison together and can finally get that childhood that they never had back. Wynn refuses to participate in the psycho plot, but his father tells him that if he doesn’t shoot the boss at the toy convention, 5 bombs will detonate and kill hundreds of innocent children. Obviously, Wynn decides to go through with the plan.

Thankfully, Supergirl arrives just in time saving Wynn from committing a crime and all the bullets that the FBI begins firing at him. Then she evacuates everyone to one side of the convention where there are no bombs and puts up an ice wall to keep them safe from the blast. And just like that, Kara has saved the day… but most definitely not her friendship.

Wynn quickly realizes that just like his father, he’s constantly scared and bottling up his emotions. So he flat out tells Kara that he’s completely in love with her and he can’t just be “friends” anymore. It gets pretty awkward because she doesn’t feel the same so for now, their relationship is kind of in shambles. Boo. I would literally just go for it if I was Kara. What is pining for James Olsen going to do? He’s got a girlfriend who just got hired to Catco and he’s perfectly content making out with her… despite his feelings for Kara that even Cat has noticed. Oh millenials and their feelings. I can’t wait to see how this whole dynamic will play out and how James will keep Kara’s identity a secret from his bae.

Meanwhile, Alex allowed Max Lord to wine and dine her while Hank snoops around his facility to find out what he’s been hiding. After all, the aliens were after something right? Hank’s mission requires him to use his alien powers to transform into Max Lord, who then walks inside the room. We’re still not sure what Max is doing with the “Jane Doe” patient who is being fed a mixture of chemicals that Alex claims would melt her body. Is he building his own alien to take down aliens? A weapon in the form of a soldier? At least now the DEO is one step ahead of Max Lord… or are they?

Alex claims that she’s trained at reading people but she fails to catch a couple of things during her “date,” like the fact that Max Lord set up a camera in her bag and is watching her at all times. Yep, Max now knows that Supergirl is her sister, which is probably not good. I’m also disappointed that Hank Henshaw didn’t check for additional cameras. Now Max knows there is some kind of alien species snooping around his lab. How long will they be able to keep John Jones a secret now? And what will happen with the guy whose memory is permanently erased?

Like I said, from all of the episodes in this series, this weeks proved to be the most successful. This would be the one that would make me want to be a fan of the show! If the writers and directors keep up at this pace, I’m confident the show will have several more seasons. I’ll definitely be tuning in.

 


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Supergirl Midseason Finale Review – Fear Visions (6×07)

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The midseason finale of Supergirl was underwhelming… and that’s putting it mildly.

After an exciting two-parter took Nia and Brainy back in time to revisit Alex and Kara’s past in Midvale, the rescue attempt to save Supergirl from the Phantom Zone just didn’t live up to all the hype. 

This rescue mission was seven episodes in the works with planning taking up seven of the final season, and yet, most of it wasn’t even spent fighting Phantoms, exploring the Phantom Zone, or rescuing Supergirl.

Instead, it was hard to distinguish what was real and what was a result of a Fear Vision, The CW’s lamer and less frightening version of a dementor.

The confusion may have been the whole point since it mimicked the same disorientation that the characters felt when affected by the Phantom’s powers, but in reality, it was just a waste of a full hour that should’ve seen much more action. 

The Phantom Zone is supposed to be this dangerous area, but the danger seemed rather minimal aside from what was happening in their minds.

The only silver lining was that the cast — other than the OG’s like Kara, Alex, and J’onn — were given plenty of screentime! 

The Fear Visions all preyed on everyone’s biggest fears.

Alex was terrified that she’d sabotage the mission instead of being an asset.

Supergirl Fear Knot Review Season 6 Episode 7

Supergirl — “Fear Knot” — Image Number: SPG607fg_0019r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Katie McGrath as Lena Luther, Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, Nicole Maines as Dreamer and David Harewood as J’onn Jonzz — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Lena’s nightmare included a Kelpie, a mythical shapeshifter that drowns people, which connected to her mother’s death.  

Nia’s fear focused on her inability to interpret dreams, which put Brainy in danger. 

And Kelly felt inferior since she was only human and couldn’t save anyone. 

Eventually, they all snapped out of it thanks to Brainy and J’onn, whose alien DNA prevented them from being affected… or so it seemed. Again, I found it slightly difficult to keep up, so that’s what I’m guessing happened. 

Once everyone was brought back to reality, they managed to locate Supergirl and rescue her without even leaving the ship. 

How convenient and anti-climactic. 

Prior to her rescue, the Phantom Zone also took a toll on Supergirl and broke down her spirit.

She began to feel hopeless and was only brought back from her despair by a pep talk from dear old dad. He’s got a lot of those to catch up on!

His first one wasn’t bad though as he helped her remember that she’s the girl who always finds the silver lining in everything!

For a slight moment, I thought that maybe reuniting with her dad was some kind of hallucination or byproduct of a Fear Vision. I fully expected Kara to introduce the team to her dad only to find out that none of them could actually see him.

That wasn’t the case, however, and promos for the show’s second half of the season (which returns again in mid-August) reveal that he’s going to try to fit into Kara’s world in the final few episodes. 

Having Kara back in National City and CatCo will allow the series to wrap up plenty of storylines in a promising way.

We need to get back to Supergirl saving the core of the show: Supergirl saving locals from anything that means to do them harm! 

Of course, the cliffhanger also teased that Nyxly hitched a ride on the Tower’s ship, which means she’ll likely cause havoc for the Super Squad on their home turf.

This wasn’t that surprising considering none of us actually believed that she died in that blast, right?!

What did you think of the episode? Did you find it fitting for a final midseason finale?


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Supergirl Review – Prom Again! (6×06)

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Brainy and Nia, er, Brandon and Brenda’s adventures in 2009 continued on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 6. And they were quite eventful. 

The episode kicked off with the duo breaking free from Naxim Tork.

Brainy was convinced he sent Tork and his alien zoo away for good, but when the meteor hit and things didn’t unveil as they were supposed to, they realized CJ Grant (known to us as Cat Grant) released Tork onto Midvale. 

This one action messed up the time-space in significant ways. 

Kenny was captured, Kara was forced to save him, and the police caught them exiting the alien ship red-handed.

And worst of all, Grant got the exclusive.

In other words, absolutely not ideal. With Kara’s powers exposed to the world, they threatened to change the future in ways they didn’t even know. 

That’s when Nia came up with the solution to time travel again while they were already time traveling. 

Honestly, time-traveling can get so confusing. 

Supergirl Review Prom Again Season 6 Episode 6

Supergirl — “Prom Again!” — Image Number: SPG606fg_0016r — Pictured (L-R): Olivia Nikkanen as Young Alex, Izabela Vidovic as Young Kara and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

But essentially, they pulled a Harry Potter-esque move (think time turner) and went back in time four-and-a-half hours in order to prevent CJ Grant from unleashing Tork and getting the scoop. 

If only Nia had figured out that her dreams with the cougar were about preventing Cat Grant from figuring out the truth, they could’ve avoided this mess. 

But I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been quite interesting to see Nia interpret her dreams. They’re so vague, no one can even blame her for not knowing what they mean. 

Once they traveled back in time, Nia was able to give CJ a signature Cat Grant pep-talk. She was even the reason that CJ permanently changed her name to Cat and quit the Daily Planet. 

While the two-part episode was a fun adventure, I think the best thing about it was that we got Cat Grant’s origin story. 

Every decent superhero has one! 

It’s great to know that regardless of the name she was going by, Mrs. Grant has always been a solid journalist, a woman with a keen sense of fashion, and one heck of a motivational speaker. 

Not to mention it was a fun way for the series to revisit the beloved character without bringing back Calista Flockhart. (God, I miss her!) Eliza Helm did a wonderful job filling Flockhart’s shoes!

Brainy and Nia encountered plenty of mishaps during their time travel — including young Kara hitching a ride back in time to help reverse the damage and secure herself a future — but they also managed to course-correct and realign space-time quite beautifully. 

In the end, Kara and Kenny made the mature decision of pursuing their individual paths post-high school, which was perfect as it meant Kara would attend National City University and become Supergirl!

Does anyone wish that we would possibly meet Kenny in the present? Wouldn’t that be a cute reunion?

And most importantly, they got the piece of the meteor that will allow them to save Kara in the present day. 

All the action of the episode almost made me forget that in our timeline, Kara/Supergirl is stuck in the Phantom Zone. 

Fun shenanigans aside, this was still a rescue mission. 

However, it was a nice reprieve from all the doomsday action currently happening in National City. 

As always, young Alex and Kara Danvers nailed it. The episode was a reminder that the casting of their younger selves was always impeccable. 

We also got a tender moment between Brainy and Nia as the two shared a sweet prom dance. 

Supergirl has never been great at delivering solid, long-lasting couples, but these two are the real deal. 

Things may have seemed dire there for a moment, but Brainy and Nia successfully accomplished all their missions before returning to reality. 

It’s crazy to think that the mid-season finale is next week, but you can expect the episode to be action-packed and full of jaw-dropping cliffhangers. 

The second half of the final season of Supergirl will then return on August 24! You can see The CW’s full summer schedule here

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Supergirl Review – Lost Souls (6×04)

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Supergirl Review Lost Souls Season 6 Episode 4

Who ya gunna call? The Super Squad!

Brainy channeled his inner Ghostbusters on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 4 to bring down the Phantom Progeny. 

While saving Kara was still a top priority, the team also needed to take down the Phantom Prime and release all the lost souls before it was too late. 

Also, Briany ate his feelings in donuts, and if that’s not the most relatable thing, I don’t know what is!

I was less invested in the Phantom storyline simply because any Supergirl fan knows that they’ll eventually figure it out by the end of the hour. 

And they did. 

They located the Chrysallis and destroyed it before it hardened and became permanent, which released all the lost souls and dimishined the Phantom Prime’s powers. 

From there, they could move into phase two a.k.a the one we all really care about: saving Kara.

The plan wasn’t clear at first even with Nia Nal’s persistent visions of Midvale High. 

She couldn’t make sense of what they meant initially, but when it was revealed that they needed a piece of Supergirl’s DNA in order to locate her, she realized that they needed to travel back in time. 

As someone who loves time-travel shows, trust me when I say I cannot wait for next week’s episode!

Lena has become a permanent fixture of the Super Squad. After leaving Luthor Corp. (and while I love John Cryer as Lex, it was kind of a relief not to have him involved in this episode), she joined the team at the tower. 

And her skills are unmatched. She may not have “powers,” but she’s a tech wizard and that’s beneficial in its own way. 

However, even a boss like Lena has her doubts, which crept in after she realized she didn’t have it in her to do what was necessary. 

Lena refused to recalibrate the program which would lose Supergirl’s DNA and any chances of finding her. 

Of course, Lena feels an immense amount of guilt for Kara’s current predicament since it happened because of Lex, but she has to let it go. 

In order to bring Kara back, they need to be rational. 

Alex channeled her inner Supergirl to do what was right — she knew Supergirl would’ve chosen to save the world before she saved herself. 

Lena’s being way too hard on herself; having the ability to be that selfless requires a lot of practice. Even Alex struggled with it, even though she knew it was the right thing and that they’d find another way to save Kara.

Alex and Lena weren’t the only ones making impossible decisions. 

Kara, who remains in the Phantom Zone, learned that Nxyly, the fifth dimensional imp that she trusted, was behind her father’s attack. 

I kept thinking there was something off about Nxyly considering the Phantom Zone is usually home to the worst of the worst. She was just too eager to help them. 

She may have befriended Kara, but she obviously had an agenda. And Kara, well, she’s just way too sweet for her own good.

When Nxyly threatened to walk through the exit mirror and into National City, Kara made the tough decision to destroy her only way (well, at least that she knows of) out of the Phantom Zone. 

A self-destruct feature went off, and Nxyly perished as the anchor exploded and Kara watched her chances of getting home slip away. 

She’s going to need the Super Squad now more than ever. 

But at least Kara will likely get to go home with her father eventually. It would’ve been a shame for them to reunite after all these years only for her to leave him behind. 

Will Zor-El make it back to National City and see the life Kara has built for herself?

And are you as excited about the time-traveling episode as I am?

What did you think about “Lost Souls?”


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