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‘Supergirl’ & ‘Arrow’ Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X

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If there’s one thing The CW does well, it’s cross-overs.

Having four shows combine into one was a dream come true especially when it came to the relationships. However, aside from all the choreographed fight scenes and ass-kicking, the episodes were soaring thanks to the heroes character-driven arcs and human qualities.

At times, it was difficult to know which show you were actually watching. They tried to weave in a bit more Supergirl specific moments in the first episode with Mon-El worrying about Kara, which to be honest, felt strained considering he’s married. It’s almost as if you had to ignore everything that happened during last week’s episode to fully embrace it all.

So what brings all of these heroes to one place? A wedding, obviously. And one that everyone RSVP’d to at the last minute; the worst offense of them all in the episodes.

Instead of arriving with Mon-El, who the invite originally listed, Kara brings Alex. Hey, if they’re going to be single and miserable together they might as well do it at a wedding right? And for good reason because at least Alex was able to get some breakup sex out of it with another bad ass woman Sara aka Assassin. I love Alex’s taste in women. Although I wasn’t too fond of yet another scene featuring Alex detailing why she broke up with Maggie and wondering if it was the right decision. We know you want kids Alex, let it go!

While the rehearsal dinner goes off without a hitch, the same cannot be said for the wedding ceremony, which is rudely crashed by a bunch of Nazis. Nazis? What? In 2017? Yes, in 2017.

These aren’t just your average Nazis either. They are scarier than you could ever imagine. These Darth Vader meets Nazi soldiers are scarier than any super villain Supergirl has ever faced.  And the ones running the show? Well, they are dead ringers for The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl.

The villains may be kind of a cop out because it doesn’t take much convincing of the audience to know that Nazi’s are bad. “I hate Nazi’s,” Kara can be heard saying and it’s true, we all do. Which is what makes them such easy villains to swallow. And it’s what gives our heroes a reason to fight. And seeing them all tear up a church together for the greater good is surprisingly satisfying.

Tommy Merlen shows up, much to everyone’s surprise, but he’s evil. He calls Oliver weak and then kills himself, forcing his BFF to watch him die yet again. Short lived return but it’s better than nothing!

No one can really figure out what these Nazi doppleganger’s want but “Overgirl” mentions the Fatherland and the Reich a lot and she’s also married to Dark Arrow, which makes Supergirl mutter “ew.”

The good guys put up a hell of a fight but they’re outnumbered by you know, swastika laden villains and eventually, lose their edge. That’s when Overgirl reveals the real purpose of their mission — they need Supergirl’s heart because she’s dying from radiation poisoning. And that’s something I feel like Alex should have seen coming. Kara, the reluctant donor, knows everyone will die if she doesn’t go willingly. Methinks, everyone will die regardless.

Everyone is all “you can’t have Supergirl” but Metallo comes out, shoots something that undoubtedly knocks them all out and when they wake up, they are on Earth X in concentration camps. This is too real. Also, Earth X is literally your worst nightmare because it’s the product of Hitler’s victory.

Meanwhile, Supergirl is nowhere to be found and they’re probably prepping to slice her open, which is even more terrifying. Yet, it does all seem a bit strange that they’re doing ALL OF THIS to save Overgirl, who openly admitted she would sacrifice herself if Dark Arrow lost sight right?

Heroes may have lost this one for now but something tells me, be back with a solid plan tomorrow night. No one can ever let the Nazis win! Since everyone is pretty much captured, it’s really up to Iris and Felicity. And you can never underestimate the love of future wives, especially one who is pissed her wedding weekend got royally screwed up.

Seriously, there was a moment where I thought I was watching a superhero movie only to realize this is NETWORK television bringing me this goodness. I’ll overlook the flaws because this much badassery from both men and women is something we all need a little bit more of! Also, a gentle reminder that the Nazis were insane.

Other Thoughts

  • Anyone notice the vigilante that Dark Arrow kills in the first few minutes is James Olsen/ Guardian. Who knew they even had another one of him on the other 53 planets?
  • Kara getting a manicure? Priceless.
  • We’re all Alex on a hangover…
  • Kara singing Barry’s engagement song gave me so much life!
  • Will Barry and Iris ever get married?
  • Same goes for Olicity. He gets all caught up in the romance of a wedding, proposes, she says no a little too loudly and I don’t blame her, it seems like anytime someone tries to make a legit commitment, something bad happens. Except for Mon-El… he got married easy peasy.
  • Kara’s “bad girl” lipstick is so fall chic.
  • Harry calling Thawne an idiot echoes all of my sentiments.
  • Team Flash found a cure for Firestorm so that Stein could retire but Jax isn’t happy with it mainly because he doesn’t want to lose Stein who is like a father figure.
  • Also, who was that nervous waiter? Was this someone from the future? Like Barry and Iris’ future child? It was bizarre.


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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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