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Supergirl – Midvale (3×06)

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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.


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

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Supergirl Fear Knot Review Season 6 Episode 7

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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Supergirl Review Prom Again Season 6 Episode 6

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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