After almost a year, Supergirl returns to our screens for its sixth and final season.
Since the action-filled premiere was technically supposed to be the Supergirl Season 5 finale, it packed all the punches expected from a finale including heartfelt talks, conclusions to story-arcs, a plan for the future, and a cliffhanger to hook audiences.
Picking up right where things left off in May 2020, the Super Squad aimed to stop Gamemnae, save Brainy, and most importantly, stop Lex.
The first two issues were quickly and seamlessly resolved within minutes of the episode, but the last issue required a bit more work on their part as Lex, now immortal, had big plans to become the Anti-monitor and “fix” the planets by obliterating the people that he hadn’t brainwashed into loving him.
This man’s god-complex was on full display during the episode, but it’s also what led to his ultimate demise.
The one thing about a man like Lex Luthor is that he’s predictable. That predictability comes in handy when trying to take him down.
Lex’s weak spot has always been his obsession with the Kryptonian. Even in the moments where he was close to world domination, he couldn’t shy away from his desire to destroy Supergirl.
This bought the Super Squad just the right amount of time to enact their almost flawless plan. M’gann and J’onn joined forces in a Martian ritual known as binding to stop all of Lex’s satellites that were orbiting Earth at the exact time. Meanwhile, Nia and Alex were tasked with retrieving Lex’s version of Kryptonite, Lena was tasked with helping Supergirl survive Lex’s wrath, and Brainy reprogrammed the code that stripped people of their free will and brainwashed them into becoming unwilling participants of Lexi’s fan-club.
And though Lex succeeded in killing Supergirl, again, his blind spot for the Kryptonian meant that he was caught off guard when she was revived and the Super squad ambushed him.
Ding-dong, she’s not dead after all!
It’s about time that they took down Lex. John Cryer’s performance as the villain was impeccable, and I’ll forever hold his villain celebration to “We Are the Champions” near and dear to my heart, but his time in the spotlight was coming to an end.
Of course, Lex wasn’t willing to go down without a fight. Right before he was zapped into becoming a mortal again, he pulled out one more trick from his party hat and imprisoned Supergirl to the Phantom Zone.
Despite not being able to kill Supergirl, in Lex’s deranged mind, this was just as much of a win as it poses a direct threat to her very existence. They’re both suffering in their respective prisons.
Obviously, this means that a huge chunk of the season is going to revolve around rescuing Kara from the Phantom Zone, a task that would usually be easy if they had Kara’s coordinates. But since they have absolutely no idea where Lex sent her, it’s going to be pretty difficult.
Kara was prepared for a suicide mission, so on the bright side, at least she’s still alive. But if there was a plan in motion to save her, why was she so accepting of her ultimate demise? There has to be a deeper reason as to why she recorded her legacy at the Fortress.
There are plenty of questions about Kara’s absence, particularly from William who was shocked to learn that she left town to “work on a story with Cat Grant” without saying goodbye.
And you’ve got to admit, it’s a bit suspicious when both Supergirl and Kara are missing from National City at the same time. Unless J’onn is going to transform into Supergirl to assure people that Supergirl is still around, I think William’s investigative skills will crack the case.
Supergirl’s identity getting into the wrong hands has proven dangerous before as it gives her enemies plenty of leverage. Just take a look at how Lex tried to use it against her.
Lena, who acknowledged that she finally understood why they kept it a secret from her for as long as they did, redeemed herself by mind-wiping Lex and Lillian of the truth.
But I don’t think it would be the worst thing if William knew. I’d also agree with her that it’s probably best to tell Kelly if she’s going to be involved with the Super Squad and in a relationship with Alex.
With Supergirl temporarily unavailable, National City needs a hero and there’s no one better than Dreamer and Alex, even if I’m not fully digging all the eye makeup they’ve painted her with. Is that really necessary for her superhero transformation?
J’onn even gave her the superhero name, Sentinal, in a sweet and tender moment.
And that was just one of many adorable moments between the characters that underlined just how important nurturing relationships is in the series.
We’ve rarely seen Brainy and Lena open up to each other, but they both needed to confide in each other about their decisions to betray their loved ones. They were both coming from a place of wanting to do good, but unfortunately, the outcome wasn’t what they intended. It’s wonderful that they were able to make amends and rehabilitate the relationships.
Lena and Supergirl have once again established trust, and Alex is right — it’s nice to see them working as a team.
Brainy also finally told Nia that helping Lex was his way of trying to protect her. The love between them is so pure, and I hope nothing ever comes between them again as long as they’re honest with each other.
The Super Squad is powerful not because of their powers but because they know how to rely on each other; they have a special and unbreakable bond.
While things for Kara/Supergirl may seem bleak at the moment, everything at CatCo seems to be on the up-and-up.
Not only was Lex turned into a mortal, but he was also publicly outed and declared a villain thanks to William’s inside scoop from Eve Teschmacher. I hope our boy gets that Pulitzer!
And Andrea managed to save her company by letting her father take the hit for Obsidian’s failure (he had it coming), while she revamped CatCo into a “beacon of investigative journalism.” Hey, maybe she’s not so bad after all. It would be nice if the reporters could actually tackle real stories rather than focusing on clickbait. That’s the legacy CatCo deserves!
Overall, the episode was both a fitting finale to wrap up the storylines of season 5 and a fitting premiere to get us hyped up for what’s the come.
And if the series keeps it up, this could be one of Supergirl’s strongest seasons as all the characters have come into their own and will have a chance to shine as Kara is temporarily sidelined.
What did you think of the Supergirl premiere? Do you think that’s the last we’ve seen of Lex? How will they save Kara from the Phantom Zone?
Sound off in the comments below!
Supergirl Midseason Finale Review – Fear Visions (6×07)
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.
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?
Supergirl Review – Prom Again! (6×06)
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.
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)
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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