The milestone 100th episode of Supergirl titled “It’s a Super Life” successfully blends a nostalgic trip down memory lane with alternate universe fan-fiction rolled into a fun clip show format sprinkled with cameo appearances from several fan-favorite characters from the show’s roster of both heroes and villains from the past, present, and alternative futures.
At its core, this episode revolves around the relationship between series protagonist Kara Danvers / Kara Zor-El / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), and her ex-best friend Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath).
With the help of Mister Mxyzptlk (Thomas Lennon), a magical trickster from “The Fifth Dimension,” who re-visits Kara in this episode now in his “true form” (he was previously played by actor Peter Gadiot in season 2) wanting to make amends from their previous encounter. Mxyzptlk, in the most meta way, effectively retcons his previous incarnation by saying he only took his season 2 form in order to woo Kara.
(Side note: Lennon does a wonderful job playing this role, and is a much more whimsical and accurate interpretation of the source material, which I think should give him leeway to reprise the character at some point in the future, at the next milestone episode, perhaps?)
“Mxy,” as he is endearingly nicknamed by Kara, offers the chance of a “do-over” for Kara and Lena’s failed friendship by allowing her to re-visit specific points in time in the past in order to drastically change the outcome of their current reality to one she desires by revealing her secret identity at the “proper” time. (At one point, Lena jokes how foolish she felt when she couldn’t distinguish between Kara and Supergirl all because of eyeglasses – I mean… come it works on everyone, right? Just ask Lex Luthor.)
As Kara tries different points in time to fix her mistake with Lena, Mxy and Kara watch these new timelines unfold and review them via the cleverly named “Mxyflix” app – which changes to “BetaMxy” as they go back further in time.
(SPOILERS AHEAD: IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION – EPISODE SCORE IS AT THE BOTTOM)
Kara’s first re-do happens at the moment before Mercy Graves (Rhona Mitra), Lex’s cyborg bodyguard, assassination attempt on Lena. Kara reveals her secret, and proceeds to intercept Mercy, but when she returns Lena is no longer there.
CAMEO #1: Samantha “Sam” Arias / Reign (Odette Annable) – as Mxy fast-forwards in this timeline, Lena is shown confiding in Sam about Kara’s reveal, and seems to develop distrust toward Kara.
This timeline ends with Kara suffering from Kryptonite poisoning, and since Lena, as a result of her hesitation to help Kara, fails to help save her. Kara dies as Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) is shown visiting her grave.
So, suffice to say this scenario was a failure.
Re-do number two happens when Kara, as Supergirl, tries to convince Lena not to create more Kryptonite by revealing her secret. This leads to Lena completely getting angry with Kara and rejecting her offer to begin a partnership.
Mxy, again, fast-forwards through this timeline and as she and Kara watch it unfold, they see a clip of James Olsen / Guardian (Mechad Brooks). Also, Mxy makes a Bizarro reference before letting Kara jump back in.
CAMEO #2: Lar Gand / Mon-El (Chris Wood) – A long-time fan favorite and love interest to Kara, Mon-El had a compelling re-appearance as he and Kara have a heart-to-heart talk before battling Reign.
CAMEO #3: Patricia Arias (Betty Buckley) – Reign’s adoptive mother makes a sweet, but brief appearance because…
Unfortunately, this timeline ends in disaster too as Reign, in full Worldkiller costume, battles Supergirl, Mon-El and Lena.
During the short scuffle, Reign kills Lena, then Mon-El and Reign kill each other as Supergirl is left distraught.
Mxy brings her back and they brainstorm again.
This re-do happens at the very early stages of Kara and Lena’s friendship. While visiting Lena at her office, Kara shows off her superpowers, effectively revealing her secret. Lena responds positively and the duo seemingly begin a formidable partnership.
Mxy makes a Daily Planet reference.
CAMEO #4: Lena testifies against her mother Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong)
CAMEO #5: Thomas Coville (Chad Lowe), the Cult of Rao leader, is kidnapped and used as bait along with Lena to force Supergirl to reveal her identity to the world.
CAMEO #6: Thomas Lockwood / Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) kidnaps Lena and Coville, and – after learning Kara’s identity – systematically kills everybody she loves in this timeline and successfully breaks Supergirl.
CAMEO #7: Otis Graves (Robert Baker) – assists Lockwood in supervilliany in this timeline.
CAMEO #8: Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) – has heart-to-heart pep talk with Kara before dying.
There’s also a picture of Cat Grant (Calista Flockheart) that flashes when Mxy shows who Agent Liberty murdered in his crusade.
After seeing the potential of what her and Lena’s partnership can do, but still have it taken away with deadly consequences Kara grows frustrated and figures they are better off not becoming friends in the first place, which leads us to…
Mxy loses his powers as they enter a dystopian fascist timeline and they’re attacked by Luthor-tech robots before being rescued by…
CAMEO #9: Nia Nal / Dreamer (Nicole Maines) – after rescuing Kara and Mxy she brings them back to the secret headquarters of a superhero resistance group that’s comprised of Martian Manhunter, Mon-El, Toyman, Alex Danvers and…
CAMEO #10: Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) –who dons Jimmy’s Guardian gear.
Moreover, in this timeline, Reign and Braniac-5 (Jesse Rath) form a supervillian alliance with Lena Luthor, who has been turned into a Metallo by her brother Lex and mother Lillian.
Lena almost successfully kills Kara with her Kryptonite laser. However, the fate of this timeline is left up in the air as Mxy regains his powers and brings Kara back to the original timeline.
END OF RE-DO ATTEMPTS.
Even though this time-traveling shtick seems to be an overused tool in superhero genre story-telling (i.e. The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Avengers: Endgame & X-Men: Days of Future Past, just to name a few), this episode of Supergirl is different because Kara, in the end, decides not to follow through with any of the changes she tried to make.
After going through the four drastically different timelines, which seemed to go from bad to worse, Kara realizes that no matter which time she decides to reveal her secret identity to Lena, there will always be consequences that are out of her control, and ultimately, she as well as Lena must decide for themselves how each will proceed as “frenemies” moving forward.
Overall, even though this episode felt like a glorified filler, it succeeds in bringing back characters and exploring them in ways that the show has never done before.
This installment of Supergirl is an action-packed, colorful, love letter to its fans that promises exciting things to come in the future while staying true to the heart and soul of its past that’s made the show so engaging and relatable.
“It’s a Super Life” deserves a super score of 9.5/10!
Supergirl Review – Truth or Consequence (6×18)
The penultimate episode of Supergirl was the most gripping installment of the season.
It’s all ramping up for the final battle between the Super Squad and power couple Lex and Nyxly, known by their ship name “Lexly.” I don’t hate it, it’s cute.
What I do hate is that they ruined Alex and Kelly’s bachelorette, manipulated a sweet and innocent girl, and killed William Dey.
Who saw that coming?
This is the reason why mere mortals don’t cross Lex or ignite his wrath. He’s unpredictable and ruthless. William Dey’s life didn’t matter to him because the only thing that has ever mattered to Lex, up until now, has been himself.
And William is such a good guy that he protected his sources at all costs. He never wanted his reputation put on the line with those private journal entries, but he didn’t out Andrea Rojas for being behind them either.
It’s a grim fate for a character so full of promise.
He was one of the good guys fighting the good fight because he knew it was the right thing to do. Engraining himself with the Super Friends started as a job at first, but he volunteered to watch Esme out of the kindness of his heart.
Unfortunately, despite the Super Friends’ best attempt to stay one step ahead of Lex, it’s kind of hard to outsmart the Man of Tomorrow. He quite literally knows what’s going to happen next.
Lex arranged William’s meeting with Otis, which the Super Friends definitely considered, but it never dawned on them that Lex used Lena’s tracking of the Lexosuit’s to put a virus on the Tower’s computer thus blocking the blood work results for Esme and allowing him to disable the security system that led to William’s death and Esme’s kidnapping.
All I can say is ugh. Lex truly is a good villain.
William stood no chance against Lex, but the Super squad knew that. Why didn’t they consider an alternative in the instance that the Tower’s protections failed?
Why didn’t William have one of those buttons that summoned Supergirl like the Kent brothers do on Superman & Lois.
Superheroes deserve a day off (cue Lena’s analysis: “what’s the point of saving the world if you don’t get to enjoy it?”), but maybe they should’ve held off until they put a stop to Lexly!
I would think that with Supergirl’s supersonic hearing, she would be alerted to what was happening at the Tower even if she was having some fun.
Unfortunately, being a superhero means that you can never put your guard down.
I’m really bummed that Esme blindly trusted Nyxly instead of channeling her powers and making a scene.
I don’t blame her since she’s just a kid, but I wish they emphasized stranger danger! I feel like she would be able to sense people with bad intentions since she was so astute while in the group home.
I’m scared of what Nyxly and Lex will do to her in order to get what they want.
Would Nyxly really hurt a child?
I didn’t think she was the biggest threat the Super Squad ever faced, but with an assist from Lex, she definitely is.
The one thing they have with Esme in their possession is leverage.
And you know the Super Squad would immediately give up all the Totem’s they had in order to bring that little girl to safety.
Truthfully, why didn’t anyone recognize the Love Totem when it appeared on Esme’s neck. Since they know the Totem’s energy reconstitutes, you would think they would’ve put two-and-two together.
I also wonder if it’ll force Alex and Kelly to rethink their jobs. Their involvement in Tower business put Esme at risk when their one job is to protect her! I could see Alex walking away from this life and leaving the superhero-ing to Kara.
With such a cliffhanger, Kara’s fight with Alex about how to raise Esme almost seems insignificant.
Alex’s reaction was harsh as Kara meant well seeing as she had a little experience growing up with powers, but it was important that Alex emphasized that she doesn’t want Esme to grow up feeling like “an other” and to hide part of her identity.
I love that the storyline is encouraging everyone to boldly live their truth and own it.
Supergirl’s existence was dangerous back in the day, but now, despite some bumps in the road, the world has become more accepting of aliens with powers.
Esme doesn’t have to hide to thrive! Plus, the sooner she learns how to get a handle on her powers, the better it’ll be for her. She shouldn’t have to surpress them if she can control them.
There was also a powerful moment between Lena and Andrea when the latter called for advice about leaking Lex’s journals. The takedown of Lex and getting the story is important, but at what cost. It was the same question William posed when he confronted Andrea.
She eventually saw that the cost for getting those eyeballs onto CatCo was quite high.
And in his dying moments, William still managed to get her the exclusive, or, as he called it, the real story.
Andrea is never going to forgive herself for contributing to the death of her best reporter, however, I hope she learns from her mistake and gives CatCo the revamp it truly deserves.
Let’s restore the magazine to its glory days under Cat Grant!
Let’s have it stand for something rather than fall for nothing.
And finally, Brainy is being summoned back to the 31st century.
It never occurred to me that at some point, he’d have to return back home, but I guess it makes sense since he belongs to a different time. The consequences of not returning are too dire. Not only would it mess up the time-space continuum but it would cause the extinction of Coluans. Brainy can’t be responsible for that.
It’s a heartbreaking realization considering he’s created a pretty wonderful life for himself here, including his relationship with Nia.
It’s so easy to forget that these two are together as the series doesn’t put that much emphasis on their romance, but they also come as a pair — Nia and Brainy.
It’ll be weird to see them both go their separate ways; they’ve learned so much from each other.
However, I loved the poignant speech about being happy to feel the loss because that means that it all mattered.
They always say that nothing worth having comes easy, and that couldn’t be more true in Brainy’s instance.
What did you think of the penultimate episode of Supergirl?
How do you think everything will end?
And are you ready to say goodbye with a two-hour series finale? Let us know in the comments!
Supergirl Review – Love Totem and Romantic Proposal (6×17)
Love was in the air on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 17.
The only saving grace for the episode was Lex Luthor’s return and Alex and Kelly’s engagement!
Supergirl may have suggested that Nyxly is the biggest threat they’ve faced to date, but I just don’t find that to be true. However, Nyxly with an assist from Lex and his ability to time travel? That’s a different story.
Lex Luthor has never been a man who considered anyone else but himself, but his return to help Nyxyly is triggered by his love for her. Yes, Lex Luthor has puppy dog eyes for Nyxly. Or, as Otis put it, he’s “smitten.”
I couldn’t help but laugh at all the times Lex found himself uttering “I love you” as the present-day version of Nyxly pushed him away.
Nyxly wasn’t interested in Lex’s help since she only saw him as an arrogant and manipulative man just like her father and brother, but Lex was determined to help her in any way he could in hopes of changing the future and saving her from her future demise.
Lex eventually confirms that while Nyxly gets the AllStone and her revenge, it destroys her.
Since he loves her, he decided to travel back in time to help her get it the right way.
It’s honestly a different look for Lex, but it makes me slightly more invested in this Totem drama.
And that’s even more true when the Love Totem is destroyed and Lex — who pulls Nyxly into the future in order to protect her from the Super Squad’s humanity spell — reveals that it’ll respawn in a new shell with the same energy.
In the final moments, we see the Totem show up as a sort of tattoo on Esme’s back, which ups the stakes quite substantially.
Esme is the cutest and sweetest little girl. She’s Alex and Kelly’s pride and joy, so naturally, they’ll do anything to protect her.
However, two villains such as Lex and Nyxyly won’t think twice about destroying her.
It’s gearing up for a really intense battle. From the looks of it, the only way to bring down Luthor and Nyxly is to destroy them first.
Will the series end with Lex Luthor’s demise?
If the Super Squad can figure out why Lex’s decision to forego grabbing the Love Totem was so irrational, they might get a leg up on them as well.
The good thing is that Lex isn’t the only person with connections to the future. Brainy can also tap into the knowledge the Legion has, and this time, he’ll be kept in line by his team.
I hope that all of this Nyxyly and Lex drama doesn’t keep Alex and Kelly from planning their perfect wedding.
With just three episodes to go, Alex is getting everything she’s ever wanted out of life, and it’s really awesome to finally see it pan out after all these years.
We’re going to a wedding!!
How sweet was it that Kelly and Alex both thought about proposing in the same way on the same day?
Their relationship is proof that there is something to fight for amongst all the chaos and darkness. They are the light.
I wasn’t as invested in the whole Supergirl, J’onn, and Lena storyline, but I’m glad they all faced their fears and came out on top.
Supergirl and Lena, specifically, had a lot to work through when it came to Lex’s return, but they pulled through for each other.
Lena is finally free from his grasp; she no longer cares about what he thinks of her, and he no longer has a stronghold over her.
Her character growth has really been exceptional these past few seasons. I’m glad she’s fully on board with the Super Squad, and it’s awesome to see her embracing her magic and giving it her all.
Science and magic can co-exist, it seems.
Andrea wanted William to get the scoop about Lex Luthor’s return, but he didn’t want to run the story without proof.
When William didn’t pull through, Andrea decided to channel Arcata and sneak into the Luthor Mansion to get proof herself. Will she out his love for Nyxly to the world?
Meanwhile, William was meeting with Otis at the time, which honestly seems like a bad idea.
William continues to be included in the episodes, and he has one foot in with the Super Squad, but it’s not entirely clear what the purpose of his character is.
He gave Alex a speech about embracing love before it’s too late, but does that mean he’s going to tell Kara that he’s in love with her?
If he’s not going to be her love interest, what’s the point of keeping him so involved?
What did you think of the episode?
Supergirl Review – Hope for Tomorrow (6×15)
What happens when the world runs out of hope?
On Supergirl Season 6 Episode 15, Supergirl and the Super Friends aimed to stop Nyxly from getting her hands on the third totem — the Hope totem.
Since Supergirl is the symbol for hope, the gauntlet should’ve been a no-brainer for her, and yet, it took her way too long to figure out what needed to be done.
Eventually, it boiled down to stripping two countries of their missiles, which fell pretty flat as a storyline.
Nyxly knew that she didn’t stand a chance at getting the Hope totem, so her plan was to gain leverage against Supergirl by kidnapping William Dey and forcing her to give them up.
It was also a pretty weak plan, but that’s not all that surprising considering Nyxly is a pretty lame villain.
Her motivation is getting revenge for a personal matter, whereas Supergirl has dealt with the likes of Lex Luthor, who want world domination.
It doesn’t even come close.
Supergirl was able to save William and preserve the totems at the same time. And her solution to put an end to Nyxly was to destroy the Hope totem by throwing it into the sun.
This way, Nxyly would never be able to complete the AllStone and manipulate reality.
What possible repercussions could the world face without hope? Could Supergirl potentially lose her powers if she is unable to inspire people?
While it wasn’t a terrible plan, the Super Squad probably should’ve had one to fall back on.
Instead, the team has been less than super as of late. As Lena attempts to figure out her mother’s grimoire, Brainy’s calculations haven’t delivered anything promising.
Supergirl was on her own with this one because the Super Squad wasn’t being all that super.
In the final moments of the episode, Nyxly received a gift from a “secret admirer” that encouraged her not to give up hope.
Once she activated the watch, she was suited up in her own protective armor.
With talks of Nyxly teaming up with Lex Luthor, this could only be his doing.
If that’s the case, this just got more interesting.
Lex is the one enemy Supergirl hasn’t been able to thwart. And they always say, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
With Nyxly’s blatant disregard for humanity, a super-suit, and Lex Luthor whispering in her ear, there’s no telling what she’ll do next.
But at least it finally makes her a formidable foe. This is the kind of twist the final season has been missing.
I’ll be honest that the search for the totems has been rather bland, much like William Dey’s personality.
Why couldn’t they make him a more interesting character?
I thought that he was supposed to be Supergirl’s potential love interest, but the man has no flavor, so I don’t even care to see that pan out.
The real treat of the episode was Esme — what a bundle of cuteness.
We finally got the see the moment where Alex Danvers’ dreams come true and she becomes a mother!
Why couldn’t the whole episode focus on this?
The icing on the cake was Esme figuring out that Kara was Supergirl literally seconds after meeting her. I know she mimics powers, but Lena, William, and the lot should be embarrassed that it took them so long.
They might not have superpowers, but they have eyes. Glasses and a ponytail do not make up a whole new person!
Alex definitely pushed Esme a little too much on her first day. When she kept prompting her to “breathe” and keep going, I was waiting for the fallout.
Alex has waited her whole life for this moment, so why couldn’t she be a little more patient?
There was no need to overwhelm the poor girl right from the jump.
Meeting all these superheroes is a big deal in and of itself. Let Esme assimilate to her new life with a dreamy bedroom and access to a tower.
That wasn’t even the biggest reason why Esme was thrown off. She was simply being cautious and suggested going back to the group home because abandonment is all she’s ever known.
Thankfully, she has been adopted by two people who know more about alien powers than anyone else, who are also able to connect her with the experts. She’s in good hands, and she’ll never be alone again!
I also want a truth seeker as a pet. Can I pick one of those up at Petsmart?
There are only five episodes left until the series final. How do you think it all ends?
And will Supergirl and Lex Luthor face-off once again?
Sound off in the comments below with your hopes and wishes for the final few episodes.
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