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 – A Family Reunion (6×02)
When Supergirl Season 6 Episode 2 kicked off, I thought I was watching the wrong show.
Vampires in National City? But the alien, known as Silas (classic The Vampire Diaries name!), is their only hope at breaking into the Phantom Zone successfully.
The only problem? Silas thinks it could take months and the Super Squad is hoping to speed up the process and bring her back by sundown.
It’s a noble effort, even by their standards, but there’s nothing this group wouldn’t do for Kara!
Kelly and M’Gann are the select few on the team who approach the situation in a more levelheaded and rational manner.
M’Gann, in particular, suggests that maybe J’onn needs to put his emotions aside and start thinking more like a soldier and less like a father.
Of course, he refuses to until they prematurely open the portal and realize that they are in waaaaay over their heads.
During Crisis, the Phantom Zone fractured and split into multi-dimensions that all vibe on their own frequency. It could take years to make it to each of them, and that’s not accounting for those pesky little phantoms that have the power to make you go insane.
So, yeah, rushing into this rescue mission is not a good idea.
And opening the portal prematurely came with its fair share of consequences as one of the phantoms assumed Sila’s body and escaped into National City.
It’s unclear what that means for the Super Squad, but it’s probably not good.
If you found yourself confused about the fact that Alex openly talked about bringing Kara home in front of Kelly, you’re not the only one.
One of the things the season seemed to gloss over was Alex telling Kelly that Kara is Supergirl, which is actually kind of strange considering how much emphasis was put on her wondering if she should be honest with her girlfriend in the Supergirl Season 6 premiere.
That’s a pretty big secret to entrust Kelly with, so why didn’t the series think it was important to include on-screen?
They didn’t even acknowledge it with a “hey, thanks for trusting me with this big secret” speech. Audiences were just supposed to know that they had this big talk.
I know it’s the last season, but if we had the time to see a vampire rob a blood bank to set the scene, we could’ve included this convo!
Brainy told Dreamer she’s literally their only hope at finding Supergirl in the Phantom Zone using her divine powers.
While his confidence in her is adorable, it’s a lot of pressure to put on someone who hasn’t had the time to figure out how her powers actually work.
Not to mention, she was also pulling double-duty by covering the Luthor trial for CatCo along with William. Is he going to get a bigger role this season?
Honestly, why couldn’t Nia just take a sick day? It’s a lot to be in two places at once, especially since the trial was so high-profile.
Aside from the “save Kara” mission, the episode largely focused on the trial aimed at holding Lex accountable for his crime’s against humanity.
But even with the likes of Eve Tessmacher and Lena Luthor testifying against him, Lex managed to get away unscathed.
He’s like a cat with nine lives; no one is able to bring him down or knock him down a peg.
The district attorney didn’t do her due diligence to vet Eve properly because we all know there was a whole romantic aspect to her relationship with Lex that would’ve immediately discredited her.
As for Lena, she tried her best and even used Lex’s tactics against him, but it wasn’t enough.
Did the jury come to that conclusion on their own? It seemed as though they were kind of against him when he went off the rails as a power-hungry, ego-maniac, but then they deemed him not guilty citing lack of evidence.
Was Lillian Luthor responsible?
Personally, I don’t think the DA tried hard enough to even gather evidence against Lex.
To put someone like that away, you need a solid case! But none of that matters because he’s regained his freedom and feels more empowered than ever.
And in trying to do the right thing, Lena may have implicated herself in creating a tool that could brainwash the masses. At least she has Andrea and CatCo in her corner!
Over in the Phantom Zone, Kara wasn’t doing so hot as her mind was being infiltrated by the horrid creatures, but all of that changed when a man came to her rescue.
And that man turned out to be her father.
Whoa, unexpected family reunion. They caught up briefly as Kara informed him that Argo and his wife both survived, while he informed her that he sentenced himself to the Phantom Zone as a last-ditch effort to spare himself from death.
However, he didn’t shy away from detailing the horrors of the Phantom Zone either by telling her that there are “worse things than death.”
Zor-El seemed to survive this long by giving up, lying low, and staying out of the phantoms’ way, but we know that’s simply not going to cut it for Kara. She’s not one to just accept her fate since she and her friends always find a way out of the impossible.
Her determination doesn’t sit well with her dad at first, but eventually, he agrees to help out.
When they see the creatures using a portal, Kara is convinced that they can also jump through if they just capture a phantom. Easy peasy!
While I’m excited to see what Zor-El’s rebirth storyline offers the season (and I’m eager for the father-daughter team-up), I do think the reunion should’ve been a smidge more emotional than it was.
What did you think of the episode? Are you over Lex Luthor or are you intrigued by what he has planned next?
How will Kara and Zor-El escape? Will the Super Squad succeed in finding them?
Leave your thoughts, comments, criticisms in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried (6×10)
Sometimes, procedures on the fly are the best way to treat a patient.
They may pose a bigger threat, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
Marcel dealt with a patient who had much more in common with him than he initially thought.
The father, who was shot, was very adamant about not being treated due to the high cost of a hospital. He kept scolding his son in Farsi, which led me to believe that Crockett understood every single thing he said.
And turns out, he did. After initially performing the surgery and not being able to locate the bullet, he realized that the bullet moved to a different part of the body.
Not wanting to open up the man a second time, Crockett listened to Michael about using a new tool “off-label” to try to pull the bullet out. It didn’t work, but it was a valiant attempt.
It led to a riskier surgery, but it all worked out in the end. Crockett’s bonding moment with the patient also revealed a little bit about his Persian background. Eventually, he told Natalie during their date night that his real name is Darioush.
And I have to say, there’s nothing hotter than Crockett speaking Farsi.
After he connected with the patient, he also gave Sharon some useful advice about being proud of her son. Michael may overstep sometimes, but his motivations are in the right place.
Choi and Halstead butted heads with their patient, which isn’t new. A rivalry between the two, especially as they’re both interested in Sabina, has been brewing for the past few episodes.
In this case, however, Dr. Halstead was right in doing everything they could to save the patient.
Ever since taking on his new position, Choi has been playing it safe, but it’s clear that sometimes taking the risk is worth the payoff.
It wasn’t even Halstead that ignored Choi’s advice either — Maggie’s instinct told her to allow the mother to make her own decision and she’s the one that stood in his way.
And Choi might blame Halstead for questioning his authority, but Halstead was convinced to do so by Sabina.
I don’t know if I fully trust Sabina because she’s been flirting it up with both Choi and Halstead. It’s almost as if she wants to stir up a feud between them.
Choi is in charge, which means Halstead should listen to him, but Choi should also acknowledge Halstead’s ideas and suggestions.
Manning and Charles teamed to help a patient who claimed to have been mugged.
If you’re an avid watcher of the series, you knew that there was something strange about her not wanting to talk about the incident.
As Charles said, the story wasn’t adding up.
I initially assumed it was because she was either cheating on her husband or he was the one that was abusive, but it was a nice twist that it was neither. Instead, the husband who just returned from Afghanistan was going through PSTD nightmares, which resulted in him injuring his wife without him knowing.
She was lying about the incidents to protect him, but eventually, she came clean and he got the necessary help.
In a subplot, April helped save a man who was injured in a construction accident.
And though she did her best to stop the bleeding, Lanik gave her unnecessary grief for it.
Following the surgery, he apologized and admitted that she definitely saved the man’s life and should’ve considered being a surgeon, which makes me think maybe April will rethink career paths?
While the episode was entertaining on its own, it was very disconnected from previous episodes. Where was Dean Asher?
Where was the psych patient who was obsessed with Charles?
Chicago Med is usually the #OneChicago show that does well in terms of continuity, but this episode lacked it completely.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Supergirl Season Premiere Review – Rebirth (6×01)
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!
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