After a short break from superhero-ing, Supergirl returns this week with Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) forcing Kara / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) on bodyguard duty as part of his sneaky plans with Brainy (Jesse Rath).
However, after a super-enjoyable 100th episode in the previous installment, this week’s offering was less fun, and at times frustrating to watch.
Specifically, because of how they made the two most powerful beings on the show, Supergirl and Martian Manhunter (David Harewood), look like rank amateurs against a throwaway villain.
(SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the episode and would like to avoid spoilers; stop reading now.)
Basically, both Kara and J’onn are incapacitated by a Chlorophyllian (an alien with sunlight-absorbing powers that makes them excellent “gardeners”. No, really that’s it) who happens to get “enhanced” by alien-power absorbing gauntlets, which enables her to overpower the heroes and set-up a “the clock-is-running down” doomsday scenario, and the only way to win is . . . wait for it . . . Supergirl talking the misguided assailant down and appealing to her “good side” because she “knows deep down” that she’s wrong about everything she’s about to do.
Even Brainy says that there was close to a 67% chance of Kara failing to save them this time around. (Really? When you literally have super speed, strength and stamina, flight, freeze breath and laser / X-ray eyes at your disposal?)
There was even a “fight scene” where Supergirl fails to use any of her long-range weapons (i.e. freeze breath or laser eyes) to . . . I don’t know . . . take away the Chlorophyllian’s overpowered gauntlets? Not to mention she’s a million times faster.
Also, Martian Manhunter was knocked out because he let the villain get close to him, which apparently is not that hard to do against an alien with telepathic abilities, and military black-ops training. Even more frustrating is the fact that he can PHASE THROUGH OBJECTS AT WILL!
Anyway, I digress . . .
Long-story short, Supergirl saves the day . . . yada yada yada . . . and all the corny standard superhero fare ensues.
Of course there’s the minor plot detail of Andrea Rojas (Julie Gonzalo) being the target of the would-be assassin who is seeking revenge because her husband fell victim to the addictive effects of Obsidian North, the virtual reality program that’s supposedly designed to help people.
Sensing an opportunity from the assassination attempt, Lex Luthor orders Supergirl to serve as personal bodyguard to Rojas in order to gain leverage on the secret Leviathan organization via Gemma Cooper (Cara Buono).
Super Sidenote: Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor continues to impress as he is one of the few actors in this episode that did not make any cringe-worthy delivery of lines, which almost everyone else was guilty of – especially Benoist who was more sappy than super this time around.
However, that doesn’t mean that this episode was not worth the watch because there are a couple of impacting developments and scenes, such as:
- Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) plunging further into “dark side” Luthor territory when she begins testing “Non Necere” (the behavior altering technology she’s been developing to “tame” violent urges) with mixed results on prisoners who Lex claims to have “volunteered” to be experimented on.
- Lex and Brainy’s plans to “defeat” Leviathan become increasingly questionable given the decision making both men do in this episode.
- Kara FINALLY decides to go out with William Dey (Staz Nair) at the end of the show.
- Brainy has a hilarious moment when he contemplates his shady actions and says there’s a 93.2 per cent chance he won’t get invited by his friends to Thanksgiving after he “does what he needs to do.”
- Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) is gifted by J’onn a brand new signature weapon – a shape-shifting Martian weapon that’s limited only by the user’s imagination (I’m getting MAJOR Green Lantern vibes!)
Supergirl season 5, episode 14 “The Bodyguard” scores a so-so 6.0/10
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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