Supergirl kicked things off on a really happy note so it was only a matter of time before the episode took a dark turn.
During karaoke night — where we learned absolutely no one at the DEA can hold a tune — Winn found out his father was killed in prison.
He tried to act like he wasn’t phased since his father was a terrible man but loss affects everyone, regardless.
Given that his father was the ToyMan, he had one last spectacle up his sleeve as he was being lowered to the ground.
His coffin exploded into tiny, little pieces which they later realized was part of a bigger plan to make good on his promise to Winn’s estranged mother (guest star Laurie Metcalf).
Who else was impressed with those flying monkeys that spelled out the ominous warning “Surrender Mary” in the sky.
Winn initially refused to forgive his mother for abandoning him 20-years ago and watching him re-live the night his mother never came for him when his father snapped was chilling. This was a side of Wynn we’ve never seen before. Jeremy Jordan is a superb actor; he needs to include that scene in his reel!
However, Mary had a solid reason for leaving: his father warned her that if she stayed, he would kill his only son.
And even from beyond the grave, he vowed to keep them apart.
Now, none of this excuses her estrangement but it does provide some context as to why she stayed away which changes things a bit.
You can’t be mad at someone who thought they were doing the best for you.
The two begin deconstructing the flying monkeys hoping it would lead them to the person carrying out Winslow’s wishes.
Mary figures it out first and heads over to the WWW toy factory where she finds Winslow’s apprentice, a woman who worked maintenance at the penitentiary and learned all of his tricks.
She promised him that after his death, she would make sure to kill Winn as Mary watched and then kill her as punishment for breaking the rules.
When Winn realizes his mother has been captured, he puts his hero pants on and heads over there with Supergirl, the Guardian and Mon-El by his side.
Surprisingly, he didn’t need any of them to defeat his father’s protege; he’s his father’s son so he knows a thing or two about the “tricks.” He just had a better head on his shoulders and used his smarts for good rather than evil which simultaneously put his mother’s worries to rest. He didn’t just survive without his parents, he thrived!
It was definitely fun to watch them take on villainous toys for a change — literal HOT wheels, an angry T-Rex and Supergirl being turned into an action figure!
After the threat had been neutralized, Winn even offered to get to know his mother which means Metcalf will be sticking around for awhile, hopefully.
Winn drama aside, Mon-El was following Kara around because he needed to “talk.”
Exes can be so clingy sometimes. I joke, obviously.
After his talk with Imra, he realized just how terrible it felt to be lied to and wanted to apologize to Kara. Furthermore, he needed to inform her about why Imra lied. Kara didn’t want to get involved in his marriage, however, the reason had less to do with love and more to do with Worldkillers.
Despite what they initially believed, the Legionnaires didn’t land on Earth by accident, Imra and Brainy did it intentionally and kept Mon-El in the dark because they didn’t think he’d want to come back.
What are they looking for? The third Wordkiller, Pestilence, which the DEA has yet to find. Apparently, in a thousand years, she evolves into Blight so finding and stopping her now saves everyone in the present and in the future. Win-Win.
Remember in Supergirl Season 3 Episode 10, Mon-El explains that they hid the secret for stopping a race of world-destroying creatures called the Blight inside their own DNA.
So now, the Legion and Supergirl are on the same side with a common enemy.
Will working together bring Mon-El and Supergirl closer together? There are obviously still feelings on both sides and I’m not sure how long Mon-El can continue on in an arranged marriage.
Alex and J’onn spent some time away from the DEA enjoying a family meal with M’yrnn.
While J’onn is oblivious to M’yrnn’s memory decay, Alex catches on fairly quickly as she once experienced this with her grandmother.
She tells M’yrnn that he has to tell his son the truth as he deserves to know, but M’yrnn doesn’t want to burden his son anymore. He also doesn’t want to force him to lose his father piece-by-piece again.
While his desire to protect his child is noble, dementia isn’t something you can deal with alone nor can you hide it for too long.
When Alex explains that she won’t lie to J’onn, M’yrnn angrily orders her to get out of his house. She honors his wishes by not saying a thing, but he eventually tells his son the truth, which obviously crushes him. Even aliens get debilitating diseases. It’ll be interesting to see how J’onn deals with all of this.
And finally, James Olsen spent most of the episode calling maybe-girlfriend Lena who was missing in action.
Given the climate they live in, I would have worried that she was kidnapped or something but eventually she called back blaming L-Corp meetings and such on her disappearance.
In reality, she’s running tests on Sam to figure out what’s been causing her blackouts.
Lena is one of the good guys so hopefully, she’ll report any findings to her group of besties.
However, I don’t think the tests will reveal much of anything because her brain is intact, she’s simply playing host to Reign, who only comes out to play when she needs to.
And that’s maybe how she’ll figure it out! Maybe, as she’s testing Sam, Reign will appear and she’ll put two-and-two together.
‘Supergirl’ To End With Upcoming Sixth Season on The CW
Supergirl is taking her final bow.
The sixth season of The CW series will be its last. The season is set to premiere in 2021 due to delays following the COVID-19 pandemic and Melissa Benoist’s pregnancy.
Per Deadline, the series is set to begin filming in Vancouver starting next week pending a deal with local unions and SAG.
Reportedly, the series would film around Benoist, who would join later.
The outlet notes that the sixth and final season is expected to have 20 episodes.
Supergirl marks the second Arrowverse show to come to an end as Arrow ended its eight-year run earlier this year. It also comes after the drama surrounding Batwoman, which replaced its titular actress Ruby Rose with a new masked vigilante to be played by Javicia Leslie in the upcoming sophomore season.
Supergirl first debuted in October 2015 on CBS before switching over to The CW for season 2 and beyond.
Benoist took to Instagram to comment on the final season news stating: “To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.
She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.
I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season. ♥️ el mayarah 💪 @supergirlcw”
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To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful. I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season. ♥️ el mayarah 💪 @supergirlcw
We can’t wait to see what the final season featuring our favorite female heroine holds.
Supergirl Finale Review – Lena Aids Supergirl Against Lex and Leviathan (5 x 19)
Kara and Lena are reunited in the season finale, “Immortal Kombat.” Will they be enough to stop Lex and Leviathan’s evil plans?
In the previous episode of Supergirl, Lena realizes too late that she’s on the wrong side of the fight, and goes to Kara to seek redemption.
However, her involvement with Lex, and by extension Leviathan, with her Non-Necere project has put her former-BFF and herself at a disadvantage.
Meanwhile, Brainy still insists on going along with Lex’s plans, even though Lex clearly has no sympathy for anyone but himself.
And Alex, Dreamer, the Martians and the rest of Supergirl’s squad standby to defend against Leviathan’s plans.
As far as season finales go, the execution of Supergirl’s finale this season is as safe as it gets.
It’s not necessarily bad, but given the build-up from the previous episodes, it just came off as too safe and ultimately became almost boring and predictable.
First off, the grand lesson or theme that the show has been exploring with the virtual reality bit of Obsidian did not feel as high stakes as they intended it to be.
While it’s true that the ideology behind it is intriguing.
Namely, that people would rather escape into a fantasy world where everything is perfect and no pain or suffering can befall you, instead of living in the “real” world where life is messy and chaotic.
(Which does sound extremely appealing considering the condition the world is in right now)
But despite the extremely poignant and superbly relevant topic that the show has been trying to wrestle with all season, they fell short in achieving a true payoff.
To no fault of her own, Melissa Benoist, unfortunately, becomes central in how the show finished on a flat note this season.
The scene where she goes into the Obsidian virtual reality and basically “hope speeches” 2 billion people to end their simulation seems utterly preposterous.
Though the speech was magnificent, as expected from Benoist’s execution coupled with excellent inspirational quote-like writing, it simply did not drive home the point because it just wasn’t convincing.
There was no real argument made against the benefits of going on virtual reality to ease one’s pain.
Because essentially, what Kara’s poorly conceived argument boils down to was:
Living in a fantasy world is not good for you, so get out because you’re in danger, and go deal with the pain of the real world, please?
It’s a lackluster paraphrasing on my part, but I for one, do not find that line of argument convincing, so how would it work on 2 billion different people?
Nevertheless, Supergirl and her team are able to save the world again.
Despite the implausible scenario regarding Obsidian, however, there were elements of this episode that were quite enjoyable.
The fight scene between the Leviathan aliens, including Rama Khan, versus the Martians, Dreamer, and Alex was a visual spectacle that spared no extravagance.
As far as special effects for a television show goes, this was as decent as they come.
Unfortunately, when it was all over, the fighting seemed pointless because the good guys won almost too easily, and the idea that the Leviathan aliens were “gods” was not vindicated at all.
Yes, as the title suggests they were shown to be “immortal,” but the way they were defeated by Brainy seemed almost too convenient as well.
As for Brainy, he was billed as making the ultimate sacrifice at the early part of the episode, and all he had to suffer through was an alien radiation-induced headache for 10 minutes?
On a positive note, we get to see Brainy’s comic-book-inspired blonde hair again.
BRAINY: “I don’t want to die alone.”
Dreamer even dreams of Brainy suffering, but he survives anyway, and Lex just takes the device he used to defeat Leviathan as a trophy for his personal use.
This is another poorly executed payoff because Lex and Brainy, who both possess supposed “12th-level intellect,” seem to become too emotional and careless in the most crucial moments and “miscalculate” each other.
Lex underestimates Brainy’s loyalty to his friends, and Brainy underestimates Lex’s ego.
In the end, they simply canceled each other out.
In short, Lena’s help in providing Kara another Anti-Kryptonite suit proved key to helping the team fend off and ultimately defeat Lex and Leviathan’s plans with Obsidian.
However, the episode ends in a cliffhanger as it’s revealed that Gemma answers to a higher power, and Lex is not done with the next phase of his plans.
And somehow, it involves his mother getting involved in her dirty work once more.
Too bad the show had to prematurely end this season because it would have been awesome to see where these new plot points would have gone.
But for now, they can serve as tasty teasers for next season’s storyline.
- Alex Danvers debuts her “vigilante” costume, and it has an homage vibe to the Green Arrow’s costume, but with Alex’s personal spin.
- Eve Tessmacher is reunited with her mother, so she’s no longer a viable blackmail target for Lex.
- William lives to fight another day but is still oblivious to Kara/Supergirl’s dual identity.
- Andrea Rojas was “awakened” by Leviathan to try to assassinate Supergirl, but Lena successfully stops her with a hug, so that’s nice.
Though this season finale left much to be desired, it did deliver a number of decent thrills, drama, and superhero versus supervillain action.
The good guys won, for now, but no real high stakes situation was ever conveyed.
And none of the characters had to make a heroic sacrifice.
Pretty much the highlight centered around Kara and Lena’s relationship getting repaired, and the potential trouble Lex and Leviathan will hatch up next season.
“Immortal Kombat” scores a
7.0 / 10.0
Supergirl Review – Rama Khan Returns to Rock Kara and Crew (5 x 18)
Kara and her friends battled Rama Khan, while the Luthor siblings get stuck in their prison full of berserk inmates in this week’s installment of Supergirl.
The penultimate episode, titled “The Missing Link,” was a pleasant surprise because even though they crammed a lot of action and story elements, it oddly worked.
Rama Khan, who was introduced in episode 8 this season (“The Wrath of Rama Khan”), returned with a vengeance to attack Kara and friends by order of Leviathan leader Gamemnae.
He is, at first, seemingly defeated, but ultimately destroys the DEO because of a magical staff gifted by Lex Luthor that amplified his powers enough to deal with Kara, Nia, and Brainy combined.
DID BRAINY TRUST LEX TOO MUCH?
Speaking of Brainy, he finally confronts Lex this episode about all the shady actions he’s been letting slide because of their alliance, yet he still ends up being manipulated by Lex again!
He even flexes his “12th-level intellect” while threatening Lex, but is still reduced to a reluctant lap dog.
There was even a moment where Brainy was given a chance by Nia to confess what’s been going on with him and Lex, and he once again retreats to his “logical” endgame of defeating Leviathan at all costs.
Moreover, partly because of Brainy’s misplaced trust, Lex gains the following advantages:
- Destruction of the DEO
- Leviathan gaining a boatload supply of Kryptonite to fight Supergirl with
- Being seen as a hero in the public’s view
- Direct access to the Fortress of Solitude
- Gained favor with Leviathan to access their alien ship
If there was a degree in manipulation and acting as a double-agent, I’m pretty sure Lex Luthor would have a Ph.D. because he masterfully played both sides, and is primed to play a big role in this season’s finale.
Whether that means good or bad news for everyone though remains to be seen.
LENA FINALLY TURNING BACK GOOD?
This episode explored the Luthor siblings’ relationship when both are stuck dealing with inmates in their prison who experience violent episodes when Lena’s pet project, Non-Necere, proves to be a catastrophic failure.
Lex admits he predicted her sister’s project to fail from the start.
He says he let her go through with it because he wanted to “support” her, so she can eventually see for herself that human beings need to be “guided” by the Luthors.
Unfortunately, Lena disagrees with this notion, which basically makes Lex snap at her.
Lena, finally realizing that Lex has been manipulating her calmly says,
“You’re a monster. But that doesn’t mean I have to be one too”
The dialogue between the two was such a great highlight in this episode, and Lex Luthor being legitimately angry is actually pretty scary especially when Jon Cryer’s voice became almost unrecognizable from his usual tone.
It must have been tough for Katie McGrath to deliver her lines when Cryer could have literally made anybody roll up into a ball after that signature Lex megalomaniac outburst.
Nevertheless, the rift between the Luthors prompts Lena to visit Kara at the end of the episode to offer her help in defeating Lex and Leviathan, and ask for Kara’s forgiveness.
After what the two former best friends have put each other through, however, will they truly be able to reconcile?
For now, at least, they seem to be willing to take steps in that direction.
OTHER NOTABLE PLOT POINTS:
- J’onn and M’gann rekindle their romance, and we see both Martians take their superhero form while battling Rama Khan.
- Brainy knows the ancient language the Leviathan aliens speak.
- Is there nothing Brainy doesn’t know? Except not be outsmarted by Lex or face his feelings for Nia
- Alex Danvers is teased at having a vigilante persona when her girlfriend suggests it.
- First a signature weapon, and now a mask coming soon? I can’t wait, and it makes complete sense because she’s basically the only one running around without one, well aside from Supergirl.
- Sean Astin (aka Samwise from The Lord of the Rings) reprised his role as Pete Andrews from the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline.
- William is caught tailing Eve Tessmacher, and his fate is left up in the air as she puts a bag over his head to knock him out.
Supergirl spared no expense in visual effects this episode as we saw both Martians transform, costume and all.
Plus, Rama Khan’s powers were in full display while battling Supergirl and friends, and it’s actually believable that he would give them trouble.
That, and the excellent acting and writing, despite being crammed into a tight timeframe made the penultimate episode of this season a successful installment.
“The Missing Link” scores an
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