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Supergirl – Both Sides Now (3×13)

Supergirl -- "Both Sides Now" -- Image Number: SPG313b_0140.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Krys Marshall as Julia/Purity and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Supergirl and the DEO are a step closer to the Worldkillers on this week’s episode of Supergirl but unfortunately, Reign is still one step ahead of them.

After pinpointing Julie as the Worldkiller thanks to her still-unexplained visions, Kara and team went to bring her in.

They were expecting a strong entity with powers similar to Reign’s but what they found was a girl sitting with her headphones on singing a song.

Julie got the shock of her life and begged Supergirl not to hurt her, which seemed a bit unusual to me. Why did she think the hero came to instill fear and pain?

When Purity sensed the danger, her switch flipped and those high-pitch shrieks and trembles knocked a few people to their knees.

J’onn was able to cuff her and bring her back to the DEO where Supergirl insisted to get through to Julie. She saw the switch flip but unfortunately, was met with backlash from Alex who wanted to “do it her way.”

Questioning Alex isn’t something I normally do. In this instance though, Kara seemed to have the better approach. Why was it so hard for Alex to believe that this creature wasn’t 100% evil?

Kara begins making headway until Alex ruins it all by angering Purity. When she reveals that they have her crystal upstairs, which will lead them to the Worldkiller’s headquarters, Purity freaks out utilizing her powers to break free from the DEO.

When the crystal is activated, Reign is summoned and informed about her “sister,” which unfortunately cuts into Sam’s mother-daughter bonding time with Ruby.

Lena thought she was doing Sam a favor by letting her take a mental health day and Sam thought she would make all the weirdness up to Ruby by allowing her to play hooky and go ice-skating. Instead, Ruby found herself deserted in the middle of the ice-rink after her mother just disappeared.

Ruby isn’t stupid; she knows something is up with her mother, but I’m surprised she called Lena over Alex. Mother’s can be so gullible sometimes. They think they are protecting their children and shielding them from the difficulties when in reality, Ruby is more aware of what’s going on than Sam is.

When Reign retracts, Sam rushes back to the office to confide in Lena: she has absolutely NO idea where she went after deserting Ruby. Not one single memory. Obviously, this has to be really frustrating. Medically, I’d probably diagnose it to some kind of early onset Alzheimers or bipolar disorder. This is especially true when she became furious when she found out Lena told her daughter that she was sick.

For a brief moment, Reign appeared through her before Sam fought back. Lena assured her she “knew exactly what was going on” and promised to help. What will her diagnosis be?

Honestly, if only Lena, Alex and Kara communicated on the regular. If Lena has told the ladies that information, they would be able to compare it to Julia and Purity.

In an attempt to take her down a second time, Winn located her riding the public transportation. Trust me, as someone who rides the Chicago CTA every day, Purity’s actions were relatively normal. That is until she started using her shrieking vibrato to take down the superheroes, which she found ineffective thanks to Winn’s earbuds. That’s how I tune out the ridiculous people on trains too, who would have guessed?

Stripped of her main power, Purity goes into distress, which becomes dangerous for the commuters. A fight ensues and it’s mainly Supergirl trying to take her down while the rest of the team focuses on getting people out of there.

Eventually, Alex realizes Kara was right this whole time; there’s a struggle happening within Julie. She’s trying to break through while Purity is trying to keep her grasp. The characteristic struggle of good vs. evil with good prevailing for the time being.

Just as they were able to reach Julie and bring her back, Reign crash landed and threatened to kill Alex. Julie, being the brave human that she is, offered herself in exchange for Alex’s freedom. Reign happily accepted since her whole mission was to save her “sister” and train her to be just as powerful.

While defeated all was not lost. The DEO now has a much better understanding of who the Worldkiller’s are and how they operate. The silver lining is that there are actually people inside. Maybe the goal isn’t to defeat them, it’s to save them.

We still don’t know who the other two are, but it’s only a matter of time before they rise.

The other big mystery this week involves Imra and Mon-El. She’s been absent from a few episodes and it’s because things have been a little rocky between the spouses. Everyone picks up on the discord but only J’onn really has the alien confidence to get the real scoop.

Mon-El is hesitant to open up at first but eventually gives us a deeper look at his relationship. His marriage to Imra was arranged. He wasn’t forced to marry her, per say, but he did it knowing that it would bring unity and peace between the planets.

This little fact changes everything for Mon-El and Kara shippers because Mon-El isn’t completely in love with his wife nor is over Kara. We knew that already, but it’s so nice to hear him say it.

Of course, he has respect for Imra and grew to love her but it isn’t on the level of deep, real and passionate as his feelings for Kara once were.

But because of that, he’s confused. He has a wife, but he also he might also have feelings for his ex-girlfriend.

Messy. J’onn agrees, but he gives him some solid advice: be honest. The key to marriage is honesty and Imra deserves to know what he’s really feeling.

He takes J’onn up on that advice and Imra is appreciative admitting that honesty is the on of the qualities she loves about him.

You know how I said mother’s think they’re doing such a good job of keeping secrets from their kids? Well, Mon-El really thought he was covering up his emotions well yet Imra knew exactly what the problem was. It’s obvious after all — any man would be conflicted if he suddenly RETURNED from the future and scored a second chance with the love of his life after thinking he’d never see her again.

He looks at Kara for a little too long, he’s too eager to talk to her and he’s always trying to save her. That man is in LOVE and while it hurts, Imra just knows their time is limited.

But, now that they’re being honest, Imra admits she has to tell him the truth too; the truth about why they really came on this mission.

What do you think she and Brainy are hiding from him? Was their goal always to reunite Mon-El and Kara? Did they need to return to help Supergirl stop the Worldkillers? We need answers Imra.

Naturally, since Mon-El is starting to have feelings again, Kara claims she’s getting over him. Will these two ever just be on the same page?

Haters can say whatever they want, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the romantic aspect of this series. It doesn’t have to be all about fighting villains — Supergirl is allowed to have a love life of sorts.

Alex is still wallowing in her break-up with Maggie, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just being dragged out. I don’t want Alex’s personal life to interfere with the DEO nor do I want her to become cynical. It’s okay to feel pain, to be hurt and to drink your sorrows in tequila, but then, it’s time to pick up the guns and fight the real fight.

Other Thoughts

  • Man, Mon-El looks GOOD in his tight suit.
  • Did anyone else pick up on some sparks between Imra and Winn? I’m shipping them when Mon-El’s marriage dissolves.
  • Julie’s freak out was epic and totally relatable on many levels.
  • Winn, J’onn and Mon-El talking about cars? Classic.


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‘Supergirl’ To End With Upcoming Sixth Season on The CW

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Supergirl Fallout

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

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We can’t wait to see what the final season featuring our favorite female heroine holds. 

 


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Supergirl Finale Review – Lena Aids Supergirl Against Lex and Leviathan (5 x 19)

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(L-R) Kara and Lena take their first steps at reconciling. Still courtesy of The CW.

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.”

SHOW WRITERS:

 

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.

 

ELSEWORLDS:

  • 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.

 

VERDICT:

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


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Supergirl Review – Rama Khan Returns to Rock Kara and Crew (5 x 18)

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Kara, Nia and Brainy used as pawns in Lex's scheme to infiltrate Leviathan during season's penultimate episode.

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.

 

Gamemnae and Rama Khan, the two “big bad” Leviathan aliens this season, and their comic book counterparts.

 

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:

  1. Destruction of the DEO
  2. Leviathan gaining a boatload supply of Kryptonite to fight Supergirl with
  3. Being seen as a hero in the public’s view
  4. Direct access to the Fortress of Solitude
  5. 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.

 

VERDICT:

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

8.0/10.0


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