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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 Midseason Finale Review – Fear Visions (6×07)

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Supergirl Fear Knot Review Season 6 Episode 7

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.

Supergirl Fear Knot Review Season 6 Episode 7

Supergirl — “Fear Knot” — Image Number: SPG607fg_0019r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Katie McGrath as Lena Luther, Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, Nicole Maines as Dreamer and David Harewood as J’onn Jonzz — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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?


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Supergirl Review – Prom Again! (6×06)

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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. 

Supergirl Review Prom Again Season 6 Episode 6

Supergirl — “Prom Again!” — Image Number: SPG606fg_0016r — Pictured (L-R): Olivia Nikkanen as Young Alex, Izabela Vidovic as Young Kara and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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)

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Supergirl Review Lost Souls Season 6 Episode 4

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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