Lex Luthor is waging full-on war against Supergirl; he wants the Red Daughter to turn Supergirl into an enemy of the state rather than America’s hero.
But to understand Lex’s motives and the creation of the Red Daughter, Supergirl Season 4 Episode 16 had to turn the clocks back three years to the very beginning of the series.
Usually, I’m not a fan of flashback episodes, but seeing rounded Red Daughter origin story from the big bad’s viewpoint gave us all the answers we’ve been seeking throughout Supergirl Season 4.
Read the full review on TV Fanatic!
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?”
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!
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