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

Kara, Nia and Brainy used as pawns in Lex's scheme to infiltrate Leviathan during season's penultimate episode.
(L-R) Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Dreamer (Nicole Maines),& Brainy (Jesse Rath) on SUPERGIRL "The Missing Link" episode aired May 10, 2020. Courtesy of the CW Net work. All rights reserved.

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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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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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Supergirl Review – Mxy in the Middle (6×11)

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Supergirl Review Mxy in the Middle Season 6 Episode 11

Supergirl was burned by her desire to see the good in everyone. 

Despite everyone’s warnings on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 11, Kara gave Nyxly the benefit of the doubt, but unfortunately, she was too far gone. 

Instead of wanting to acknowledge her revenge and get a fresh start, Nyxly continued on with her plan to find the totems that would allow her to create the AllStone and become powerful. 

In her quest, she succeeded in capturing Mxy, who turned himself over to save his friends. 

Mxy hasn’t been a major character in the series, but his decision to put the Super Squad ahead of himself was huge character development.

Not to mention that he was the one with the plan to clone himself and trick Nyxly. If the orb hadn’t interfered with the image inducer, they would’ve been successful. 

I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like Nyxly is the villain to end the series on, so I’ll be a bit bummed if she’s the last one Supergirl faces off against. Especially because there’s a redemption-arc in there somewhere as Nyxly’s whole desire for revenge is hinged on the fact that she was wronged by the patriarchy. 

Betrayal is a strong motive. 

I can’t say I was impressed by the Fifth Dimensional creatures she conjured up either, though, the cat getting distracted by Supergirl’s laser vision was a nice touch. 

The episode found its strength in Nia coming clean about the fact that she let Nyxly out of the dream world. Her mother wasn’t lying when she said she unleashed hell on Earth. 

Nia was terrified to tell Supergirl the truth, but she shouldn’t be. At this point, she knows Kara’s understanding. She likely would’ve kept it a secret, but since Kara felt so guilty about putting her team in this predicament, she had no choice. 

Thankfully, Supergirl’s good nature was a blessing here because she understood that Nia made an honest mistake. Furthermore, she was all too familiar with Nyxly’s manipulative ways. 

I love that the group continued to emphasize that making mistakes is normal, but it’s how you move on from them, grow, and learn that truly makes a difference. 

The lesson sadly didn’t transfer over to Nyxly, but there’s still hope that she’ll see the error of her ways. 

Much of the focus remained on Mxy and Nyxly, so there wasn’t any time to dig into what was happening at CatCo. How do Nia and Kara still have jobs if they don’t show up?

Supergirl Review Mxy in the Middle Season 6 Episode 11

Supergirl — “Mxy in the Middle” — Image Number: SPG611a_0357r — Pictured (L-R): Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, Chyler Leigh as Sentinal, David Harewood as J’onn J’onzz, Thomas Lennon as Mr. Mxyzptlk and Melissa Benoist as Supergirl — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Where are those pieces about the Super-friends? 

My biggest fear about Supergirl ending is that so many storylines won’t get the proper care that they deserve. 

Far, far, far away from National City, Lena was on a mission to get to know her mother in Newfoundland. 

But the name Elizabeth Walsh didn’t elicit a positive response from the locals. Dee-Dee’s comment about her biological mom being a “dirty witch” felt misplaced at first, but it all made sense once Lena found Florence, her mother’s longtime friend, who allowed her to tap into her memory just like Dumbledore’s Pensieve. 

Lena quickly learned that her mother, Florence, and Peggy’s mother, Margaret, were accused of a crime they committed on accident. 

The three women tried to get revenge on Margaret’s abusive husband when the witchcraft got away from them and they burned him to death. 

We’re all too familiar with the fate that met any woman that was considered a “witch,” so it’s not surprising that Elizabeth and Florence skipped town never to be heard from again. 

While aliens are all too common on Supergirl, magic has always been reserved for The Vampire Diaries… until now.

Lena, a woman who always follows the science, was informed that she has her mother’s powers.

Will she tap into them?  Will she allow the gift to give her life new meaning?

And why am I suddenly championing a spinoff focused on Lena and her magic? 

Did you think the revelation was a bit much considering the series is supposed to be tying up loose ends and storylines?

What did you think of the episode? Will Supergirl and co. bring down Nyxly and save Mxy?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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Supergirl Review – Still I Rise (6×10)

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Supergirl Review Still I Rise Season 6 Episode 10

Nyxly arrived in National City to create a world of chaos as part of her revenge on Supergirl.

On Supergirl Season 6 Episode 10, Supergirl and her super friends fought the issue of public housing while hoping to find positive solutions for those who have been previously incarcerated. 

Supergirl has always vowed to make a positive change for the people of Earth, but that was usually confined to dealing with alien entities. This storyline is part of the show’s attempt at tackling very real issues in its final few episodes.  

Kara quickly learned that systemic change takes time and dedication as she found plenty of opposition from people who didn’t necessarily agree with her and her take on what should happen to the Ormwell. 

Many assumed that it would be in the neighborhood’s best interest to sell the building to a giant corporation that would create jobs and other opportunities, but it was just a shiny way of ushing in gentrification. 

Supergirl has always been a political figure, but now she’s taking a real stand and standing up for issues that she believes in even if it means she isolates some of the people that have idolized her.

Through her “superfoods PSA,” she realized the power of her platform and decided to amplify other voices meant that she could evoke some very real change to the people that it affected the most. 

Supergirl is a superhero in every sense of the word. 

Eventually, she managed to convince the councilman’s constituents (even if the councilman herself wasn’t convinced), but her victory was short-lived.

After tackling a human-issue, she faced a problem of the supernatural kind.

Supergirl Review Still I Rise Season 6 Episode 10

Supergirl — “Still I Rise” — Image Number: SPG610fg_0011r — Pictured (L-R): Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olse — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Nxyky, her nemesis from her time in the Phantom Zone, decided to sabotage Supergirl’s to make her feel the pain and betrayal that she felt when Kara stripped her hope away from her. 

You have to give it to Nxyly, a previously powerless creature, for hatching quite a nifty plan with the help of Mitch, the once blue-alien working with Naxim in the flashback episodes. Isn’t it fun when storylines intersect in unexpected ways?

By the end of the hour, Nxyly’s powers were restored and she trapped Supergirl before destroying the public housing meant for Orlando and Joey, the two brothers Supergirl and Kelly teamed up to help get their lives back on track. 

Of course, this is an incident that affects more than just Supergirl, but Nxyly couldn’t see past her own anger. 

As Nia’s mother said when she realized that Nxyly had been freed —  she unleashed hell on Earth. 

The moral of the story is to never trust an imp. 

Nia, sadly, didn’t know any better, and she got caught up in the promise of having her mother back for a day to help her navigate her dreams. 

While it was a misstep on her part, I don’t think it was all that bad because spending some time with her mom helped her interpret her dreams. 

She’s been struggling with her powers for quite some time, but now that she has a grasp on them, she’ll hopefully be able to conjure up a solution to help her friends. 

At this point, she may be their only hope. 

Supergirl summoned Mr. Mxyzpytlk in hopes that he might be able to help, and, in theory, it makes sense that she’d fight one imp with another imp, but let’s remember the “don’t trust an imp” warning. Turning to Mxyzpytylk might do more harm than good.

Though, I’m not opposed to some good old fashion Mxy fun. It’s nice to wrap up the series with some familiar faces, especially since he is one of the funner tricksters to make an appearance.

Elsewhere, Kelly took up the mantle of The Guardian after her brother, James Olsen, left it behind. She’s undergoing training with Alex, but it’s obvious she already has the heart that makes her a good superhero. 

I’m just waiting until she and Alex decide to adopt Esme. That has to be part of the narrative, right? Alex has always wanted a child, and Kelly connected with Esme, who was a little firecracker. It just makes sense that these two incredible women would take in an orphaned alien under their wing and give her a world of possibility. 

If it doesn’t happen, I’ll be upset. 

William keeps being roped into the storyline since Andrea Rojas wants him on the Supergirl beat, but when is he going to realize that Kara is never around when Supergirl is?

He’s a clever man, so I really want him to make the connection so that there could be some progress in terms of his relationship with Kara. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the final season? How will Supergirl remedy the situation? Will Mxy go back in time and undo all the damage?

Or will Nia hop in to save the day? Let us know in the comments below!


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Supergirl Midseason Premiere – Welcome Back, Kara (6×08)

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Supergirl Midseason Premiere Review Welcome Back, Kara Season 6 Episode 8

The beginning of the end is near with the second half of Supergirl Season 6. 

The midseason premiere picks up with Kara’s return to National City after being banished to the Phantom Zone by Lex Luthor. 

It’s nice to see Supergirl and her super friends (as Andrea Rojas affectionately calls them) back together again for the first time this season. 

But while Kara is thrilled to be back at home, she’s also dealing with some PTSD involving phantoms, which becomes even more intense when she learns that during one of the super squad’s rescue missions, phantoms escaped and attacked the citizens of National City. 

Kara feels guilty, but there’s really no reason for her to wallow in the past, so the storyline kind of falls flat, just like her writing assignment for CatCo. 

I love that Kara questioned how she still has a job after being gone for so long because honestly, that would never fly in a major city at a media company that is struggling to stay afloat. 

I guess it helps that Kara was supposedly working on some profile for Cat Grant, but Andrea is quite chill when she informs her that the story just fell apart. In this day and age, you’d think Andrea would just be able to make a call to Cat, but whatever, I understand that isn’t the point of the show. 

Bottom line is that CatCo is struggling, which doesn’t sit well with Andrea.

Like most media editors, she’s gunning for the next story that will help CatCo soar to the top of the charts.

And there’s no one better at soaring than Supergirl. I’m sorry, that was cheesy. 

Andrea requests that Kara leverage her friendship with Supergirl for an exclusive interview about defeating the phantoms. Kara isn’t into it, so she suggests that Andrea give coverage to piles of garbage left behind by Lex Luthor and the DEO polluting the oceans. 

Andrea is hellbent on getting a hit piece on Luthor to expose him for the global threat that he is, but William isn’t able to make such a connection. 

At this point, Lex is probably like “why are you so obsessed with me.” I’m ready to abandon the Lex Luthor storyline already. 

But Andrea isn’t willing to give up just yet, so she taps into Acrata to sneak into Luthor Manor and dig up some dirt. Instead of finding any incriminating evidence, she finds profiles on Supergirl and super friends, who she is determined to thrust into the spotlight. 

Now, I’m all for the rest of the super squad getting as much facetime as Supergirl because frankly, they deserve it. 

If Kara struggled so much to write about how she defeated the Phantoms, she could’ve easily written about how her friends did and gave them the recognition they deserve.

Also, how does National City not know about Supergirl’s team? Dreamer isn’t exactly hiding in the shadows. 

On the flipside, profiling the rest of the super squad could potentially reveal their identities. 

To be quite honest, I’m not surprised how Andrea and William didn’t make the Kara is Supergirl connection when she looks just like her (sans the glasses) and has the same first name. The file outright said “Kara Zor-El.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist… but maybe that’s why CatCo is on the downswing. 

Supergirl Midseason Premiere Review Welcome Back, Kara Season 6 Episode 8

Supergirl — “Welcome Back, Kara!” — Image Number: SPG608fg_0019r — Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, Jason Behr as Zor-El and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Amidst adjusting to her normal life, Kara gives her father, Zor-El, a glimpse at what it’s like to be human. 

I know that the series wanted to make this reunion between Kara and Zor-El special, but his presence felt like an afterthought. 

And maybe that’s cause I couldn’t fully trust him until the very last moment. He always looked like he was up to something shady, so part of me thought that maybe Zor-El wasn’t really who he said he was.

He was also too adamant about preventing Earth from suffering the same fate as Krypton, which made things worse. 

The Kelex robot that he reprogrammed and named Oscar (after Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch) ended up turning against them and growing into an oversized trash monster. 

Seriously, these are the villains that the show has been reduced to? A parasitic trash monster just felt so silly. At times, it almost felt like a middle school PSA for recycling. 

Brainy, Lena, and Zor-El put their heads together to conjure up a virus that would destroy Oscar before he consumed enough energy and exploded. 

When they succeeded, Zor-El realized that he was making the same rash and careless mistakes on Earth as he did on Krypton. By avoiding the past, he ran head first into all his old mistakes. Therefore, he said his goodbyes and jetted off to Argo. 

It was a short-lived reunion, but in a way, he also overstayed his welcome.

The only thing I really did like was that Zor-El reminded Kara that it’s okay to be human sometimes. She’s dedicated so much of her life to being a superhero that you have to wonder if she even enjoys her life. Her cousin Kal-El has managed to tap into both his human and his superhero side, so it would be nice if Kara found that balance in the final season. 

Her first step was making amends with William, who she kind of ghosted when she was banished. He didn’t seem all that upset as he informed her that he’s seeing someone. 

My guess is that he’s going to unsee someone very soon now that Kara is back, and they’ll end up together by the end of the season. 

When embracing your human side is brought up, it’s almost always keyword for “find a love interest” even though Kara has done quite well without putting all her stock and value in a relationship. I hope that never changes even if she does fall for William. 

Seeing Kara and her father reconnect definitely took its toll on Nia and Lena, both of whom wish they could have another chance with their parents. 

It even help Lena understand her hallucination with the Kelpie following Supergirl’s rescue mission, and she realized that she could no longer let guilt consume her. Instead, she decided to go back to where she was born to find out more about her mother.

While it felt like a character exit, I love this growth for Lena and hope we can see more of her journey to finding herself. 

And while Supergirl thought that her Phantom Zone problems were in the past, Nia had a dream about Nxyly! Is she in trouble? 

What did you think of the midseason premiere of Supergirl?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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