Supergirl Recap and Review: Resist
Mindblowing. That’s what I have to say about this week’s episode. The producers have said they saved up a huge part of their production budget in order to go all out for the two-part season finale. It has definitely been worth it so far! There is barely a moment to catch your breath from start to finish. It feels more like the first half of a big screen superhero blockbuster than a television episode.
Multiple story threads weave in and out of each other throughout the episode. Every important character from Season Two has a chance to shine. The only one who doesn’t show up is Lyra. An alliance between Lillian Luthor and Supergirl to get Lena and Mon-El back seems unlikely at first, but as options dwindle, Supergirl accepts the temporary alliance. She has no real trust for her long-term enemy, so she has Wynn plant a device on Cyborg Hank Henshaw as a backup escape method.
Far before we even get to that, we have one of the best female showdowns ever: Rhea, President Marsden and Cat. Well, Cat is mostly there to facilitate. Of course she can’t control herself ever, and ends up insulting Rhea’s tiara. Rhea is not amused and attacks Air Force One. Supergirl manages to save Cat, but not the President. She’s fine, however, and finally reveals her true alien nature. She tells the whole gang gathered at the bar about her planet being attacked and enslaved and swears she will not let that happen to Earth. Those memories blindly drive her decisions and orders for Alex, who in J’onn’s incapacitation from Rhea has become Acting Director of the DEO.
Having Cat back throughout the episode reminds me what a huge hole there’s been since she left. The show feels so much richer having her there. It’s as if a missing piece has come back. While it’s unlikely she’ll be a larger part of Season Three, I hope she’ll appear for more episodes. Her monologue moments with Kara/Supergirl are always some of my favorites, and these interactions always serve such a wonderful way to explore Kara’s emotional world.
Just when we think the stakes can’t get any higher, they pretty much do every other minute. Mon-El and Lena refuse to marry. Rhea tells them she will destroy the Luthor Children’s Hospital if they don’t. Alex is ordered to use a positron cannon to destroy Rhea’s ship. The canon will instantly destroy anything in its path. Alex is torn about whether to follow orders. Supergirl believes there is another way. She then teams up with Lillian. They all end up on the ship. Lena is rescued but Lillian abandons Supergirl and Mon-El. Supergirl pulls out Wynn’s device and sends Mon-El back, telling him that Rhea deserves a graceful surrender. Huge amounts of fighting, lasers, projections.
Mon-El warns Alex that Supergirl is still on the ship. Alex has to make another difficult choice. Nothing is easy on this episode. Supergirl appeals to Rhea, but it falls on deaf ears. She was prepared for her. Supergirl turns around into someone’s fist. Let’s just say they’re related. Next week is gonna be huge. Don’t miss it!
Micky Small is a graduate student in Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University by day, and building a production company with original female superheroes by night. Follow her @femmepwrdprod
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