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Recap: Supergirl S3E13 Both Sides Now

SupergirlBoth Sides Now” starts off with the full scale assault, complete with lackluster door kicking in by Supergirl on the apartment of a suspected Worldkiller, who is so engrossed in her Lisa Loeb singalong that she doesn’t even notice the armed cavalry that has come into her apartment. The fear of the guns drawn squad unleashes her inner Worldkiller and she sends out some seriously destructive screams that shatter windows, peel paint, and the glasslike walls. Samantha is feeling slighted by Lena taking over more day to day operations to give her friend a break until they can figure out what’s going on with her medically. Mon-El and Winn set out to do some spaceship repairs before the Legion can’t go home again which feels like the start of some good old fashioned boy bonding and hijinks.

Supergirl and Alex have some very different feelings about how to deal with the first Worldkiller they’ve managed to capture. In typical Supergirl fashion, she wants to save her and find her humanity while Alex is hellbent on killing it, with fire or Napalm or whatever is clever and available. Since Julia is no longer in control and Purity seems to be in charge of this party, Alex and her go toe to toe verbally getting us ready for one of the sisters to be proven wrong. While the Danvers sisters are trying to figure out how to solve the Purity problem, Samantha is trying to enjoy a hopefully Reign free ditch day with Ruby.

It doesn’t take very long before Alex is done playing nice and calls Supergirl out on her brand of illogical, saccharine filled hope which adds a nice level of realism to the mix. She makes very valid and human points with her argument that cynicism is what keeps us humans alive and she makes it known that she is about to do things her way if that’s what it is going to take to save our world and keep them both alive. Alex and Purity continue their verbal sparring and Purity doesn’t pull any punches and goes for all the soft spots in her attempts at destroying Alex’s very soul since she can’t destroy her physically yet.

The crystal they recovered and took straight to heart of the DOE headquarters is activated while Supergirl is talking to Purity and Reign gets activated while Purity uses her sonic boom level vocals to tear the DEO headquarters apart in her escape. Which is kind of heartbreaking because Reign was out with Ruby at the time, luckily Lena was only a phone call away and she gets a bit more insight into what’s going on with her friend. But, with Reign out in the wild with the mission of finding and guiding a “newborn” Worldkiller, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach because, I’ve grown fond of Sam and Ruby and as a comic book reader, I have a sense of where this is all headed.

Purity and the DOE All Star team go toe to toe in a subway station, with Supergirl getting most of the WWE action, while Alex tries to save the commuters, Mon-El and J’onn J’onzz try to save the structure. In a change of pace, Alex is the one who coaxes Julia out of Purity just in time to save Supergirl from a crushing throat blow. The calm is short lived though because Reign shows up and is ready to kill them all, Julia agrees to go willingly with Reign to avert the oncoming slaughter and they speed away in search of their third sister, Pestilence. I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s kind of cool that you need four HorseMEN to run an apocalypse but only 3 women to kill a world. Lucky for us that isn’t the end of Reign tonight because we get to see Samantha and Lena get into a bit of a spat over Ruby and how much she should know about her moms mysterious condition and Lena gets a sneak peek into the fact that she might be Reign which, might be a good thing because Lena truly wants to help her friend.

What was supposed to be some quirky, fun, hijinks filled boy bonding over old cars and space ships takes a turn for the serious & the writers added a bit of relationship tension into the mix with Imra and Mon-El who seem to be in the middle of a marital spat. There was a lot unsaid when Imra walks in and makes some suggestions about how they guys can fix the cars and just as suddenly she storms out with a vague quip. Her actions seemed very boilerplate and gave off some serious , “women be crazy” stereotypical vibes that I wasn’t too fond of. The story of their marriage gets told to J’onn J’onzz and it isn’t a romantic one which opens the gate to will they or won’t they on the Supergirl/Mon-El tip. While the writers are clear on the reasons Mon-El has been having weekly chats with Kara, it also leaves a bad taste in my mouth because, I’m worried that the writers are veering towards an eventually reconnect which isn’t a bad idea because of the infidelity, relationships are complicated, it’s a bad idea because Kara is still finding herself and learning to live on her on. , sans male attachments and through heartache. I am happy that the writers keep things honest when it comes to emotions and the complexity of relationships but, the way things are headed, I worry about Kara retaining any sense of agency. Especially since the story hasn’t been too focused on her this season outside of to show her heartbroken or proving how girl power filled she is by focusing on every woman on screen who isn’t her.

Overall this episode was a whole lot of conversation and a little less action, Elvis would not have approved and for the most part neither do I. The problem of late with Supergirl is that it stays very formulaic and enjoys going as close to the girl power line and straddling it with pop feminism. Despite the show being called Supergirl, the other women in the show seem to be better written and take center stage. Most of Kara’s emotional complexity comes from a place of discovering herself through her romantic relationships and less about her own emotional growth and discovery. It’s been wearing on me in a way I can’t put my fingers on but, the show seems to becoming stagnant and I feel like the staff should get back to basics and make a Supergirl show about Supergirl. It’s not to say that they can’t have fun with the other characters but, they shouldn’t be the central focus of the show and they shouldn’t have solid storylines, emotional arcs and depth while the main character gets campy one note lines that seem to be the equivalence of an emotional Groundhog Day that’s been running on a loop for most of the season. I hope that things turn themselves around for the rest of the season because, while last nights episode was solidly written and not horrible, it wasn’t a standout and while I don’t expect every episode to be a home run, it should at least make me want to come back for more immediately without using the last scene cliffhangers in every episode just to give us a bait and switch.

Overall Rating: 7.1

Recap: Supergirl S3E12 For Good

The DEO is on the hunt for the rest of the Worldkillers, that’s the central story in the Supergirl episode “For Good.” But, the rest of the characters help to push the story along and whose plots ultimately intersect. Alex tries to diagnose what’s going on with the humor form of the super villain we’ve come to know as Reign. Morgan Edge is out for payback against our favorite Luthor after an attempt on his life.

The writers continue their formulaic approach to story set up, all the main parts of what’s going to happen in the episode are set up before the first commercial break. We know that Kara and Jimmy are going to have to defend Lena’s honor against Edge’s accusations and possible war on her. We suspect that Reign will become Reign full time and might possibly give Alex the child she’s always wanted and that the WorldKillers will be discovered one by one and set up the rest of this seasons arc. In true Supergirl fashion, we’ve come to expect that two of these story lines will be explored in depth and have real teeth and one of them will fall to the wayside until the last few minutes where we will get an AHA moment of a glimpse of the story to come.

“For Good” is all about Alex showing off her doctor chops and maternal instincts along with Lena and her Luthor family drama. Kara and Jimmy try to calm down a reasonably distraught Lena who is over all of the drama and toxic masculinity oozing from Edge’s every pore, while Alex finds nothing terminal in brain scans so she takes some blood and sends it and the scans out to a professional. Reign gets humanized as she talks out her fears about what will become of her and her daughter Ruby. Alex shows off her bedside manner and friendship, urging her to talk to Lena and let her friends in. Which might be hard because Lena is going through a lot on her end. Jimmy ends up chasing down a coffee cart thief after Lena ends up poisoned. While Supergirl still in Kara clothes breaks cover to take her friend to the DEO to save her life.

Jimmy goes full fledge vigilante and out of character attacking Edge on a carport rooftop and J’onn J’onzz reminds Kara that she needs to get Lena out of the DEO before she finds out where she is. He does his magical alien negro pep talk for the episode by retelling some of his life on Mars giving Kara a glimmer of hope about the things to come.

Lena wakes up and is ready to go to war but is talked down by Kara and Jimmy who remind her not to go full Luthor because she is better than that. After hearing of a magic bullet, she realizes that her mother is behind it and heads for a clandestine meeting involving those signature Luthor trench coats.

Mamma Luthor gives another sinister pep talk to her daughter trying to get them to join forces under the guise of love, while simultaneously demeaning all the good qualities that Lena has and her current career trajectory. Samantha (human Reign) opens up to Lena and Kara about the craziness going on with her, most of which has to do with her maternal instincts towards Ruby. There’s a nice bit of sisterhood and they rally around her and try and figure out what to do about her child. Lena having a change of heart and opens up to Kara about her actual attempt on Edge and let’s her know that her mother is back. The touching moment snaps Lena back to reality and she realizes she needs to integrate all sides of her because, there is nothing wrong with being cunning and strategic as long as you don’t go full Luthor sociopath.

After figuring out her mothers plan and looping Kara in for an assist, a call back to the realization that Kara is just as capable as Supergirl, the ladies make a plan to save Edge because Lena is better than that. Lena warns Edge that mad mamma bear is on the loose and coming for him because, she is a bit miffed at him trying to kill her daughter and also, because she’s crazy and likes killing people, aliens, things, whatever. After a drone attack Lena gets Edge to confess to trying to kill Lena and just when she thinks it is over, Edge tries to attack her to get the confession back, when mamma bear comes in with a super suit to finish the latest murderous plot she’s started. Edge makes a run for it and steals the recording with Lena in pursuit. Mon El goes in for to help Supergirl, since he has had some upgrades in his time in the future he can finally go toe to toe with the Luthor’s super suit. And and the end of this episodes battle Jimmy, as Guardian shows up and helps his lady Lena get the recording back.

“For Good” is an excellent reminder that Lena is one of the best characters on the show, she isn’t a replacement for Cat Grant, she’s something new and exciting. She’s a dark horse full of complicated feelings and actions and she’s wonderfully portrayed with every bit of nuisance by Katie McGrath whose talents are the only one’s not wasted this season. Everyone seems to be stuck firmly in their pigeonholed character tropes. Lena has a heart to heart with her mother and she comes to terms with every part of herself and enjoys the realization that she is better when she owns her good and bad parts. The ladies get together to hear Samantha’s test results and learn there is nothing medically wrong with her and they all agree to be there for her until they figure out what is going on. Mon El and Kara have their weekly heart to heart where he says the same thing he always does, how much he changed for her and how much she means to him.

The episode ends with its requisite come back to the pre first commercial break red herring and we meet the first world killer, the one who was activated at the end of the last episode before cutting to black and hitting us with the credits ensuring we tune in next week. The episode wasn’t bad, it was exactly what we have come to expect from Supergirl , the writers stuck with their, “if it ain’t broke” mentality and churned out another mediocre episode. There was no real tension or action but, there was a good story with pieces of heart. It was well written, a bit too much so, and so by the numbers that it was downright predictable. I realize the need for place holder episodes but, this season has been full of them and it’s had a lot of wait until next week build up in the last 2 minutes that turn into much ado about nothing.

Rating: 7.6

Recap: Supergirl S3E11 Fort Rozz

Last night’s Supergirl episode “Fort Rozz” starts off with a stir crazy Alex, still nursing her broken leg, volunteering to do babysitting duties for Reign’s alter ego’s daughter, Ruby. Back at the DEO Kara and the team discover the location of Fort Rozz and the identity of the priestess who can lead them to Reign, Jindah Kol Rozz. They also find out that Supergirl will be powerless because Rozz’s location is in a place with a blue star, so she decided to put together a lady powered team to have her back. I was glad to see that one of her picks was Livewire who is one of my personal antihero faves of this series and since her other pick is Psi, I found myself excited at all the possibilities.

While the Birds of Prey meets Suicide Squad quartet explore Fort Rozz for its namesake priestess, the powers behind Reign attempt to thwart the ladies mission. Imra gets accidentally brain sprained by Psi during an attack from an inmate causing them to lock up her powers again. As they are getting intel from the recaptured prisoner, they lose contact with the DEO thanks to a solar flare, which is pulling the prison and their ship along with it, into to the blue star. Back on Earth, Alex helps Ruby handle her school bully problem in an attempt to take her mind off of a text from Maggie.

Livewire and Supergirl head off to find Jindah while Psi and Imra try to keep the ship safe. Back at the DEO Winn and Braniac 5 go toe to toe for nerd supremacy with Winn coming out on top by figuring out a way to use the Voyager 2 to get a message to the ladies ship.

Priestess Rozz speaks in riddles and comes off as Grey Gardens level crazy when spouting riddles about Supergirl’s demise right before Reign, who still has her powers, runs Rozz through with fire from behind during her monologue. Supergirl tries to talk sense and compassion into Reign and gets an assist from Livewire and eventually Psi, since Imra has to work on getting their ship flight ready and detached. Psi brings Reign to her knees and Livewire dies in a heroic act of bravery trying to save a powerless supergirl from a supercharged Reign. When the remaining members return to earth, Supergirl is shaken from the loss of her friend, Imra is happy to be reunited with her hubby and Psi has grown fond of the rest of the team. Sam picks up Ruby from Alex after a great bonding day but, she’s clearly off an doesn’t remember anything, like the fact that she is Reign.

The episode ends with Mon-El and Kara having a heart to heart about her failings and the loss of her favorite frenemy and Kara telling him that there are more Worldkillers out there. It’s a somewhat tender moment that is immediately turned on its head by a brutal car crash, unleashing another Worldkiller.

While the banter was cute, caustic, and amusingly clever it wasn’t the shows best. There were lots of missed opportunities to true feminism but we instead got served a lot of verbal Cat fights and some hints of crabs in a barrel mentality. The episode seemed kind of forced with its interactions between the team and the only parts of the episode that seemed authentic and true were the scenes between Alex and Ruby. The scenes that were meant to mission statements about what to do with Earths Reign problem come off as redundant and catty and the name calling is unnecessarily shallow. I’m not sure who dropped the ball in the writing room for this weeks episode but, this was one of the series most faux feminist musings and it didn’t do the brand justice. The show has always been campy and tethered on bubblegum pop feminism but, at least it gave girl power newbies, bite sized teachable moments. Tonight’s episode was so off the mark that I didn’t even have feelings when Livewire was killed by Reign. I also cringed when Mon-El mansplains Kara’s emotions at her “failure” on Fort Rozz. Overall , last nights episode wasn’t the worst thing ever, it was just blah , like the writers gave up ten minutes in. It was the moving image equivalent of a place holder issue of a comic book and highlighted some of the shows flaws and none of its strengths.

Rating: 6.7

Recap: Supergirl S3E10 Legion of Superheroes

Supergirl S3E10 Legion of Superheroes starts off with comatose Kara receiving a visit from Braniac 5 in the loft of her mind following her defeat at the hands of Reign. In the real world, Braniac 5 keeps the team abreast of her condition while simultaneously keeping tabs on Kara and her mind. Reign seems unfazed by her brush with Supergirl and is trying the balancing act of her Reign duties and her mothering duties. Reign seems at ease taking her message of violent justice to the streets and with Supergirl out of commission she fights evil, her way, through most of the episode unchecked.

Mom-El takes himself and the legion off of the playing board because he doesn’t want to endanger thier mission and the timeline. The legion clues them in on what happens to the future with little insight into how to protect themselves besides the knowledge that Reign eventually leaves earth but, the earth suffers catastrophic losses and gets plunged into the dark ages.   Braniac tries to prepare Supergirl mentally for reentry into the real world so that she can help the fight against Reign but, since nothing ever goes according to plan, she doesn’t wake up,

Kara can’t find her way out of her mind and no matter how hard she tries to fight her way out, her emotions won’t allow her wake up and Braniac 5 doesn’t seem to be able to help her. Reigns attacks a methlab and the cops who show up. Back at the DOE the Legion goes into more detail about why they can’t interfere and explains that if they help and lose the future could be lost as well. J’onn J’onzz has to do friendship duties for Kara by being her doppelgänger so that Lena doesn’t catch wind that Kara is Supergirl, forcing him to endure girl talk from Lena who is having a bit of a dilemma with the start of her relationship with James. Luckily, the conversation ends in time for our favorite Martian to help the team with their plan to stop Reign.

With the help of a kryptonite necklace they momentarily are able to subdue Reign but, it doesn’t work for long and she escapes, injuring Alex in the process. Meanwhile back in Kara’s brain , her and Braniac 5 notice that there’s something off about her apartment and try to walk through her feelings and memories to figure a way out. Alex figures out where Reign is headed and the Legion decides to suit up and help the DOE take her on since Supergirl is still unavailable. When Reign hits the prison she runs into Supergirls former stan.

The Legion makes thier enterance to Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer, something a Jersey Girl like me couldn’t help but be impressed by. During the battle Braniac 5 multitasks, fighting the battle, helping Supergirl escape her brain and, doing a crossword puzzle. Kara eventually gets Braianc 5 to focus on the battle and his parting words are the key to her escaping her mind, which is evidenced by her finding a literal key shortly after his departure. The battle gets pretty intense and Reign has the super powered members of the team on the ropes as Kara awakes and heads out to join the battle despite the risk to herself. Kara is victorious after one good surprise hit and deals this battles final blow to Reign in the form of a kryptonite injection.

The episode wraps up with Mon-El and Kara having a sweet moment that hinges on goodbye , Jimmy and Lena having a heart to heart and one of the sweetest kisses I’ve ever seen and, Alex and Kara sharing some sister time. The wrap up was a perfect ending to  a stellar hour and, brought us back to the human element of the series which was the best way to end the teams involvement this time around. But, since the writers like to keep us on our toes, we get some stellar foreshadowing through a shot of the needle Supergirl used to “defeat” Reign and the mention of the team of Kryptonian powered allies that are ready to step out of the shadows to help help her on her purification quest.

Overall, this episode was a nice reentry into the Supergirl universe after a long break. There wasn’t a moment that wasn’t needed to propel the story forward and even with its ominous dark tone, it remained entertaining and fun. The writers have mastered good storytelling, mixed with just enough action, and the way they provide subtle character notes through short conversations, photos or moments keep us attached. There are so many ways the story can go now and I’m here for each and every one of them, with my popcorn at the ready.

Rating: 8.8

Review: Runaways #4

Marvel’s Runaways airing on Hulu has started a renewed interest in the already interesting Runaways brand. There’s something to be said about a series where the strongest member is a little girl, expressing a cute and gender role critiquing exterior with a stronger than the hulk interior strength. Runaways #4 starts off with a look into the reinvention and reanimating of the fallen Victor Mancha. Mancha exists as a sentient head in lab, mid reconstruction. Gert, Nico, and Chase take Mancha’s head on a road trip to see Molly who is the center of this issues’ part of the arc. The team is incomplete and Molly misses her pseudo-family even while living with her actual grandmother. After a hug-filled reunion and celebratory grilled cheeses, Chase lies out his plan to restore Victor to Molly and her grandma and reveal to Molly their intent to take her home which Molly is not keen on.

Writer Rainbow Rowell does an excellent job of writing the characters, giving them personality and giving just enough to make the readers connect to the story. When Gert makes her decision about Molly at the end of the episode it’s as surprising to the reader as it is to the rest of the team.

Kris Anka ‘s art work on this saccharine laced filler issue is pretty and muted matching the tone of the story. Anka manages to give the characters detail and keep the art sweet yet have a lingering shadow of ominous darkness portrayed. The facial expressions highlight real emotions, even in Victors’ severed sentient head.

Overall, this issue was a sweet well written part of the story and leaves on a “To Be Continued” cliffhanger that leaves the future of the team up in the air. The promise of a good next turn based on this issues cliffhanger is enough to make you want to continue reading the this story and see where the road leads.

Story: Rainbow Rowell Art: Kris Anka
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Suicide Squad #31

The “Secret History of Task Force X” arc has been an journey of exploration surrounding the OG Task Force X and the parallels tp our favorite villains, the Suicide Squad. There has been a lot to unpack emotionally, and story wise, but writer Rob Williams as usual rises to the challenge. He sets the writing bar high and not only hits the mark but passes it with his superior story telling. This issue continues to track the ramifications of the OG TFX mister with the Red Mask, Karin is still in space, Suicide Squads’ Rick Flagg still in the Phantom Zone, and everything is spectacular.

This issue shows off Williams’ range as a writer, not only do we get his always well played action but, we get some nice sensitive, well thought out emotional moments. Williams’ is a master a writing realistically when it comes to his female characters in thoughts, he has a earl knack for making their motivations and emotions realistic and genuine. There was a moment where I actually felt so deeply about some of the female characters emotions and motivations that I started to tear up. The way this issue juxtaposes Harley Quinn and Karin’s relationship and feelings for OG Flagg and Suicide Flagg is sweet, and beautiful. He touches on all of the intensity and grey areas of intimate relationships while managing to have each of them maintain a sense of agency. There is a nuanced and self aware portrayal when Harley ponders her relationship with The Joker that hits the gut especially when she parallels it with her relationship with Flagg. There are so many wonderfully written moments that evoke so much emotion that they could fill a whole issue on their own, yet Williams’ manages to distill a myriad of thoughts and actions into a 21 page issue arc segment without sacrificing story or realism. Williams’ writing is superb, believable, and so real that the emotional moments in his script pack just a big of a punch as his action filled let’s save the world moments do.

The amazing writing in this issue of the story arc was accompanied by Barnaby Bagenda futuristic yet muted art work. Bagenda provided a well drawn backdrop to an intense story and his palette choice added an extra character to the story without detracting from Williams’ poignant words. The art was so well crafted that you could actually see emotions on the characters faces and pain in their bodies.

Suicide Squad #31 is beautifully written, brilliantly crafted, and a perfect combination of art and story that draws the reader in and immerses them so fully in the drama that you forget that it’s a comic book. If you want to feel real feelings about imaginary characters, this is the issue to read.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Barnaby Bagenda
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Suicide Squad #30

Suicide Squad #30 starts off with Karin Grace in space lamenting the loss of her great love, Rick Flag, with Argent as her only companion. With the Red Wave released and Harley Quinn acting as the last line of defense, this start of this issue seems to set us up for an end game story highlighting bad  ass ladies on a mission to save the world. Boomerang, Croc and Katana show up to fight off this arcs big baddie and since Katana is the only one lacking a brain bomb, she is also in charge of saving her team and the world.

The colors in this issue are newfuturistic at its best, the lines are clean and the art plays like some of the prettiest story boards you’ll ever see. There is a sense of darkness, eminent doom and realism in the character portrayals that add an extra layer of understanding  and go well with the story being told. The writing is top notch, the story is believable, highlights humanity and friendship and taps into real emotions and fears.

The writers make the “villains” into proper heroes by making their reasoning and motivations relatable. The female characters, even when guided by traditionally “female” motivations, like love and care taking ( of their team and the earth as a whole) , come off as bad ass and, the usual “female” guidelines are made to be seen as strengths instead of weaknesses. There are a lot of false starts and panels where our heroes come close to the goal only to meet setbacks but, the way the writers handle it ramps up the tension and emotional investment, needed to take a reader to the next level.

Rob Williams is a genius at making the unlovable , lovable and highlighting the brilliance and dichotomy needed to make an anti-hero a full blown hero. When combined with Phillips Briones stellar artwork, Suicide Squad #30 is a tour de force powerhouse that brings this story arc up a notch and makes it one of the best issues in the latest incarnation of the Suicide Squad story so far.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Phillips Briones, Wilfredo Torres, Adriano Lucas
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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TV Review & Recap : Supergirl S3E9 Reign

Reign opens with a festive holiday party where Wynn geeks out over Star Wars with J’onn J’onzz and his dad and Kara tells Lena and the woman who will become Reign that she’s so happy to finally have real  friends. When all this saccharine cheerfulness is going on in the first five minutes, you know that this episode is going to end badly. While Mon-El and his wife enjoy all that primitive earth has to offer, Lena and Jimmy confront Morgan Edge and Kara & J’onn J’onzz try and figure out who’s carving Kryptonian symbols all over the place.

Kara is forced to deal with the return of Mon-El under less than stellar, or available, circumstances and the writers spend the parts of the episode where she is confronted with those facts with realism and throughtfulness. There was no backbiting or lashing out at the “other woman”, not once does she cut Imra down or make her feel unwanted. We also got a heaping helping of sadness as we watch Reign say her goodbyes to her humanity in tender sad, longing moments with her daughter. I love that the writers juxtaposed who she was becoming with who she still was without being emotionally manipulative.Visually this episode is stunning, it’s dark and ominous lighting, mixed with pops of light from Christmas trimmings showcase the intricate stories being told. Kara goes and meets her biggest Stan Coville in prison after a warning call from the big house and they talk about the beast and god before Rao , essentially Kryptonian apocalypse playing itself out on our earth. This episode focuses on the human intricacies of becoming  from both sides of the good vs evil , god vs devil, dark vs light, we see the woman who will become Reign start to devolve and Kara becoming full Supergirl. When they reach their final battle it is nothing less than spectacular, even more so than the much anticipated spark filled kiss between Lena and Jimmy, we see Kara taking out her rage against all of her emotions on Reign and Reign taking out the eminent loss of her daughter and life on Supergirl. When Kara sees the scared little girl , she remembers with blood streaming down her face what she’s really fighting for and she uses her feelings as a weapon. Reign is an episode full of emotions and not all of them are happy holiday good time vibes, there’s tension, longing, fear, loniless and duty. There is so much to unpack internally when watching and, the amazing acting and superb direction sucks you in , giving you This is Us level feels. There’s not a dull or wasted moment and even with the fast cuts and bullet point scenes, nothing feels rushed or unnecessary.  This was yet another stellar showing from a writing team that has always maintained a wonderful showing of female strength , rage and passion in a way that is realistic and lacks the formulaic ways that most shows portray female heroes and antiheroes or villains.  The issue doesn’t end the way you’d expect and I love the fact that the writers did not cop out or take the easy route, throwing another jab at the viewers and then hitting us with an emotional two scene combo punch that ensures that we will all be back after this mid season finale because we need to know how this all turns out.

Overall Rating: 9.8

TV Review: Supergirl S3E7 Wake Up

Supergirl S3E7 Wake Up dials the relationship drama up to 11, between the J’onzz family drama and the return of Maybe Mon-el there’s enough second guessing and baggage to propel this episode forward. Kara and J’onzz head off to investigate a mystery ship and come across Kara’ s banished love, J’onzz tries to break the shackles of mental oppession from centuries of slavery the hands of the white Martians and, Samantha goes to visit her adopted mother and unpack her feelings of abandonment and get answers about her inability to be hurt. Lucky for us viewers, the writers at Supergirl central seen to know how to tell multiple stories with depth, intensity and honesty that manage to connect with a central theme while having autonomy.

Kara faces the hard choices when the returning Mon-El seems to be not himself , J’onzz helps dad adjust to freedom and find happiness in coffee and Samantha tries to come to terms with who or what she is with a road trip to the middle of nowhere. There are so many heartfelt moments in this episode it’s hard not to have all of the emotions. Wynn tries to have a heart to heart with Mon and we get one of the most heartfelt and emotional performances that his character has ever given.

Overall this episode is a rich, realistic peek behind the curtains of some of the most solid characters and , there’s less magic and more relatable realness. Without giving away all of the endings , or depriving you all of some truly beautiful and emotional moments, I can tell you that this episode is fill of character development, subtle reminders of the thread of humanity that runs through some our favorite aliens. There’s beautiful navigation going on that in every single instance begs the question, what do you do for love? Even though the characters situations seem different on their face, they’re all trying to help their loved ones deal with their new realities. There are brutal truths and, life altering regrets that shake alliances to the core but, none of these shifts are taken lightly or for cheap emotional tricks. Every scene is raw and perfectly written and shot in a way that draws you in and softly reminds you how boss the writers, cast, and directors are.

Overall: 8.9

Review and Recap: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S3E6 Helen Hunt

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S3E6 Helen Hunt has our rag tag gang of superhero misfits trying to get Helen of Troy back into her own time in order to save Hollywood. Helen of Troy has a face and presence that launches a flurry of fists between any man who lays eyes on her. Everyone seems to be infected by her beauty, except for Jackson who has Stein’s mind thanks to a freaky Friday Body swag. Jackson only has eyes for Hedy Lamarr and her beautiful brain, there’s a nice historic shout out to Lamarr which is very much appreciated in an episode that takes aim at male gaze.

This episode is another well written win for the Legends Writers Room, this time around taking on (white) male entitlement. The ladies take the lead and have to save the day giving us an amazing action packed romp through time. We get a nice glimpse into what it must have been like to be Helen of Troy and have wars fought in her name without allowing her any agency. There’s a nice sense of sisterhood when Helen drives off with the female Legends as the men of Hollywood go to war over who gets the girl.

Back on board the ship those who don’t know learn quick, without Hedy Lamarr becoming famous and sharing her work, the ship can’t run because, her patents laid the groundwork for everything awesome. Damien Darhk is up to his old tricks with some bad ass chicks as his seconds in command and, big plans for his new new world order as a hybrid born again body. There’s also a lot of reveals on the family lineage front, Darhk has a daughter who’s even more ruthless than he is and OG Vixen has a granddaughter who is living her life in the dark side. We also get to see Helen find agency by being her own hero and coming to Amaya’s rescue and Hedy fixes Firestorm after mansplaining some science to them.

While women reigned supreme tonight, the show ends with Ray coming clean about the Vixen family tree and the ship being captainless as Sarah lies in a coma but there’s some solace in knowing that Kira drops Helen off on Themyseria and letting her live her own life, with some of the baddest warrior women we know.

Overall: 9.9

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