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TV Review: Supergirl S1E20 Better Angels

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Supergirl is forced to do battle with an unexpected enemy as she risks everything – including her life – to stop Non and Indigo from destroying everyone on Earth.

CBSSupergirl wraps up her first season as she takes on Non and Indigo in freeing the people of her city and then thing escalate. That issue is resolved rather quickly which is interesting and definitely caught me off guard.

But that false ending (in a way) is just the end of that plan, and instead there’s a bigger plan out there, kind of a scorched Earth policy by Non and Indigo.

That leads to a big showdown that has ok action and a meh ending.

The episode is really about its heart which is shown just before the battle as Kara/Supergirl realizes she might not return from the fight, and the end of the episode where Kara deals with Cat and then her friends. That’s where they show does best I think and here it’s cute and sweet in a way.

The episode has some good and some bad and feels a bit anti-climactic and the resolution to the battle with Non is just ok.

But, the end of the episode is really cool in that it sets up a possibly exciting second season if the show is back. There’s a mystery, a job change, some relationship stuff. A lot is wrapped up and a lot is set up!

Supergirl sputtered a bit, but this episode had more than enough to show off why this show is fantastic and why it’s needed on the air. Here’s to a super first season and hopefully a super second one.

Overall rating: 7.6

TV Review: Supergirl S1E19 Myriad

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara must devise a way to free her friends when Non and Indigo employ mind control to turn all of National City’s citizens into their own army.

CBSSupergirl last week gave us the beginning of the end game for the first season as National City was enslaved by Non with a mysterious signal that turns individuals into zombies.

The goal?

To use the zombie brainpower to solve issues. Yes, Non’s big plan is to use crowdsourcing to solve Earth’s problems….. yes this was a weapon that was created in the hope it could be used to save Krypton, but yeah. Even the weapon is kind of cute in a way.

Beside the master plan, the episode is actually good. The stakes feel high as Non and Indigo team up to take on Supergirl and the few folks she has to help here.

There’s some really horrible parts, like Superman being enslaved (the excuse given is eye rolling, as well as the lack of his actually being used). There’s some silliness absolutely, but, the episode feels like there’s some pretty heft battles going on and even though there’s lots of space in the battles, lacking a feel of an epicness to it, the episode still feels pretty big in the battle.

The first season is wrapping up and this story arc has done a good job at setting itself up. Here’s hoping it sticks the landing. Not a super strong episode, but it’s entertaining.

Overall rating: 7.8

TV Review: Supergirl S1E18 Worlds Finest

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1The Flash arrives in National City from an alternate universe. He teams up with Supergirl to battle the villains Livewire and Silver Banshee, in exchange for Supergirl’s help finding him a way to return home.

CBSSupergirl gets a friend in the Flash as the hero from The CW crosses channels and Earth’s to join Kara for a team-up episode that has them taking on Livewire and Silver Banshee and having a great time while doing so.

The last couple of episodes folks have been untrusting of Supergirl, but this episode puts that at the center and has the city make a decision as to where she stands, so there’s a solid use of that storyline.

Before I get to the excellent, I have to ask, is Livewire’s music the same as Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man!?

But, what’s really fun is Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist working together after a rather short stint on Glee together. The two have fantastic chemistry and what’s truly amazing is that they bring back the fun to a series that has missed it a bit for a few episodes. There’s such an energy in this episode it’s kind of hard to not smile and giggle at the jokes and enthusiasm of its two leads. The fun explodes off the screen and Benoist is back to her adorkable fun self.

There’s the plot as well having to do with Kara and James, which I will say I am not a fan of the two. There’s something storywise that just doesn’t work for me at all.

But, the episode is beyond fantastic nailing things in every way possible and creating a fun enjoyable episode that’s fun in every way. The title of the episode is “Worlds Finest” and it might have been the show’s finest yet

Overall rating: 9.6

TV Review: Supergirl S1E17 Manhunter

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1J’onn J’onzz reveals the details of meeting Kara and Alex’s father, Dr. Jeremiah Danvers, and assuming Hank Henshaw’s identity. Meanwhile, Kara considers confiding her secret to someone new; and Siobhan plots to bring Kara down.

CBSSupergirl bounces around the present and past as we learn the history of Martian Manhunter as well as Supergirl. The episode does a great job of intertwining the two’s history. The show is entertaining filling in some blanks as to the two characters’ history. And the solid about that is that it really frames the two as immigrants trying to assimilate to their new world.

In the present the fallout from the revelation that Hank Henshaw is really J’onn J’onzz is being dealt with and the fact he might be a threat to national security and the objective of the DEO is at the center. The episode really is a bunch of interrogations and the flashbacks. And together it’s all really good with some decent resolution.

There’s also some things dealing with Siobhan who is seeking revenge against Kara for getting her fired. That part of the story is ok, but the bigger is a reveal at the end that deals with her.

The episode overall is pretty decent and very entertaining. It does a great job of diving into the past and giving the characters a more fleshed out background and history. The revelations and small details add wonders to them, but also fills in blanks for us viewers too. The themes explored as well feel relevant and something many of us can relate to.

A solid episode overall that is simple in execution and focus.

Overall rating: 8.3

TV Review: Supergirl S1E16 Falling

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara has a major personality change after being exposed to Red Kryptonite. As her friends and the citizens of National City face a malicious and dangerous Supergirl, Cat appears as a guest on “The Talk.”

CBSSupergirl takes Kara for an evil spin as she’s exposed to Red Kryptonite and while I’ll say the episode is generally good, it also feels like we’ve seen this sort of thing a lot in comics, or even television. The episode has Kara slowly change, and it’s an interesting one that lets actress Melissa Benoist stretch her legs (and her cape) a bit with the character.

The episode has a lot of winks and nods to previous entertainment, and there’s a great nod to Superman’s evil turn in the bland Superman III, peanuts, mirror and all.

But, the episode also feels somewhat original and interesting in that it does a nice inner look about the character herself and what she stands for as a character. That to me is the more interesting thing, and I’d have rather had the episode focus on that a lot more. It’d have been a much stronger episode with that debate, which is really one it’s having with its audience.

There’s some bad with the episode as well. Kara’s moments with James is especially bad and feels like it’ll be handled wrong. Also, I’m not sure how I feel about the events with Henshaw/Martian Manhunter. All of that will depend on where they take both plot lines down the road. Both may be minor bumps where there’s a nice recovery after.

I will say of particular note that I find interesting is Supergirl’s relationship with Cat which has really evolved over the series and is very different, and somewhat original, compared to Superman with Lois or Jimmy.

The episode is an ok one. Not super in any way, but it has it’s touching moments and it also sets up some strife with Supergirl, taking here away from her rather perfect and squeaky clean image.

Overall rating: 8.8

TV Review: Supergirl S1E15 Solitude

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara travels to the Fortress of Solitude hoping to find information on how to defeat Indigo, a being from her past who can travel through the Internet. In the meantime, James and Lucy reach a crossroads in their relationship.

CBSSupergirl does an ok job mixing things together in tonight’s episode which gives us a new villain in the Brainiac spin-off Indigo.

Lets start with the villain of Indigo herself. The character and concept are cool, basically a computer in person form, and aspects of the character look cool, but the costume is just so poor it distracts from the episode.

This is a character that can change her shape and travel through the internet, but there’s seems on the outfit and a zipper on the back…. it just looks really silly.

The episode really focuses on Supergirl walking away from the DEO due to Hank “killing” her aunt, but we all know it’s really Supergirl’s sister. There’s also relationship issues between James and Lucy dealt with.

The James and Lucy spat seems a bit odd, especially since James never shared Superman’s identity, so it’s odd he wants to do that for Supergirl. It’s clunky writing definitely and the weakest spot of the show.

The episode is an ok one. Not super in any way, but it has it’s touching moments and a fun villain in some ways.

Overall rating: 8.8

TV Review: Supergirl S1E14 Truth, Justice and the American Way

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Supergirl battles the deadly Master Jailer, who is hunting and executing Fort Rozz escapees; at the same time, a second assistant hired by Cat tries to one-up Kara at every turn; James and Kara find themselves in a disagreement over the DEO’s methods.

CBSSupergirl is an interesting episode in that it gets to more of a debate about the ideals of Supergirl, it’s something that hasn’t really come up a lot at this point.

That really revolves around Maxwell Lord’s detention which has just kind of been out there up to this point. He’s been detained, and I myself have been wondering why no one was looking for him, or how he can be detained.

That’s been a big debate here with it outright being called a Guantanamo like situation and that Lord, though evil, still deserves due process and has rights by which he should be afforded.

It’s an interesting debate and dives in to solid discussions. It allows Supergirl to think about what she stands for as a hero. Mixing that with the Master Jailer she has to deal with creates an actual debate along with the entertainment. I want to see more of that in the series, because it’s a deeper look at the character along with the action.

There’s big movement when it comes to personal lives as well. Jimmy wants to tell Lana about Supergirl/Kara, which is the weakest point of the episode as he can just say he’s working with Supergirl and not mention Kara. There’s also the introduction of a new rival for Kara.

The episode is a good one in that it mixes some moral debates along with action. More of this please!

Overall rating: 8.8

TV Review: Supergirl S1E13 For the Girl Who Has Everything

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1A parasitic alien attaches itself to Kara and traps her in a world where Krypton was never destroyed, leaving Alex, Hank and the DEO to fend off a Kryptonian attack without her.

CBSSupergirl takes tonight’s story from a classic story from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic, Superman Annual #11 from 1985.

Supergirl is trapped in her mind by a plant sent to take her out of action. She believes she’s living on Krypton with her family, when in reality is she was dying.

This leads to DEO and her friends to scramble to save her. The story is solid in that it really focuses on everyone else and really nails down the fact this is her new family. It’s rather touching.

But, it’s all part of a bigger plot by the Kryptonians on Earth to attack, and I’m not quite sure what their actual goal was. They just kind of attacked.

The episode did result in the death of a pretty high profile character, something I wasn’t expecting.

The episode is a great bounce back from last week’s disappointing adaptation of the classic character Bizarro. It shows they can do it right, which only emphasized how bad last week was.

The bad of the episode is that the fight at the end felt a little forced, and could have been part of a second episode, but it was a good one overall, that shows how good the series can be.

Overall rating: 8.6

TV Review: Supergirl S1E5 How Does She Do It?

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat’s son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.

CBSSupergirl finally gets us to a bigger story, as it’s revealed there’s a big bad on the horizon, or at least in front of us. The episode has Kara balancing her life, and doing what she can to do her job too.

The episode is cute in many ways, revolving around Jimmy’s love life and the rather complicated matter than it is.

But, as usual, the episode really revolves around Kara/Supergirl and what she does and what she says. The episode portrays her in a relaistic way as a hero who can’t do it all, and does mess up, and have to make choices. It’s a solid episode in many ways because of that.

I’m not a fan of Kara and Jimmy getting together, which is teased as usual, but not gone through with. It’s cute, but Jimmy should be her mentor and friend.

There’s also some solid moments of a young boy looking up at Supergirl as his hero, a nice nod that her fans go across gender.

The episode isn’t deep at all, but a very cute and entertaining hour.

Overall rating: 7.9

TV Review: Supergirl S1E4 Livewire

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara’s foster mother visits for Thanksgiving, while an accident transforms a volatile CatCo employee into Livewire.

CBSSupergirl juggled this latest episode in light of the Paris attacks. The episode that was to air had bombings occurring across the city. In its place, we get the debut of Livewire, a classic DC Comics villain and one nice adapted for this live show.

This episode has the character being a shock-jock employee of CatCo who’s transformed due to a freak accident. The episode has pretty decent special fx, and Brit Morgan who plays Livewire is pretty entertaining in the role (though she shares a bit too much of a look with Liv from iZombie.

But the hear of the episode rests in the relationship of daughters and mothers. We learn much more about Cat Grant and why she might be a bit tough on Supergirl, and Kara and her sister tell their mother the truth about things (as if she didn’t know Kara was Supergirl, that’s not the secret).

But, we get some solid family interaction out of it and a very cut and sweet moment between Kara and Winn. Through all of the action, the episode really revolves around the relationships between the characters and dealing with their family.

The episode also takes on its tone directly with lots of talk about discourse and being positive. Some have had issues with the tone of the show, being too nice, where I think the positive attitude is a welcome change. It’s actually talked about in a roundabout way.

The episode bounces back nicely from the previous episode. And awesome secrets revealed!

Overall rating: 7.8

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