Supergirl – Season 2 Episodes 18 – 22 Review

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The far more consistently good second season of Supergirl comes to a close with the last five episodes. Full on invasion, love stories and a Superman-Supergirl fist fight highlight a chaotic but fun finale. Let’s take a closer look!

Official Synopsis:

Kara / Supergirl is starting to believe she can be truly happy with Mon-El now his rather insistent parents have left the scene… but sadly, she couldn’t be more wrong…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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“Hey, look over there!”

Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) – Ever struggling to balance a normal life with her life as Supergirl, Kara finally feels like her life has stabilized, beyond a potential job problem. Little does she know the danger she’ll soon face…

Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) – Kara’s adoptive sister who has recently settled down into her first real relationship with detective Maggie, while still maintaining her duty with the D.E.O.

James Olsen / Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) – Super attractive Jimmy Olsen is moonlighting as a vigilante named Guardian, in a desperate attempt to make him relevant in the series again…

J’onn J’onzz / Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) – Leader of the D.E.O. and last of the Green Martians. His role of commander often means he is unable to use his vast power to help out desperate situations in time, which is handy given this series is called Supergirl…

Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) – Your classic nerdy computer wiz that seemingly every Arrow-verse show needs. He’s also in a relationship with an alien woman, which is a least a bit of a different quirk…

Mon-El (Chris Wood) – Hunky alien from Daxam who is in a relationship with Kara. He had turned over a new leaf from his party days on his old planet and is hoping he’ll never see his parents or his people again… Yeah… *ahem*

Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) – Sister to Lex Luthor, Lena has had a hard time running L Corp as a legitimate business while his brother sits in prison and his mother was outed as an alien-hating mastermind behind deadly group Cadmus.

Rhea (Teri Hatcher) – Mon-El’s mother and fully intent on the future of the Daxamites being with her son… at any cost. Even killing her own husband and planning a full on invasion of Earth, for example…

and more!

The Good:

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“You may be my mother but…. I … Don’t like you. Much.”

The final episode of the season certainly served up the action. It started with a full-on super-powered fight between Superman (under the hallucinogenic control of Silver Kryptonite) and Supergirl, then soon switches to a full-on fight between Rhea and Supergirl. All the while the rest of the heroes seen through the season are on the street or in the air defending the populace. It was a very satisfying season conclusion… well, apart from one bit at the very end, which I’ll get to in the next section…

The episode before that was plagued by Cat Grant, but did involve the return of Lillian Luthor and Cyborg Superman, which was good and made sense, right down to the predictable betrayal.

Episode 20, “City of Lost Children”, deserves credit mostly for putting focus on Jimmy Olsen, given that this series he was demoted from main character love interest to … that other guy that hangs around. So it was good to see an episode focused on him, even if his Guardian persona is extremely cheesy, even for a superhero show…

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The elite Daxamite “Kylo Ren” guards in action.

Likewise, episode 19, “Alex”, does a good job of really selling the relationship between Alex and Maggie, which is nice because, if I had been writing this blog at the start of the season, I would have complained about how much focus was put on the fact that it’s a lesbian relationship, rather than just focusing on it being a relationship. The former is very old hat nowadays, so it’s nice that it has already settled into being treated like any other relationship between different sexes.

Episode 18, “Ace Reporter”, falls into that in between category, where it’s not bad, not great, just good… it’s okay, fine, pretty much standalone beyond Kara getting her job back, and the villain of the week was at least interesting.

Oh and I have to say that Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman is still the best live-action Superman in the past few decades, and that remains the case here (although he is a worse fighter than Supergirl, which is odd, but again understandable given the title of the series). I also liked that Superman’s vision under the Silver Kryptonite was Zod, who they had to cast someone for, because that just adds to the idea that he has been Superman for many years before the series started. Seeing a Zod we have no actual prior connection to makes this world feel more lived in.

The Bad:

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“I swear! I used to take pictures and people paid attention to me… it was great.”

Two things annoyed me about the last two episodes, one is Cat Grant returning and being treated like an all-powerful, conquering bad ass… I mean, I just find her so obnoxious, which was the idea originally, obviously. I just don’t like her smug bitchy-ness, these episodes only reminded me how much better the show had been without her. Her rah-rah speech to the Daxamites and later to the people of Earth were cringey…

Secondly, Kara and co. stop the Daxamites by releasing a small amount of lead into the atmosphere, a substance deadly to the invaders (and apparently turns them stone, somehow, if Rhea’s death is anything to go by…) but that means that Mon-El has to leave Kara and their relationship ends. Tragic, good drama etc… except that I kept thinking, “Why are they sending him out randomly into space? Why don’t they use Cisco’s device and send him to another Earth?” Even the main Arrow-verse Earth, that way not only can Kara visit him whenever she wants, but they can bring him back once the lead clears… I’m sure it will lead somewhere, but that’s not the point…

Overall Thoughts:

A good, action packed finale, though it did have a returning character that I (personally) don’t like, and a bit of a logic gap. Still, a good end to the series, with the now-standard foreshadowing ending leading up to Season 3…

4 Star Watch

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