Supergirl Season 1 Finale Review: That Thing With Feathers

Supergirl S01E20: "Better Angels"

After telling J'onn J'onzz that she was at peace with death as long as it was in defense of this planet, Kara reached for her injured compatriot, a fellow survivor of a mass extinction, and kissed him on the forehead. It was the most motherly Kara has been the entire series, which was fitting since she donned the mantle of caretaker. She was going to make this all better, even if it killed her. And then she proceeded to fly off and burn the eyeballs right out of her uncle's face.

Kara's really grown up as this series has progressed, and that might be one of the brightest shining points of this season. We first met a Kara who was overwhelmed by the full range of her abilities and the necessary balance for a god among squishy humans. She had more than a few moments of both rash impulsivity and fretful hesitance as she tried to figure out what that balance was. And then at the end she had clarity, in that she was not sent here to fall in love with a human and get that white picket fence; Kara Zor-El was sent to Earth to be a warrior. And she was ready ride into Valhalla.

"Better Angels" was the result of lessons learned in both "Truth, Justice, and The American Way" and "Falling," two episodes in which Kara got all high and mighty (well, more so than a Kryptonian already is) and was ready to violate Rule No. 1 of the alien-guardian-of-a-weaker-species rulebook: You can't blow up a human, even a bad one, just because you can. Here, Kara swung way to the other end of the spectrum and gave us a different, much more self-sacrificing and peaceful version of the god among men. The weakness of humanity and our puny bodies really is Supergirl's cross to bear.

That being said, sometimes Supergirl does not come to bring peace but a sword. Or shouting and laser vision that will blind her uncle so bad he'll need a cane on the wrong side of Rao.

Obviously, the MacBeths needed to be taken down immediately and definitively (they were literally going to blow up all the humans) but you got the feeling that everyone in the writers' room was like, "This is the end of our season, maybe the end of our series. We are not effing around." And it wasn't just the vision of J'onn ripping Stretch Armstrong in half but also the brazen farewell tour throughout the episode. Kara went consecutively to all the people in her life to tell them how much she loved them and how they've made her life better. Those kinds of speeches walk a fine line where any false move can result in the whole premise being too schmaltzy, too corny, too eye-rollingly saccharine to mean anything because you're too busy shouting "OH GAWD!" at the screen to really hear what anyone is saying. But Kara sold it, as she is wont to do, despite clumsiness of narrative device or clunkiness of dialogue.

I mean, let's face it: The premise of this season finale was pretty hokey. The people of Earth needed to be saved from having their heads explode Scanners-style because Non decided if his device wasn't going to work as planned he was just going to turn it up to 11 and kill everyone in the world (if you can't beat 'em, kill 'em all, a.k.a. the Hitler Option). And Kara saved the day by lifting an entire interstellar prison off the planet and back into space only for her Earth sister to blast off in Kara's baby space pod to save her from floating forever in near orbit. And yet I was with it for most of the way (Alex figuring out how to cruise to the exact spot Kara was using Kryptonian technology might have been a little over the top). All of the hokey speeches were sweet and well-delivered, especially the one for James where she rejected him to spare him. Supergirl's range of emotions from vengeful martyr to messianic martyr was a testament to how deep this show is in its subtleties. Even small details like neither Alex nor Kara really understanding Kara's abilities, are included in the development of the show, since Kryptonians can absolutely fly in space but there might not be a way for Alex to really understand that. Or the show just forgot. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt, though.

But that's the strength of this show. I realize that I've argued multiple times about how weak this show is sometimes in regards to how jammed together it feels and how it struggles to properly build into the narratives it's so excited to get to. But because of cast chemistry and good-enough writing and these flashes of brilliance, this show somehow works despite itself, and we can only hope that with a summer to retool, it'll only get better.

Kara spent most of the episode on a farewell tour, saying goodbyes and all the things she wished she'd said to her loved ones more often, only to miraculously be rescued after a spell of courage and self-sacrifice so she could fight another day. And we hope for much of the same thing for the Supergirl series itself.

Hope is one of the major themes for this show in a much more distilled and innocent form than it might be in any other series. It is the thing that brought down Myriad. It is the feeling Supergirl most wants to provide for a constantly assaulted city. And, as the guardian angel for the substitute City of Angels, she is the willing embodiment for hope, even more than Superman himself. That hope radiates from the show to its audience for its continuance.

For all its foibles and failings, all the clunky dialogue and misfires on romantic pairings, Supergirl has a lot going for it. This isn't the first time I've seen a show ramp up its effort at the end of the season to make it interesting enough that I'd want to see a second season just to see them retool, rehash, and possibly recast (poor, poor Constantine). But there are so many good parts to Supergirl that need to be salvaged. And by the end of the episode, when they toasted to family (there's that word again), the thought of this being the last time Kara rips the buttons off a terrible shirt to reveal the House of El coat of arms would be bittersweet. It made me hope there are many other terrible shirts for her to ruin in the future.


OTHER THINGS SUNG BY SUPERGIRL'S BETTER ANGELS

– There wasn't a lot of explanation for why J'onn thought it would be helpful to bring Mama Danvers from Midvale to talk some sense into Alex. I think we all went with it since we didn't really want the battle to go on for that long. I mean, it's not like Kara was going to kill Alex and we did get some sweet Matrix moves out of it. Still weird though.

– The fact that they sat Supergirl down at the news anchor desk kills me. She looked like she was about to toss to the weather. Stay classy, National City.

– I'm also guessing that Max was able to use the ancient analog equipment to somehow tap into the digital feeds of everyone in National City because science magic? What's the point of having a boy genius if you can't use him to bend the rules of physics, technology, and the FCC?

– Lady MacBeth did make sure to point out that Supergirl is a "bleeding heart." This show might be more political than I give it credit for.

– One last shot of Kelly's desk. Poor basic Kelly with her Kelly Parking Only sign. "No one could save all three of us." That's something you have to say to your self-critical savior but we all know the truth. Kelly died needlessly and that's blood on your hands, Kara Zor-El's trigonometry teacher! Blood. On your. Hands.

– Supergirl is all about consent. CBS Cares.


– I feel like all the glass they have to clean up at the DEO is an inside joke just for me and those of you that read these reviews. There's just so much glass. There's no need for all that glass in a place with no windows.

– "That was either my eulogy or your dictated suicide note." This was a great episode for Cat Grant. I know some readers were cold on Cat in the beginning. Have you warmed up to her or are you still wishing Red K Supergirl had done to Cat what Non-Myriad Supergirl did to Kelly?

– Brainiac 13 got a sick burn at the end there before she powered down. Now who's Maxima going to show down with in Season 5?

– Okay, we need to talk about Superman's boots. I am 100 percent on board with this show not including Kal-El because this is the Kara Show and Old Man Kent would just obfuscate that. But the last couple episodes with him just being off camera, out of focus, or distant is really silly. He should've just stuck with his off planet business. I get they were going for Supergirl saving Superman thereby "coming into her own." But did we really have to see the boots on the slab? I'm also over the IMing thing. Maybe I'm a little crotchety.

– The scenes with Kara finding herself out in space with the silence and light of the yellow sun while she floated helplessly, collapsed in exhaustion, was a highlight of the episode. I kind of wish they would've let that run for longer and not shown Alex piloting Kara's baby pod to save her. It had a Gravity feel to it of isolation and loneliness that really hit home her sacrifice.

– "This is your end-of-Working-Girl moment." Come on, you guys! Cat Grant!

– After an episode where Kara really focused on selflessness and a willingness to obliterate herself for the greater good, James gave her a large photo of herself to hang up. Like she's some kind of 19th century Russian countess. I really, really wish they weren't insistent on making this relationship happen. Where is the Supergirl-verse Barry Allen? He should make his way to National City about now.

– And for your cliffhanger: a Kryptonian pod showed up in the Cornfields (I'm pretty sure that was the Chinatown Metro station behind them) and, upon opening it, Kara is all, "OH MY GOD." What do you think it is? Is it another package from Alura? Is it Vasquez taking the birth pod for a little joyride? Is it Krypto? Please let it be Krypto. This show needs a dog.


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Jan 11, 2019
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May 02, 2016
Check 34min 13sec in the episode, while SG is in some half stasis floating through the stratosphere or above after she threw the space station contaoning Myriad into the void of space,one can see the Pod travel close to her (very logical) in the Pod you can see for a glimpse which lasts one second is a doppleganger of her earthly sister (forgot her name, but its the one who was also Meredith Greys' sister)
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Apr 22, 2016
Good episode.
Great review.

Supergirl should get a second season, it's earned it.

As someone who watched the Premiere and early episodes, witnessed the awkward "girl power!" declarations and Kara Zor-El's trendy, dime a dozen personality and at times immaturity and decided never to watch again; this is a show capable of recapturing viewers and turning them into fans.

Comparing the Finale to the Pilot shows a massive improvement, without abandoning it's feminist values or darkening Kara's personality.

The early days must have been written by a Marketing Formula of "Things that Work." It was doused head-to-toe in patented love triangles, that seemed to run contrary to the message of empowerment, and the dynamic at Catco was a Devil Wear's Prada knock off.
Meanwhile, at home, the viewer was supposed to sit comfortably while being stabbed repeatedly in the liver by the sharp feminist angle as they had yet to trust the audience was already here to see a female superhero, and did not need to be 'sold' on it.

That is to say the writers became less representatives and more storytellers.
They realized it didn't need to be so "loud and proud" to get viewers attention and Kara didn't have to be so strenuously relatable.
Their story needed only be sincere.
As a viewer the only question I ask is; is it true?

With truth comes subtlety (can't write a female perspective without it) and writers should believe in their message. If they have that, other problems are an easy fix.

On that note, should they get a second season/chance I hope they...

1. Allow Characters to advance plot not become devices of it, they've been better about that than most shows, despite convenient dialogue.
2. Make detailed backstory on all significant characters so writers have direction. Some times I get the feeling they're figuring out who Kara is not who she's becoming.
3.Be more creative. Invent some new aliens for Supergirl and make it their own. There's no reason for anyone to be asking, where's Superman? Establish this is Kara's story.
4. Fix the details! This is a SciFi, the audience will pick any nonsense apart.
5. Give James something non-D.E.O. related to do that makes Kara spending time at Catco significant. (Winn brought computer skills, the villain Toyman, and is Kara's much needed best friend. He fits in her life. Actually, I'd want to see more scenes of just Winn and Kara hanging out.) James, like Catco, is just there.
6. Max Lorde continues to be dangerously stupid (blow up the City that the Kryptonians aren't even in? Details, people!) Either kill him off or rewrite him.
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Apr 21, 2016
Is the use of the song "One Call Away" at the end sort of too, I don't know, on the nose for anyone else?
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Apr 21, 2016
I think its this superman in the pod




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Apr 21, 2016
"There are endless worlds out there to conquer. Worlds without that bleeding heart blonde Kryptonian."
Superman never looked better!!
I did want to see some craniums going pop.
"What the hell is in Nevada." "My experience, mediocre buffets and regret."
I need to get me an Omegahedron!
My guess that it's Earth-2 Constantine in the pod or another cousin of Kara's.
Not familiar with Krypto. Is he badass?

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Apr 25, 2016
Well let me put it this way:
If Crypto were a girl she would be a bitch. ^^
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Apr 20, 2016
Tv.com won't let me add episode specific reviews so I have to put my review here. This was a great episode! They touched all the right spots but did it with a light touch. As I watched Supergirl's "farewell tour" to her friends and to Cat because she thought she would probably die, it seemed that this could also be a series "farewell tour" if CBS, as it is expected to do, cancels the show.

I can overlook the weak spot (Alex flying the space pod) because I really wanted a happy ending. And for those who commented about Superman flying out to save her instead of Alex and the pod, remember that - at least in this show - Supergirl can't breathe in outer space so Superman can't either.

Once again, they gave Cat a three-dimensional, "human" part. And once again, as in prior episodes, when they do that Cat shines and almost steals the show.

Actually most everyone came across very well. Eliza Danvers (aka original Supergirl) was a believable, passionate mother, Henshaw did what he could and even Max Lord (he went from being a "black hatted villain" to, if not a "white hatted hero", at least an "off-white hatted" one).

The one surprise is when Henshaw was re-instated and commended Lucy Lane, he didn't offer her a position as Assistant Director.

This episode shows that the writers have found their stride. I hope they, and the actors, all get the opportunity to continue this in a Season Two.



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May 23, 2016
If the Kryptonians can't fly/function in vacuum, how did Superman get off-world to take care of business as the show alludes to several times during the season?
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Apr 20, 2016
The new pod... Its Supergirl... Or rather Power Girl... The multiverse is open now, and what better way then to have Kara mentor Kara.
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Apr 20, 2016
Loved every second of this episode and evrything i wanted to say, is already mentioned in the review. NOW FINGERS CROSSED FOR SEASON 2!!!!!
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Apr 20, 2016
I've never seen a superhero show care so little about super power consistency before.

I mean, how is Supergirl more powerful than Non? Do younger Kryptonians absorb more solar energy?

Also, since Kryptonians are powered by the sun, nothing drains them faster than using their heat vision since they're literally shooting out their internal energy, yet after a rather long and heated eye beam battle between SG and Non, SG still had enough power to haul a million ton spaceship out of orbit? Doesn't seem plausible but okay.
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Apr 20, 2016
4 hours until humanity dies...... Lets get coffe for my boss.
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Apr 21, 2016

This is why dudes don't watch this show.


Alex Danvers, "Oh, for sure, and I'll listen to you with hope as though my head isn't about to explode. Even though this attack is rising exponentially, for some reason I'm able to act like it's not hurting me while you talk!"

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Apr 20, 2016
When Cat said that the end of Working Girl always made her cry I thought it was because Harrison Ford was with another woman :-)
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Apr 20, 2016
Supergirl's horse?
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Apr 20, 2016
It's Streaky, or that were-horse she dated.
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Apr 20, 2016
I'm not a big fan of this calista flockheat at all, but I think Cat Grant is the highlight of this show. I hate her so much, I love her. And considering the females on OTHER berlanti shows yaaay they killed laurel lance and, well, both of the lance sisters, and Iris on the flash, Cat Grant has got to be the best cast female on any Berlanti bit.

and perfectly cast, dr. coop from nurse jackie as the douche bag genius maxwell lord. from knowing of him in the comics, dr. coop plays a great max. now we just have to get wonder woman to show up and snap his neck like in the comics.

In the pod at the end? Hoping Krypto... maybe baby general zod? superboy? and why is earth the krytonian refugee dumping ground? how much more trash are they gonna dump on us. raise the damned shields already!

still dont like show killer, jimmy olson but for some reason love Wynn.


and EVERYBODY knows that kryptonians can breathe in space. kara just had to cool off a bit. and alex in the baby pod really looked kinda stupid.

and why didn't martian manhunter help push that junk into space. he's as strong as superman you know.

I'd like to say, I enjoyed the crap out of this show and honestly the whole season. Didn't miss a single episode. I hope they bring it back.
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Apr 20, 2016
"why didn't martian manhunter help push that junk into space. he's as strong as superman you know."

He had just been skewered by Indigo in their battle, so he may not have had the strength at that time.
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Apr 20, 2016
The title "Better Angels" made me think of this weird 1990s version of Supergirl. Amen...




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Apr 20, 2016
Overall I thought the finale was good. The whole hope speech that Supergirl gave was definitely cheesy; I can't imagine that would have worked. Let alone, Max actually going along with it. But, I won't belabor that point or the fact that not only is the president a woman but apparently so is God. How many more powerful positions can we put women in to hammer home the point that women are powerful?!

The fact that Clark not only succumbed to Myriad and also went into a coma afterwards was ridiculous. If they want to keep Superman out of the show, keep him off world or something. At the very least, I figured (at least until Alex was eyeing the pod) that he would save Supergirl if she needed it. Which most of us all seem to agree she shouldn't. Since the DOE doesn't work with him, maybe they didn't realize that Kara could exist in space, at least for a bit. It seems highly unlikely a human could fly a Kryptonian vessel, but I have to ignore it just like lots of things in the show or I'd go crazy.

I can't remember, but I thought Astra wasn't in a pod when Non sent her body off. I thought it was a different kind of vessel, so I don't think it's Astra in the pod. Although, I do think she has every chance to come back since the sun would heal her injuries. My guess is even the writers don't have any real idea who/what is in the pod at this point. Kara's reaction made it seem like she knew whomever was in the pod, so I'm guessing it'll be a family member.

I like Cat; Calista Flockhart plays her well. I also like that the writers didn't tell us if she knows about Kara being Supergirl. It lets people read into whatever they want. Personally, I like to think she knows the secret but won't push it-but that's just my opinion. The fact that she promoted Kara & is essentially letting her pick whatever job she wants is pretty telling. Especially since she's always spouted off that "you have to ask for/go after what you want" and Kara doesn't do that at work.

As for James, I think the writers need to build his character up, if they're going to have a romance between the 2 characters. In Smallville (as well as the Superman movies) Lois was always strong willed and independent. James started out as a go-between for Clark and Kara as well as a slight mentor. He'd seen Clark in various situations and could guide Kara. For example, when she burned out her powers, he explained that Clark had done the same thing and not to worry. But now, Kara doesn't need that guidance. She needs someone who can stand alone as well as beside her. If that person is going to be James, then the writers really need to give him some more meat. Or introduce a new love interest. I still wonder if Lois and Clark are together in this universe, I know random thought!! :)

I hope this gets a 2nd season, just to see if it all starts to gel. I'm curious to see what's going to happen with the omegahedron, which by the way how did Max get his hands on it, and why is he giving it to the military? You know that's going to be an issue. I also want to see what was in the pod and how they rescue Dr. Danvers.

I was under the impression that Kara didn't kill Non, just burned his eyes out apparently. Is that accurate, or was she actually forced to kill him? And why does Max flirt with Cat & Alex, it's kinda creepy considering the age gap between the two women? It's like he's just this big player as well as being a sociopath. But then the writers have him do something sweet like the earrings for Cat...strange.

If CBS doesn't renew Supergirl, maybe it'll go to the CW where it would fit in better. Either way, I hope it gets a chance to live up to it's potential

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Apr 20, 2016
The pod... It contains Kara's twin from a parallel reality. Power Girl. Season 2 is going to get a couple of huge ratings boosts... lol
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Apr 20, 2016
well knowing powergirl's costume, i'd say it will get 2 HUGE ratings boosts. Thats an interesting thought, Power Girl. Dont know if that can happen. Wasn't she raised in a test tube in a lab on earth? CADMUS or lexcorp?
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Apr 20, 2016
I think that was one of her origin stories... Her other (most recent) is that she was a refugee from one of the other Earths that (supposedly) got smooshed in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. But since the events of that series have been mostly undone lately, the Gods alone know what her origins are lol.
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Apr 20, 2016
Space = Vacuum u cant breathe in a Vacuum that goes for Superman and SuperGirl now as for the Finale I was disappointed in the battle with Kara and Alex but after that just awesome SuperGirl just soared all season long
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Apr 20, 2016
Exactly. Superman/Supergirl doesn't need to breathe in space. Anyone who has read the comics knows the lore on this:

http://www.manofsteelanswers.com/does-superman-breath-in-space/

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Apr 19, 2016
Supergirl not breathing in space, maybe it is an Earth-3 thing.
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Apr 21, 2016
isn't kara's world earth-3 though? Earth nought i suppose is the comic book reality where the JLA exists.
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Apr 19, 2016
I got it! I finally know why I hated James five seconds after he started taking. He's Supergirl's version of the Season 3's Laurel Lance on Arrow. He's whiney, and he acts as if he knows what he's doing when he clearly has no real clue. He had no clue how Kara felt until Lucy filled him in and Red K Kara pretty much jumped him on the dance floor. And the rampant insecurity that he showed when Barry came to town smacked of Laurel Lance. It's spooky I know, I couldn't get the image out of my head...



That's better.

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Apr 20, 2016
HOLY CRAP! TOTALLY! YES! THATS IT! HE is this show's "lorl" lance. He's whiny, he steers the spotlight on himself (and nobody cares), and hey... lets say it... acts poorly. He's what I would call, since I've been watching Berlanti superhero flicks, a "showkiller". Laurel was a showkiller (thank god thats over), Sara was a showkiller, Quintin Lance is a showkiller, hawkgirl is a showkiller, hawkman was a showkiller (gone hopefully), Jax is half a showkiller, and Iris is a showkiller on ANY earth.

Glad I am not alone here.
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Apr 19, 2016
Can't seem to upload pics for some reason. Guess it will be my own little trauma alone. It was a funny pic though.
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Apr 19, 2016
I was crazy about the finale, but this seasons had some really great moments, some good episodes, and overall alot of potential. Hopefully, CBS can recognize what they have here and give Supergirl the season 2 it deserves.
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Apr 19, 2016
Agree with the review

but I a confused - I thought that they could fly and breathe in space Superman did in one of the movies
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Apr 20, 2016
I don't think he can breathe in space ,he is just has a very large lungs' capacity ,that's how he can blow the air with great force so he can hold his breath for a long time and in the anime he's seen wearing a protective space suit when he's in space as for flying in space superman always flying in space in the comics and the animated films for great distances e.g. to the sun ,so it was weird what Alex said ,was it intentional or a mistake ,I can't say for sure ? and Alex piloting the small one passenger space pod and rescuing Kara was very far fetched ,it would've been better if they made it like the pod is activated by Kara's DNA and the auto pilot could make the ship fly and retrieve Kara on its own or even Superman woke up and rescued her instead of making him look like a big wimp not just that he was affected by Myriad like a normal human but he was worse and didn't even wake up when every one else did ,Come on that's the Man of Steel we're talking about
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Apr 20, 2016
I thought so too.
I mean, "Yellow Sun" does give a Kryptonian all it's powers.
Or atleast exist even cryogenically.?
At least if you take into consideration any "meta-verse" story-lines becoming very popular. ("The Flash" cameo appearance from 'Another Earth')
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Apr 19, 2016
What?
Wait!
What?

Supergirl can't breathe in outer space? And she can't fly in space because here is no gravity, consequently - no thrust?

WHAT?

Wasn't it just a few episodes ago when someone suggested to Kara to go get Superman to help out with some kind of crisis? And someone else said he was taking care of some mission OFF WORLD?
So - he went off world in a space ship?

So, how would Alex know something like this anyway? And, just how did she know how to fly Kara's pod? And how did she get her inside it to bring her back to earth?

No wonder I keep asking myself why I am still watching this pile of doo. (Because it was the season finale I guess.)

Maybe they wanted Alex to have to save her.
(I have to admit I am SO glad I was wrong about Alex and Hank being written out of the show. But James Olsen STILL needs to take a hike back to Metropolis!)

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Apr 19, 2016
Superman did have a space-traveling Supermobile for when he needed to travel in space and didn't have his full powers.


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Apr 20, 2016
And from the last few scenes in the Supergirl series, she was rescued in her own 'pod' by Alex, her adoptive sister.
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Apr 19, 2016
Enjoyed the finale. It was cheesy, it was hokey, it was what Supergirl is. It's the reason Flash fit in so well.
What's in the pod, I have 3 guesses:
1) Her mom
2) Her, still 12. Somehow a time dilation or transport accident ala Will/Tom Riker caused another version of her to arrive.
3) Kryto
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Apr 19, 2016
This season finale was awesome! I hope it gets renewed! Full review here:


http://www.thissideofmyscreen.com/2016/04/supergirl-better-angels-season-finale.html
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Apr 19, 2016
"Please let it be Krypto. This show needs a dog."
Amen to that! That was exactly my thought when I watched that scene.
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Apr 19, 2016
Well the Superman part last week was kind of funny - coming to "save the day and..." incapacitated by Myriad. He had to be somewhere in this episode after that. The idea of him still being out was okay, but the boots were a bit over the top.

They need to cast this guy as a small recurring character. Superman waking up and getting her down would have made more sense than Alex flying an alien spaceship. Alex could have had her heroic moment by finding a way to wake Superman to get her.

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Apr 21, 2016
And they soooooo could have done a sun glare on his face! And it would be nice that Superman actually did get to help her out once.
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Apr 19, 2016
Agree. Alex figuring out how to fly the ship in 5 minutes was ridiculous to me
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Apr 19, 2016
The DEO has had the pod for years. I'm sure she could have studied it a bit in her spare time.
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Apr 19, 2016
Every time I saw the boots in the background, they made me laugh. I almost feel like they were putting those in the shot on purpose.
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Apr 19, 2016
It just occurred to me, if Kryptonians can't fly in space, how come Superman was on an off-planet mission?
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Apr 19, 2016
Maybe he squeezed back into his baby spaceship pod ;-)

I'm guessing Kara was just exhausted and unconscious. If her sister hadn't picked her up I guess she would have eventually woken up and realized that she could fly in space.

I think her being out was intentional at this point.
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Apr 19, 2016
"Maybe he squeezed back into his baby spaceship pod ;-)"

Good one!

The problem is that (I think) Alex, or was it Mama Danvers who explained the whole problem of having no air to breathe and no gravity and not being able to generate gravity pull to fly.
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Apr 19, 2016
Today I watched the finale of Better Call Saul, that exquisite character study with brilliant writing, and then, as I still had time to kill, I decided to watch Supergirl. Oh, my God! The contrast was brutal.

It started with the promise of a fight between Kara and Alex (by the way, why didn't Non have Kara fight Superman? Shut up, brain) but soon it derailed into an emotional speech by Mama Danvers to Supergirl. As I cringed, I realize the entire episode was basically a collection of emotional speeches the characters had waiting to get out. Such as...

- Mama Danvers to Alex ("You are the strong one. You are Alex Danvers.")
- Alex to Kara, Kara to Alex. (sisterly bond)
- Kara to Winn ("Thank you.")
- Kara to James ("We can't be together.")
- Kara to Cat ("I admire you so much.")
- Supergirl to national City ("Have hope!")
- Kara to J'onn J'onzz ("I'm ready to die")
- Alex to Kara ("You saved the world, and I saved you.")
- Somebody to somebody else (Something emotional, at this point I had lost track)
- James to Kara ("This picture shows who the real hero is.")

PLEASE NO MORE SPEECHES FROM NOW ON!

At some point I was feeling nauseated. The Myriad Migraine was affecting me! I guess.

And we'll all agree that the real hero, the one who always had a plan and was one step ahead of the enemy was the one and only max Lord!

Speaking of useful characters, is there anyone less useful than Superman? Is he ever going to do ANYTHING besides texting to Kara? The writers have reduced the Man of Steel to Kara's bumbling half-idiot cousin who keeps screwing up and, though he tries, never accomplishes anything.

General Lane: "I spoke with the president and SHE..." OK, that proves it that this is a crazy, Bizarro alternate earth where anything can happen.

Oh, well, at least the DEO is back in competent hands. But what are they going to do with Lucy now? Lucy lane is like that player the coach tries in every position, but it never works quite right.

One more thing: only one creature can redeem the show now and my vote for the one in the pod is: STREAKY THE CAT!


I'll definitely be looking forward the next season... of Better Call Saul.
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Apr 19, 2016
I asked why Non didn't have Superman fight Kara last week...
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Apr 19, 2016
Yeah, I guess everybody was thinking that.
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Apr 19, 2016
That was hilarious. Surely this show should be better quality?

Could there BE less chemistry between James and Kara?

What a horrible scene at the end about family. What was the point of that?

The Superman boots was ridiculous and someone will see comedy gold in that. Just don't have him in it, don't talk about him.

Kara and Clark's teen chat is just sooooo...... ergh. Come on writers who are paid loads of cash!

Did the writing team forget that 1) film Superman could fly in space, 2) only one episode before we were told he was off-world. Did he take a bus??

The casting team did an ok job for most of the characters, but for James it's just not working. He's too nice, too sickly, too much like Kara who already provides those things. They should find a reason to send the character away to Metropolis for an extended period.

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Apr 19, 2016

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Apr 19, 2016
No, Streaky!


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Apr 20, 2016
YESSSSSS! STREAK-Y!! STREAK-Y!! STREAK-Y!!
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Apr 19, 2016
What, no love for Comet?


Sheesh, if I had a nickel for every time that aliens attacked me and a superhorse came along just in the nick of time, I'd be a rich person.
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Apr 20, 2016
It also gives new meaning to the words "bareback riding."

I'd love to see Grant Morrison or Alan Moore explore exactly what Supergirl and Comet did off-panel.
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Apr 19, 2016
You're absolutely right. Especially considering Kara's colorful relationship (even sexually speaking) with Comet. But if we're talking about Comet, why not get the whole gang together? Don't forget this little guy:


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Apr 20, 2016
What I really like in the panel are the cajones on Color Kid. Like, "How dare two mildly human-level intelligent pets not know that... I'm Color Kid!"
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Apr 20, 2016
Besides, I always liked Comet more because he wasn't part of the whole Kryptonian menagerie. Wasn't he a centaur or something in a past life?

(Admittedly, Streaky wasn't one of the seemingly endless stream of test animals Jor-El shot into space first. But since it got its powers from X-Kryptonite, I figured it was close enough to Kryptonian for government work.)
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Apr 20, 2016
Still one of my favorite panels...


Oh, Stone Boy and Color Kid, don't ever let anyone tell you how useless you are.

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Apr 19, 2016

'memba those green [though heavily manipulated] days when superGuurl debuts to 3.15 demo & 12.9m sets of eyeballs?? ...No?.. i dont blame you, and you are not alone.

supaGuurl - S01 finale - 1.2 demo & 6.1m - Ouch!

you could ask..'what went wrong' ..or you could read the comments for yourself & laugh your butt-off into a blissful laughter coma.

- good gawd, these comments make this show look like the most incompetent toilet-mess..glad i stopped watching forever-ago.

odds are a second season is coming, but damn, if CBS execs are not committing seppuku as we speak.
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Apr 19, 2016
this show is one and done , just terrible and Jimmy Olsen would have to go down as some of the worst casting on tv ever .... the guy can't act.
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Apr 19, 2016
I don't think it will be a one and done show. However for them to continue, they need all new writers, dial down there feminist ideology and leave their liberal points of view at home. Also I completely agree WORST CASTING EVER!!!! for Jimmy Olsen, I don't give a crap if the cast a black man for the job but Jimmy Olsen was not 6'3'' suave, confident, muscular man.
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Apr 19, 2016
His height/race is irrelevant he simply cannot act especially when he is the main love interest , anyway the show's finale drew less than what the Flash does on CW and that has like half the budget...
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Apr 19, 2016
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Apr 19, 2016
It could have been worse, they could have shown Superman's camel stick...
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Apr 19, 2016
Great points. Said a few already myself. Thanks for clarifying it's not just me. It WAS awful.
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Apr 19, 2016
It's true! It's true! Homeopathy works! Myriad's dull arc was terminated by Supergirl's even more dull speech! Gosh! Myriad started good and grew dull, only to deflate in an inglorious way!

Why Supergirl can't survive in space? Superman can!

The rest of the episode was ok. It had some good moments and finally some J'onn J'onzz decent action. It was Ok but didn't impress me.

As for the cliffhanger... meeeeh...
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Apr 19, 2016
#Split_data_frame

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Apr 19, 2016
hjsplit
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Apr 19, 2016
#Heels?_Seriously?_Next_time_try_Louboutin

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Apr 19, 2016
#Sisters_are_doin_it_for_themselves

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Apr 19, 2016
So let me get this straight...Max Lord was all set to have Kara drop a Kryptonite bomb in the middle of National City. Said bomb would kill a few hundred thousand people, kill Superman, possibly kill Kara, and leave the city coated in radiation for at least half a decade. This plan was analyzed by the President of the United States and her staff (including Genera Lane)...BUT NON, INDIGO, AND THEIR ARMY WERE NOT ANYWHERE NEAR NATIONAL CITY? Seriously...Fort Rozz which is where they have clearly always been controlling things is located in the middle of the Nevada desert separated from civilization by an area big enough to drop a freaking nuke without risk. So everyone was just going to nuke the city without confirming that the Kryptonian overlords controlling everyone were even in the ****ing city?!?!

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Alex's rescue of Kara was so implausibly contrived in so many ways.
- We see a 13 year old Kara in the cockpit of her pod at the opening of every episode. She completely fills said cockpit...yet somehow a full grown Alex was able to get inside.
- Has Alex even been shown to even be a pilot of anything (plane/helicopter) before this?
- This was an alien spacecraft. Even a normal pilot would certainly not know how to just jump in and perfectly drive it without significant training. (Does Alex even speak/read Kryptonian?)
- If Alex opened the ship to grab Kara...she would have died. So how did she get Kara? Do Kryptonian escape pods come with giant retractable robot hands? Or do they include tractor beams on them?
- Okay lets say worst case scenario Kara nearly completely expended her stored solar energy between her battle with Zod and lifting Fort Rozz...she would then either be instantly dead from being human in the vacuum of space, or else by getting up closer to the sun past the ozone her cells would have recharged after a short period of time allowing her to come back to Earth of her own power?
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Apr 21, 2016
Not saying her saving her in the pod is silly- but she wouldnt have to open the pod-she'd just have to ram her back into earth's atmosphere.
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Apr 19, 2016
It wasn't a particularly poor season. It just wasn't that great. The finale and all of its forced melodrama just felt off. At every point it felt off.

But this is a first season, most of the recent comic based shows (that aren't on netflix) have a rough first season. So what they need to do is literally fire all of the writers and start over. The show has all of the elements of s successful show it just needs a lot better writing.
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Apr 21, 2016
Nah, its not that bad to fire them all, thats for OUAT.
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Apr 19, 2016
"This was a great episode for Cat Grant. I know some readers were cold on Cat in the beginning. Have you warmed up to her...?"

I'm still not thrilled with her, because it's not clear what she brings to the show. Or rather, it's kinda clear that she's both Kara and Supergirl's mentor. But neither one of them seem to need her or have access to her anymore. Kara has her own office and isn't her assistant, and Supergirl seems to have matured enough that she doesn't need Cat that much anymore.
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Apr 19, 2016
"and, upon opening it, Kara is all, "OH MY GOD." What do you think it is?"

Since Laura Benanti was credited but didn't appear, I'd assume it was Alura. There's nothing to say she couldn't have hopped in a pod behind Kara and left Krypton just in time.

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Apr 19, 2016
"since Kryptonians can absolutely fly in space"

Which Kryptonians? The "post-Crisis" Superman wasn't able to, at least not for long periods of time. I'm not sure what the current post 52-pickup one can do.
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Apr 19, 2016
Superman flew in the first movie in space to save Lois from the earth quake and I think he did it more than one (fly in space, or save Lois :))
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Apr 19, 2016
Since Fort Roz was Kryptonian it's possible that the pod from the end was from the prison. Non did say that his soldiers were asleep inside the prison so maybe one woke up after Kara through the prison into space, stole a pod, and rocketed back to earth. So the occupant could be anyone from the prison.

It could be someone Kryptonian like Clark or Kara's parents, the villain Ursa, or Krypto but it could be someone really out there. Imagine if it turned out to be someone like Miss Martian. That would not only give a new dimension to Hank but also give Kara a fellow young female superhero to team with.
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Apr 19, 2016
I just don't see it. First M'ggan is not evil so why would she be in the prison to begin with? Second of all Non seemingly does not trust White Martians. The White Martian was the one prisoner that he was not going to release from the DEO to join him. So would he have been working with another one as part of his army?
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Apr 19, 2016
She could have been related to the White Martian we met earlier in the season and somehow got trapped in the prison despite being innocent. Plus, In Truth, Justice, and the American Way we met that prisoner Master Jailer was after who, while being a criminal, was not evil so she could have just got caught up in something and thrown in prison.
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Apr 19, 2016
A lot of Supergirl is hokey and silly, but I can overlook most of it. The Alex taking the pod into space thing was just silly. J'onn should have been the one to save her.

But, I really enjoy Supergirl. It is so positive and uplifting. It is so different from reality and all of the depressing shows I watch. I love seeing Supergirl save the day. I also love seeing Kara go through her day.

The most satisfying part of the episode for me was Kara getting her own office. Though I don't know how I feel about her being so far from Cat. She deserved, but what exactly is Kara's career goal?

Funniest parts of the episode:
  1. 1. "That was either my eulogy or your dictated suicide note."
  2. 2. Cat tossing Kara's breakfast into the box with her other desk items.
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Apr 19, 2016
It took an entire season, but I know now how to categorize my Supergirl viewing. It's an updated Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mostly silly, sometimes ridiculous, rarely to be taken too seriously with some genuinely touching moments between characters/actors with great chemistry.

I can't begin to hazard a guess as to whether Supergirl will get renewed. But I hope it does. It's fun, entertaining and there's more than enough positives to keep it going. If it were on The CW, I'd say it was a lock. But it's on CBS who who the F knows?

If this does live to see season two, the first thing that has to happen is to fix James. I don't know how, just do it. The second thing, find a reason to keep he and Kara apart. Please! Pretty please!
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Apr 21, 2016
The reason could easily be Lucy Lane to keep them apart. Have Kara and James have a small, quick romance that proved to not work out.
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Apr 21, 2016
They've played that card already...not sure how they go back and unring that bell without making either Lucy or James look even sillier than they already are.
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Apr 28, 2016
They do do that method in other stuff not to mention in real life. People who think they are moving to fast, and before getting married, decide to see other people for a bit to see if what they had is real. Or the whole "you don't know what you got until you don't" and thus trying to get it back.

I think James is pretty far low on the rung, basically almost anything can possibly make him better.
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Apr 28, 2016
There aren't many TV show couples who I don't think should slow down once they finally get together (looking at you Ed Stephens and Carol Vessey). But I don't think either James nor Lucy are mature enough characters to put a break of their relationship into the proper context.
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Apr 19, 2016
I second the whole "fix James" statement. He's the weakest link in the whole show and is bringing it down for me more than any of the weak plot points (?Superman? and Kryptonian abilities).
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Apr 19, 2016
There's some things that are bugging me:

a) So this is the first time I discovered that National City is in California. Given that Metropolis is in Kansas, I kind of always figured National City was also somewhere in the Midwest, but apparently, it's just Los Angeles with a different name. Okay, I guess.

b) The president is a woman. This is a bit weird to me. I have no problem with a female president, and I had absolutely no issue with it on '24', but this show keeps making meta references to real world figures, like Cat talking about Gwyneth and Chris Martin breaking up, but then changes up the President. It just feels weird if you're going to have real life figures be the same in this world, but have a position as important as the President suddenly become someone else. If you want to place the show in 'our world', everything needs to be the same, or stop referencing our world.
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Apr 19, 2016
Would it change your mind to know the show has apparently been trying to get Lynda Carter for the role of the President (but sadly scheduling prevented it this season)?

Beyond that though...comic books essentially do the exact same thing with making pop culture references but yet having fictional characters play important roles too. I mean do you have a problem with Max Lord to whom I believe was credited with something like the invention of the cellphone? (or something like that...I forget what exactly what it was but something real world was attributed to him in an early season appearance)
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Apr 19, 2016
a) While a lot of shows use Los Angeles as the backdrop for their anonymous urban landscapes (Vancouver, obviously, is another city used as a backdrop), Supergirl seems to use the skyline a lot which always lends me to believe that we should assume National City is just Los Angeles with a different name. It's one thing to use a street as an anonymous setting but putting the US Bank building in so many of the shots means this is supposed to be LA.

b) robotbathwater is right. You have think of this as a multiverse. Our reality is just another Earth without Kara zor-El or Barry Allen. They have certain things we have but the trajectories of certain political figures might have been different. Supergirl's universe has Mariah Carey and a female president but no Cisco Ramon.
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Apr 19, 2016
Back during Solitude we saw an US map when the missile was heading towards National City. So yeah it pretty much was confirmed then that National City is on the coast of California at the very least in the vicinity of where Los Angeles would be (it was hard to tell...I actually kind of think it may have been slightly closer to San Diego which is where the real National City. CA is?)
The US Bank building does not necessarily mean anything...they could have just built their same structure in a different city in this universe?
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Apr 19, 2016
I can go with the idea that this is a different earth than ours though. Similar, but different.
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