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Sara Netzley
January 22, 2018 at 11:19 PM EST

Supergirl

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
1
run date
10/26/15
performer
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
broadcaster
CBS
genre
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
We gave it an A-

Elsewhere on Earth, Winn and Brainy are experiencing some friction. Brainy unfavorably compares the DEO’s tech to an espresso machine and alien-splains turbulence to an unamused Winn. He also refuses to be known at the 12th-level intellect who let Supergirl burn up in a blue star, but his proposed solution relies on cold fusion. Upon learning that that’s not a thing in 2018, he snaps that they could just write instructions on a piece of paper, stick it in a bottle, and launch it into space to arrive in 12,000 years.

This insult triggers something in Winn brain, and he remembers humanity’s own message in a bottle: Voyager 2, which they can use to bounce a signal to the ship. (There’s an excess of “just go with it” science this week, which is fine by me when it’s in such a fun episode.)

Onboard said ship, Psi backseat-drives while Imra tinkers with the machinery. Then Psi starts reciting a creepy version of “Sing a Song of Sixpence” that heralds Reign’s arrival.

Elsewhere, Kara awakens to her name being whispered. It’s Jindah (Sarah Douglas), who’s bitterly pleased to see the daughter of Alura, the author of her misery, visiting her prison. “Uncertainty will be your doom, not green stone,” she tells Kara, warning that there’s darkness in every soul, a concept that Kara naturally rejects. Jindah delivers an operatically villainous speech, gloating about the hellfire to come when the others awake: “the power, the pestilence, the purity.”

Then Reign enters, and Jindah celebrates her rescue her from this prison and the anguish she and Reign will bring to their enemies. But Reign vaporizes Jindah when the priestess’ back is turned (rude!), and now Kara knows that Reign’s powers don’t depend on the yellow sun.

Reign accuses Kara of being helpless and afraid, but Kara fearlessly tries to appeal to Reign’s goodness. Reign rejects Kara’s argument that her approach to delivering justice is wrong and she moves to attack, but Livewire strikes first.

The DEO finally restores contact, and Imra warns them that Reign is on board. Brainy needs Imra to work with him to fix the ship, so Imra removes Psi’s inhibitor and sends her to help Supergirl and Livewire.

Kara’s little more than a spectator as Reign and Livewire battle it out, but when Reign turns her lethal rays onto Supergirl, Livewire jumps between them and absorbs the blast herself. Then Psi shows up, calls Reign “blackbird,” and blasts her with the patented Psi whammy.

Inside Reign’s mind is a vision of a sobbing Ruby being pulled away, and Sam briefly resurfaces, screaming and gasping out, “Where am I?” She’s confused to spot Supergirl, but Reign quickly regains control and flies off.

Once she’s gone, Kara rushes to Livewire’s side, and Livewire — Leslie — weakly laughs at herself for being one of those suckers who sees the good in people. Then sparks dance across her body and, as Kara begs her to stay, Leslie dies. Dang it, Supergirl, you made me feel feelings!

Back on Earth, Sam arrives to collect Ruby from Alex and is confused to learn that she told Alex she was off on a business trip. She has no memory of where she’s been and a phone full of missed calls from Lena wondering why she didn’t get on the plane. Sam admits that she keeps losing time and worries that something’s wrong with her.

At the DEO, Kara thanks Psi and bids her farewell. Psi says she was just ensuring her own survival, but she does extend her sympathies for Kara losing her friend. Kara in turn asks Psi’s guards if they can get her a better prison cell, maybe one with a window. Aww, sisters doin’ it for themselves!

Kara’s brooding on the DEO balcony when Mon-El joins her and they have the best conversation they’ve shared this season. He says he’s much wiser than he was a year ago and encourages her to talk to him. So she tells him that if she’d been able to reach that glimpse of humanity she saw in Reign, Leslie might still be alive.

But Mon-El knows how hard it is to lose the people you lead into battle and assures Kara that she gave Livewire something to sacrifice for. “You changed her heart for the better. That’s amazing. And you did that without the yellow sun. That was all you.” That may be the best thing Mon-El has ever said to Kara, and I’m crying as I type it.

In the end, Leslie’s sacrifice did have one positive result: The DEO now knows about two more Worldkillers, Purity and Pestilence. They just need to find them before Reign does.

And then we cut to two women walking down the street when a car comes barreling along and pins one of them to a parked vehicle. The woman, Julia, should have been crushed, but she pushes the car off of her body and stands up, eyes flashing silver. Another Worldkiller rises!

Snaps of the cape

  • Oh, Supergirl, when you’re good, you’re so very good. Everything about this women-led mission — from the uneasy allies to the necessary leaps of faith to the ultimate sacrifice — was moving, entertaining, and inspirational.
  • Did you recognize Sarah Douglas as Jindah? She played the Kryptonian Ursa in Superman I and II and continues this show’s delightful trend of casting familiar, connected faces.
  • Apparently Alex promised to teach Ruby how to punch without breaking her thumb. Although we don’t see that lesson, I sincerely hope this tidbit pays off in a bit of preteen self-defense down the road, maybe even against Reign.
  • Livewire got quite the swan song this week, waitressing under the name “Roseanne” and remembering Mon-El but not Winn. I loved seeing her again and mourn that it’ll be the last time. But sacrifices create stakes, and her death does that nicely.
  • Were you sorry to see Livewire go? And would you welcome the return of Psi, sooner rather than later? Let me know in the comments!
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