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Supergirl recap: 'Both Sides Now'

The Danvers sisters trot out their “good cop, bad cop, okay we’re both good cops” routine

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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 a B+

Purity’s escaped to the subway, so Winn sets up the team with sonic-blocking doohickeys that he’s 98 percent sure will counteract Purity’s Kryptonian Cry.

Thankfully, the devices work, allowing Kara to withstand the sonic blast when she corners Purity on the subway. “You finally learned my name,” Purity drawls, but her cockiness vanishes when she finds herself surrounded by sonic-immune Supergirl, Alex, Mon-El, and J’onn (in full Martian Manhunter getup, which we simply don’t see often enough).

Purity tears a hole into the floor and drops them to a subway level full of civilians. She screams havoc all over the place, and J’onn supports a crumbling support beam while Alex evacuates the civilians and Mon-El helps Supergirl battle the Worldkiller.

When Purity gets Supergirl by the neck, she hisses that Julia’s inside of her. “I’m going to make her watch while I kill you.” Kara begs Julia not to let Purity hurt her, and Purity’s eyes flip between icy and human.

Seeing this, Alex embraces Kara’s approach and talks to Julia, reminding her that she stood in front of a car to save her friend Vinita. Alex apologizes for not seeing it before and says, “You’re stronger than you think, and you can fight this.” This banishes Purity, but unfortunately, that’s when Reign drops from the sky to sneer, “So the Supergirl kneels. Good practice.” What is it with villains wanting the House of El to kneel all the time?

Alex charges at Reign with a gun, but Reign knocks her down and presses a foot on her chest, prepared to kill her. Julia can’t allow that to happen and offers herself in Alex’s place. Reign accepts and whisks her to the Fortress, where Julia crawls away in fear as the dark guide announces that her awakening has begun. Afterward, they’ll find Pestilence and will be unstoppable, Reign promises.

After the fight, J’onn reprimands Alex for risking her life, and they all hope that Julia’s strong enough to hold out against Reign. And Kara says she learned one thing from this experience: She’ll defeat the Worldkillers by saving them, not beating them. I’d expect nothing less from Supergirl.

At the alien bar, the Sisters Danver chat about heartbreak — yes, again, some more — over fried food. The upshot is that Alex is still incredibly sad, wavering between calling and deleting Maggie’s number every day but never finding the strength to do either, while Kara’s still getting through her heartbreak. But they’re both holding on to hope. “You will have all the things,” Kara tells her sister: Love, kids, all of it.

Speaking of, let’s circle back to the marriage drama llama: Mon-El apologizes to Imra for how he’s been acting and confesses that being around Kara is confusing for him. Imra’s all “um, DUH” and says she’s seen Mon-El looking at Supergirl the way he looked at her the first time he said he loved her.

When Imra asks if he’s still in love with Kara, he whispers, “I don’t know.” Imra thanks him for his honesty, which is why she fell in love with him in the first place, and they vow to work through their problems together. Yeah, this…this isn’t a great development for their marriage.

OH, and ALSO Imra confesses that she hasn’t been completely honest with Mon-El, either. She and Brainy planned a risky mission that isn’t quite what they told Mon-El about. She offers to fill him in on why they’re really there, but the show cuts away before we learn anything else. Noooooo, come back and telllll ussssss!

Finally, Lena’s hard at work at L-Corp when Sam rushes in. Lena says Ruby’s fine, and now they all know about Sam’s missing time. Sam is enraged that Lena told Ruby about her undiagnosed illness, and when Lena starts to explain, Sam barks, “Silence” as her eyes flash red. When she pulls herself back, Lena realizes that she just witnessed a blackout and says, “I know what’s wrong with you. I’m going to make you better.”

Ooooh, what does Lena know, or thinks she knows? Unfortunately, we’ve got a heckuva wait to find out!

Snaps of the cape

  • Let’s hear it for Krys Marshall, crushing it as both the naïve, confused Julia and the viscerally terrifying Purity. Her threats were grandiose but personal, and her reversion back to Julia worked. Fingers crossed that Pestilence will be as chillingly effective if/when she’s introduced after the break.
  • Winn was the Mr. Fix-It MVP this week, delighting in J’onn’s Bel Air spaceship and fixing the Legion craft through some kind of alien metric system conversation. But his best moment was hugging an upset Alex, offering comfort and letting his innate goodness shine through.
  • How much did you love hearing about Lena’s first impression of Sam? When L-Corp acquired her company, Lena saw a junior VP hard at work late into the night and thought, “Her. I want to work with her.” Listen, I don’t know how likely a happy ending for the Worldkillers is, but a huge part of me hopes Kara actually is able to save them all.
  • Speaking of, Sam earned all the cool mom points with, “You get precisely one ‘hell, yes’ today. I hope you enjoyed that.”
  • Supergirl now heads into a long winter/early spring nap. See you all on April 16!