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Sara Netzley
November 06, 2017 AT 11:56 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 a C+

Foiled, the men on the ground decide to crash the plane into the reservoir instead. Lena straps in as Supergirl pushes upward on the plane to put strain on the engines so they’ll blow. Unfortunately, this causes the plane to split in half, with Lena in one side and the chemicals in the other.

Supergirl can’t hold both pieces, and Lena’s screams at her to drop the portion she’s in. But Supergirl urges Lena to climb toward her, which she does, grabbing Supergirl’s hand just as her grip slips.

I dunno; is Kara really not able to support both parts of the plane? I usually don’t get too worked up about the super-physics on the show with the alien in tall red boots, but this seems like a convenient limiting of Kara’s powers for plot purposes. Then again, I’ve never tried to fly with two halves of a plane in each hand, so what do I know?

On the ground, Edge knows his plan has failed and orders his henchman to shoot the computer console, thereby depositing gunshot residue on the man’s hands so when Edge shoots him, the suicide story will stick.

After this light bout of murder, Edge is back in his office to receive a late-night visit from Supergirl. See, he sold Acre Lee Chemical two years ago, meaning all the blame falls on the “crazed lone wolf” who had a bone to pick with the Luthors and then killed himself when the plans failed. Dang, that’s some impressive advance planning on Edge’s part.

Edge then taunts Supergirl for not killing him right there. “If I had an enemy, I’d crush her without mercy.” But, he concludes, “You capes, you don’t have what it takes, do you?” Uggghhh, he’s so smug, and I’m so uncomfortable with how much I wanted Supergirl to murder him right there. She leaves him alive, though, because murder isn’t the Super way.

In the end, L-Corp manufactures a lead antidote and Samantha and Kara drink to being a stellar investigative team. Lena tries to apologize to them both, but Kara and Samantha tell her that they’re like sisters, and sisterhood comes with unconditional love. Lena’s overwhelmed, never having had that in her life before.

Then Kara gets a call from Alex, who’s had an awful few days. She and Maggie have been discussing the kid issue for days, and although neither of them wants to say it, Alex finally admits: “We can’t be together.”

It’s not that easy, of course. Maggie’s move-out packing is interrupted by drinking, dancing, and kissing, but even in the afterglow, they reaffirm their fatal flaw: Even when Alex’s sexuality was blurry, she was always crystal clear on wanting to be a mom.

Before Maggie walks out the door for the last time, Alex thanks her for helping her accept herself and be happy. In turn, Maggie thanks Alex for making her stronger by facing her past. They cry and hug, and as Maggie leaves, she tells Alex, “You’re gonna be a great mom.”

So back to that Kara call. In the season premiere, Kara predicted that if Alex lost Maggie, she’d be broken and drinking alone at a bar every night. And that’s exactly what Alex is doing. Kara takes control of the situation, calling J’onn to tell him to take care of the DEO for a few days because the Danvers sisters are hitting the road and heading home.

Finally, Samantha is tucking Ruby into bed when her daughter notices a strange round hole in Sam’s shirt. When Samantha examines the jacket she was wearing at Lena’s press conference that morning, a spent bullet tumbles out. She flashes to a memory of being struck by one of the shooter’s bullets, but when she examines her abdomen, there’s not a scratch on it.

Snaps of the cape

  • Edge’s plan with the plane was a little unclear. Crashing into the reservoir was Plan B, so why was Lena on board in the first place? Was she supposed to fall into the reservoir with the barrels? And wouldn’t people notice that the barrels were from a company once affiliated with Edge and not L-Corp? I dunno; Lena’s emotional journey in this episode was compelling and sad, but Edge’s plot was a little head-scratching and mustache-twirling.
  • Does it seems like every city in the Arrowverse features a TV channel that runs nothing but live news reports of local events? So many conversations are interrupted by an enemy appearing on television to accuse one of our heroes of malfeasance!
  • Okay, I’m done biting my tongue on this: Lena is fantastic in so many ways, but she has no business running a media company. She has zero news experience and apparently doesn’t see any value in consulting the reporters and editors around her to get their crucial input on journalistic ethics and best practices. Advertorials are tricky things, and if your news managers are from the business side of the industry, it can lead to money-driven decisions that compromise public trust and journalistic independence. It’s frustrating that the show’s so flip about something as important as the integrity of news.
  • Well, we saw it coming for several episodes, and now the deed is done: Sanvers is no more. I mourn the loss of an LGBTQ relationship that was important for so many viewers, but at the same time, I won’t miss the heavy-handed telegraphing of what was going to happen. (Head here for executive producer Andrew Kreisberg’s take on the end of their relationship.) And in the end, of course, my heart hurts for Alex. How about you, friends? Are you satisfied with the way this relationship ended?
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