Supergirl recap: Solitude
Apparently the former Supergirl isn’t so good anymore. Laura Vandervoort appeared on CBS’ Supergirl Monday night and became one of the toughest villains Kara and her friends have faced so far. But her formidable nature wasn’t solely due to her immense power; Kara’s dwindling team made things even more difficult for the good guys to get their eventual win. Your regular, much more capable recapper is out for the week, but I can’t even begin to contain my excitement for the appearance of Smallville’s Supergirl-turned-evil, especially with the reveal of her true identity and tease/promise of a future reappearance.
Tonight’s episode begins in the Phantom Zone, 13 years prior, as Kara wakes up when her pod is mysteriously activated and linked to the prison. Kara wakes up in the present, clearly not in a great mood (the music of Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” is a nice touch here). Alex arrives with the wrong kind of donut and a request to have Kara return to work as part of the DEO, but she refuses as she still cannot bring herself to work with Hank/J’onn after his supposed killing of Astra. As the camera pans to Alex, we see the guilt is real, and as she reveals to Hank during routine training, Alex can barely keep her secret from Kara any longer.
Kara arrives at work to see Siobhan continuing to be a thorn in her side, but Siobhan’s desire to be on top has her fumbling when she does not open a package sent to Cat, which turns out to be a thumb drive and a letter that reads: “Make the liars pay for their lies. Make the cheaters feel the pain of their betrayal.” Lucy reveals that the phrase is linked to the Ashley Madison-esque website Diamond Discretion that was hacked the night before despite proclaiming itself to be “unhackable,” unlike its counterpart. Cat realizes that someone hoped she would cover this story and reveal to the world the people on the file, but instead she tells Siobhan to throw the drive in the microwave. Siobhan hesitantly leaves the offices, and we instantly realize there’s more to her and this story than we are aware.
Meanwhile James, continues to ask for permission from Kara to tell Lucy the truth about her identity, but she refuses. They are interrupted by an anonymous hacker who lectures and criticizes Cat for failing to act on the story of a lifetime. She tells the staff at CatCo that everyone will now suffer and that the “age of chaos has begun.” With that, the traffic lights throughout the city are instantly turned to green and all over National City we see collisions on the cameras that Winn as pulled up on his screen.
Cat divides her team into groups to find the true identity of the hacker in order to stop her as the Pentagon and other government officials are scrambling to do the same. Lucy and James get into a tiff when James makes it clear that he will be working the case with Supergirl rather than her; James tells her he’ll make it up to her with dinner that night, but instead he goes to Kara’s house with Winn as he attempts to write code to find our mysterious evil woman. Indigo pops up on screen and reveals her identity when she jumps out of the computer in her full-blue avatar (pun not intended). Indigo instantly recognizes Kara as Supergirl, and the fight begins quickly as Indigo proves herself as a force to be reckoned with until Alex and Hank burst in to help Kara out.
Indigo escapes back into the computer as Hank and Alex attempt once again to get Kara back to the DEO. She refuses, and the following day, Alex recruits Winn instead, much to Kara’s chagrin. But despite Kara’s fear that she and James will never be able to learn Indigo’s identity and how to defeat her, James isn’t worried, especially since his plan B should have been used so much sooner. James directs Kara to Kal-El’s Fortress of Solitude, where Kara learns the truth about Brainiac 8, but she’s not quite ready to tell Hank and the DEO about their findings.
In the meantime, Indigo reappears to find Non. The two clearly had a connection and history (apparently enough to suggest that Non broke Indigo’s heart), and here we finally get the truth: Indigo is actually another name for Brainiac 8, and she hated Astra because Astra desired to live on Earth with humans. Indigo/Brainiac 8 has a different plan, one that doesn’t involve Myriad and will wipe the human race from existence in mere seconds. Non asks her what she’s done, and she reveals very little, though she does tell Non that she’ll see him after the apocalypse.
NEXT: Non and Indigo, together at least
So what exactly is Indigo planning? Kara and James have Lucy to thank for that discovery. After Kara attempts to quell Lucy’s anger over James standing her up, Lucy still helps the dwindling team out with a huge discovery. Turns out one of the members of Diamond Discretion is a high-ranking general who has access to a nuclear missile base that is un-hackable thanks to its lack of Internet access. Indigo is attempting to launch nuclear missiles at National City and wipe out all humans as only Kyrptonians and other aliens will be able to survive the blast and radiation.
As both the DEO and makeshift Supergirl team figure out the truth, it looks like their findings might have come a little too late, as Indigo has already wormed her way into the general’s phone and resurfaced at the base. She kicks a little ass, grabs both keys for the missiles and then extends her arms out to turn both keys at once, activating access to the missiles. Kara flies in and attempts to stop the destruction, but during the fight, the launch sequence for missile No. 1 is accidentally activated.
Kara realizes that her anger at Hank is actually about to destroy all of civilization, so she reaches out a hand in need of help. After some extreme tension leading up to the very last possible second, Kara is able to input a kill code to the missile after it has launched, leaving it a dud in the water. And thankfully for the DEO and Supergirl’s team, Winn has somehow miraculously learned alien code and is able to input a strong virus while also being choked out by Indigo to destroy the Brainiac villain.
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Winn gets to celebrate with a little makeout session with Siobhan after the two bond over their messed up families. Apparently Siobhan’s father was a major cheater, and Winn reveals his father’s Toyman identity, telling Siobhan that despite knowing that terrible feeling when someone close to you lets you down, for the most part people want to be there for each other.
Kara on the other hand, learns right before Indigo’s defeat that she was the reason behind Kara’s pod activating in the Phantom Zone and linking it to the ship, meaning Indigo is the reason Kara even made it to the Earth in the first place. James asks Kara how she’s doing after the whole mess, and she’s clearly still affected but also allows James to tell Lucy about her identity. Unfortunately Lucy’s not ready to have any conversations with James. She tells him their relationship is over because she realizes that James and Kara are in love with each other, even if they can’t admit it to each other just yet.
Kara gets another gut punch when she returns to the DEO to reluctantly come back to work with Hank when Alex’s guilt finally breaks through and she reveals to Kara through teary eyes that she was indeed the one who killed Astra. Kara forgives both Alex and Hank, but there’s bound to be a little tension between the adopted sisters…right?
In the end, we’re left with Non, and it turns out the villainous alien isn’t quite over his ex. He reveals his ability to bring Indigo back from extinction, though in pieces. We end the episode with him asking, “Now are you ready to do things my way?” So…Indigo + Non + Myriad = Definite Destruction?
Kara (Melissa Benoist) steps out from her super-cousin’s shadow to become Supergirl and defend National City in the third Arrowverse show.