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S2 E22
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S2 E22
May 22, 2017 at 11:53 PM EDT

Now, the moment has finally come: Supergirl and Mon-El, her second, meet Rhea on the battlefield, a nondescript National City rooftop. The fight begins, and it’s clear that they’re rather evenly matched, which doesn’t make that much sense since Rhea hasn’t been on Earth as long, but whatever. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it actually isn’t a fair fight; Rhea tries to distract Supergirl by instructing her army to start attacking the city.

Mon-El leaves Supergirl’s side to go help the National City citizens, which is a small gesture that reveals how much he has changed since arriving on Earth. Superman and Martian Manhunter finally bury the hatchet and head out into the streets together, too. And, they all receive some help from surprising allies: Miss Martian and a group of good White Martians, who arrive just in time to help them take on the Daxamite soldiers. Throughout this entire episode, I found myself in awe of how well the show established the scale of this threat and juggled the action on the streets, in the sky, and on the rooftop.

At this point, Rhea reveals the next trick up her sleeve: After Krypton exploded, Kryptonite rained down on Daxam and infected her blood, which is now laced with Kryptonite. Even though Supergirl is weakened, she continues to fight because this is her planet, goddamn it! Unfortunately, it’s not enough, and Rhea reveals that her army will keep attacking innocents even if she dies. So Supergirl makes the ultimate sacrifice and activates the Luthors’ device, which Lillian wanted to activate earlier but couldn’t because Lena and Winn made sure Supergirl was the only who could. The Daxamites ships start flying away, and Rhea dies.

We knew Supergirl was a real superhero, but this more than confirms it. She knows she’ll lose Mon-El, but it’s the only option left, and her entire planet is at stake. And Winter makes sure we realize how heartbreaking it is. The moment after Mon-El starts choking, the camera tightens in on Mon-El and Supergirl’s faces so we see just how hard this is for them. Supergirl pleads with Mon-El to hold on for a bit longer while she gets him somewhere safe. She flies him to the pod that brought him to Earth, puts him in it and sends it off into space. Before he leaves, the couple say “I love you” to each other, and even though I didn’t care much for them, I found myself quite moved by it all.

While the entire city is able to celebrate winning, Supergirl can’t. She just lost the first person she’s ever loved. Not only that, but everyone around her is with their loved ones. Before flying off to be by herself, she tells Alex to never let Maggie go. So, Alex does the logical thing and proposes to Maggie on the spot. Although we don’t actually hear her say yes, that smile on Maggie’s face tells us all we need to know. (Do I think Alex and Maggie should be getting married so quickly? Hell no, but hey, they’re currently riding that adrenaline high. Hopefully they’ll come to their senses later.)

The next day, a despondent Kara goes to see Cat at the office. Naturally, Cat knows just what to say to cheer up her mentee. “The thing that makes women strong is that we have the guts to be vulnerable, we have the ability to feel the depth of our emotion, and we know we’re going walk through it to the other side,” says Cat — echoing, in a way, what Superman said earlier about how he doesn’t think he could’ve done what Kara did if he found himself in a similar position with Lois. Unsurprisingly, this is what Kara needs to cheer her up. A fire breaks out across town, and Kara runs off to save the day. As she leaves the room, Cat says, “Go get ’em, Supergirl,” revealing that she knows what’s up.

The finale ends by planting the seeds for several season 3 story lines. First, we see Mon-El’s ship get sucked into what looks to be a Phantom Zone wormhole. Then, the episode jumps back 35 years to the day of Krypton’s destruction, and we see some hooded figures place a baby in a red-accented pod. “It should survive the journey. It will grow strong on Earth… and then it will reign,” says one of the figures menacingly before the pod flies off. Based on the fact that they gave the bundle of terror a drop of blood before letting it go, I have two theories: Either this is one of the Worldkillers from the comics, or it’s Doomsday, or some combination of both. All I know is that I’m intrigued and excited to see what happens next season.

While I don’t think Supergirl was able to match some of the highs of its similarly uneven first season, I do think it managed to pull itself together by the end. The biggest problem with the second season is that it was missing a strong sense of focus. The aliens-as-immigrants allegory was thought provoking, but it wasn’t enough to hold the season together as a whole. These last two episodes were the strongest of the season because they were tight and moved along with a strong sense of purpose while putting the show’s best qualities at the forefront. My hope for next season is that the show finally figures out how to balance the Kara’s work life and superhero life, because that’s really what’s missing at the moment.

Wall of Weird:

  • Lena asks Supergirl if she knew Kara Danvers was dating Mon-El, a Daxamite, but Supergirl ignores the question. We can definitely expect that to blow up their friendship next season.
  • Cat tells Clark to talk some sense into James and to get him to stop running around as a vigilante. Of course, Cat is the one who brings the realness.
  • Also, Cat Grant has never seen Star Wars and almost married Rob Lowe twice.
  • “You are so much stronger than me. Stronger than I ever will be,” says Superman to Supergirl.
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