Supergirl recap: 'Fort Rozz'
Women front and center. Supergirl’s true strengths on display. A sacrifice and a little old-fashioned Winn-genuity.
Yep, this episode was hotter than a blue star.
The DEO have located the Kryptonian priestess that Coville mentioned last week: Jindah Kol Rozz, for whom Fort Rozz was named. But remember, Kara threw Fort Rozz into space, and it now orbits a blue star.
This presents two problems. First, without a yellow sun, Kara will be powerless. And second, thanks to science reasons, blue stars are lethal to anyone with a Y chromosome. Since Rozz houses the worst of the worst, Imra immediately volunteers to accompany Kara to seek out Jindah, but they need more firepower.
So we cut to a diner where the world’s worst waitress is alternately insulting and ignoring customers. It’s Leslie Willis, a.k.a. Livewire! Kara’s been keeping tabs on her and guesses that Livewire only went straight after Reign started killing criminals.
Livewire says some of those criminals were her friends, and they didn’t deserve to die. Kara reluctantly requests her help, saying she needs someone she knows to have her back while she’s powerless. Livewire laughs but eventually agrees to help stop Reign.
But Kara’s not done recruiting, and the next thing you know, Psi’s being escorted into the DEO in chains. J’onn’s not thrilled to have her out of her cell, but Kara argues it’s a risk they need to take. Plus, Kara will control the key to the psychic dampener Psi wears.
Mon-El nervously gives Imra last-minute spaceship-flying instructions (which she doesn’t need, thank you very much) and the women slow-mo power walk on out of there. YESSS, SUPERGIRL, THANK YOU FOR THIS LINEUP OF STRONG, COMPLEX WOMEN!
Psi and Livewire toss insults back and forth on the flight (“illiterate mean girl,” “Regina George”) and before you know it, they’re roughly docking at Kryptonian Alcatraz.
Kara unlocks Psi and takes a deep breath as she approaches the door, which Imra telepathically opens. The body of a male alien greets them when they enter the mostly abandoned prison, and Livewire sniffs, “The lesser sex.”
Back on Earth, Alex agrees to step in when Ruby’s babysitter bails just before Sam’s headed out of town for work. But as she’s preparing to leave, whispers drive her to her Fortress, where she blames her tardiness on the strength of the human inside of her.
Her dark guide informs Reign that Supergirl’s entered Fort Rozz. This is a problem because Jindah knows all about Reign’s mission, which means Supergirl could learn enough to thwart them. Reign boards her spaceship and makes for the blue star.
Livewire describes Fort Rozz as the Mall of America: You can wander around for days and not find a thing. Then a ferocious woman drops from the ceiling and attacks Supergirl for bearing the mark of the House of El. All of the women leap into the fight, and Psi gets knocked in the head. When Imra helps her up, Psi hits her with telepathic mojo, sending Imra reeling.
Psi claims it was an accident, and unsure whether that’s the case or they simply can’t trust her, Kara puts the psychic dampener back on. Then they question their prisoner, who warns against trying to find Jindah; apparently the last inmate who tried it died screaming.
Then the prison shakes, and a garbled message comes through from the DEO. Thankfully, Imra’s fluent in garbled space transmissions and announces that thanks to a solar flare, they’ve been knocked out of orbit, the docking port’s jammed, and they have an hour before they’re incinerated on the surface of the blue star.
Kara decides to make the most of the 60 minutes they have left, leaving Psi (and Psi’s inhibitor key) with Imra, who’s trying to unjam the mechanics, while she and Livewire seek out Jindah.
Livewire engages in awkward chitchat with Kara as they walk the empty halls and is amused by the Real Housewives-level drama between Kara, Imra, and Mon-El. She’s also shocked that Kara doesn’t plan to kill Reign and calls her a sucker for hoping to appeal to Reign’s better nature. “I got through to you,” Kara points out. Livewire’s unconvinced, arguing that somebody as evil as Reign deserves to die.
Then they walk into an ominous cold fog where some creepy henchwomen lurk. The henchwomen end up sucked into space alongside Livewire, who zaps herself back onto the ship to find Kara gone.
Okay, over to Alex and Ruby, who are playing Trivial Pursuit and anticipating tater tot casserole (WHO WOULDN’T??) when Alex gets an out-of-the-blue text from Maggie wondering if she left her passport there.
Ruby, who looks up to Alex as one of the toughest people she knows, offers a sympathetic ear as Alex explains that she’s still horribly sad about the breakup and the loss of the future she’d planned. Ruby takes her hand and admits that she’s being cyberbullied by a classmate.
Energized by a battle she can fight, Alex rolls up to the classmate’s front door, flashes her credentials, and says the FBI has been monitoring her digital communications. She says the mean girl’s violated a number of federal statutes and threatens her with juvie — or worse, talking to her parents. The bully’s petrified and readily agrees to apologize to Ruby lest the full weight of the federal government crash down upon her. HA! I’m not sure how ethical this is, but you know what? It’s deeply satisfying. (Next: Livewire flames out)
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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