In a bad part of town, Lena and James skulk around in search of evidence that Edge bought Kryptonian technology to make the mystery marks. Then somebody opens fire on them with a laser gun. “It’s just my quarterly assassination attempt,” Lena quips, but James has her take cover while he fights off the assailant with his Guardian shield. Okay, where, exactly, was he hiding that thing? (Insert Highlander joke here for those old/geeky enough to appreciate it.) Meanwhile at the docks, a dozen gang members are murdered by an unseen assailant in a disorienting flurry of violence, quick cuts, and a swirling black cape.
J’onn suggests this might be Coville’s “work of the beast,” but Kara continues to resist the idea. Then Mon-El stops her to apologize that Imra upset her. Kara says Imra’s smart, beautiful, and impossible to hate, and that they’re three good people stuck in a crappy situation (but hey, at least two of them are happy). She tells Mon-El that this is worse than the worse thing she could possibly imagine, which is him looking with her with no love in his eyes.
Yeeeeeah, I’m gonna need Mon-El and Imra to stop trying to make Kara talk about this. Also, they definitely need to stop cuddle training in spots where she can see them. For Kara, I prescribe lots of wine and Adele, stat.
At CatCo, Sam arrives to make sure Lena’s okay. She says laser gun guy’s connected to Morgan Edge, who likely wanted it to look like Lena had been killed by Kryptonian heat vision. When she hears this, Sam coldly mutters, “He shouldn’t be alive.” As the CatCo people are distracted by news reports of the dockside murders, Sam strides away, popping open her shirt to reveal the black Reign sigil underneath.
No surprise, Reign went after Edge, who survives by hiding in his lead-lined panic room. He immediately goes on TV to announce that he’s not not saying it might’ve been Supergirl. Watching, Lena and James share a drink, and just when I start thinking that their whole relationship is nothing but longing looks and hard alcohol, she grabs him by the tie and kisses him. He carefully sets their glasses down and kisses her back. So that’s a thing that’s happening now, apparently.
In the end, Kara decides to be proactive and burns her own symbol into the top of CatCo. (Um, way to advertise where you work, lady — why not the DEO? Not tall enough, maybe?) Reign answers the call and flies to the rooftop, but before Kara leaves, Alex stops her. Although she’d been trying to get Kara to embrace her humanity, this new threat scares her, and she asks Kara to be a cold, hard alien for this fight.
On top of the CatCo building, Kara sees Reign, who’s legitimately hard to recognize as Samantha with the face-obscuring mask, altered voice, and requisite dark lipstick that all women are assigned when they embrace the dark side.
Reign announces that she’s from a time before fathoming, born to cleanse the scourge and deliver the awakening. Too many people on Earth have eluded judgment, so she’s there to dispense it, and she orders Kara to stand down.
Kara declines this offer, and they launch into a fantastic fight scene that interrupts the most stereotypical office Christmas party in history. As the revelers cower, the two women whale on each to the tune of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.“ It’s surreal and hilarious given the viciousness of the battle, which is shot with lots of swinging blows and flashing lights and abrupt camera movement, creating a feeling of chaos that’s incredibly well done.
Then they fly onto a tanker for a quick bout of “whip shipping containers at your enemy” before landing in the middle of a National City street. Supergirl tries to warn people to stay back, but Reign brains her with a chunk of concrete-studded rebar, creating a nasty head wound.
Then she tosses a flaming car door at Kara and uses heat vision to blast her onto a nearby rooftop. By now, Kara’s bloody and sporting a black eye. Reign announces that Kara’s no god, and she’s no devil. Instead, she’s truth, judgement, and death, and with that, she lets Kara fall off the edge of the building.
Kara plummets to the ground in slow motion — a shot that might have been more effective if we hadn’t seen the exact same thing in last week’s crossover finale — before slamming into the concrete below in a way that looks…well, it looks kinda fatal.
“Is she dead?” asks some terribly tactless child in the crowd. The team races Kara to the DEO, where Alex and the paramedics frantically work to revive her as the rest of her friends watch and worry. Honestly, it’s not looking good for the Girl of Steel.
Then we cut to Ruby at home, running downstairs and calling “Merry Christmas!” to her mom. But Samantha’s dressed in all black and staring out the window with an artificially rigid posture. Her fingers twitch, and when she whips around at the sound of Ruby’s voice, we cut to credits before we can see if she’s going to request a cup of eggnog or kill her beloved child.
Snaps of the cape
- Well, that’s a shocking end to an episode! Sam’s transition to Reign has always had elements of horror, and the final seconds of this episode are no different. Well done, Supergirl!
- Bless Winn’s nerdy heart; he’s so thrilled to hear about Martian Life Day and how it might relate to the wretched, don’t-even-watch-it-ironically Star Wars holiday special.
- We’re on hiatus through the holidays, Super-friends! Until then, may you be as joyous as M’yrnn gazing at a Christmas ornament and sipping hot chocolate!