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REVIEW: Supergirl 1×15 “Solitude”

Written by Alex Reale

Last night’s episode of Supergirl seemed like it was done for pure fan service. There wasn’t much as far as over-arcing plot progression, but we did get a little bit of development with our characters. Overall, it’s like they slapped this episode together just to give a shoutout to various aspects of the DC universe. I mean, I’m not complaining about these Easter Eggs, but the season is almost over and we don’t seem to be leading up to a strong conclusion. At least “Solitude” was enjoyable for the most part. (spoilers ahead!)

The episode’s conflict begins with a hacker sending a thumb drive to CatCo and asking the media agency to publish a piece on it. The drive contains a list of clients of a website that caters to adulterers – so almost like that Ashley Madison scandal a few months ago. Cat Grant refuses to publish the gossip, further demonstrating her more humane side and proving that she’s not completely terrible. I’ve stated time and time again that I love Cat, and when she does something like this, I can’t help rooting for her some more. Sure, she’s kinda protecting people who were dumb enough to have an affair, but as Kara puts it, people’s secrets are theirs to keep. It’s funny how this ties into Kara keeping her own secrets, as well as Alex and Henshaw’s secret revolving around Astra’s death.

The hacker reveals herself to be an alien woman who seems to have a connection with Supergirl and who might be a possible ally of Non. Supergirl and co. are unable to determine the hacker’s real identity, and seeing as Supergirl has left the DEO (due to her not feeling comfortable around Henshaw), she can’t get much info from them. Therefore, SG and James venture to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to get answers.

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It was cool seeing Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, but obviously this was done as another fan service reference to Superman. Not only that, but we also glimpsed Superman’s ring for the Legion of Superheroes. The only thing missing from this basket of Easter Eggs was Superman’s cape hanging on a coat rack. I’m all for fan service, but this felt a tiny bit forced.

At the Fortress, Supergirl and James find out that the hacker is Indigo aka Brainiac 8, one of the most dangerous prisoners from Fort Rozz with the ability to control computers through her own body. Honestly, Indigo’s look looked almost as bad as the Red Tornado a few months ago. Why can’t the show get better costume designers and makeup designers? Master Jailer, Reactron, and J’onn all look fine in their appearances, but Red Tornado and Indigo were just… blah.

This episode’s villain may have looked bad, but her role gave Finn a bigger chance to shine. Since he’s the IT guy, it’s obvious that he stands the best chance against defeating Indigo and her hacking abilities. While he works on uploading a virus to her system, Supergirl has to take care of all the mayhem the villainess is causing, such as messing with traffic cameras and launching the military’s missiles.

Needless to say, SG saves the day at the last minute, and Finn successfully “destroys” Indigo with a well-programmed virus. I’m getting tired of these villain-of-the-week scenarios. It’s not so bad that the villains are being killed off after one appearance; it’s the fact that they aren’t always dead. Red Tornado was obviously being set up to return, and as we saw in the final few moments of this episode, Indigo might be coming back as well. I don’t blame the show for this; I blame Greg Berlanti. He does the same exact thing with Arrow and The Flash. Usually, I’m all for the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, but in this case, it’s time to change it up a bit.

It also didn’t help that the episode featured more drama on the James Olsen/Lucy Lane/Kara front. I shouldn’t even comment on it anymore. As long as these shows keep running, there will always be forced relationship drama. At least what Supergirl is doing is more bearable than that crappy Olicity stuff on Arrow.

The season is over soon and we haven’t really got much of a lead-up to a proper conclusion. I guess Non is the big bad guy, but what about Maxwell Lord? What about all these Fort Rozz villains who are supposedly dead but possibly coming back? What about the prisoners from Fort Rozz who we haven’t even met yet? The show needs to pull it together in the next couple of weeks or else it’ll leave us with a disappointing season finale.

Final Grade: B –

+ Loved seeing the Fortress of Solitude and the Legion of Superheroes ring.

+ Indigo made for an interesting villain.

+ Cat being awesome.

– The Indigo makeup was terrible.

– More “villain-of-the-week” shtick.

– More James/Lucy/Kara love triangle = more unnecessary drama.

Extra Thoughts:

– I wonder if Indigo’s introduction means we could eventually see THE Brainiac make an appearance on the show.

What did you think of the latest episode of Supergirl? Is this the last we’ll see of Indigo? Tell us what you think in the comments or on Twitter!

About the author

Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

When he’s not writing for AP2HYC or working full-time as a content manager for a small business website, Alex is diligently at work on other creative projects including a fantasy novel collection and an independent comic series.

You can find Alex's first book, Dodger's Doorway, on Amazon!