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SEASON FINALE REVIEW: Supergirl 1×20 “Better Angels”

Written by Alex Reale

 

And just like that, just as quickly as it began, Supergirl comes to an end. Okay, Supergirl might not be completely over, but seeing as there haven’t been plans for a second season, I think it’s safe to say that this is the end-all for the series. What a shame. I generally enjoyed the show, including tonight’s episode, “Better Angels”. (spoilers ahead!)

First and foremost, my prediction last week was wrong. I thought the battle between Alex and Kara was going to be this climactic stand-off that would result in the former’s death. Nope. The sisters exchange some heavy-handed hits, but the battle is over insanely quick. You know what resolves the whole situation? The power of love. No, really. J’onn J’onzz (who didn’t die, thank God!) flies Eliza Danvers to the battle, and she gives a speech to the brainwashed Alex, which somehow works. This huge conflict is fixed all because of Eliza’s words. It’s a bit of a cop-out. I thought it would’ve been much more dramatic and impactful if Alex actually sacrificed herself in some heroic manner. Her death would’ve been perfect for that emotional finale. Regardless, I gotta give credit to Chyler Leigh and Helen Slater for their great performances for an otherwise cheesy scene.

If you thought Eliza’s speech was bad, wait until you see what happens with the rest of National City. Maxwell Lord sets up a city-wide broadcast that allows Supergirl to deliver a hopeful speech to the citizens. The speech works, and just like that, everyone is de-Myriad-nized. Even for Supergirl, this moment was incredibly cheesy. Yeah, cool, she’s meant to be a symbol for hope. But are they really going to sweep the entire Myriad plot under the rug just like that?

The recently allied Non and Indigo try a new tactic. They’re going to increase the Myriad waves to a level that will eventually overload the humans’ brains, thus killing them. Why couldn’t they just do that in the first place? It’s obvious they both want to eliminate humanity. It would’ve been much easier if they just took this route in the first place.

Supergirl decides she’ll need to sacrifice herself to save the planet, but she doesn’t tell anyone right away. She goes around and has a heart-to-heart with the people closest to her. Melissa Benoist kills it with her performance during these sessions. As she meets with Winn, James, and Cat, you feel the real sadness and fear in her heart. For a moment, I almost thought that Kara would actually die in this finale!

I’m extremely happy J’onn didn’t die last episode. I’m even happier that he returned to fight alongside Kara this week. Supergirl and the Martian Manhunter team up to face off against Non and Indigo. We’ve been waiting months for this to happen! It would’ve been better if Superman also showed up to battle (or if we at least got to see his face on the show!), but hey, I’m happy with what we got. The best part of the fight was when J’onn literally tore Indigo in half. It was so epic that it almost overshadowed Kara eye-blasting the crap out of Non.

With the two evil-doers neutralized, Kara looks for a way to stop Myriad before it kills National City. The only solution appears to be carrying the station into space. Alex pleads with her to reconsider, stating that Kara can’t survive outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but Supergirl does it anyway, and that’s why we love her. She’s willing to do what it takes to save the planet, even if it means sacrificing herself to do it. At the same time, I’m curious about her not being able to survive in space. I’m almost positive Kryptonians have no problem outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Have we established otherwise in this show’s universe? I guess they added that factor in at the last minute for the emotional impact so that Alex could show up and save Kara at the last minute.

The episode seemingly ends on a high note for the entire cast. J’onn gets a full pardon from the government, Eliza learns that her husband is still alive somewhere, James and Kara hook up, and Kara gets promoted to her own office at CatCo – and most importantly, Cat actually remembers Kara’s real name! The season looks like it’s going to wrap up with a classic happily ever after… until there’s a loud explosion. Kara and J’onn go out to investigate and they find a crashed pod, similar to the one Kara arrived in all those years ago. The last shot of the episode is Kara gazing upon something within the crashed pod, but what could it be?!

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Seeing as Supergirl has yet to be renewed for another season, we may never know what exactly was in the pod. I have a small feeling that it’s a clone of Kara. After all, we’re dealing with Cadmus Labs now, and they’re pretty notorious for their cloning projects (watch Young Justice if you haven’t had the chance yet).

Overall, I thought it was a grand finale for the season, but I wish we could have some confirmation on a renewal. The way they set up this episode, they definitely made it seem like there was more to the story. There are plenty of new villains to be had. We’ve got Maxima, Maxwell Lord, the Fort Rozz escapees – Hell, even Non could still be alive! I hope they don’t pull the plug on Supergirl when there is so much potential still left in the show. At the very least, let’s have her make a couple guest appearances on The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow.

Final Grade: A –

Final Season Grade: B +

+ Great fight scene at the end; loved the way Martian Manhunter defeated Indigo.

+ Solid performances from the entire cast, especially Benoist.

+ I like how the finale left the show open for continuation (even if Supergirl hasn’t been renewed yet…).

– No major deaths?

– The whole “Supergirl gives a speech to end everyone’s brainwashing” shtick was super cheesy.

– And we still didn’t get to see Superman’s face? Come on….

Extra Thoughts:

– Maxwell and Alex holding hands – called it!

Did you enjoy the season finale of Supergirl? Do you hope we get a second season? 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!