Supergirl’s Better Angels Soar in the Season Finale

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That’s a wrap on season one of Supergirl and what a rollercoaster ride it was! Finishing off the year very much in line with what we’ve come to expect, that is a cheesy, plot hole-ridden episode that simultaneously frustrates and warms the heart.

Starting off with the Alex/Kara confrontation from last week, things wrapped up surprisingly quick. J’onn, healed from his impalement, brought Alex and Kara’s mom to break the spell … ugh. Yes, Myriad’s power is broken by a loved one telling someone they believe in them/love them, etc. A more cliché solution does not exist. We’ve seen this basic idea hundreds of times. Plus how disappointing that Kara and Alex barely even fight first. We were promised a showdown that would change everything, but instead Kara gets a little cut and Alex gets a bruise. Such a letdown.

Then the team went forward with their plan of broadcasting a message to break Myriad’s hold. Now I wanted to hate this. Such an easy way to overcome a supposedly unbeatable system of oppression. But dang it, Supergirl manages to once again turn the dial up to eleven on the cheese factor. Kara’s heartfelt speech to the people of the city brought me back to an old idea of Superman and a huge theme of the episode: hope. Hope ends up being the penicillin to Myriad’s control and Kara tries to inspire hope in thousands of people. Much like Christopher Reeve, Melissa Benoist has this ability to speak earnestly and give that smile that brought back the tearful pangs of a hopeful child.

This inspiring, touching message was of course immediately followed by a scene between Indigo and Non that was simply ridiculous. Thank God this season wrapped up this whole storyline because I couldn’t take much more stupid. The two villains would be more at home on the set of Power Rangers rather than this series. Laura Vandervoort was having way too much fun with her claw this episode. I think she must have been watching Angelica Huston’s performance in Captain EO to prep for this because her performance is ninety percent hand movements.

Once Non and Indigo decide to use Myriad to kill everyone on Earth, things started making very little sense. J’onn is back in custody, Alex somehow is not under arrest for being a fugitive, Superman is still incapacitated, and Kara is back at work waiting for the DEO to track down the villains. What!? You have super powers, damn it! Go, fly around, look for the bad guys. Waiting around for the government to do something? Has she never seen how the government works? The answer is slow and inefficiently.

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Speaking of slow, Maxwell Lord got way too much science speak for a dumb guy to deliver. Peter Facinelli is good at being an arrogant, cocky jerk. But hearing the actor try and deliver scientific mumbo jumbo with a straight face? Oh boy. Again his character’s motivation swung wildly from one direction to another. Seemingly on Supergirl’s side for most of the episode but yet still ending the season hiding more alien tech from her and with General Lane as well.

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The tears started welling again during Kara’s goodbye tour. Going around to have one last interaction with all her friends in case she didn’t make it. While the whole thing was very sweet, the standout pieces were the moments with Cat and J’onn. Fitting that Kara’s surrogate parents would be the most touching goodbyes. If there is a Season Two the one thing this show would benefit greatly from would be more interaction with those two.

Okay so we had multiple touching scenes, time for the pendulum to swing back the other way right? Of course it is! Guess where Non has been hiding all this time? Fort Rozz! You mean the giant alien army we’ve been searching for has been hiding in the base they came to Earth in to begin with? The army never thought to swing by and knock on the door to make sure the place was still empty? Wow, they found a way to do something more mind-numbingly stupid than anything else all season. Holy hell that is dumb.

So when J’onn and Kara show up for the big epic battle they face the entire army of … Oh, what’s that? The army is asleep? You’re kidding? You’re not kidding. Grrrr. Alright, moving on. The battle with Non and Indigo is actually pretty cool but still not what you expect from a season finale. Maybe the budget was tapped, who knows? But the intensity of the fight makes up for that a bit. Having J’onn literally tear Indigo apart was completely unexpected and Kara’s Heat Vision battle with Non was a great showcase for how dang scary Benoist can be when she rages out. But again this was nowhere near the level of action that most similar series would have in a finale.

I think we all saw this coming when they announced that Myriad could not be shut down, that Kara would have to carry Fort Rozz into space. What surprised me is that apparently Kara can’t fly once in outer space. So we’re just making up new power restrictions where it suits us. Seeing as how nearly every version of Superman ever has flown in space, this came as quite a surprise. Then undercutting her sacrifice completely, Alex immediately looks at Kara’s old pod during their goodbye. Oh I wonder if she’ll use it to save her sister. Way to diffuse any tension or sense of gravitas guys.

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CBS

So when it was all said and done, Supergirl Season One was, pretty okay. Consistently inconsistent but so damn upbeat, this series is just good enough to keep me coming back. While setting up a cliffhanger of another Kryptonian survivor for next year, which has to be either her mother or father, right? But between that and her promotion there is plenty of fodder for Season Two. The writers’ mission over the summer? Tighten up those scripts, trim that stupid fat, and write Jimmy off the show. There are such nuggets of gold hidden in this show that with the right direction this could last years to come.

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