Supergirl S01E20 “Better Angels” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Kara doesn’t want to fight her sister who, under the influence of Myriad, is trying desperately to kill her. Even when Kara appeals to Alex to come back to her senses nothing works. It’s only when their mother appears on the scene and tells Alex that their father wouldn’t want this does she wake up.
- After she’s back to her senses, Alex helps Kara, Cat and Max to send out a message of hope to the entire city. After Kara tells everyone to have hope they begin to wake up, and Myriad is defeated.
- When he realises that the plan has failed, Non is angry and decides that he must move on to other planets, but not before killing everyone on Earth first.
- After realising Non’s plan, Kara decides that it’s up to her to fight him and save humanity. This is a suicide mission, though, and so she begins to say her goodbyes to her loved ones.
- Kara and Jjon decide to fight against Non and Indigo, with only six minutes before everyone’s heads explode. In the fast-paced fight, Kara and Jjon succeed in defeating them, but they can’t stop the wave from triggering. Their only choice is to get rid of Fort Rozz, and Kara decides to fly the structure into space.
- Nearly dying from being in space, Kara is saved by Alex and, for all intents and purposes, things go back to normal.
- But not for long, as a Kryptonite pod crash lands in National City.
The penultimate episode of Supergirl left us on an interesting note, as Kara was faced with a brainwashed, Kryptonite-armour-clad, Alex. Opening where the last episodes ended, the episode starts with Kara refusing to fight her sister but Non is not giving her much choice. Despite trying her best to appeal to Alex to stop, it’s proving to be an impossible task and it takes all of Kara’s strength just to run away from her. The struggle between the pair is an interesting start to the episode, and having their mother appear and get Alex to come back to her senses was an exciting turn of events.
After all that hype, though, seeing Myriad get defeated after only ten minutes of screen-time was frustrating. Given the build-up for the event, you would have thought that it would be a much bigger threat, or at least one that lasted longer. Apparently all it took to scupper a plan that’s been brewing all season is a message from Kara, and the symbol of hope she represents. While the speech she gave was uplifting, it was a shame that Myriad turned out to be little more than a level one end-of-level guardian.
When things go wrong for Non, he’s convinced by Indigo that the best way to proceed is to kill everyone on Earth using electromagnetic waves to make their heads explode. Now, we’re not experts, but that seems counter-productive to Astra’s plan that Non has been droning on about this season. If she wanted to save Earth from the same fate that Krypton faced, then destroying every human on it just because they can’t be controlled seems silly.
It does give our hero an interesting dilemma, though. Faced with the prospect that her second home could be destroyed before her very eyes, Kara decides that the only option for her is to defeat Non and stop the electromagnetic waves. On several occasions she’s told this would be a mission she couldn’t come back from, and yet she continues to boldly go forward. Kara decides, before she sets off, that she will say a final farewell to those around her. Her encounters with Winn, James, Cat and Jjonn are heartfelt, and give the episode the emotional depth that it needs. At a point, these moments do seem a little forced, since they take up a significant portion of the episode but they were nice to see all the same.
The tearful goodbyes do lead to one of the cooler moments of the episode: the match-up between Kara, Jjonn, Non, and Indigo. Seeing these four go head-to-head at the episode’s climax made up for the slightly disappointing first half, and featured some of the better action sequences that we’ve seen in the series. Indigo is a particularly interesting villain in this fight, as her malicious comebacks and dirty tactics make her the highlight of the scuffle. Kara’s decision to fly Fort Rozz into space before it sends out the deathly electromagnetic wave was a nice touch, and featured some excellent visual effects. Her rescue seemed inevitable given the many people that could have saved her, so it was nice to see Alex be the one to save Kara’s life.
Now that Kara’s life is, somewhat, back on track and she’s been given a promotion at CatCo, it will be interesting to see what’s in store for her. But, really, it is the final moments of the episode that are the most intriguing. Who could possibly have come to Earth in a Kryptonian pod? Are they friend or foe? And what do they want? We shall have to wait to see in the next season, which producers have promised will be even better than the first.
- The fight between Kara and Alex was intense, even if it didn’t last very long. To see their mum bring Alex back to her senses was also a nice touch.
- Seeing Kara say her goodbyes to Winn, James, Cat, and J’onn was emotional, and it was touching to hear her tell them how grateful she was for their friendship and guidance.
- The final fight between Kara, J’onn, Indigo and Non was fantastic. It was packed with some of the best action of the series, and Indigo was a great adversary.
- The visual effects during Kara’s flight into space were brilliant.
- Who is in that pod?
- “I’m not giving up. But my mother didn’t send me to Earth to fall in love with a human, have children, live in a house with a white picket fence. She sent me here to protect Kal-El. And now I will use my powers to protect the Earth.”
- “You made me stronger than I ever thought possible, and I love you for that. Now, in each and every one of you, there is a light, a spirit that cannot be snuffed out. That won’t give up. I need your help again. I need you to hope.”
- Myriad was defeated far too quickly.
- While Kara’s farewells were touching, they did take up a bit too much of the episode’s running time.
And The Random:
- Yes, that is Superman out cold behind Kara when she’s talking with J’onn.
Written by Roxy Simons