SUPERGIRL’s revamped sophomore season came to a close last night in “Nevertheless, She Persisted.” (By the way, props to the show for the last two awesome episode titles). While last night’s installment packed plenty of action, I was sort of underwhelmed on an emotional level. And some of the critiques I’ve made of the show this year — namely the pros and cons of its more ensemble structure — came to roost in Supergirl’s final episode.
One thing is for sure, however. This episode was full of action, starting with a classic fight between Supergirl and Superman, now under the influence of a new kind of Kryptonite (Silver Kryptonite) thanks to Queen Rhea. Kara and Clark trade blows on a Daxamite ship, but soon their battle tumbles down below to the streets of National City. Because of Silver Kryptonite, Clark sees his greatest enemy (Zod) instead of his beloved sister Kara.
The epic fight ends with Supergirl defeating Superman and bringing him to the Fortress of Solitude to heal. Clark awakens and accepts his defeat gracefully, proud of how much Kara has grown. Seeing Supergirl defeat the Man of Steel was pretty surprising I have to say, and I’m guessing plenty of Superman faithful might object. But Kara has taken on plenty of mighty foes, particularly in season two which I think had far superior villains to its freshman season. As well, the defeat of Superman also allows Supergirl to stay front and center to take on Rhea.
Oh, right, Queen Rhea, the major villain of the last few episodes of season two. With Rhea set to invade National City, Kara invokes an ancient ritual. She challenges Rhea to a final fight. If Kara wins, Rhea and her Daxamite brethren will leave Earth. And if Kara loses, she’ll have no choice but to accept this new world order. Unfortunately, this rooftop fight isn’t as strong as the kinetic and inventive fight between Kara and Clark. What’s more, the show feels like it adds new rules to the battle on the fly, like the fact that Rhea somehow has Kryptonite in her body that she can activate on a whim. And yet still Kara seems like she has the upper hand.
So which is it? What’s more, before the fight even gets interesting, Rhea goes back on her word and brings her Daxamite army in to help her. As Kara and Rhea go at it, other players step into position to bring the fight back to the Daxamites. There’s a pretty solid reunion between Lena and Lillian, who work together to make a Lex developed device that will emanate lead through the atmosphere, killing every Daxamite around (including Mon-El). The idea that Lena was so easily duped by Rhea was something I brought up and thankfully the show addresses this. On some level, Lena was seduced by finally having a mentor figure, or even a motherly figure in her life. In this episode, despite their huge differences, Lena and Lillian work together.
Jimmy, Winn, and J’onn J’onnz (who’s awakened by M’gann) also bring the fight to the Daxamites, but in general they are pretty much relegated to the sidelines. As are Alex and Maggie, though Alex makes a surprising move and proposes to Maggie.
Lena finally gets her device working and Kara, armed with the remote, sets it off. This feels like a bit of a cop out just as the going gets tough in her fight with Rhea. Granted, there’s plenty of emotional impact behind this action. Kara just chose to save Earth even at the risk of killing her love, Mon-El. Since Mon-El’s been on Earth for a bit, he’s not killed immediately, but soon is brought to his knees. The two have a pretty solid final heart to heart before Mon-El has to be beamed away in a pod that later gets swooped away through a mysterious vortex.
With Rhea and the Daxamites defeated, the last ten minutes of Supergirl are pretty quiet. Kara flies around National City, thinking about all that’s happened. We do finally find out for sure that Cat Grant in fact has always known that Kara Danvers was Supergirl, and it’s nice to see the media mogul’s softer side as she says how proud she is of Kara’s growth.
Oh, and 35 years in the past, we find out that a third Kryptonian child was sent away from that dying planet.
So that’s all she wrote for Supergirl season two. Until next time!
Season 2, Episode 22 (S02E22)
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8PM on CW
Ade Adeniji | Contributor