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SUPERGIRL Finale Recap: “Better Angels”

SUPERGIRL Finale Recap: “Better Angels”

Finale time! The first season of Supergirl has officially wrapped up, and all in all, it was a happy triumph. But before we get into dissecting the season as a whole, let’s recap last night’s episode.

The final scene of last week’s “Myriad” mirrored the final scene of the winter finale episode “Hostile Takeover.” Instead of Supergirl confronting Non himself like she did before, she faced off against her SISTER who was under Non’s control. The fight didn’t last long, however, because a fortuitous intervention by Eliza Danvers — made possible by a still-alive J’onn J’onzz — snapped Alex out of her trance and put an end to the Danvers Battle Royale. Almost immediately after, Maxwell Lord somehow got Cat’s old station wired properly to broadcast a message to override Myriad. Suffice it to say the science behind this plan seems sketchy at best, but the point is that Kara managed to use hope in a tangible way to save National City.

With Non (and Astra’s) Myriad think tank project effectively sabotaged, Indigo convinced Non to retaliate by amping up the signal to kill the citizens in National City. Can’t control ’em? Kill ’em. Back at the D.E.O., General Sam Lane tried to call the shots, even though his daughter Lucy still had final say as acting director. Maxwell Lord, also at the D.E.O. began picking up the signal before it could have an effect on people, so it at least gave Kara and the others time to prepare. Privately, Max informed Kara that her odds of survival are slim. She’d have to face both Non and Indigo on her own, because J’onn was still injured, the D.E.O.’s resources were depleted from the attempted jailbreak, and humans can’t get close enough to the source of the signal to be of any use.

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Before tracking down the location of the signal, Kara left for CatCo to work out what she secretly believed will be her last day. She told Winn, James, and even Cat herself how much they’ve each meant to her. Cat, to her credit, didn’t snipe back at Kara after the emotional admission, which was a nice change. Granted, she didn’t respond in kind, but she wasn’t flippant. Back at the D.E.O., Kara was confronted about her “strange behavior” at CatCo and said her goodbyes to nearly everyone except her sister. Saying goodbye to her would make it impossible to leave, Kara admitted. She did make Alex promise that if and when Jeremiah is found, she would tell her that Kara never stopped wearing the glasses and that everything she became was because of the Danvers family.

J’onn joined Kara after the location of the remains of Fort Rozz, serving as Non’s base of operations, was revealed. The duo was then confronted by both Non and Indigo and a pretty epic battle ensued. J’onn, still weak from Indigo’s last attack, was more susceptible to her attacks than he otherwise would be, but pulled out one hell of a comeback in their battle when he literally rips. her. apart. Yeah, she is a technological construct and manifestation more than a humanoid being and she definitely deserved to be put out of commission, but still, that’s intense, dude. Kara and Non locked into a laser eye beam joust and the younger Kryptonian knocked her uncle out with ease. You know what they say, you can’t teach an old dog new laser eye beam tricks. After Non and Indigo were successfully taken out of the picture, Kara had to carry Fort Rozz back into space herself. The lack of atmosphere in space meant that Kara would have no way of propelling herself back to Earth (which makes me wonder how exactly Superman managed to get “off-world” in “Solitude.”) Alex, using Kara’s Kryptonian pod, finally brought Kara back to Earth.

"Better Angels" -- Supergirl is forced to do battle with an unexpected foe and must risk everything -- including her life -- to prevent Non and Indigo from destroying every person on the planet, on the first season finale of SUPERGIRL, Monday, April 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, Helen Slater, Chyler Leigh, Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The final scenes of the finale were dedicated to resolutions. At CatCo, Cat Grant began piling Kara’s belongings into a box with cryptic messages about how banker’s boxes are typically used to escort a person to an elevator in disgrace. But when Cat carried the box into a private office, Kara asked what exactly is going on. As it turns out, Grant was sneakily setting Kara up for a promotion. She’s giving Kara a blank check, essentially, to figure out what it is that she wants to do with her future that Cat can make happen — within reason. Grant even turned and calls Kara “Kara” on her way out. Kira is no more! Back at Kara’s apartment, Alex, Eliza, J’onn, Winn, and James all celebrated their newly bonded extended family. While toasting champagne, a strange object suddenly fell from the sky. When Kara and J’onn arrived at the landing site, they find another Kryptonian pod. Kara rips open the hatch and … we have to wait for season 2 for the reveal! Can you even believe it!?

Overall, Supergirl and CBS triumphed in making a superhero saga that was light and cheerful as opposed to dark and gritty. There’s plenty of room for both kinds of storytelling in the genre, and it’s good to see a success can be made of both. Supergirl had its fair share of deus ex machina plot fixes, but for the most part it was an interesting character study of a heroine who was finding herself and her purpose.

We want to know what you thought of the first season, so sound off below! Let us know who you think is in the Pod, too!

Notable Quotables:

“And you, the people of National City, you helped me. You let me be who I’m meant to be. You gave me back to myself.” – Kara

“Supergirl is my protegé. Reaching people is what I do.” – Cat Grant

“The money won’t me much different. Or, any different. But this is a step up for you Kira. This is your end-of-Working Girl moment.”

Before you go, don’t miss our interview with Supergirl’s James Olsen, Mehcad Brooks:

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