BWW Recap: SUPERGIRL Ends Season 1 with a Touching Finale
On SUPERGIRL's intense finale of the season, Kara has to save the world from Non and Indigo's evil plan. In an episode that managed to encapsulate all of the show's great qualities from throughout the season, the viewers were reminded of what makes Kara Danvers so special: her love for her family and friends, her willingness to make sacrifices, and her ability for hope. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that SUPERGIRL will get renewed for a second season!
The episode picks up where last week's left off: with Kara and Non-controlled-Alex locked in a fight to the death. J'onn shows up with Mrs. Danvers in tow, who talks to Alex until she comes back to herself. "Alex, you are the strongest of us all; your father always said that," she pleads with her. Alex manages to break through Myriad and tearfully apologizes to Kara.
Kara and her family return to Cat's old television station to film a PSA of sorts. J'onn questions how the message will reach the people, to which Cat responds, "Supergirl is my protégé. Reaching people is what I do." Maxwell Lord taps into Myriad to send Kara's message of hope and support to the people of National City. She says, "I lost everything when I was young. When I first landed on this planet, I was sad, but I found out that there is so much love in this world out there for the taking. And you, the people of National City, you helped me." As Kara's message is broadcast, we see Winn, James, Lucy, and other people start breaking out of Myriad.
Non is upset to see that his plan has been overturned. "I have failed, but I refuse to let Astra's entire life be undone by that child," he vows. One of the things I find most interesting about Non is that despite his evil plans and his hatred of Kara, he clearly still sees her as the young niece that his wife adored back on Krypton. Indigo suggests that they refocus on the rest of the universe by killing all the humans and letting just Kara live "as the queen of a dead earth."
Meanwhile, at CatCo, James and Winn apologize to Kara for what they said to her under the effects of Myriad. James attempts to talk to her about their kiss, but they're interrupted. Cat demands a meeting, saying, "You people were more punctual when you were drones." One of the things I'll miss most is Cat's amazing one-liners every week.
General Lane shows up at the DEO to check on Lucy. Superman is still unconscious, but General Lane puts handcuffs on J'onn despite Lucy's protests. "You keep pushing me away, like you pushed away Lois," she tells him before apologizing to J'onn. Lucy's growth has honestly astounded me this season. I'll admit that I didn't like her at first, but she certainly proved her worth in this episode.
When Mrs. Danvers asks Alex why she and J'onn had really shown up to her house, the girls tell her that Jeremiah Danvers is alive. Max interrupts THE FAMILY moment to tell them that Myriad has amplified tenfold and that people are starting to complain of headaches. He estimates that there are four hours left until Myriad kills everyone. Max is concerned that Kara doesn't have anyone to help her and insists that his concern is genuine: "I just want you to know what you're facing so that you're prepared."
Kara starts telling the people closest to her goodbye, just in case. When she told Winn, "Your friendship has been one of the best parts of my life" I thought I was going to cry! (Actually, that happened later in the episode.) Also, can I say that Winn's cardigans have been one of my favorite things about this show?
Kara tells Cat that she's her role model and that she has "the biggest heart of anyone I know." Cat, of course, responds, "Okay, that was either my eulogy or your dictated suicide note." I've loved watching Cat and Kara grow from being a boss and assistant to true friends.
James tells Kara that they need to finish their conversation from earlier, but she says that maybe there's a reason that they always get interrupted. "I know in my heart that we could have been happy together and we missed our chance," she tells him. It absolutely broke my heart to watch Kara tell him to find happiness with someone else and flee the office.
Kara goes to the DEO to see J'onn. He says that James told Lucy that it seemed like she was saying her goodbyes. Kara says that she didn't get to say proper goodbyes when she left Krypton, so she's just being careful. "My mother didn't send me to earth to fall in love with a human, raise children, and have a house with a white picket fence. She sent me here to protect Kal-El," she reminds him. Kara is determined to save the planet even if she has to sacrifice herself...and that's what we love about her, isn't it?
Max has located the Myriad, a small ball that is an energy source used on Krypton. General Lane admits that it's at Fort Rozz, which is resting in Nevada. Lucy demands that he release J'onn so that he can accompany SUPERGIRL and General Lane finally relents. J'onn remarks that Kara didn't say goodbye to Alex and she admits, "If I say goodbye, I'm never leaving."
Non and Indigo immediately show up to battle J'onn and Supergirl. With Myriad's effect worsening on everyone back in National City, the four fight. Non tells Kara, "Tell your parents I said hello" and for a minute, it looks like they might actually win. But then J'onn breaks Indigo in half and Kara kills Non at last. Indigo, with her dying breath, says that they can't save the planet because they can't destroy Fort Rozz.
Kara calls Alex and explains the situation to her. She says that she needs to fly Fort Rozz into space herself. When Alex protests that Kara will die, Kara responds, "I was sent to protect Earth and that's what I'm going to do." She asks Alex to tell their dad that she had an amazing life and says, "He needs to know that everything good I did, it came from you being my sister." She even tells her, "I want you to do all the things that being my sister kept you from doing." I'm not even ashamed to say that I bawled during this part. Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh have always acted their sister moments flawlessly and as someone with a younger sister myself, this absolutely tore me apart.
Kara succeeds in saving the earth by lifting Fort Rozz up into space, but as she's losing consciousness a pod like the one she came to earth in floats by. She wakes up in the DEO, with Alex at her side. Alex explains that she used Kara's pod that brought her from Krypton to fly into space and rescue her. "You're not the only badass in the family," she jokes.
General Lane announces that the President has granted J'onn a full pardon and reinstates him as head of the DEO. Kara returns to CatCo to find a message from Clark telling her that he's proud of her. Cat begins to pack up Kara's things...and takes them to a new private office. "You have become the best assistant I have ever had. And that is why I have to give you up," she tells her. She asks Kara to find her a new assistant and then decide what her new role at CatCo should be. "I really believe that you can change the world," she tells Kara. And then she actually calls her Kara. After a whole season of calling her the wrong name!
The whole SuperFamily -- Alex, Kara, Mrs. Danvers, J'onn, Winn, and James -- are gathered in Kara's apartment to celebrate their success. James tells Kara that he has something for her and presents her with a framed photo of Supergirl. But when she opens the package, it's a photo of her as Kara Danvers, glasses and all. Then he kisses her...after a whole season of will-they-won't-they, I'm so happy!
Of course, as they're all celebrating over champagne, something whirls by in the sky and J'onn and Kara have to go check it out. It's a pod like the one s from Krypton and when Kara opens it, she says "Oh my god." And that's it, the end of Season 1.
Since SUPERGIRL hasn't been renewed for a second season yet, I'm really glad that they tied up most of the loose ends in this episode while also managing to have a little cliff hanger. Getting to see Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti on TV has been amazing, but all of the characters have stolen my heart. It's been such an honor to write about this amazing, family-oriented, female-empowering show...hopefully see you for Season 2!
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