The twelfth episode of Supergirl’s third season shifts focus to Lena Luthor, perpetually torn between her family’s reputation and her own morality
When Morgan Edge’s car takes on a life of it’s own, nearly killing him, Edge (Adrain Pasdar) doesn’t question who’s behind the attempt. Immediately storming to CatCo (as any rational person does immediately following a life-threatening accident) he publicly accuses Lena (Katie McGrath) of the attack. When Lena later turns up poisoned, it’s not hard to surmise who’s likely behind it. James, Kara, and the DEO team work to save and protect Lena, but they aren’t the only ones – Lillian Luthor gets involved, parenting in her own special Luthor way. She attempts to publicly murder Morgan Edge, even donning the Lexosuit.
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While Lena and company deal with Edge, Sam (Odette Annable) faces something much more terrifying. As Alex (Chyler Leigh) performs test after test, Sam quickly loses hope of discovering the cause of her blackouts. Faced with the reality of her own mortality, and leaving Ruby parentless, Sam decides to loop in her friends on her new condition. Kara, Lena, and Alex assure Sam that things will be okay – and surprisingly, none of the ladies consider the implications of Sam’s blackouts starting the same time Reign first appeared. It’s an odd episode, to be sure – not strange in any way, but definitely distinguishable from the rest of the season as a whole. Still, with a heavy focus on characterization, it works to build the basis for the inevitable battle between Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Reign; forcing us to question which side of that conflict certain characters will land on.
To dig a little deeper on this, we’ve enlisted the help of some serious Supergirl experts. Our roundtable:
Becca (@mysteryofslove) – College Student. 22 years old. LA. Way too attached to some fictional characters.
Mia (@dreaminofspace) – newly graduated scientist, huge nerd who loves all things superhero, space or supernatural
Christine (@christinecenon) – Supergirl reviewer at FanBolt.
Katie (@melszorel) – lover of DC Comics, writing, and pizza!
Adam (@abnormallyadam) – TV enthusiast, YouTube reactor and huge fanboy!
1. Alex tested Sam for every condition under the sun this week, trying to discover the cause of her blackouts. With her medically all-clear, how long do you think it will take for someone to realize that she’s Reign?
Becca (@mysteryofslove): It’s really hard to say. But I’ll give it maybe a couple of more episodes? Sooner of later someone will finally discover that Sam and Reign are the person. Not sure when it’s going to happen but whatever happens, I’m going to miss Sam so much.
Mia (@dreaminofspace): I was hoping this episode would be the point of no return for finding out Sam is Reign, but I guess not. It’s starting to get a bit longwinded now, wish they would just bite the bullet! I understand this week’s episode was a filler and that next week’s will return to the arc, but I feel like the testing and the negative results would’ve been more impactful if there were suspicions amongst the main characters that Sam could be Reign.
Christine (@christinecenon): I don’t really have a guess on how long it will take for someone to realize that she’s Reign, but I do believe that it will happen this season at some point!
Katie (@melszorel): When Alex said she was going to figure it out, (in terms of what’s “wrong” with her) I have no doubts about that. Alex has a huge heart and Sam is sick, someone she cares about (and Ruby), she is not going to stop trying to help her or get to the bottom of it.
Adam (@abnormallyadam): To be honest, I don’t think it’ll take very long. I’m thinking maybe something happens where Sam gets “injured” and Alex or Kara witness her not hurt and totally fine, which obviously raises some alarm bells… and many questions. But I also think Sam will discover she’s Reign and try to fix it herself somehow.
2. If someone does put the pieces together, who do you think is most likely to make that connection?
Becca: I think it will be Kara/Supergirl the one that will realize that Sam is indeed Reign. Or if it’s not her, maybe Lena? Since Lena and Sam spend a lot of time together at work.
Mia: I still feel like Alex will be the one to find out first. She’s really invested in Sam now and determined to help her find out what is wrong. At one point I think Alex will notice something or overhear something, make a connection between Sam and Reign and pitch the idea to Kara before going further with it.
Christine: I’m afraid that that someone is going to be Alex. I’ve come across a theory that the Legion had traveled back in time on purpose to save Alex — not Supergirl — from Reign. If true, this is definitely a sign pointing to it. As for the others, Reign’s secret may not necessarily reach everyone’s ears come end of season. If Alex-Reign-Legion storyline is ever put into play, I feel as if that will take place around the season finale.
Katie: I think Alex will. Because if she finds out, I think that would be the most hurtful. Because she’s grown to care about Sam and Ruby, and then there’s Reign trying to kill Kara. I think there will be some struggles for a lot of different people in Sam’s life.
Adam: My guess is Alex. Seeing as Alex babysits for Ruby sometimes, it’s possible that Sam might become Reign in front of them. But anything’s possible at this point.
3. Speaking of Reign, the masked villain didn’t appear this week, only her alter ego. Do you enjoy having episodes with lots of Sam, but no Reign?
Becca: I honestly enjoy and love seeing Sam SO MUCH. I just love her so much and I hate that she is a villain now even though she doesn’t even know about it just yet. Sam is just so pure and I want to protect her at all costs. In the other hand, I love Reign too. I think she is a badass and so powerful but I prefer Sam, always.
Mia: As this episode deviated from the entire season arc, it made sense to only have Sam and not Reign in it, as Sam the “human” is who Lena knows and the episode was about her. Most of all though, I loved how Alex and Sam bonded, and that’s guaranteed to make the reveal harder once it occurs.
Christine: I actually do enjoy episodes about Sam! I’ve taking a liking to Sam, and I actually feel terrible for her! I’ve verbally stressed that she hadn’t asked for life as Reign — all she wanted to be was a superhero, similar to Supergirl, to mainly impress her daughter and to score more brownie points with her.
Katie: I’ve loved Sam since the beginning and if you really think about it, we’ve only had a few eps with Reign. I think she’s a great villain and I can’t wait for the other World Killers.
Adam: I honestly enjoy seeing Sam more. We get to develop her character when it’s just Sam and not Reign. The audience gets a better understanding of her and what’s she been through in her life. We, as the audience, feel attached to her and want to protect her at all costs. Which will make it that much harder if something does happen to Reign.
4. Lena stated that the reason that she’s not a killer is her friends. If something happens between her and Kara, do you think we will witness a turn to the dark side?
Becca: When they first introduced Lena into the show, I really thought that was the main point. To show her change on being a good person into becoming a villain… but now I just think that maybe that is not the writer’s focus? Maybe they don’t want her on the same path as her brother. Maybe she is indeed the only good Luthor in the family. That is just my guess but, of course, this maybe this can change and I even think she might resent Kara for not telling her that she is Supergirl and that she has been hiding it from her all this time. But who knows for sure. Just the future will tell.
Mia: Yeah, and to be honest, I hope that’s what will be the case. I wonder what will happen once Lena finds out about Sam being Reign – I mean, IF she ever finds out (the writers might choose to play the Lena-is-oblivious card again). I feel like they’ll use Lena’s (and Katie’s) full potential if they do a villain arc for her. Right now she’s kind of in limbo, with recycled storylines and no true purpose. The character deserves better than that.
Christine: I feel as if this entire episode alone is enough foreshadow that a darkness about to unfortunately succumb Lena. If true, the breadcrumbs were there (e.g., Kara risking her identity and flying Lena to safety, Lillian stressing Lena use her talents similarly). Furthermore, I can see Sam/Reign and Lena joining forces, considering they’re best friends.
Katie: It depends what happens with Kara. I wonder if Kara ever came out as Supergirl, if that would tip her over. Because as of now, I don’t see any sort of potential betrayal or drama as Kara. But if it happened as Supergirl, then Lena finds that out… I’m not ready for the potential of that.
Adam: That’s what I’m worried about. Lena has always been honest with Kara about everything (seeing Mon-El, seeing her mum etc) and I feel like when she finds out about Kara’s secret, she’ll lose that trust she had with her. And knowing the writers, they’ll make Lena turn to the dark side.
5. Mon-el said that he’s working to be the hero Kara taught him to be. Do you see that change in him this season?
Becca: YES. Season 3 Mon-El has me in shook. I can’t believe Season 2 Mon-El and Season 3 Mon-El are the same person! He has changed SO MUCH this season— and he has changed for good! That makes me happy. Glad to see he has changed for good. He might not be as funny and clumsy as he was before but happy to see he has become a better person now.
Mia: Definitely. He’s very mature this season and takes his responsibilities seriously. This is not the same Mon-El we saw in season 2, and that’s the whole point as well – he has changed. From what we’ve seen, he’ll be stepping even deeper into his role as a superhero later this season, which should be cool to see.
Christine: I haven’t seen much change in him … yet. He is becoming the hero Kara taught him to be, yes, but unfortunately, I’d haven’t seen him in action as much as I’d like. I’m hoping he fights alongside Supergirl more in the upcoming episodes so that I can actually witness him becoming the hero I’ve always wanted him to become!
Katie: I think he’s definitely mellowed out, and he’s not as immature. But I think him, Imra, and Brainy are definitely hiding stuff from Kara and the DEO.
Adam: I definitely do. I mentioned it in my reaction video as well. I wasn’t really a fan of Mon-El in season 2, but season 3 has given me a new side to him that is interesting to watch on screen. Maybe it’s because he has learned a lot in seven years. He’s really grown up.
6. Do you enjoy Morgan Edge as a villain?
Becca: I’m soso about Morgan really. I don’t like him but I don’t hate him either. I really don’t put too much attention to him. There are better villains in the show in my opinion… *cough cough* Maxwell Lord for example…
Mia: In general, yes, I do, but right now he’s starting to get very repetitive. He’s not getting anywhere in his story, and yet again it was the same deal of trying to throw Lena into the fire. I hope some kind of cohesive plot for him is revealed soon. His utter ruthlessness and complete lack of morals are great villain-y traits that could be utilised a lot better!
Christine: I see him as a villain, yes, but more of a personal threat to Lena and James. He’s definitely centric to their story, given that their story is basically separate from the main story (Kara/Reign/Legion).
Katie: I’m getting tired of him. What’s his ACTUAL deal with Lena anyway?? He seems like a misogynistic psychopath. Find a new hobby dude.
Adam: He’s literally the villain you love to hate. Lena and Edge have such great chemistry, it’s such a joy to see them play off each other. Every time Edge is on screen, I just want to punch him or something. Having Morgan Edge as a villain is also beneficial to Lena’s character because we see her question a lot of things. It’s really interesting to see.
7. What is your favorite relationship (familial, platonic, or otherwise) on the show? Why?
Becca: I love the father and daughters relationship that J’onn has with Kara and Alex! Their relationship is one of the purest relationships of all and they make my heart go all warm. Kara lost her real father and Alex and her also lost Jeremiah while growing up… so J’onn is the perfect father figure they could’ve asked for.
Mia: Without a single notion of doubt: the Danvers sisters. As someone who is super close to their sister and truly feels that sister bond, it’s amazing to see sisters on screen who has a similar relationship to my real life one. Familial relationships have always been my favourite relationships of any show I’ve watched, be it siblings, parent-child, grandparent-child or other. The closeness and the understanding are on a different level than with romantic relationships. Kara and Alex aren’t blood related, but the sisterhood is 100% there and I always feel so so so happy whenever it’s shown on the show.
Christine: Oh, too many! KaraMel (or, I guess it’s SuperValor now!), however, is definitely my favorite relationship overall, whether they be romantic, platonic, professional, etc. I fell in love with their relationship even before I started watching Supergirl — it was because of them that I decided to binge-watch just last year!
Katie: Well in this episode I loved the dynamic between Sam and Alex. And I’m hoping there may be more between them later in the season. I also really love Kara/Sam/Lena friendship. And adding Alex in that mix as well. I love women supporting women. And even if it’s been only a few short months, they all care about each other. Like Kara said, “We’re a family.”
Adam: I have a few. The Danvers sisters relationship (always a number one). But in this episode, I really enjoyed Sam and Alex’s friendship and their screen time together. I was smiling the whole time. But right now, Kara, Alex, Sam and Lena’s friendship. It’s so refreshing to see these four powerful women be there and supporting one another. I love it so much. Their dynamic is amazing. More of this please.
Even if it won’t become anyone’s all-time favorite episode, “For Good” managed to hit on certain storylines that have been recently ignored. It also set a good basis for the final two episodes before Supergirl’s long hiatus
Although this episode felt like a last-ditch effort to conclude certain storylines (Morgan Edge, Lillian Luthor, Guardian, ect.) it was still undeniably entertaining and was able to support the overall arch, even while not directly adding to it. We now have the basis for Alex or Kara to discover Reign’s true identity, and we have some pretty solid foreshadowing regarding Lena Luthor; if and when she does live up to her last name, it’ll be due to a falling out of some sort with her friends. Could it be that Lena feels betrayed when she discovers Kara’s secret, and that’s what pushes her to the dark side? Ala Lex and Clark from Smallville?
It will be interesting to see how new boyfriend James deals with Lena’s villainy (if it ever does happen.) A good guy through and through, James is sure to be conflicted at best.
Every week, our theory that Alex will adopt Ruby becomes more and more solidified. With Alex privy to Sam’s concerns about orphaning her daughter, all of the pieces are in place for her to feel a sense of responsibility when it comes to Ruby.
Next week, we meet new WorldKiller, Purity, as Supergirl and the team try to gain intel on how best to defeat Reign!