Supergirl heads to a blue-sun-orbiting Fort Rozz, which means no boys allowed – this one’s a job for the ladies
Supergirl puts an emphasis on the “girl” while toning down the “super” this week, as Kara (Melissa Benoist) learns that she punted Fort Rozz so far that it’s orbiting a blue sun. Blue suns are apparently toxic to anyone with a Y chromosome, which severely limits Kara’s backup choices for her voyage. Luckily, Imra (Amy Jackson) is around to help out, and the two of them recruit former villains Livewire (Brit Morgan) and Psi (Yael Groblas) to accompany them. The episode is heavy on the girl power, and it’s the perfect time for it – women are proving more and more every day how powerful we are, and Supergirl exemplifies this idea with a team up of four bad ass ladies, proving that men are not a necessary aspect of superhero-ing.
While the girls handle Fort Rozz and the guys stay at the DEO, Alex (Chyler Leigh) is still couch-bound and on crutches, which works out well for Sam, who’s headed on a work trip. Alex hangs with Ruby while Sam (Odette Annable) attends to her second job (as worldkiller Reign) and ends up crossing paths with Supergirl and company. Reign seems to come to her senses for a moment during her fight with Supergirl, proving to Kara that there truly is some humanity underneath that intricate mask. Back home on Earth, Alex helps Ruby with a bullying situation, and the two quickly become good friends. There’s also a brief but notable moment in which Maggie texts Alex, hitting us all right in the hearts, just when we were starting to recover.
Here to discuss ladies, the legion, and the last daughter of Krypton, is 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.
Olivia (@atjogialove) – avid tv watcher, bread eater and Melissa Benoist fan
Adam (@abnormallyadam) – TV enthusiast, YouTube reactor and huge fanboy!
1.This week, Supergirl enlists an all-female team to accompany her to Fort Rozz (because of its blue sun’s toxic nature to men.) Did you enjoy this super-women team up?
Becca (@karadanverss): Yes! I actually enjoyed the all-female team. It was nice to see that even villains can do some good sometimes too! I personally love Psy and Livewire and I think they’re badass. I love the actresses too! Gotta love some Girl power!!!
Mia (@dreaminofspace): Yeah, it was fun. The best part was the banter between Livewire and Psi, and the scenes with Livewire and Supergirl. I wish we saw more of all 4 working together, but what we got was good.
Christine (@christinecenon): I absolutely loved this superwomen team up! I thought they chose the perfect women, too!
Olivia (@atjogialove): I loved it! I honestly wish we got to see more women fighting alongside women on this show. Kara and Alex are both badasses but I love when we get to see them fight alongside other strong women.
Adam (@abnormallyadam): Funnily enough, I did. I thought it was great that the blue sun was toxic to all the men. Interesting spin on the episode. I was all for the super-women team up. I just wish Alex would’ve gone with them… and Lena too.
2. Both Livewire and Psi (to varying degrees) seemed to have become better people this episode. Is it possible (or wise) to ever fully trust a villain again?
Becca: Ugh I wish I could say yes but I don’t think they can be trusted really. They’re villains— that’s what they do. Even though, yes, there are some villains that have redemption arcs, I don’t think that’s the case for both Psy and Livewire. I can be wrong though! Only the writers can know that for now.
Mia: Not 100%, but I think it’s possible to trust with caution. At least in Livewire’s case, all she ever wanted deep down was for someone to believe in her, and Kara did that. With Psi, it’s trickier, and I don’t think she can be trusted at all yet. But it was great having her on the good side for this episode.
Christine: I think it’s both possible and wise to fully trust a villain again, eventually. I’ve seen villains change time and time again to become better people — it’s definitely not far-fetched.
Olivia: I’m not sure if I would ever fully trust them again, but I don’t think either of them is inherently evil down to the core and I think we saw that in this episode.
Adam: I think that everyone deserves a second chance to a certain degree. I believe that Livewire and Psi helped Supergirl because it was beneficial to them and their survival. But deep down, they both still have some humanity in them.
3. Did Supergirl really just kill Livewire?! How are you handling this?
Becca: I was so sad! I really like Livewire and I love her personality. I still don’t think Supergirl killed her though. It was just too quick and they didn’t go deeper on her death so I think that she is alive somehow. This isn’t the last we have seen of her. I hope.
Mia: Ahh, just when Livewire was getting so great and a character I looked forward to coming back… Man, Supergirl really loves getting rid of good characters. Leslie was so good this episode. Really funny! And then when she threw herself in front of Kara, just seconds after calling Kara her friend, and took the heat vision straight in the chest? Wow, my poor heart!
Christine: Oh my God, I’m not handling Livewire’s death well AT ALL. I’ve enjoyed her as a character. Honestly, I would have rather Psi die than Livewire, but I think Psi’s essential to future episodes. (You guys are wondering what Psi saw in Saturn Girl’s head too, right!?)
Olivia: I hope not! I like her as a reoccurring character I find her funny and witty. I’m hoping there’s a chance she comes back but I’m a little worried it won’t happen.
Adam: No way. Livewire literally jumped in front of Reign’s attack to save Supergirl… so maybe she did become a better person? I was really sad to see her die, I wasn’t expecting it at all. May she rest in peace.
4. Imra is really becoming a strong part of Kara’s team. Are you hoping she sticks around for season 4?
Becca: Eh, I’m just meh about Imra really. I’ve heard great things about Comic Book Imra and that the writing on the show is not the same as in the comic book. I’m still not sure about that because I haven’t read the comic books but I feel like TV show Imra doesn’t do anything (she was kind badass this episode though- at least) but just being part of a useless and nonsense love triangle sadly. I wish the writing on the show could be different. She deserves better.
Mia: I wouldn’t mind Imra staying, but I think the show already is struggling with providing stories and development for the entirety of its current cast, so I don’t know how yet another recurring character would fit into that? Also if she stays, what happens with the Legion, will they all stay? I don’t really know.
Christine: I agree that Imra is really becoming a strong part of Kara’s team, and I do hope she sticks around in season 4!
Olivia: I have a feeling the legion won’t stick around forever- it doesn’t seem like it would be 100% logical with them having work to do in the future. But I wouldn’t be opposed to Irma coming back to help Supergirl every once in a while next season!
Adam: You know what? I am really enjoying Imra. I think her character is so interesting and I think there are a ton of stories they can tell. If there is a season 4, I really hope they decide to keep Imra around. She’s really grown on me.
5. Alex and Ruby spent a lot of time together this week. How do you think their new bond will affect the show going forward?
Becca: I loved Alex and Ruby bounding together! Their scenes were really cute and adorable and it really shows the love that Alex has for children and how much she deserves to be a Mom at some point. I’ve even thought about Alex adopting Ruby since Sam is going to be full villain at some point. It could happen but that’s just me right now!
Mia: Oh my god, that scene with Alex and the bullying girl, that was brilliant. I’m really liking Alex and Ruby’s bond, this episode was such a sweet story for the two of them. They are definitely setting Alex up as the person Ruby will turn to when her mother’s “issues” take over. I could see them having Alex taking in Ruby as a foster kid.
Christine: I’m not ruling out the possibility that Ruby may end up in foster care, given Sam’s situation — I think Alex will take Ruby under her wings, if and when that time comes.s Kara!
Olivia: I’m not sure! Part of me thinks they’re doing whatever possible to get Sam ingrained into the main characters lives so that when they find out she’s Reign it will have an even bigger effect on them all.
Adam: I love the bond between Alex and Ruby. I hope the writers aren’t doing it because Sam will eventually die and Alex will volunteer to look after Ruby… I really hope they don’t go that route. It was just really nice to have some more scenes with them.
6. It seems that Sam is starting to figure out that something is very wrong with her. How long do you think it will take for her (or Alex) to figure out that she’s Reign?
Becca: Now that she told Alex that she feels that something is wrong with her— I’m sure Alex will try to help her out. I’m not so sure how this is going to work out for them but I hope no one gets hurt.
Mia: Well, next week’s episode will see Alex running tests on Sam, which should be interesting. Maybe the secret is out at the end of next episode or in 3×13. With Supergirl’s history of dragging out revelations, though, I’m thinking probably 3×13.
Christine: I think the reveal will drag out until the end of the season. I see Reign as long-term — revealing her too early will only end her arc sooner, and I personally don’t want that! I’m loving Reign/Sam!
Olivia: I think it will happen pretty soon and I’m worried! I love Sam and I don’t want to see her leave but I also don’t want Reign to keep hurting Kara!
Adam: The writers have to keep the story going till the end of the season, so my guess is Sam will discover who she is by episode 14 or 15. I don’t want them to drag the identity thing out for too long.
7. There’s a new worldkiller coming our way next week – are you excited about this storyline, or is Reign enough worldkiller for you?
Becca: YESSSSS!!!!! I’m actually very excited to see Purity in action! Even though she is a villian, I just love women power! The actress seems like a sweetheart and that she has gotten along with the cast and that makes me happy. Sad she will be playing a villain because I wanted her to stay forever!
Mia: I’m excited! It’s something to build onto an already existing and developed storyline, making it grander and even more epic, so I think it will be really cool to see Purity (and eventually Pestilence too, I reckon). A big showdown is definitely coming up!
Christine: I’m excited for this storyline because I want a different, PERMANENT villain. I see a redemption arc in Reign’s story in the long run — it’s hard for me to hate her, especially since I’ve grown attached to Sam as a normal human being. Reign may be KILLING IT as a villain, but I’d rather have a villain I’m not attached to!
Olivia: Yes! I think it’s gonna be interesting and will change up the dynamic even more. I do wish they would stop having people hurt Kara though! But I’m also excited to see another woman of color on the show!
Adam: Definitely didn’t see another worldkiller being introduced this soon. This is not going to end well. Supergirl could barely handle Reign, and now there’s soon to be three of them. But maybe they won’t all be evil? I have too many questions.
Final Verdict: Supergirl delivers a campy, powerhouse episode full of girl power with perfect timing, firmly setting itself apart from its ex-executive producer
We all know that things have been a little murky for the Supergirl crew lately. On the surface, the show has delivered an incredible season, but behind the scenes, things have been anything but. With the recent firing of Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg, this episode feels – intentional or not – like a firm and public step away from Kreisberg, and subsequently toward female empowerment. It’s the same message we got from this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards – while not directly addressing the recent cultural shift, both shows placed its women front and center in a silent stance against sexism.