In Review: Supergirl, Episode 19 “Myriad”

I'm excited for next week, but I'm going to try to forget several parts of this episode.

Supergirl, Episode 19 “Myriad” Broadcast April 11, 2016

Written by Yahlin Chang & Caitlin Parrish

Directed by Adam Kane

“Previously on Supergirl,” Alex reveals she killed evil aunt Astra, Lucy Lane is the new acting director of the DEO, Alex and Hank are on the run, Indigo and Non meet with him him saying Myriad now works, Kara and James kiss and then he turns and walks away, hundreds of people are marching like zombies in the streets of National City, and Non says, “First National City and the then the Earth itself will belong to us.”

At DEO headquarters, all the humans are under the effects of Myriad, with Lucy taking orders form Non on the telescreen. “Release the prisoners,” he demands. Some familiar foes are shown, anxious to be set loose; however there is someone who really wants revenge — Maxima! Once released, she pounds Lucy’s two guards to the ground. She’s puzzled why the humans don’t fight back. Lucy tells her that Non is in control and if she swears fidelity to him, she can help run the planet. “Since Superman refused the honor of marrying me, I will pledge allegiance to your Non.” Maxima and Lucy walk back to the conference room to be confronted by Supergirl. The battle does not go easily as the computer counts down the opening of all the containment cells. Supergirl speeds to the Fortress of Solitude to find her cousin, but is informed he’s off world. She demands the robot caretaker tell her about Myriad, though its programming won’t allow it. Frustrated, she yells she just needs someone to help her. A hologram of her mother activates, telling her about Myriad: technology created by Astra to force everyone on Krypton to her way of thinking. “Once started,” the hologram says, “Myriad cannot be stopped.” 30 miles outside of Midvale, a bus is stopped by a police blockade; they’re looking for dangerous criminals on the loose, Alex and Hank. A blonde woman and her young son look nervous, even after the bus is allowed to continue on its way. The boy’s eyes glow crimson. Back in National City, Supergirl arrives at Catco, where everyone is on their computer typing Kryptonian text. On the television screens Supergirl sees that the army, led by General Lane, has surrounded the city, making sure no one gets in. She calls him and he says he’ll do his part in keeping people out, if she solves this threat. Cat Grant surprisingly walks in to work, not effected by Myriad. Clark texts Kara, telling her he’s on his way. She and Cat run to the balcony to see Superman speeding to the city, stopping several blocks away, and then flying to the ground to join those marching: he’s effected by Myriad.” Who can save the city? “Well, I may not be Superman, but I do have my moments,” says a grinning Maxwell Lord making the scene. Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.

What doesn’t happen in this episode? This penultimate episode of the season has Supergirl teaming with Cat and Max to try and save the city, while Alex and J’onn going to the Danvers’ home to get supplies. Naturally, Eliza Danvers is there (Hooray! Helen Slater!), and she tells them what they’ve been missing in National City. Indigo is back and she’s manipulating Non to make bigger moves than just take over Earth. The hour ends on a cliffhanger that will concluded in next week’s season finale. Melissa Benoist has a very dramatic turn when something happens to one of her three friends, though it doesn’t create too much sympathy with viewers, since one person was essentially a Star Trek red shirt. Chris Vance has some good moments as Non, though he can’t see that Laura Vandervoort‘s Indigo is manipulating him? He’s really not the smartest Kryptonian, is he? The scene between Slater and David Harewood was fun, and hopefully there are further opportunities for this pair to speak together.

The good: An epic story, Maxima (More Eve Torres Gracie, please!), a Superman cameo, a return to the Fortress of Solitude, some good backstory explaining Max’s motivation (with Peter Facinelli delivering it well, and having some tender moments with Calista Flockhart), Max’s plan to save the world — perfectly in character, Cat’s screamingly funny comment entering work, the effects, J’onn losing it (WOW!), and a good cliffhanger to make Kara suffer.

Fun lines: “Early parole has been cancelled,” “Gross!”, “Kara, call…(I can’t spoil this howlingly funny line!),” “Time to grow up and put on the big girl cape,” “Catch,” “You’re lying,” “Time to save the world, Supergirl,” “We’re more alike than you think,” and “It has nothing to do with luck!”

The bad: Indigo is too over the top, still wearing the worst costume ever designed. Each time she appeared it felt like a 1970s television show. I’m stunned Supergirl carries a cellphone; Max should have been able to handle the call to Lane, and Superman’s speed should have been enough to announce his arrival: the phone usage was unnecessary. Cat’s motivational speech did not ring true. It was too long and didn’t have the required emotional punch. Flockhart did her best, but I don’t know anyone could have sold it. If this speech doesn’t work, then all that follows after it involving Kara, Cat, and Max doesn’t work. I began to wonder if they were going to put some positive slime on the Statue of Liberty and stomp out evil. And why did Non’s voice go all Batman for his final scene?

The final line: A decent setup for the finale, but some parts didn’t fit. Those lesser moments really stood out. I’m excited for next week, but I’m going to try to forget several parts of this episode. Overall grade: B-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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