In Review: Supergirl, Episode 20 “Better Angels”

Things wrap up neatly, but getting there is not wholly satisfying.

Supergirl, Episode 20 “Better Angels” Broadcast on April 18, 2016


Teleplay by Robert Rovner & Jessica Queller

Story by Andrew Kreisberg & Ali Adler

Directed by Larry Teng

“Previously on Supergirl“, Non has unleashed the power of Myriad, causing the inhabitants of National City to obey his every whim; Kara tells her sister to stay out of the city or she’ll become possessed like everyone else; Alex is caught and converted into a Kryptonite sword wielding fighter to kill Supergirl.

Kara can’t fight Alex and tries to reason with her. “You’ve left me no choice,” says Non through Alex. Before the mind controlled sister can deliver a killing blow, Hank flies in with Eliza, Alex’s mother, who tells her daughter to stop. Her words break through Myriad’s spell, allowing Alex to toss the blade aside and terminate her power suit’s abilities. At his secret location, Non is stunned. Back at the old television station, Hank is brought up to speed on the group’s plans to save the city: broadcast a symbol of hope with a speech. Max provides a brief scientific explanation of how this will be possible and Supergirl gives her off the cuff speech. Hearing her words, Winn and Max are soon free, followed by the rest of the population. “Myriad has failed. I have failed,” bemoans Non. Indigo convinces him to finish the job. “We kill the humans and we leave Kara Zor-El behind, as queen of a dead Earth.” Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.

Last week’s episode stated how the heroes intended to solve the dilemma and they did. In less than eight minutes. This was surprising and somewhat disappointing; after all the buildup, there were no surprises. Solving this so quickly destroyed the threat of last week’s show. And the solution may provide problems for some viewers: it’s a very old school solution, but it’s so sincere, and Benoist is selling the hell out of it, I don’t know if it’s plausible in a 21st century world. After this, the problem then becomes to stop Non and Indigo, but, thankfully, the two have a better, more wicked, plan. This was an evil scheme to boo and hiss. Having a countdown clock added to the mix put some good pressure on Kara and her friends. However, there were way too many goodbyes given. Yes, I do believe the character would do that, but after the first two, it got repetitious and I just didn’t care; the viewers are smart enough to realize after witnessing two farewells, she would have gone to speak with others. After Winn, every one that followed came off as forced. Once the villains have been located, and that was a slick and smart location for them to be at, the inevitable battle occurs and it looked good. However, it is getting to be a bit much to have J’onn wounded in some way during every battle; hopefully that stops after this season. Melissa Benoist looks incredible when she looks really angry, and she gets a great scene to do so. The series concludes in a nice family way, until “that” is seen. All I can say about that cliffhanger is “Woof” or “Meow.”

The good: Good scene between Kara and Max, J’onn doing something I’ve wished to see since that individual arrived on the show, the effects throughout the entire episode, a smart solution by Alex (although I do include it below in “The bad”), and a really good final scene between Cat and Kara.

Fun lines: “I think we need to talk about that thing that happened just before Myriad struck,” “I can handle anything,” “Pop goes the cranium,” “Maybe there’s a reason,” “Keep it safe for me,” “If I say goodbye, I’m never leaving,” “Come on, Supergirl!”, “Whoops,” “Promise me!”, “My hero,” and “Me, too.”

The bad: It’s hard not laugh at seeing Superman’s legs on the table next to J’onn — talk about the elephant in the room, too many goodbyes, and Alex can work that technology? Since when? And if she can, why isn’t the government, or the DEO, using it themselves?

The final line: Things wrap up neatly, but getting there is not wholly satisfying. I’m still happily looking forward to next season. Overall grade: C+

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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