In Review: Supergirl, Episode 59 “Fort Rozz”

The writing for this all-girl adventure sends this episode into the stratosphere.

Supergirl, Episode 59 “Fort Rozz” Broadcast January 22, 2018

Written by Gabriel Llanas & Anna Musky-Goldwyn

Directed by Gregory Smith

Previously on Supergirl: Mon-El’s back from the future, with a wife, and Reign arrives and makes mincemeat of the Maid of Might.

Now on Supergirl: Alex is stuck at home with a broken leg watching television when Kara arrives with Sam and Ruby bringing food. Almost instantly Sam receives a text that her babysitter has to cancel, which ruins her plans for a business trip. Alex volunteers her services. Kara then gets a buzz from the DEO and leaves. Once at headquarters, Winn tells her that they’ve discovered that Jindah Kol Rozz, whom the Kryptonian prison ship Fort Rozz was named after, wears the same crest as Reign. Rozz never left the fort and could have intel on Reign. Unfortunately Supergirl threw the fort into deep space. Luckily, Winn has located it near a blue sun. This star negates Supergirl’s powers and emits lethal radiation to anyone with a Y chromosome — it kills men. Imra volunteers to go with Kara to find Jindah, but J’onn says they’ll need more help. Kara finds Leslie Willis, aka Livewire, and gets her to reluctantly help. When the pair arrive back at the DEO they see Psi being escorted towards them — she’s going too. Why? She wants to kill Reign. The four women leave on the Legion cruiser for Fort Rozz. The screen goes black and the title card appears.

This was a fun episode. First and foremost, the inclusion of Livewire back into the show was a masterstroke. Brit Morgan has always crushed it on her previous appearances and she runs away with the show, again. The energy she has is amazing and she kills every line. She never comes off as a caricature of something from a comic book, but a real take-no-b.s. character. If she’s in a scene, she draws focus. If she speaks, you’ll either laugh or feel exactly what she’s feeling. Morgan needs to be back on this show ASAP!

The really big surprise was Psi. I didn’t care for her in her first appearance because she was one note in her arrogance, but in this episode she got to show pain, regret, surprise, and was written like a human being! Her first shared scene with Livewire was awesome. I really liked Yael Grobglas’s portrayal in this outing and by the end I was hoping that the writers would find a way to bring her back as well. She and Morgan were fantastic.

Another strong addition to the cast was Sarah Douglas who takes presence with just a word. She is wonderfully epic and delivered some deliciously dark dialogue. On the screen for too short a time, she was perfection.

Also a step up this episode is Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5. In his first appearance last week he came off as too inhuman. This story grounds him more, with him being frustrated and a tad arrogant, brought down by a mere human. If he continues to be like this, I’m a happy camper.

Alex and Ruby have some great scenes, perhaps foreshadowing an adoption when mom’s troubles are revealed and dealt with? After all, Alex said she wanted kids one day. Without spoiling things, Alex gets a gut punch moment, reveals it to Ruby, who reveals something that’s happened to her, allowing Alex to have an idea.

What’s not great? Reign. This character is just too cliché, with her mother angst and her not remembering anything. Why hasn’t Kara used her x-ray vision to look under her rubber mask? Also not great are the two, apparent, final appearances by two characters. It worked for the story, but I just didn’t want them to happen.

The good: The script for this all-girl adventure is fantastic. My hat’s off to Llana and Musky-Goldwyn. The acting was tops, with everyone doing a great job. And the teaser for the next episode is dramatic as all heck, with a nice flash of alien eyes.

Fun lines: “Cosplay, I remember you,” “The lesser sex,” “I really hate when you call me that,” “Kara Zor-El,” and “You fly too close to the sun.” I’m refraining from repeating most of Livewire’s lines, but I have mentioned a few.

The bad: Reign, again. I’m not blaming Odette Annable, she’s doing what she can with her character, but the writing has her saying and doing cringe worthy things. Can Mon-El ever be involved in any action, or is he just there to give Kara moral support at the end of every episode? And shave the beard, Mon. And “Flower St.”? Seriously? If you don’t catch this, fine, but I caught it and couldn’t believe that was the name of the street.

The final line: The writing for this all-girl adventure sends this episode into the stratosphere. Two heroes and two villains team to get intel on the season’s big bad wonderfully. This was the type of Supergirl show I want more of. Overall grade: A-

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.
    6 Comments on this post.
  • Marcus
    23 January 2018 at 4:00 pm -

    I really wish they’d made more of Sarah Douglas in this episode – and I hope that we see her return (even in flashback), her character must have an extremely complicated back story.

    • Ian Cullen
      23 January 2018 at 4:11 pm -

      You’ll get no argument from us on that score. She was underused. Especially given her significant contribution to Pop Culture and the world of Superman in general. Giving her just that one scene was a bit of a waste. So I hope much like you. That they’ll find a way to bring her back and expand her role.

  • Laura
    23 January 2018 at 6:52 pm -

    This was a great episode, I loved it! Legacy casting is great, but I SO wanted to see more of Sarah Douglas as Jindah Kol Rozz. No spoilers but they didn’t give her enough to do IMO

  • Eunice
    23 January 2018 at 8:51 pm -

    I’ve just watched the episode again & the priestess says something about having “sight” – she appears to know the future so why didn’t she know that Reign was going to kill her? Or maybe she did know & she isn’t really dead…

  • Farrah Mason
    24 January 2018 at 12:03 pm -

    Patrick Hayes I just saw your article featured on Sarah Douglas’s official Facebook page with a thank you note from her!

  • Patrick Hayes
    25 January 2018 at 4:34 am -

    Wow! That’s so cool! Thank you for the heads up, Farrah!

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