In Review: Supergirl, Episode 66 “Shelter from the Storm”

Some solid character moments elevate the episode over the basic plot.

Supergirl, Episode 66 “Shelter from the Storm” Broadcast on May 14, 2018

Teleplay by Lindsay Gelfand & Allison Weintraub

Story by Robert Rovner

Directed by Antonio Negret

Previously on Supergirl: Purity and Pestilence are killed, but their energies (souls?) go into Reign. High above Capital City, looking at the Kryptonian crystal she saved, Reign thinks ‘Ruby Arias must die.’ Within the Kryptonian dimension, Lena and Supergirl verbally spar. Back in the real world, Lena is shocked when James admits he’s Guardian. He says he trusts her. Then she shocks him when she reveals the Kryptonite she had didn’t belong to her brother Lex. “I figured out how to make it.”

Now: Lena and James dress after a night together. Their soft words are shattered as the window they’re standing before explodes. Reign flies in. “Where is the child?!” James activates his shield and it saves him from getting his head smashed as the villain punches him across the room. Reign then turns her attentions to Lena who has a grabbed a bottle of glowing green liquid which she sprays on the antagonist. It’s liquid Kryptonite. “You’ll never find her,” Lena yells at the hurt baddie’s back as she flies from the room. Cue opening title card.

This episode is an improvement over the last several because of some strongly written character scenes. Supergirl and Lena, as well as Kara and Lena, have some excellent moments, with each giving and taking a lot of information from the other. Katie McGrath and Melissa Benoist really shine when they’re opposite one another. James and Lena also have a good scene, with the sincerity from Mehcad Brooks being fantastic. Also stellar are the scenes between J’onn and My’rnn, with their final scene together being a heartbreaker! I love it when David Harewood and Carl Lumbly share the screen. When Lumbly frowns he breaks my heart every time. Betty Buckley returns in this episode, trying to rise above the script, but outside of a physical reveal in a room, what she’s required to do is pretty predictable. There’s quite a bit of Legion of Super-Heroes info dropped in this episode, which starts right after Reign retreats from Lena and James. Brainy’s dialogue is still completely against his comic book persona, but Mon-El at least gets some solid redemption in this episode. The monstrous new setting is fantastic, especially with its defenses, which are very similar to those in the classic Richard Donner film. The weak link in the episode is what to do with Reign which is completely predictable.

The good: Another Legionnaire is named (YES!), a valid justification is given as to why the other Legionnaires aren’t awoken, the fantastic place where Ruby is hidden, a scream worthy tease of a “project” from My’rnn (a villain for next season?), a great quick shot of Reign listening over the city, and an outstanding scene in an elevator.

Fun lines: “Well, I guess it’s back to the future then,” “Bro hug,” “I’ll see him in a thousand years,” “When we bury things they come at you…even harder,” “I’m twelve-years-old. I can handle anything,” “You really do have a god complex,” and “She crossed a line.”

The bad: The echo effect for Reign’s voice has and continues to be just awful, Briany’s make-up continues to be awful, still not loving Mon-El’s beard, and the solution to taking down Reign is really old-school comic booky because it just doesn’t work in the modern era.

The final line: Some solid character moments elevate the episode over the basic plot. I enjoyed the talking more so than the fighting, with the best scene in an elevator. An improvement from the last few episodes. 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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