In Review: Supergirl (S6 – EP13) The Gauntlet

Supergirl and team race Nyxly for control of a magical totem that controls courage.

Synopsis: In The Gauntlet. Supergirl and team race Nyxly for control of a magical totem that controls courage. Supergirl and Nyxly battle and each gets a piece of the totem but learns the first person to pass the test of courage will gain control of the entire thing.


The Story

Supergirl and Nyxly compete to get control of a magical totem that controls courage. But when they fight each other for it the totem splits in two and releases 5th-dimensional energy, which has an effect on everyone in close proximity by giving them more courage. Now with some of her team struggling with the effects of the strange energy. Supergirl must pass the gauntlet before Nyxly can. But the test isn’t as straightforward as Supergirl hopes. Meanwhile, Lena Luther who has found out that she is a witch must work with a holographic representation of Vita who is the most famous witch to have ever lived on Krypton. While struggling with her skepticism over being a witch. Lena gets some advice from Vita. Lena feels safe enough to tell Supergirl about her newfound Magical ability and offers to use it in helping to defeat Nyxly.


The Acting

This week it is Supergirls super friends that get to have all kinds of fun. As a result of the 5th-dimensional energy that gets released from the magical totem. A majority of Supergirls friends begin to act out of character. And the actors get to have lots of fun with it. David Harewood gets to show us what a more emotional Martian Manhunter would be like as he begins to overshare and tries to reason with monsters. While Chyler Leigh’s Alex Danvers adopts a more devil may care attitude and takes on monsters with little regard for her own safety. I have to say that even I near cried laughing when Martian Manhunter tried to go all Oprah Whinfrey on a Dragon that was about to breath fire on him.

We also get a nice performance from Rosemary Hochschild as Kryptonian witch Vita who does a lot with very little screen time.



A bit of a more comedic episode this week, but nonetheless a pretty valuable story in that it links Lena’s story arc in with the whole Nyxly storyline. I’ll be interested to see how Lena’s storyline evolves and how she will reconcile her more scientific logical side with the more esoteric nature of her magic. Whatever that magic is as we don’t really know yet. But there are clues based on what Vita told her.

I also like the idea that both Supergirl and Nyxly are psychically linked because they both underwent the Gauntlet and they both held a piece of the totem of courage. Overall. A fairly enjoyable episode with a few funny moments.

Supergirl (S6 - EP13) The Gauntlet
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