After months of wondering what the Fort Rozz fugitive Kryptonians have been to all season long on CBS’ “Supergirl”, the answer and reasons were revealed during “Myriad”, the show’s 19th episode Monday night.
The action-packed episode begins where it left off two weeks ago: with all the humans of National City under Myriad, the mind control program ran by Non (Chris Vance) and Indigo (Laura Vandervoot), and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) trying to figure out how to free them.
The episode before the season finale is full of awesome scenes and shows how much Kara Zor-El has grown as a young woman and as a new superhero. Kara wisely goes to the Department of Extranormal Operations to prevent Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan Tatum), the brainwashed new DEO commander, from releasing all of the prisoners. Even after having a brief fight with Maxima (Eve Torres Gracie) and being shot in the arm with a Kryptonite bullet, Supergirl is able to keep the prisoners in their cells.
Supergirl has been learning all season long to think before leaping and those lessons have paid off. She has also shown that she is willing to overcome the pain and trials she faces in order to save lives and defeat the bad guys.
Viewers also learned that two of the main bad guys of the show, Non and Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), really aren’t as bad as they were thought to be. Non and his deceased wife Astra’s plan for Myriad was to originally save Krypton, but they were caught, sent to Fort Rozz and shipped to the Phantom Zone. Once free on Earth, they worked towards saving Earth from pollution, racism, wars and more by placing the people under mind control to unite them to save the planet. A noble goal, but without free will, how will the people of Earth enjoy this new era of peace and unity?
Non is also motivated by the revenge he wants to enact on Supergirl and her adoptive sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), for the murder of his wife. He wants them both to suffer and ultimately die. But, there’s a saying that if you dig a grave for your enemy, you should also dig a grave for yourself.
Maxwell’s motivation for preparing to strike at the Kryptonians is also noble, fearing that beings with god-like powers would turn on humans and subjugate them and Myriad, in a way, proved him right. But, when he is asked to come up with a plan to stop Non and save the people of National City, the plan is a kryptonite bomb that will kill the fugitive Kryptonians and over 300,000 people. Max is willing to have causalities, much like Non is.
But, it’s Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), once again, who comes to the rescue. Cat has become an increasing source of hope and inspiration for Kara in her civilian and superhero life. Her character has shined throughout the season, especially in the last couple of episodes. She has solidified her role as a mentor and friend of Supergirl. Her hope and faith in the “Girl of Steel” is what will not only Kara a better superhero but will also save the world.
Highlights include Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater) meeting J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) and questioning him about his alien physiology, J’onn’s fight against Indigo, Non forcing Supergirl to pick the lives she saved and mind controlled Alex in that kryptonite suit, with her kryptonite sword, preparing to fight and kill Supergirl.
There was one big flaw to this episode and it was the brief arrival of Superman. Since the show began last year, viewers have seen very blurry images of him or seen Kara chatting online with him. At the beginning of this episode, Kara is told that Superman is off-world, but a few minutes later, she receives a text that he is on his way to help her. Just as he comes into view, he lands and joins the other mind controlled citizens of National City.
Then there’s Max’s reasoning about why Superman was affected and not Supergirl: because he had grown up on Earth and his mind was more human than Kryptonian. If that was true, which it’s not, Supergirl would have been affected to because when she came to earth, she spent over 10 years living as a “normal” girl before making her debut as Supergirl.
Superman was probably written into the episode to add more drama and up the stakes fro Supergirl, but the explanation and delivery fell flat was not believable. It was better to leave Superman off-world than tease his appearance, yet again, and hide him in the midst of the mind-controlled citizens of National City. His addition to the episode didn’t add anything and nearly destroyed the logic of the mind-control program.
The episode teleplay was written by Yahlin Chang and executive story editor Catlin Parrish. Adam Kane directed the episode.
The show was developed by Ali Adler, Berlanti and Kreisberg. Berlanti and Kreisberg also developed and executive produce the CW’s “Arrow”, “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, according to IMDb.com.
“Better Angels”, the 20th episode of “Supergirl”, airs Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Central on CBS.