Supergirl: Season 2 Episode 21 review – Resist
This review contains spoilers.
I love it when a shows swings everything around, out of the blue, to provide an episode of such astounding quality that it essentially pulls the rug out from under the viewer. And I love it even more when that happens to a show like Supergirl, which deserves high quality and therefore a stronger chance at renewal for a third season.
Almost immediately the episode opened with the Daxomites at open war with Earthlings, turning the streets of National City into a toiling battleground. There are shots of Daxomites mercilessly killing civilians and police; of the Daxom ships towering over skyscrapers; of Rhea speaking like a conqueror through every electronic screen in the vicinity. All typical tropes that you’ll find in any alien invasion film.
It’s exactly what we should have been provided with the Dominators crossover and with ‘Attack on Central City’ The Flash episode, but both were scarce on actual street combat. Unlike those two instances, Supergirl didn’t shy away from the gritty clashes between man and alien foe, either in screen time or in budget generosity, and I love the show for it.
Seeing Maggie blasting a shotgun in the thick of the battle was the little added touch that made that opener perfect. This show has suffered some bad to average episodes along the way this season, but it knows when to bring out the big guns, so to speak, and it’s done so at precisely the right time.
We knew it was coming, but it was still highly satisfying to see Cat Grant return. She was a huge part of overall the feel of the show in Season 1 and before she departed she hinted that she would visit again. Cue us getting to once more witness Grant’s trademark brash confidence, adept negotiation skills and best of all: her perceptive ability to suss out the identity of superheroes.
Her casually calling Guardian “James” was gold and when questioned on this, she highlighted the fact that she could easily see his eyes through the slit in his mask, which is a common joke among superheroes and one that’s usually thrown at Superman (it does call in to question why she didn’t suss Supergirl’s identity even sooner though).
The episode also, crucially, answered the Marsdin alien mystery. She is – as many fans suspected – indeed a Durlan and Kara’s face upon seeing this was gold (especially when contrasted next to Cat’s only mildly concerned expression). It also gave us the astonishing reveal that Superman is seemingly on Rhea’s side. No doubt this is some kind of brainwashing, but either way, it’s good to have him back.
I mentioned previously how the show might have a difficult time juggling all of its villains if it tries to use them all in its endgame focus. This episode had a very brilliant way of stepping around that dilemma (for now, at least), which was having Lillian and her cronies work with Kara and the DEO. It’s always a beautiful thing to see sworn enemies working side by side, even if this eventually always ends in betrayal.
I was really impressed with this bold and eventful episode. It felt more like a great finale than simply a penultimate stepping stone and that speaks to the confidence of the writers. If you take the wonderful musical crossover out of consideration, then this easily stands among ‘Changing’ and ‘Mr & Mrs Mxyzptlk’ as the strongest episodes of this season.
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