Supergirl Review by Nadim S.

Supergirl 1.20: Better Angels

Supergirl 1.20: Better Angels

Written By:
Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Robert Rovner, and Jessica Queller
Directed By:
Larry Teng

It's a bit sad that Supergirl has yet to be renewed for a second season, but judging by this episode, and the fact that the show improved so much over the course of the season, it certainly deserves a sophomore season. “Better Angels” was the perfect blend of humor, action and romance, skillfully weaving together all the elements that make this superhero adventure story so charming and lovable.

              


 

There was the requisite amount of cheesiness (I've gotten used to that since the pilot) but Supergirl is supposed to be an uplifting and inspiring show. It's not supposed to be dark, gritty or depressing, and “Better Angels” perfectly encapsulated that by allowing Supergirl to be a beacon of hope to the entire world (through Cat's ancient technology). A case could definitely be made that Myriad was dealt with far too easily, and a case could definitely be made that there was no suspense with Kara bidding everyone goodbye (she is the lead after all), but it all culminated beautifully in those final twenty minutes.

 

Naturally, I'm talking about the badass faceoff that had Kara and J'onn finally go up against Non and Indigo. Not only was the CGI the best it's ever been (blockbuster quality), but it was wonderfully satisfying to see Kara scream her heart out and burn Non's eyes out, not to mention the sight of Martian Manhunter brutally ripping Indigo in half. And just as the action quotient was filled, the show began tugging at our heartstrings as Kara flew Fort Rozz out of earth in a most triumphant sequence punctuated by an impeccably affecting musical score.  In fact, one of the most spectacular sequences the show's ever done is Kara floating aimlessly in space.

 


 

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Supergirl's secret weapon and its most powerful relationship. Well it's actually a tie between Kara and Cat, and Kara and Alex. The show has completely thrived in its depiction of two complicated female relationships that have nothing to do with the men in their lives. I completely buy Cat's growing admiration of Kara (I do wonder if she knows who she really is), and the unbreakable bond between the two Danvers sisters. It's not the romantic relationships that make this show, and that's just so refreshing.

 

But the greatest thing about Supergirl is its heart. That emotion is all thanks to Melissa Benoist,  who is just so astounding in every way. She got me all teary eyed when she opened James' gift, she made me laugh when she complained that she was squinting, and she gave me goosebumps as she carried Fort Rozz out of our planet. I can't remember the last time a lead was this perfect for a show.




Our Grade:
A
The Good:
  • The female relationships are top-notch
  • The musical score for this episode was one of the best efforts in quite some time
The Bad:
  • The Superman material was admittedly a bit lame, especially those red boots

Nadim S. is a regular contributor of review for Critical Myth; The Critical Myth Show is heard here on VOG Network's radio feed Monday, Wednesday & Friday. For more commentary from Nadim, go to NadsReviews.com. You can follow him on twitter at @nadsreviews.

Supergirl by - 4/21/2016 7:52 AM106 views

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Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
CONCURRING OPINION

Grade: A-
Almost caught up now. At least I have the CBS version of the show out of the way. It was a pretty satisfying finale and I didn't even mind the cliffhanger. I don't recall if it was already renewed for the CW at this point but luckily, since I was behind anyway, it didn't bother me. Agree that the Superman stuff was lame, as it was all season, but it sounds like they are going to correct this issue going forward on the new network so good for them.

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