Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
The Girl of Steel has finally returned after being off the air for just shy of a year. Sad to say that it is the show’s final season and I wholeheartedly agree that it’s time. The last two seasons have been super tiring to say the least, but true fans of the series still managed to trudge along and sift through all the political and social influences that seemed to overcome what we really came to see. While we can appreciate the stand and show of support for certain trending matters, the show did not do a good job of balancing the message and pleasing its fans without oversaturating us with topics that we are already constantly being bombarded with. I would enjoy a good change of pace for the new and final season of Supergirl.
Actress Melissa Benoist had been quoted as saying that, “Kara’s ending is lovely, and I feel fantastic about it!” She said that one of the best aspects about playing the role of Kara is how much the character matures each season, and this season is going to show how Kara is going to deal with her evolution of powers on Earth (which seem almost limitless) and her identity struggle to reconcile the part of her that’s alien to her human side. You can check out her entire interview by clicking here.
With that being said are you ready to begin this final journey for CW’s Supergirl? Let’s begin! With a Krypton-sized SPOILER ALERT here’s my review of the Season 6 premiere Rebirth.
Rebirth begins with a wrapping up of some loose ends. Brainy (Jesse Rath) survives radiation poisoning after Dreamer (Nicole Maines) rescues him. Goddess of technology Gamemnae, who appeared as a giant terrifying robot that reminded me of something that I saw in 1983’s Superman III, is vanquished. However Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer), never one to disappoint, continues to execute the plans that he began to set in motion since Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Cryer’s version of Luthor is highly entertaining and while he does lack the suave manner, sophistication, and looks of CW Smallville’s Luthor Michael Rosenbaum, his quippy, over-the-top, old school villain vibes is enough for a series like Supergirl. Luthor manages to give himself superpowers, almost succeed in murdering Supergirl, and still has time to sing Queen’s “We Are the Champions” while shooting and setting off alien weaponry in the Fortress of Solitude. Yep, you read that right. While the scene was slightly cringey, I have to admit it suited a man with not only a gigantic ego, but a god complex the size of the planet.
Kara and Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) continue to repair their friendship but surprisingly so do Lena and Alex (Chyler Leigh). Lena gives Alex some sound advice on her relationship with Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai). She also gets a chance to get a little revenge on her dear brother Lex by satisfyingly punching him, which leads to a very amusing exchange between Alex and Lena.
Kara makes no hesitation in sacrificing herself to distract Lex in order for J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) and M’gann (Sharon Ann Leal) to thwart his insane plan of messing with people’s minds to force them to love him as a god; those that refuse will automatically just disappear from the face of the earth. I missed seeing more of M’gann last season because she has such excellent chemistry with J’onn J’onzz. I am hoping that she is going to stick around for a bit longer this season.
And now for the major cliffhanger of the episode. Luthor unfortunately manages to grab the Phantom Zone projector in the Fortress of Solitude and fires it at Supergirl mere seconds before Alex takes away his superpowers by shooting him with an antidote. Kara is sent to the Phantom Zone and the team is now faced with trying to locate exactly where she is in the Phantom Zone in order to get her back. The last scene shows an unconscious Supergirl being surrounded by some particularly fearsome looking creatures. The added complication to this is that she will not have her superpowers in the Phantom Zone to protect her. And as far as I can remember her mother Alura sentenced prisoners to the Phantom Zone so she will be surrounded by enemies, especially once they see the House of El symbol emblazoned upon her chest.
It would also seem that the writers have been prepping us for the fact that Nia Nal aka Dreamer will be the forerunner in team Supergirl while the Girl of Steel is trapped in the Phantom Zone. And this makes sense because technically Dreamer is the only other heroine that has inherited superpowers and is extremely powerful in her own right. Also, it looks like Brainy and Nia still have a shot at repairing their relationship once he promises to be truthful with her because she doesn’t need protecting.
Final Thoughts: This episode was a lot to unpack for sure and there’s some healing that takes place in terms of relationships and friendships. I am hoping that with Alex will be taking on a more active role with her brand spanking new super suit and some of the strength of the character that seemed to diminish in the last two seasons will finally be restored.
With Lex Luthor back behind bars, and Supergirl’s true identity mind wiped from both him and Lillian Luthor’s memories, it paves the way for a new villain for team Supergirl to battle until they can figure out a way to rescue Kara from the Phantom Zone. I can honestly say that I do observe a resurgence of energy in the series and Supergirl seems to be gearing up to end things on a high note. Now let’s see if they can keep up the momentum to give fans what they’ve been missing from the previous seasons and give Supergirl the ending that she deserves!
Alice’s Score: 7.5 out of 10
So what did you think of the Supergirl Season 6 premiere? For my review of Superman & Lois episodes 3-5 you can click here. Or for my Flash Season 6 rant you can click here.
Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump. I enjoy writing reviews and throwing in fun facts to pique the readers’ curiosity. My ultimate goal in life would be to become a published writer one day. You can find me as Dark Alice Reviews on Facebook where you’ll get my reviews hot off the press. You can also find me on Instagram as alice_oscura and my Twitter handle is @lise_veliz2. For my extended bio you can click here.