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Supergirl recap: Reign falls on Ruby


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Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

We gave it a B+

For maximum recap enjoyment this week, I recommend sipping a mocha while you read.

James and Lena’s lovey dovey wakeup routine is interrupted when Reign crashes through Lena’s penthouse window on the search for Reign. James busts out his Guardian shield, but Lena saves the day with what seems to be an aerosol can of Kryptonite.

At the same time, J’onn tries to interest his father in a mocha, but Myr’nn calls him by the wrong name and angrily declines both the delicious caffeine drink and J’onn’s offer to help him with the Ta’ar Kar’riq. Instead, he requests the vinyl discs, and J’onn looks on sadly as the jazz music soothes him.

The family drama keeps him away from the Legion farewell tour. Their companions weren’t removed from stasis because they’d contracted the Blight. (Hello, writer’s room, I see you directly responding to viewer complaints about the missing Legionnaires!) But their vitals are back to normal, which means they kept the Blight from happening in the future. The mission over, it’s time to return to the 31st century. Also, Imra needs to get back to keep the Titan Alliance going and prevent intergalactic war.

As a goodbye gift, Brainy tells Winn that he’s not a level 1 intellect, as Brainy first thought, but is in fact a level 1.42. Then he gives him a jar of 31st century Earth dirt, which delights Winn. (Hey, better than Mets cards, amirite?) Brainy then turns off his human glamour machine, and they awkwardly hug.

Elsewhere, Kara thanks Imra for her part in turning Mon-El into the man he is today, and Imra slides away to let her husband have a private goodbye with his ex. Kara tells Mon-El that she struggled at first, but now she’s genuinely happy that they got this time together, and she’ll miss his friendship.

He says being back with her — and, uh, everyone else — means the world to him. Then news about the Lena attack interrupts whatever Mon-El was about to say. He’s conflicted, that one.

Lena’s chilly with Supergirl, but when they realize that Reign will be targeting Sam’s mother Patricia next, Lena says electricity was useful during the Sam experiments. She also reluctantly tells Alex that Ruby’s stashed in Lex’s camouflaged mansion.

When Supergirl and J’onn arrive at Patricia’s, she already knows her daughter is Reign because her sigil matched the sketches that Sam doodled as a kid. Geez, lady, if you see something, say something!

Supergirl assures her that Reign has nothing to do with Sam’s upbringing, and Patricia says that having kicked Sam out once, she wants to be there for her now. Then plants start to wilt, both heralding Reign’s arrival and informing the DEO that she absorbed her sisters’ powers.

Reign enters the house and modulates her voice to sound like Sam, calling for her daughter. Instead, she finds Supergirl waiting with an electric harness, which she easily breaks. Reign uses laser eyes and the Purity sonic scream to create all kinds of havoc until Patricia approaches to plead with her for Ruby’s sake, saying, “You are kind and good. You are everything that I wasn’t.”

Reign hisses, “What did you do for your daughter?” and stabs Patricia. She gasps out her forgiveness before Supergirl blasts Reign through the house and retreats.

You know, my memory is that Patricia was beyond horrible to Sam in her first appearance, so this feels like a bit of a 180 for this character. But in the DEO sick bay, Patricia’s dying wish is for Supergirl to tell Sam and Ruby that she loves them.

Moving on. That tricksy Brainy planted a listening device in Winn’s dirt. (“And he thinks he’s a 1.42 level intellect,” our blue friend scoffs). While he’s certain that Reign doesn’t become the Blight, now that she’s got the power of three, he calculates the DEO’s odds of defeating her at 51 percent. But, he tells Mon-El, had just one Legionnaire stayed behind, the odds would increase to 88.8 percent. I think we all see where this is headed. (Okay, we saw where this was headed like eight episodes ago.)

The two agree that they trust Kara to handle it, but in the end, Imra asks Mon-El to stay in this time. Not only does Kara need help, but she also doesn’t want a husband who’s only hanging around out of duty. She assures him he did nothing wrong and always behaved honorably, but she wants him to have a choice: Stay with Kara, or return to the 31st century with a heart ready to love her fully.

Wow, this is all…convenient. Not only does Mon-El have a world-saving reason to stay behind, but his wife releases him freely and fully to pursue his destiny, whatever that may be. I expected a bit more friction here, to be honest. (Next: Did you catch that sweet Superman homage?)

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