CBS’s Supergirl Myriad TV Show Review. Supergirl Season 1, Episode 19: Myriad raised the stakes during the show’s penultimate hour, as the rest of National City was under the mind control of Indigo (Laura Vandervoort) orchestrated by Non (Chris Vance). The episode did play with the themes of what it means to save the world for the greater good, but it really didn’t tie everything together as far as plot goes.
‘Myriad’ started out great, as we saw Kara (Melissa Benoist) trying to stop Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) from releasing all the Fort Rozz escapees at the DEO. Among the prisoners was Maxima (Eve Torres), one of Superman’s many foes in the DC lore. It felt pretty random to see her there, but it definitely kicked the episode off in high fashion. It was a great encounter between the two, especially when Maxima mentioned to Supergirl about her first meeting with her cousin, which obviously grossed out Supergirl. Speaking of Superman, she called for his help, but he has also fallen under the same mind control as everyone else in the city. It appears that Supergirl may have to get some help elsewhere.
Kara ends up visiting the Fortress of Solitude to get more details on Myriad. Kara ended up getting some answers from her mother’s AI (Laura Benanti), who tells her that the project was developed by her aunt Astra to save their home planet. However, it was deemed to dangerous, causing Supergirl’s mother to banish Astra and Non to Fort Rozz for trying to use the technology against them.
With the main storyline, there were some good and bad that came out of this. It was great to see the partnership between Supergirl and Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) as the CEO gives our heroine some hope in saving National City. Some of the reasons why both Supergirl and Cat aren’t affected by the signal was a little complicated to explain. That’s where Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) comes in to tell them why they’re immune and his plan of attack. Maxwell’s presence wasn’t completely necessary for the episode, but he was useful in explaining what Myriad does since he was also working on it. It was hard to buy into Max’s plan to blow up the city with Kryptonite and kill all the citizens as a result. It was so strange to see both Supergirl and the U.S. President agree with the idea.
Even Non’s scenes weren’t doing any favors. It’s understandable for the writers to give Non some character development by having him talk about the good Myriad can do for Earth. We see now that Non sees himself as a savior, but having him resort to evil by throwing Kara’s friends out and take off? It felt really silly and ridiculous.
It was towards the end of the episode that things got really interesting. We had an emotional moment between Cat and Supergirl as the two shared what they think they should do to save the city. It was nice to hear how much Supergirl has changed Cat as a person. Their relationship is what makes the series great, as we were reminded about nothing giving up and keep having hope. It definitely was one of the highlights of the hour.
The episode also saw the return of J’onn (David Harewood) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) after being on the run. What was amazing would have to be the fight that took place between J’onn and Indigo, which had Indigo seemingly kill our favorite Martian in front of Alex. It wasn’t the brightest idea to have Alex and J’onn come together, but it did set up what becomes a fight to the death as Kara is forced to fight Alex. The worse part, Alex is wearing a kryptonite suit and sword that killed Astra. It will also be interesting to see what Cat has cooked up her sleeve in helping National City break from the mind control.
There were some great moments from ‘Myriad’, but the episode also falls short in plot since this is the penultimate episode of the season. Tensions were high and some character development took place, with Supergirl learning a great lesson on what it means to save the greater good and J’onn’s failed attempt at killing Indigo. There were some confusion regarding the information given to us on Myriad, but it gives some insight on Non. Here’s hoping that next week’s season finale gets better and gives us an exciting conclusion to the season.
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