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TV Review: SUPERGIRL: Season 1, Episode 20: Better Angels [CBS]

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CBS’s Supergirl Better Angels TV Show Review. Supergirl Season 1, Episode 20: Better Angels brought in a powerful finale to Supergirl as the hero’s first year on television comes to a close. The season finale brought everything together as Kara (Melissa Benoist) had to face her biggest challenge as she had to save humanity from the Myriad being controlled by Non (Chris Vance) and Indigo (Laura Vandervoort).

The one major let down from the season finale was the pacing with some of the big action scenes and there were no proper resolutions for Kara and her team. The pacing, however, didn’t diminish the overall quality of the episode. We left off from last week’s major turn point when Alex (Chyler Leigh) was under the mind control of the Myriad, forcing her to fight against Kara. The fight between them was really impressive, but it was resolved quickly just as the episode started. It was good to see that Eliza (Helen Slater) managed to get through to Alex before she really went in for the kill. The Myriad was already done with rather fast, but we did get to see Kara give a big emotional speech on hope broadcasting all over National City.

It felt like such an easy win for the team, but their problems weren’t over yet. Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) revealed that Non and Indigo released a failsafe plan in case their mind control was broken. The two of them launched an attack that affected the brains of the citizens in order to kill them off. We were a bit worried that Kara was about to meet her death after saying goodbye to her friends and family. Benoist delivered a powerful performance in tonight’s finale, reminding us why she is perfectly embodies the role of Supergirl. From her inspiring speech to her tearful farewell to those close to her, it was a beautiful act to witness. Benoist’s acting was nothing short of phenomenal.

The special effects for the climactic team-up battle with Supergirl and J’onn (David Harewood) against Non and Indigo was a visual spectacle. It was great to see more of J’onn in his true form for most of the battle trying to rip Indigo apart. Hopefully this isn’t the last of Indigo that we see, since Vandervoort did an amazing job portraying the villainous AI, a change of pace from her work on Smallville. The big fight between Kara and Non really got intense, as the two of them engaged in a heated laser contest. Kara emerged the victor, overpowering Non in the end. We may see more of Non in future seasons, with him still breathing and probably taken back to the DEO.

Kara had another death-defying moment when she had to fly Fort Rozz into space to stop the device from killing everyone. It was confusing to know that Kara could potentially die from lack of oxygen in space because in the DC mythos, Kryptonians happen to survive in space. Hopefully we get a better explanation if the show comes back for another season. It was emotional to see Kara and Alex exchange their goodbyes once Kara figured she may not come out of this alive. Both actresses pulled of that scene really well, bringing the emotion into their characters.

The final minutes of the episode offered some closure for the main arc and opened some doors for new ones. J’onn Jonzz was cleared of all charges and got reinstated into DEO once again. We might also be seeing more of Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) as she takes on a leadership role at the DEO with J’onn. Her father Sam (Glenn Morshower) may have a different opinion after we see a bit of an exchange with Maxwell, teasing of a possible partnership to take over the DEO and get rid of Supergirl and her kind. Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) had a great scene with Kara in the episode, as the two got a heart-to-heart while giving Kara a promotion and a new office to top that.

The only relationship that still needs some work is between James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Kara because we still aren’t completely sold with them as a couple. Hopefully we get more into depth with their status as a couple going into season two. We couldn’t end the episode without a big cliffhanger as a mystery Kryptonian pod crash lands in National City. Just as Kara reaches out to see who is inside the pod, the scene cuts to credits. Definitely a big tease of what’s to come.

After a disappointing first part of the finale last week, this episode made up for that with some great action sequences and a lovely performance by Melissa Benoist. The resolution for the storyline did felt kind of rushed, but ‘Better Angels’ made the rest of the finale enjoyable to watch. The season ended on a good note, leaving us wanting for more after that interesting cliffhanger. Here’s hoping the network gives us a season two to continue Supergirl’s journey.

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Mufsin Mahbub

Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

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