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Supergirl 2×17 Roundtable: 'Distant Sun'

Supergirl is killing it this season and continues to prove week after week why it’s the class of the CW Superhero shows. It’s taken notes from what worked and what didn’t work in season 1, adjusted accordingly, while also integrating new characters and relationships that really resonate with fans.

The latest hour of Supergirl‘s sophomore season (“Distant Sun”) was proof of that.

Our Fangirlish writers Alyssa, Lizzie, Lyra, Nora, and Sarah are breaking down the most recent episode of Supergirl, which has us continuing to obsess over Supergirl‘s beautiful storytelling, defending Mon-El (as always), and breaking down the themes of love as they relate to Karamel and Sanvers.

Describe your thoughts about “Distant Sun” using just five words.

Alyssa: Forever defending Mon-El of Daxam.
Lizzie: I just love them all.
Lyra: Love prevails against evil mother.
Nora: I just love this show!
Sarah: These characters are love itself.

Describe your feelings about “Distant Sun.”

Alyssa:

Lizzie:

Lyra:

Nora:

Sarah: 

This episode drew a nice parallel between Mon-El and Rhea in terms of redemption. Mon-El has been finding it while Rhea made no effort to find it. What were your thoughts on that?

Alyssa: A common theme on superhero shows is the theme of redemption. But the question always is: Can people really change? Are they actually capable of change? The simple answer is, yes. The more complicated answer is, Yes — if they really want to. Redemption is something that doesn’t hold a grudge. No matter what you’ve done or who you used to be, there is always an opportunity to redeem yourself. But only if you’re willing to a) admit you were wrong; b) decide to do something about it; c) believe that you can.

Mon-El is not perfect. No one has ever defended him for that reason. But Mon-El is someone who has shown that he wants to be better than the spoiled brat he was as Prince of Daxam. He’s not proud of who he used to be — in fact, he’s disgusted by the person he was. Instead of choosing to do nothing, Mon-El has chosen to try to be better. He wants to find that redemption. Rhea did nothing of the sort. She’s someone who isn’t ashamed of the person she is. In fact, she’s satisfied with who she is. She doesn’t want to be better. She wants to be in control.

And that’s just one of the reasons why Mon-El doesn’t belong back on Daxam or with his mother. They’re different people. Mon-El actually wants to be the best version of himself while his mother only cares about power and control. I found it to be an interesting parallel because it shows exactly why redemption is subjective. It’s there for the taking, but if you don’t want it, you won’t have it.

Lizzie: The parallel couldn’t be more clear if Supergirl hit you on the head with it – and they kind of do. Rhea wasn’t to be redeemed, because she doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with her. She doesn’t want to be better. And that introduces the element of choice to redemption stories. Can everyone be redeemed? It’s like Alyssa said, theoretically, yes. But not everyone will because not everyone will not only make the choice, but continue to make it, over and over again, when this get though. The business of redemption is not straightforward, after all.

Mon-El’s journey is also not a typical redemption journey, in that he wasn’t really a villain. Yes, he has a lot to atone for, but it can seem like he doesn’t because, hey, at least he wasn’t around killing people. And that makes the business of him becoming the person he wants to be, the person he wants to be, all the more harder. Sometimes, for redemption to happen, you need people to call you out on your faults. You need someone to tell you: this, this thing you’re doing ….it’s wrong. Because, when you’ve grown up believing in something – and you can bet Queen Rhea didn’t set a great example – it’s very, very hard to break out of that mold. But Mon-El is doing it, and he’s doing it in a realistic way. There’s no instant fix to years of conditioning, which is what his parents basically did. There’s just trying, making a mistake, trying again, lather, rinse, repeat.

Lyra: Redemption is a journey. It’s consistently and actively shedding what you once knew for what you want to become and what kind of future you want for yourself. Mon-El has made that choice because he has seen the error of his ways and knows that he can be a better man. He has support and patience from the people around him. And most importantly they believe in him and his ability to achieve what he has set out to do.

Rhea is the complete opposite of this. She sees no error in her ways. They’re set in stone, unmovable, and backed by a righteousness that she is right and everyone else is wrong. She’s blinded herself to the possibility of change and doomed herself to a life of anger and resentment. There will be no journey to redemption for Rhea because even the closest to her, her support system, can be thrown away if they don’t comply with her.

The case of Mon-El and Rhea is proof that we can change and surpass our past and blood. We do not have to be bound by it or let it hold us back. We have a choice and a chance to be improve, grow, and live a happier life for ourselves. Mon-El has made that choice.

Nora: Redemption is something every hero goes through on these superhero shows. There’s always a moment of whether or not our hero had enough strength to redeem himself. The parallels between Rhea and Mon-El were very obvious. Rhea isn’t trying to redeem herself. She’s selfish and only cares about Daxam and her people. She even kills her own husband because he tries to redeem himself and let Mon-El go. Rhea isn’t willing to admit her way of life is wrong and thus she won’t try to redeem herself. She’s selfish. This is something that could’ve happened to Mon-El, if he didn’t grow.

Mon-El is capable of redemption and he’s on a road to redeem his sins. Daxam was a corrupt planet. A planet that condoned slavery and wasn’t the best. Mon-El recognizes this and is trying to repent. He’s trying to prove to Kara he’s a better man than his planet. He may have been raised by Rhea, but he’s nothing like her on the redemption front. Mon-El was never the villain in this story. He was someone that was naive to his parents and planets way of life. Now that he’s recognized their wrongs, he’s trying to repent. Mon-El is fundamentally different than Rhea. That’s why their redemption arcs are paralleling so perfectly. It’s very on the nose, but hey, Supergirl doesn’t tend to beat around the bush.

Sarah: It’s clear we were meant to draw comparisons between Mon-El and his mother Rhea, and I couldn’t have been more happy for him in contrast to how sad & upset I was to see his mother refuse to consider a similar path. Mon-El has come quite a ways since he crash landed on Earth, and while I’ve enjoyed every part of his journey it’s even more clear how significant it is he’s made the choices he has. What struck me the most honestly was his clear recognition of how bad a person he was on Daxam as the crown prince and his desire to choose to be someone better than that – and that was entirely of his own volition whether Kara was with him romantically or not.

He’s learned an entirely new way of living, and he thrives in it because he knows he will make mistakes and that’s alright as long as he never stops *trying.* He knows he’s got a long ways to go as well since as he said himself how he and his family treated Daxam’s citizens, was nothing short of terrible for many years. He won’t ever stop trying to make up for who he was, and that alone was one of the most endearing things I’ve seen from him. I have a feeling the further his mother goes in her quest to make “right” what’s gone wrong in her mind the divide between him and his family will grow even more vast. I can’t predict how it’ll go, but I’m looking forward to seeing him rise to meet the challenge.

Describe your feelings about Karamel in this episode.

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Karamel really drove home the theme of love is about sacrifice. What did you think about that?

Alyssa: As we’re all noting, the writers really took it a little far with the Romeo and Juliet references and the such. Yes, love is about sacrifice. But sacrifice can mean many things. It doesn’t just have to be this huge, worldly sacrifice that we saw Mon-El make. Sacrifice means compromise. It can mean sacrificing something small for your significant other. Or it could mean making time.

But with that said, the significance of Mon-El’s sacrifice is not lost on me. Before Mon-El came to Earth he was this selfish being who cared only for himself; he was someone who didn’t even know the meaning of the word sacrifice both in its large or small scope of meaning. But Mon-El deciding to sacrifice his happiness and his relationship with Kara in order to save her life was truly beautiful. For all the shit Mon-El gets about being selfish, he pretty much did the least selfless thing he could’ve done. This wasn’t about him. It was about her. If he could ensure that Kara survived, then he was going to go through with this. Even though I’m sure there was a small part of him that selfishly wanted to stay with Kara, he didn’t give in to that. He made the tough decision to give up everything he wanted so the woman he loves can go on living. For the former selfish Prince of Daxam, Mon-El took a huge step forward.

Lizzie: I think the writers took the theme a bit too far, if I’m going to be honest, because it seemed to me like Kara and Mon-El could have, and should have found another solution way before, but fine, they wanted to prove a point. And there were a lot of Romeo and Juliet references, so it was clear what the point was. And I both like and don’t like the point. I think love is about sacrifice sometimes, yes, but love should, most importantly, be about working together to figure out ways to …I don’t know, defeat the bad guys. Not have to sacrifice all the time. Love is about partnership, love is about working together, love is about communication, love is about being a team – always. Romeo and Juliet are not good role-models and Mon-El needs to move on to Much Ado About Nothing or some of the less depressing Shakespeare works if he wants to continue his education.

That being said, for someone of Mon-El’s background, someone who was selfish to a fault and never thought of anything but his own comfort for years and years and years, getting to a point where he’s willing to sacrifice everything for Kara is a big deal. It should not be underscored how big this is. He can say he loves Kara, but this is actual proof that he can put her welfare over his. That’s character growth.

Lyra:  I hate it. Simple. Love is not about sacrifice. It isn’t dying for your love and being melodramatic while falling over on a fainting couch and hoping your cape doesn’t mess up your dramatic fall or hair. Love is about WORKING TOGETHER! Did you guys in the back hear me? Let me say it again, W-O-R-K-I-N-G T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R! Pulling the ‘love is a sacrifice’ card is a cop out trope when writers aren’t too sure about where they want to go with the couple next or maybe they haven’t developed them enough and hope that this will give them the boost forward.

And sure the dramatics are fun sometimes. It’s nice to think that someone loves you with so much of their being that they would sacrifice themselves to ensure your safety. But what about after? When you’re alone and have no one to cuddle/banter with or make you an awesome breakfast with bacon, hashbrowns, and poached eggs? No one thinks about that when someone is going to “sacrifice” themselves.

Love is entering into a partnership where you understand that you aren’t the only one making the decisions anymore. There is someone who cares for you deeply, would be lost without you, and is ready to take on the world by your side. I don’t want sacrifice when it comes to Karamel. I want partners who figure out a way to do things together so no one has to sacrifice themselves for the other at the end of the day.

Nora:  I agree, I think it was a little on the nose. Between all the Romeo and Juliet references in the episode, it almost made Mon-El’s sacrifice to save Kara a little underwhelming and definitely predictable. I was fine with it, I just wish it had a bigger moment. I saw it coming from a mile away and I’m sure other people did too. The sacrifice Mon-El made was important, but like Lizzie said, I was hoping Mon-El and Kara would work together to solve the problem, instead of Mon-El making this daring sacrifice. I like when the two of them work together and I’d like to see more of it. I think love is about sacrifice, but it’s also about trusting each other and working together. I do think Mon-El did a lot of growing in this episode though. He’s no longer only thinking about himself. He’s thinking about this family he’s created and Kara. He was willing to sacrifice himself and be unhappy in order to save Kara and everyone on Earth. That’s character development if I’ve ever seen it. The Mon-El we met in the beginning wouldn’t have sacrificed himself as easily.

Sarah: It was very obvious, as to say a little too much in your face obvious for me. I appreciate the point they worked too hard to make about love & sacrifice, but it could have been better executed. Maybe a little more subtlety and less Romeo & Juliet references (and by less I mean none at all I really didn’t like those comparisons personally.) Mon-El making the sacrifice was a testament to how far he’s come since he landed on Earth, but I would have liked it better if there’d been another way where it wasn’t the classic but overused setup of “he puts himself in danger” and Kara & company ahem family go save him. I loved that they did, don’t get me wrong but I think the writing could have been better in places. Love is a lot of different elements, and sometimes that is sacrifice but more than anything I think it’s consideration of the person whom you love and I felt like that got lost in the strong point they decided to go for.

Why do you like or dislike Kara and Mon-El’s romance?

Alyssa: Dislike isn’t a term that I’ll ever use to describe Kara and Mon-El’s relationship. This was one of those relationships that completely snuck up on me. It wasn’t something that was introduced as a potential romance and therefore I felt obligated to try to like them (like Kara and James.) It was a relationship that was allowed to naturally grow into this beautiful dynamic that we have now. After all, the best romances are the ones you never plan for and let play out organically. So I can’t say I’m surprised that Karamel captured my heart. After all, you don’t choose the ship; the ship chooses you.

One of the things I truly appreciate about Kara and Mon-El’s relationship is how it’s not portrayed as this perfect dynamic. Not only is perfect unrealistic, it’s downright boring. Kara and Mon-El’s relationship began with dissonance given their alien backgrounds. But we got to watch them work through that hurdle. Just like every other issue they’ve tackled. They’ve faced it head on, honestly, and together. A healthy relationship isn’t about having a clean slate as far as issues go. A healthy relationship is marked by facing those tough issues and overcoming them, together, and emerging stronger. And that’s exactly what Kara and Mon-El have managed to do.

Not to mention there’s this ease about their relationship. It never feels forced. It always feels fresh like there’s something new to discover about them as individuals and as a couple. Then there’s the chemistry between Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood, which sizzles on screen. They electrify in every scene where they’re together, whether it’s snuggling on the couch, fighting crime, or being domesticated. They inspire each other. They’ve even made each other better. And the beautiful thing is that there’s still so much left to be explored with them.

Lizzie: Dislike? Dislike what? There’s no dislike to be had here. All I have is like. I like the journey it means for both characters – for Mon-El a journey towards becoming a better person and Kara a journey towards accepting that it’s okay to depend on someone from time to time, that she doesn’t have to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders, that sometimes, she can be just Kara and she can lean on someone. I like the quirky parts of their personalities that come out when they’re together. I like that they’re not static, perfect characters, that they can both grow, in very different ways. I like that Kara doesn’t have be less than who she is – smart, strong, a geek. I like that Mon-El doesn’t think he’s a finished product. I like that they can be there for each other. And I love that the show still has many stories to tell with these two together, instead of dragging us on a never-ending will they/won’t they storyline.

Lyra: What I like or dislike about Karamel? Oh no, girl. That is not a simple answer that can be divided up that easily. Karamel is not perfect. Let’s start off with that. Sometimes he doesn’t listen to her and thinks he’s always right. And sometimes she lets prejudice rise up out of her and influence how she feels about him. I don’t like these things when they break up my Supergirl time. They annoy me and make me sigh like an experienced parent while waggling my finger at Karamel. But you know what? They’re working on it. And THAT I like.

Mon-El is working on listening to her and having confidence in her words. Which might be a problem for some, but let’s be real for a moment and take those Mon-El hating blinders off. I know what it feels like to have your heart telling you to trust while your mind distorts everything and self sabotages you. Change is not easy but he’s doing it for her and for himself. And that’s ok. Let’s get back on track. Then there’s Kara. My sweet space puppy, she’s working on not letting her past knowledge of his people color what she sees in him.

The fact that they have these flaws, are not perfect, and are trying to change together is what makes me love Karamel. Love isn’t a sudden occurrence/bang/flash of light/glance across the room where there is smooth sailing at the first kiss or boning. It’s hard work that takes patience, an open mind, and time. Fortunately, Karamel has all three of those things.

Nora: There’s no dislike for me. I am 100% on board the Kara/Mon-El train. I like the journey these characters have gone on together. Kara’s learning that it’s okay to depend on someone else. She’s always done that with Alex, but it’s nice to see her do it with Mon-El. Kara may be Supergirl, but it’s nice seeing her accepting help, especially from Mon-El. This doesn’t make her weak, this makes her strong because she can recognize she needs help. I like that Kara is still the same, Mon-El hasn’t changed her. She can still work on her own, but isn’t afraid For Mon-El, he’s gone through a lot of development this season and that’s thanks to Kara. He’s learning to care for others, not just himself. I like that he realizes he still has a lot of growing and learning to do, but isn’t going to stop trying to be the man Kara deserves. I’m glad we get to see the two of them together and I’m interested in seeing where this relationship goes in the final few episodes.

Sarah: The only part I disliked was my own inability to see it coming when Mon-El crash landed on Earth, haha. Joking aside, there hasn’t been a single moment I’ve not enjoyed, even the angst where I wanted to claw my face off. From the second he asked if Kara was “mated” to anyone and looked at her with those heart-eyes Chris Wood does so well I’ve been on board this ship and have never looked back. If I had to hone in on why I love them it would be how many mistakes each has made along the way on their respective paths to romance. It drove me crazy in the moment mind, but I like that they are allowed to make those missteps and learn from them.

Kara on her part, began the season thinking she could only be Supergirl and not have that and a successful normal life or romance at the same time. Getting to know Mon-El allowed her to open that possibility back up when I doubt she ever expected to happen, especially so soon. On Mon-El’s side I loved that he constantly had to adjust his point of view and work hard to show he was paying attention to what everyone – Kara especially was saying to open his eyes to life here on Earth. They’ve learned from each other and I’m so excited to see more of that (and more domestic cooking scenes please I about died at Mon-El in an apron) in the rest of the season.

Describe your feelings about Sanvers in this episode.

Alyssa:

Lizzie:

Lyra:

Nora:

Sarah: 

Sanvers really drove home the theme of love is about being a team. What did you think about that?

Alyssa: When any couple gets to the stage when their relationship is being tested in a significant way, there’s this level of uncertainty and anxiousness that I get as a viewer. One of the most infuriating things to watch as a viewer is contrived drama, which basically exists because the writers know that they want drama but don’t know what to do with said drama. Sure, I’ll agree drama and angst are fantastic — when done right. So I was a little nervous near the beginning of this episode when it appeared likely that Alex and Maggie’s drama could take a turn for the contrived variety.

But luckily the Supergirl writers get it. Not only do they understand how to write the good drama, but they understand how important it is to us as fans. When it comes to being in a relationship, you have to rely on your partner. No matter what the weather — sunny, windy, rainy, stormy. You’re a team. And you lean on your teammate when you need to. And this episode was the perfect opportunity to illustrate that. While it appeared as if Maggie’s ex would stir the pot between Sanvers, it wasn’t in the way we’d expected necessarily. Perhaps it was because I’ve gotten so used to this drama for the sake of drama that I forgot what it felt like to watch some healthy angst. The pivotal moment in this episode for Sanvers came when Alx confronted Maggie — not about the wrongs of cheating but about her concern for Maggie bottling up her emotions. Alex, who has been so incredibly mature in this relationship, let Maggie know that not only does she deserve happiness, but that she can always come to her times are tough. Which is exactly what a relationship is about.

Lizzie: Dear God, I asked, when this episode started. Don’t just bring drama for the sake of drama. Don’t put my two precious babies through unnecessary heartache just because of some outdated idea that couples on TV can’t be happy or they become boring. And then …Supergirl didn’t. And I was shocked. No, seriously, I’m still shocked. I don’t even get it. Maggie and Alex are a perfect example of what a couple really is and how they really behave in real life – they don’t always get it right the first time, but they try, they communicate, they trust each other and they face life as a team. How did we even get lucky enough to have these two on our TV-screens, and how is it that this writing team can do such a great job with them and yet not many other shows on TV seem to know how to write couples?

I don’t know, but I’m not gonna question it. I’m just going to enjoy the view from the Sanvers ship. It’s real pretty up here.

Lyra: If there’s one thing shows get consistently wrong with LGBT relationships is that they don’t give them complexities like this. They look at two LGBT characters that have fallen in love and give them an empty box of bland gestures and flat storylines that go nowhere and disappear by the end of the episode. There’s no depth, no flaws, no triumphs, no working together in the hopes of keeping this ship sailing until the end of time. And sure, there are a lot of shows that get it right. I can feel you thinking about all the shows who do a good job when it comes to complex LGBT stories, but a lot don’t.

Sanvers just so happens to be one of those shows killing it. Supergirl is taking their time with Sanvers and putting in the hard work to ground them like any other ship on this show. They have depth, they have flaws, and they have triumphs. They’re real. And the fact that they ended up working together, triumphing over the wrench any other show would have used to tear them apart, gives me certainty that Sanvers will continue to bloom into something unforgettable and lasting.

Nora: I think I’m too used to other CW shows (*cough cough* Olicity *cough cough*) where drama is created for no apparent reason. So, going into this episode I was super nervous and was worried for Sanvers. Supergirl has just dealt with Sanvers in such a beautiful way and this was a great episode to prove that couples on TV can get through anything if they just talk. They don’t need to break up for no apparent reason. They can have adult conversations and get through things together. I’m so happy we have Sanvers in our lives. They’re so great and Supergirl is doing a great job with them.

Sarah: Supergirl blew me out of the water with this storyline, because not only did they have a believable conflict but not overdramatic storyline with a couple, they did it with Alex & Maggie. LGBT historically does not get the best representation on tv and that includes good relatable writing and it amazed me that the writers rose above all of that with having an ex of Maggie’s appear. From the start I have loved every second of their story, from Alex slowly realizing and coming out to her family, starting a relationship with Maggie and everything that’s entailed. It was nothing short of wonderful to see them tackle this in a way two people in a relationship actually would here in the real word. With honesty and straight up talking things out because when you care about someone you don’t give up, even when parts of their past they’d rather keep hidden rear its ugly head. Alex & Maggie won’t give up and that more than anything exemplifies why Sanvers is one of the best OTPs on television right now. Bravo you two.

Rhea is far from done with Mon-El, Kara, and Earth. What do you think her intentions are? Do you believe she is the Big Bad or does Cadmus still pose the greater threat?

Alyssa: I know we only have one season of Supergirl to judge, but I haven’t really been impressed with how they’ve handled big bads. Underwhelming to say the least. And this season I’ve been puzzled with how they’re approaching it, as well. It appeared as if Cadmus was going to be the big bad until they were sidelined and miraculously rose back. But now you’ve got Mon-El’s mother promising to pretty much make the Earth her bitch. So I don’t know exactly where we stand on the big bad front. Hey, maybe that’s exactly what Supergirl wants. Maybe they want us distracted by Rhea will Cadmus returns to wreak havoc. After all, there’s still unfinished business there. I’m not going to doubt these writers, who have delivered a strong second season. Guess we’ll have to see how this plays out.

Lizzie: Supergirl has never done “big bads” really well – they tend to dilute one big bad and then just come up with another one so our focus shifts and we’re like okay, who in the world am I supposed to be afraid of now? So, probably both? If they focus on Rhea, it’s Cadmus. If they focus on Cadmus, it’s Rhea. Wherever they don’t want us to look, that’s the bigger threat.

Lyra: Rhea is not going down without a fight! That girl is gearing up for the long haul, ready to weather the storm, and probably cause it too. She killed her husband for not agreeing with her for goodness sakes. Unless this is all a trick and the significant Cadmus screen time means that they will threaten Mon-El’s existence and Rhea will come swooping in to rescue him after a change of heart. Or that they’ll team up to destroy Kara without Rhea realizing that Cadmus means to kill her son as well. Hmmm….let’s hope not. That’d be lazy writing. Just make her evil, the big bad who will punch out Cadmus because she wants to take down Kara her way, and doesn’t need a puny humans assistance.

Nora: Yeah I agree with Lizzie. Unlike the other DCTV shows, Supergirl tends to stay away from one big bad and do several. I’m not the biggest fan of this because it tends to make the big bads less threatening. I have no idea who is supposed to be the big bad for this season. It seems Cadmus was the threat in the beginning of the season and now it’s Rhea. They could be working together, which would be interesting. Right now, Rhea is the big bad for me. I’m worried what she’s going to do because she’s not letting go of Mon-El that easily.

Sarah: I really doubt it’ll be one or the other, knowing this show. My ideal villain situation would be they team up to form one super big bad, but I get the feeling they’ll be separate but no less dangerous threats to Kara, her loved ones and their home. Cadmus hasn’t gone away and I have a bad feeling about how they’re going to pop back up, but honestly Rhea scares me a bit more. She’s a loose cannon out only for what she wants and she doesn’t strike me as the type to give up until she’s either succeeded or lost spectacularly. If I had to bet I’d place my money on Rhea being the more dangerous Big Bad than Cadmus, but no doubt Lillian Luthor will happily use any advantage she can get to further Cadmus’s plans for alien life on Earth.

What are your hopes for the final five episodes of the season?

Alyssa: Honestly, I just want to see Supergirl continue to thrive in what’s been a stellar sophomore season. Supergirl has easily been the class of DCTV this season and hands down my favorite DC show. I want to see it continue to do what it does well. Focus on the characters. Let them thrive both as individuals and in their relationships. Keep preaching the issues we face in our world with an added twist. Keep up the strong writing for a diverse cast of characters. I don’t want this season to end. I just hope they can keep this momentum going strong in season 3!

Lizzie: I hope the show keeps the couples together, without any added drama for the sake of drama, and I hope the team continues to be a family as they fight against Cadmus/Rhea. I also hope to see more from Jeremiah. Can Rhea kidnap him for an old Lois and Clark reunion or is that entirely too much to ask? My nostalgic heart just can’t shake the notion. But fine, I want Rhea to be vanished forever, but Cadmus – or parts of it, to sort of remain as a long-term villain. I think that could work. And I want more Lena. Where is Lena? I’ve missed her lately.

Lyra: I hope the final five episodes continue to prove that a badass superhero can have it all. Kara doesn’t have to sacrifice and brood all over the place about how she’s destined to be alone. She has Alex, J’onn, Mon-El, Winn, James, and Kal-El in her life. They are her family and the people she loves the most in this world. She has romance with Mon-El, she has the power to change the world for the better, and the freedom to follow her dreams. I hope Supergirl continues to showcase that no matter how things have changed around Kara or who has come into her life, she continues to be one of the bravest, strongest, and most inspiring heroes out there.

Nora: Season 2 of Supergirl has been one of my favorite DCTV shows this season. I hope they continue to explore the relationships they’ve been building this season. Between Sanvers and Karamel, I’ve loved all the couples and I’m interested to see where they will all land by the end of the season. My big hope for the season is that Superman/Clark makes another appearance. I loved Tyler Hoechlin’s appearance in the beginning of the season and hope to see him again. I’m also every interested in how Cadmus/Rhea will wrap up this season and their implications. I’ just excited about it all! Also, I miss Lena and I’m excited to see how she becomes a larger part, especially because she’s a series regular next season.

Sarah: I hope that the final episodes continue the trend of treating the audience to the wonderful writing and these amazing characters that we’ve gotten to see this season. The introduction of Mon-El, Alex coming out and discovering her sexuality, the world building with the introduction of Daxam (and it’s varying citizens we’ve seen), and the progressive character stories for all of the main cast. Specifically I want to see how Kara & company overcome the evil plans of Cadmus and Rhea and how everything lands in the finale.

Supergirl returns with new episodes Monday, April 24 at 8/7c on The CW. Stay tuned for another Supergirl roundtable that following Monday, May 1.

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