[Review] Supergirl Episode 3×19: “The Fanatical”

written by Cara Russell


Progress is made on returning Reign’s body to Sam’s control, when a Cult of Supergirl defector arrives at CatCo with Thomas Coville’s journals. As it turns out, the old nut had the instruction manual for creating a new Worldkiller, and after his “disappearance,” it was being used by acolyte Olivia to return worship to a Kryptonian Elder God, creating a new world-ending entity. Of course, having the materials and instructions to make a Worldkiller gives Lena all the tools needed to un-make one, although it becomes a race against the clock that can’t be resolved this week.

We’re also faced with Kara’s anxiety over causing Lena, who still loves and accepts Kara as a friend, to downright hate Supergirl. Unfortunately for all of us, she blames James’ honesty for the cause of this dilemma, when it was her own distrust that got her into this mess. However, being this particular show, Kara and James make good with each other – but so far, not with Lena, who rightfully calls Supergirl on her crap.

We also see James struggling with his own secret identity and how he has to deal with the freedom of being masked, as well as the responsibility of being a black hero. He knows that he’s more respected as a masked vigilante than for having dark skin, regardless of his acts of heroism. While I hate that we live in a world where this needs to be brought up, I really appreciate seeing a hero aware of what he may mean to folks, above and beyond whatever works he may do.

Alex ends up looking after Ruby Arias and M’yrnn, taking them to a day out at the local arcade. While it goes poorly when the electronics give M’yrnn a flashback to wartime on Mars, afterwards, the fallout finds him more calm and able to bond with Ruby, both of whom needed some normalcy.

I’ll also give a hearty shoutout to Chris Wood for acting the goofball part of mild-mannered captive, complete with bow-tie, to perfection. I truly adore this guy as an actor, but gosh this show isn’t good at balancing “good guy” with “dirtbag” to reach a squick-free anti-hero.

Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8 Eastern/7 Central on the CW. Cara can be reached on Twitter @virtualcara.

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