[Review] Supergirl Episode 6×13: “The Gauntlet”

written by Dayna Abel

SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT

Gentle readers, I am on two new medications that are kicking my ass, under elevated levels of anxiety because my household is still dealing with Hurricane Ida aftermath, and two days behind on a massive paid gig, so forgive me for currently being three full episodes behind on Supergirl.

Life happens. Here are a few of my takeaways for this episode and general storyline:

  • We’re never given an answer for what the Courage Totem was trying to get Kara to do. What exactly was the point where she lacked courage on the day she saved Alex? I can only speculate that maybe it was when Alex scolded her for revealing her powers, but Kara still ended up defying her sister and becoming Supergirl. I sincerely can’t see where she was failing the gauntlet.
  • I can’t help but feel like the seven totems are related to the Paragons from Crisis in some way. Courage, Hope, Humanity, etc.? Come on. I can’t be the only one who sees it. (I know there are a few that aren’t represented by Paragons, but it doesn’t feel like a coincidence.)
  • The psychic bond between Nyxly and Kara felt a little forced, like the writers had a bunch of ideas for the season that needed to be scratched off a list.
  • I will throw a compliment David Harewood’s way for showing us what the normally stoic J’onn would be like if he wore his emotions on his sleeve, and while it was hilarious, it was also very sweet to hear him tell Kara and Alex about the high regard in which he holds them.
  • William remains absolutely pointless.
  • Alex and Kelly growing closer after last episode is a delight to see, and I love how supportive they are of one another both on and off the battlefield.
  • This show is barrelling towards Supercorp at light speed and so help me god if they don’t stick the landing I am going to scream. LET THEM KISS YOU COWARDS

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Supergirl airs Tuesday nights at 9 Eastern/8 Central on the CW. Dayna can be found on Twitter @queenanthai.

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