“For The Girl Who Has Everything.” – aired 2/8/2016 – ***** stars
Story by Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by Ted Sullivan & Derek Simon
Directed by Dermott Downs
Spoilers are contained within.
This week’s episode of Supergirl, “For The Girl Who Has Everything”, was originally conceived as the season finale. It makes sense considering how much story we got and the exceptional development of the story arcs for Kara (Melissa Benoist), Alex (Chyler Leigh), and company. I’ve enjoyed Supergirl since I saw a screening of the pilot at Wizard World Pittsburgh, and each episode since then has been an incredible improvement. There are many series that take a while to find a tone that works for them; The CW’s The Flash found it early on in season one and CBS’ Supergirl has followed in a similar trajectory. “For The Girl Who Has Everything” is another solid entry in an already superb first season.
Last week’s episode of Supergirl saw Kara attacked by a monstrous looking plant inside her apartment. This week’s episode reveals that Kara is attached to the “Black Mercy”, a parasitic creature that has her in a dream state. If she were to be prematurely detached, she would be killed. The Black Mercy is a creature of comic book legend Alan Moore’s creation and used on the Man of Steel by the villainous despot Mongul. “For The Man Who Has Everything” appeared in “Superman Annual” #11 and was later adapted as a Justice League Unlimited episode. While the Andrew Kreisberg story and Ted Sullivan and Derek Simon teleplay differs from Alan Moore’s story, it’s still an equally engaging plot that keeps fans on the edge of their seat. Sure, we know that Kara won’t be killed or ever come in any real danger, but we don’t know what lengths her adopted sister, Alex Danvers, will go to save her and that was the real highlight of “For The Girl Who Has Everything.”
Chyler Leigh is an interesting addition to the cast of Supergirl and, at first, the character of Alex felt as if it was a response to represent another strong character without having to rely solely on the shoulders of the main hero – Supergirl. In the episode “Livewire”, we see Alex attempt to clear the streets when Leslie Willis’ (Brit Morgan) helicopter spirals out of control. It’s a great moment as it reflects a similar sentiment found in 2013’s Man of Steel, We could all be heroes and Superman/Supergirl in our own way. Alex Danvers has represented that theme on CBS’ hit series, but it’s only became more clear and definitive with each episode. “For The Girl Who Has Everything” seems to have been a planned culmination of all that, as this episode was originally conceived as the season one finale, and we see Alex rappel down from a helicopter, fight off Astra with a kryptonite sword, and save her sister from the Black Mercy (courtesy of Maxwell Lord). Chyler Leigh is now an undeniable action hero, but she’s also an incredibly talented actress and a real mvp of the cast of Supergirl.
“For The Girl Who Has Everything” ends with Alex ***SPOILER ALERT*** killing Astra (Laura Benanti) right before she’s able to kill J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood). It’s a monumental moment, especially when we first see a glowing kryptonite sword strike through Astra. When Supergirl’s fight with Non (Chris Vance) ends momentarily, J’onn J’onzz tells her that he was the one that killed Kara’s villainous aunt. It’s highly likely that this will be a recurring plot that finds Kara shocked and/or momentarily disowning Alex in the not too distant future of Supergirl season one. But, I’d rather hope the writing team doesn’t find Kara reacting in a contrived “How could you have killed her and not told me?” speech that we’ve seen echoed in countless comics and television series, most recently Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix.
“For The Girl Who Has Everything” is a five star episode, and features Chyler Leigh’s best performance in season one, up to now. Also, we need to know, when will DC Collectibles make that Alex Danvers action figure?
Supergirl airs on CBS, Monday nights at 8 PM ET. Check your local listings.