By Josh Melo
‘Supergirl’ Review – S1 Ep.13 (For the Girl Who Has Everything)
Caught in the illusions of the Black Mercy, Kara has everything she could (literally) dream of. In her state of vulnerability, it is up to her friends and family to devise a way to remove the alien growth and save Kara from her own mind. The Kryptonian threat resurfaces while testing the unshakeable bond between Supergirl and her sister, Alex.
With Melissa Benoist spending the majority of the run time living in a dream, the crux of the episode falls upon Chyler Leigh’s shoulders. With her sister happily living her fairy tale life, the odds of ever getting Kara back to the land of the living don’t seem all that great. While all of her friends stand by her side, it is Alex that attempts the impossible to bring her back. Chyler Leigh has always been great but the raw emotion she displays in For the Girl Who Has Everything is by far her best work… and she gets a frickin’ Kryptonite katana!
Starting with the lengths she is willing to go to rescue her sister, risking her own life and sanity in order to bring her back from the world of illusions, Chyler Leigh put on a tour de force in emotional conveyance. Her speech to Kara on Krypton while battling two guards was nothing short of fantastic. Over the course of the season audiences have come to learn how much these two care for each other, but here things are taken to a whole new level. They aren’t just foster sisters; they’re the real deal.
Then came the climactic fight against Non. The second Alex picked up that sword I knew it was made of Kryptonite. To bring in a fully aliened out Martian Manhunter made things even more exciting. While the choreography never matched the heights that were the fight against the White Martian, this face-off was a huge step up from last weeks bout against Bizarro. To have Alex deliver the killing blow to Aunt Astra was a monumental moment, for Alex personally as well as how her relationship going forward with Kara plays out. I can understand why MM covered for Alex, but it’s pretty clear that sooner or later Kara will find out the truth. As long as it doesn’t turn into a clichéd case of liar liar, I’m fine with how this was handled. If it ends up resembling anything like a Laurel relationship, I think I’ll cry (if you read my Arrow coverage, you’ll know I hate her).
Kara’s battle against Non was equally engaging but for very different reasons. Having just awoken from her plant-induced slumber, Kara was as angry as ever. Her conflict was less of a fight and more of a one-sided beat down. Kara lays into him while letting out all of her rage. Having lost her biological family for a second time, emotions were running high and it was great to see it all pay off in such explosive fashion.
As for her actual time under the influence of the Black Mercy; it was very interesting seeing how closely adapted the lauded Superman comic storyline was. I would have loved to see an impromptu visit by Mongul (or even a reference) but I think the whole scenario played out quite well. Getting to see Krypton again was fun, and a young Kal-El even more so (we’re now one step closer to Tom Welling appearing in full!). However, there were some disappointments. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, Laura Benanti isn’t the greatest of actresses. Her delivery here comes off as stiff and the sudden familiarity between Kara’s family and Kara herself seems disingenuous. Now this may be in part due to the fact that none of it is actually real, or it could be because the only hint of her past life has come from either a hologram or a wooden performance (though they are kind of the same).
Having Astra out of the picture should clear some room for Non to grow into a bigger player. He’s been set up as the General Zod for Supergirl, now, without anything holding him back, he can truly become the heartless villain he’s meant to be. And before moving on from Astra, I’m glad they never showed Kara mourning her death. The two have never had a genuine connection and to see her cry over the loss would have taken away from the gravity of Benoist and Leigh’s performances.
As for the greater Kryptonian plan; we know it’s called Myriad but the specifics of the whole thing are still unclear. It probably has something to do with global annihilation of the human race and consequent rebuilding in Kryptonian image, but that’s just speculation (but I’m right).
During Kara’s down time, Hank Henshaw once again turns into the girl of steel to help maintain her secret identity at CatCo. It played for a few good laughs but it ultimately cheapens the character of Martian Manhunter. It helped that he had a cool fight scene, but having him consistently pretend to be Kara seems a little demeaning.
At the very end of the episode, Kara, Alex, Winn and Jimmy are all seen togetherm thick as thieves. While it was a nice moment for the group and a fitting end considering the events of the episode, it just doesn’t quite gel with the larger storylines. Olsen has just revealed his love for Kara yet he is seen consoling Winn, who is on the outs with Supergirl since his own emotional outburst. Seeing all of these threads dropped without more than a quick reference was disappointing. Not a deal breaker, but I would have liked to see them build tension in these areas more before making things right again.
In the end, For the Girl Who Has Everything was a fantastic actor showcase as well as a platform for bringing in comic book elements. The action was terrific and the feelings behind each encounter were at their purest. With Non now free of any limitations, watching him grow into an even larger evil is sure to be fun. Even Maxwell Lord avoided being a nuisance this week!
Overall, For the Girl Who Has Everything gets an 8.5/10.