Supergirl – S5 Ep13 – It’s A Super Life Review

Kara learns a powerful lesson in this stellar 100th episode of Supergirl!

Supergirl has reached episode one hundred! “It’s A Super Life,” is quite honestly one of my favorite episodes of the series as a whole. Though it moves through multiple tones, it is one hundred percent grounded in character. Kara and Lena’s relationship is the main focus of this milestone episode that uses familiar faces and events to drive home a powerful lesson. Let’s recap!

The episode picks up where the previous one left off with Mr. Mxyzptlk (guest star Thomas Lennon) appearing to the Danvers sisters. The fifth dimensional imp, now in his true form, has been ordered to help those whom he wronged including Kara. He apologizes for his earlier run in with her in which he took on another form and tried to force her to marry him. To make up for his previous wrongdoings, he offers Kara a do-over, which she can use to repair her relationship with Lena Luthor. After talking with Alex (who reminds her that changing time is a major risk) and J’onn, she accepts his offer. Mxy explains that if she likes the outcome of any particular reality he can use his powers to make it real. He also gives her a safeguard in the form of a recording of his name backwards should she want him gone.

The duo then take a crazy trip through Kara’s past in various attempts to fix her friendship with Lena. First, Kara travels back to Season 4 (“Fallout” to be exact). She tells Lena her secret prior to Mercy Graves’ attack on L-Corp. Lena doesn’t handle it well and leaves for Metropolis to visit Sam (guest star Odette Annable). Sam assures her that she is not a villain. However, due to her absence, Kara dies as a result of Agent Liberty and crew’s Kryptonite attack.

Obviously not thrilled with that outcome, Kara then travels back further to the events of Season 3’s “Trinity.” She tells Lena the truth prior to their fight over Kryptonite. Unfortunately for Kara, Lena is furious as she had no one to turn when she found out Sam was Reign. This leads to another negative outcome in that she does not help Team Supergirl take down the Worldkillers. As a result, Reign murders her own mother (guest star Betty Buckley), Lena (who tries to take her down), and Mon-El (guest star Chris Wood) (who gives Kara some advice).

Following this disaster, Kara decides to go all the way back to the beginning of their friendship and tell her then (Season 2). In this timeline, Lena and Kara/Supergirl become partners and fight together for good. This gives Lena the credibility she has long desired and the public’s love despite her last name. However, Ben Lockwood (guest star Sam Witwer) appears and causes trouble. In this timeline, Lockwood, still Agent Liberty, lost his entire family after they jumped off bridge thinking Supergirl would save them. He then, along with Otis Graves (guest star Robert Baker), kidnaps Lena and Supergirl cult leader Thomas Coville (guest star Chad Lowe) and threatens to kill if Supergirl doesn’t reveal her identity.

A conflicted Kara is comforted by Winn (guest star Jeremy Jordan) who tells her that they can take care of themselves thanks in part to her. He encourages her to save Lena. She ultimately decides to reveal her identity to the world and is successful in saving both Lena and Coville. However, Lockwood, despite keeping his word, turns around and kills all of Kara’s closest friends and family including Alex, J’onn, and Cat Grant.

This third tragic scenario leads Kara to believe there is nothing she can do to fix this. Disheartened, she then suggests that maybe never becoming friends with Lena in the first place solves this problem. Unfortunately, this leads to the worst possible outcome in which Lena is a full on villain. Mxy and Kara find themselves stuck in a dystopian situation in which Lena rules over National City with an iron fist with Reign and an evil, emotionless Brainy as her enforcers. Mxy discovers he can’t use his powers here as Lena is using fifth dimensional energy from the Hat’s hat to power her Lexosuit police. The duo are saved from one such suit by Dreamer, who takes them back to the Tower where they are reunited with the rest of Team Supergirl (including Mon-El and Winn, who both never went back to the future). Team Supergirl then set out to stop Lena and her forces and retrieve the hat to grant Mxy his powers back. While Supergirl fights off a Metallo hearted Lena, the others face off against Reign and Brainy. The team is successful in retrieving the hat and thus Kara and Mxy return to the proper timeline.

Back at home, Kara has a breakthrough. She cannot and should not change the past. She realizes that she must own her mistakes, accept the consequences, and move on. She also realizes that she should no longer feel responsible for Lena’s actions post-revelation. After thanking Mxy for helping her, she visits Lena and delivers a powerful message. “From now on, you’re accountable for your own actions. If you decide to forgive me, I will be there for you. But if you continue to work with Lex, if you go through with whatever the two of you are planning, I will do everything in my power to stop you. Just like I would any other villain,” Kara tells her.

Following this powerful encounter, Kara returns home and spends some time with Alex and J’onn reflecting on their adventures together.

As I stated earlier, this is honestly one of the best episodes of the series in my opinion. It features stellar character work by each cast member particularly Melissa Benoist and Katie McGrath. Also, Thomas Lennon as Mxyzptlk was simply magical! Lennon fit the role perfectly in my opinion. This was a fun, yet poignant celebration of the series so far. While this episode did not feature big twists or crazy plot points, it did however, present a decisive moment in the Kara and Lena saga. Kara’s breakthrough was especially powerful. I am excited to see where the story goes from here now that the ball is firmly in Lena’s court so to speak. It was also awesome to see several returning characters including Sam Witwer’s Lockwood, Odette Annable’s Reign, and Chris Wood’s Mon-El.
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