Supergirl Season 1 Episode 19 Review: Myriad

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Well that was interesting, intense, funny, and downright frustrating. 

It's Supergirl, Cat, and Max Lord against the world on Supergirl Season 1 Episode 19, and so far, they're losing big time. 

Cat and Max may have very differing opinions, but right now they're all Kara's got, and they may just be exactly what she needs. 

Stopping Non - Supergirl

All right, so first off let's talk about these Ion blockers Max has developed. I've watched the scene where Max explains them multiple times, and I still feel like I'm missing something. 

Kara asks him why he didn't turn in his technology to the DEO. That explanation made sense; what I don't get is why he only made two of these things. Why not a whole bunch? At least a couple of back ups? 

Also, how did he know when Non was going to turn on Myriad, and therefore just happened to not only put on his Ion blockers, but also sent the earrings to Cat the night before? 

If he had made just one extra, Kara could have flown it to Alex and brought her back, and Hank wouldn't have had to use so much of his energy trying to protect Alex's brain. Which, let's face it, only lasted about 30 seconds. 

It was hard not to feel frustrated watching Hank and Alex come to the rescue, only to be taken down by Indigo almost immediately. Now Kara is facing a nightmare situation of having to fight her own sister, not unlike the situation Alex faced when Kara was hit by the red kryptonite. 

Would those currently under the affect of Myriad return to normal if they left the city? Say, if Kara were to pick up James, Winn, her cousin, etc, and fly them outside, would they have their minds back? 

I'd say she should try that with Alex instead of fighting her, except Alex was covered with kryptonite, so that's probably a no-go.

Well, I may not be Superman, but I do have my moments.


Okay, so, do we buy the reasoning behind why Myriad affected Superman?

Look, I get the writers were faced with a dilemma here. This is Supergirl's show, and she needs to be the hero and solve the problem without the help of her cousin. It also would be unrealistic if she was facing a crisis this huge and didn't think to ask him for help.

But, saying Superman was affected because he's been on Earth since he was a baby feels a little far-fetched. Kara may have been older when she woke up on Earth, but she was the one who actually tried to be a normal human for all those years. If anything, the "environmental factors" should have affected her. 

But, I'm willing to let that go for the sake of the story. 

Supergirl: I don't know how to fight this. What would you have me do?
Cat: You could come up with a better plan than irradiating the city and killing thousands of people.

All right, so Max comes up with a plan that is basically the equivalent of the "sacrifice the few to save the many" argument. Does he have a point? 

Kara seriously considers it even though it would mean killing thousands of people and she wouldn't be able to return to the city for 50 or so years. 

Thankfully Cat helps her see reason, and that pretty much any other plan is better than this one. We don't exactly know what the new plan is yet, but here's hoping it works fast. 

What we do know is that they're going to try to "piggyback" off Myriad's signal and send out their own message of hope. It'll be interesting to see it put into action. 

If the world is saved and for some reason Cat ever feels the need for a career change, she could really succeed as a motivational speaker. Her pep talks are pretty darn fantastic. 

It looks like the quest to find Project Cadmus and Jeremiah will be saved for Supergirl Season 2, which is what I was hoping. I didn't love that it was introduced this season with so few episodes remaining, but now it makes sense. They needed an excuse to have Alex and Hank outside the city when Myriad hit. 

"Myriad" set us up for what should be an action-packed season ender.  How do you guys expect Supergirl Season 1 Episode 20 to play out? Will Kara fight Alex? Will they take down Non? Is Hank dead? 

You have one week to watch Supergirl online and catch up before the finale! 

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Supergirl Season 1 Episode 19 Quotes

Well, I may not be Superman, but I do have my moments.


Supergirl: You're not a mindless drone.
Cat: No, I learned that lesson when Demi Moore and I wore the same dress to the premiere of Ghost. Never again.