“Supergirl” Episode Review – S02E21 “Resist”

Superman Homepage reviewer T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao) reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the 21st episode of Season 2 in which Supergirl grapples with whether or not to obey the President’s orders regarding Rhea’s latest actions. And Cat Grant returns to National City.

ResistOriginally Aired: May 15, 2017
STORY BY: Jessica Queller and Derek Simon
DIRECTED BY: Millicent Shelton

Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen)
David Harewood (Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz)
Jeremy Jordan (Winslow “Winn” Schott)

Chris Wood (Mon-El)
Floriana Lima (Maggie Sawyer)

Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant)
Lynda Carter (Olivia Marsdin)
Teri Hatcher (Rhea)
Brenda Strong (Lillian Luthor)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman)

3Rating – 3 (out of 5): “… surely we don’t need to measure… anything. We’re women.” – Cat Grant

This episode was a tough nut to crack critically. On one hand, you have the flat out horrible dialogue being cannoned by every character. Winn covers for Jimmy and Kara in the worst possible way, only for efforts to be pointless, as Cat can recognize Jimmy’s eyes… but not Kara’s whole face… not to mention Winn noting he gave Guardian the idea for the lead-spray attack. Cat Grant’s attempt to appeal to better angels using a vagina monologue, leaves a knot in the stomach. Mon-El is a lampshade. That anyone would believe Maggie Sawyer can fire a shotgun invites the universal aspersion of being deemed an idiot; she doesn’t even pretend there’s a recoil. Martian Manhunter is unconscious thanks to Rhea’s attack, but in truth, it’s because he’s needed, or at least Harewood is needed to play his dual role of Cyborg Superman, so J’onn will be sleeping out the season finale. Rhea states a wedding needs to happen, and why? So we can see Lena look hot in a red dress? The heir is the important part, and that was already accomplished while Lena and Mon-El were sleeping; there’s no need for the pomp and circumstance. Lastly, and the most egregious, Superman shows up only to be under some sort of mind control. There isn’t enough Pepto-Bismal.

That being said, in the strangest, most serendipitous manner, it all works. Cat Grant’s return reminds me of the dynamic she added to the show: a self-inflating narrative that can hardly be believed, coupled with a nurturing, feminine approach when her bluster takes a break. I shook my head when Superman arrived as the mind control angle is hackneyed to say the least, but also because I knew I would be back to see the outcome. It’s embarrassing when the comic fan wins out over the critic, but sometimes the draw is just the right mix, and impossible to resist. Supergirl is the textbook example of a show that offers more to love than to detest. Another show would not be able to execute a fraction of what I noted above and survive, let alone look forward to a third season. Somehow, and I’ll be the last person to be able to explain to what degree it’s accomplished, Supergirl works. For another show that would be enough, but for the Girl of Steel, and her supporting players, it’s everything.

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May 21, 2017 8:49 pm

Most monarchs even despicable tyrants can have their power taken away from them by their supporters if they lose the faith of their followers.

The wedding ceremony was a neccessary ritual to legitimise the heir. I doubt Rhea gave a toss about the wedding personally but she needed it for propaganda purposes to disseminate amongst her own people.

May 21, 2017 9:07 pm

Didn’t watch the episode, but you’re saying Superman was mind-controlled to fight Kara? Like Alex was at the end of last season? And J’Onn is in a coma… like CLARK was at the end of last season? Good night! Did they just Copy And Paste?

May 21, 2017 9:25 pm

I argued with my brother a bit about this episode (not an uncommon occurrence). He thought it was lame and I thought it was pretty good though not perfect (I never think anything is perfect). I probably would give it about 4 out of 5. On a surface level I will agree that the end of this season is rehashing elements of the ending of the first season. However I would contend that this time around it is being done a lot better. Rhea makes a far more interesting villain than Non. Whilst a full on alien invasion makes a… Read more »

May 23, 2017 11:46 am

3 out of 5! I think your generous this time around. This series is leaving me more baffled every episode that goes by. More when the season finale review comes up.