“Supergirl” Episode Review – S05E19 “Immortal Kombat”

Superman Homepage writer Michael Bailey reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the 19th and final episode of Season 5 in which Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) realizes that in order to stop Lex (guest star Jon Cryer) and Leviathan she must work with the one person she never thought she’d trust again – Lena (Katie McGrath). Nia (Nicole Maines) keeps dreaming about Brainy (Jesse Rath) but struggles with what the dreams are trying to tell her. Meanwhile, Brainy realizes there is only one way to stop Lex.

Immortal KombatOriginally Aired: May 17, 2020
WRITTEN BY: Derek Simon and Katie Rose Rogers
DIRECTED BY: David Harewood

Melissa Benoist (Kara/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Jesse Rath (Brainiac 5)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)

Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor)
Staz Nair (William Day)
Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen)
Julie Ganzalo (Andrea Rojas)
Andrea Brooks (Eve)
Cara Buono (Gamemnae)
Sharon Leal (M’gann M’orzz)
Sean Astin (Pete Andrews)
Mitch Pileggi (Rama Kahn)
Meagan Rath (Querl-Dox)
Brenda Strong (Lillian Luthor)

5Rating – 5 (out of 5): Well, that ended the way it should have. On a cliffhanger.

Really. I’m glad they didn’t rush to the ultimate resolution of the plot. They crammed a lot into this episode and certain storylines and character arcs were wrapped up, but in terms of Lex and his master plan…well, they seem to be holding on to that. And I am here for it.

Seeing Kara and Lena resolve their differences and forgive each other was my favorite part of the episode. I’ve been hard on this plotline, mainly because it stretched out the entirety of the season. I get it. That’s how these shows work, but some of the confrontations between Kara and Lena felt forced. This felt natural. I liked that Kara FINALLY called Lena on her behavior but ultimately moved past it and forgave her. This was inevitable, but I liked the writing and the performances in these scenes.

Alex getting her own Arrow inspired outfit was neat. I liked seeing the heroes fighting together. The Leviathan gods came off as actual threats. This was everything a season finale should be, and it just might be the best of the series. Last years was strong, but I think the coming together of everything was pulled off better here.

The only part where I thought, “That’s a bit much,” was during one of the sequences that I liked the most. Kara giving a heartfelt, inspirational speech is nothing new, but I like that they have stuck with that as a character trait through the series. Maybe it’s because we’re in the middle of a pandemic and the world is a scary place and none of us know how this is going to play out, but I think this is something we needed at the moment. I will admit that much like a President being brought down with a single article last year, it’s a stretch that all of those billions of people turned off their tech, but this is a fantasy, so it ultimately worked.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Lex and Lillian have in store and I’m looking forward to finding out the final fate of Brainy. This season turned out to be a lot of fun and had a string of strong episodes. It’s unfortunate that it got cut short, but I think they made the best of a bad situation.

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May 19, 2020 5:57 pm

As much as I’ve been harsh this season with my criticisms of this series, this was a very good episode. A very good season ending as well. My only concerns revolve around the obvious. And that’s production money is in short supply for this series.

But your right about the dialog between Kara and Lena. Kara finally gave it to her in a totally well deserved fashion. Hopefully in 9 moths when Melisa has her baby she won’t end up with a giant Super-Rearend !!!