“Supergirl” Episode Review – S06E14 “Magical Thinking”


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

Check out his review of the 14th episode of Season 6 in which Lena (Katie McGrath) is uncertain about using her magical abilities to help Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) retrieve the second totem from Nyxly (Peta Sergeant). William (Staz Nair) struggles to write a story on the Super Friends that makes both the heroes and Andrea (Julie Gonzalo) happy. Meanwhile, Kelly (Azie Tesfai) is thrilled Esme (guest star Mila Jones) has found a new home, but things go awry and the little girl’s future is put in danger.

Originally Aired: October 5, 2021
WRITTEN BY: Karen Maser and Derek Simon
DIRECTED BY: Simon Burnett

Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Jesse Rath (Brainiac 5)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)
David Harewood (J’onn J’onnz)
Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen/Guardian)
Staz Nair (William Day)

Julie Gonzalo (Andrea Rojas)
Peta Sergeant (Nxylgsptinz)
Matt Baram (Mitch)
Mila Jones (Esme)

4Rating – 4 (out of 5): This was a much more balanced episode. The writing was strong, and all of the characters got to have at least a moment where they looked really cool. J’onn’s moment came when they had him use his phasing powers to reach into the van and pull the carjacker out. It looked really good, even with the unnecessary damage of the window getting busted.

It’s weird that I’m at a point in my life where thinking, “I wonder what the conversation was like between that woman and her car insurance agent when she called to file a claim on that window? Are insurance adjusters in National City used to this sort of thing? Would her policy cover damage caused by a super-hero saving her son’s life?” is perfectly normal.

I mean…it’s a fair question.

The character that got the best boost this week was William. William getting embedded with The Super Friends not only gives him something to do but it also feels organic to the characters. I appreciated that they explored the idea of what the general public needs or doesn’t need to know about a potentially catastrophic situation. The transparency versus not causing a panic versus not revealing secret identities debate played out nicely and I liked that William was the winner in the end. It served his character well.

My favorite moment in the episode was the argument that Lena and Kara had about doing something extreme in the name of heroism. The look on Lena’s face when Kara said that she wanted to go through with her plan because of the greater good was amazing because it was rooted in the history of those characters. All of the times Lena gave the exact same argument and Kara had to stop her boiled up to the surface. It was well written and well-acted.

It was also nice to get some good Kara/Lena scenes. I missed the dynamic of those characters.

The rest of the episode was fun. Kara’s struggles to contain the emotions she was feeling because of Nxly worked and I loved seeing Nxly going through her own struggles. The overall plot got on firmer ground and I enjoyed myself. This was a strong episode with some fun fight scenes and good character moments.

Check out the “Supergirl – Episode Reviews” Contents page.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
October 6, 2021 9:32 pm

I agree with the review. Very much enjoyed the episode. Fight scenes were wild…opening scene with that Jenga game was cool camera work. Had a feeling this would start things off strong; momentum was carried.

October 7, 2021 11:29 am

Spoiler Warning!!! Don’t read my comments unless you’ve already seen the latest episode of Supergirl. Spoiler Warning!!! Don’t read my comments unless you’ve already seen the latest episode of Supergirl. Spoiler Warning!!! Don’t read my comments unless you’ve already seen the latest episode of Supergirl. Ok, here I go. Sigh…….The plot in this episode was just too confusing for me. I mean how do these totems work? Why do they keep causing people to act violently? I just don’t understand. I hope that at some point there will be some kind of guide book to Supergirl’s show that explains it… Read more »

October 7, 2021 1:24 pm

Hey Michael,
If you could write and direct a Superman movie, what would it be about and who would you cast as Superman?

October 8, 2021 12:44 pm

I suppose this was one of the better episodes. There seemed to be thankfully, a bit more into effects. They did the best they could with her flying. I find it a bit perplexing how a season or two ago Lena was the big nasty and now she’s been toned down to a country girl with a magical spell book. 3+!!