“Supergirl” Episode Review – S06E16 “Nightmare in National City”


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

Check out his review of the 16th episode of Season 6 in which Kara (Melissa Benoist) lands her dream story for Catco but when the city is suddenly attacked by a nightmare monster at the same time as her interview, she is forced to take a serious look at her life and decide if she can continue to live as both Kara and Supergirl. As Dreamer (Nicole Maines) takes the lead on the search for the Dream Totem, which can vanquish they nightmare monster in National City, she realizes she needs to ask her sister Mauve (guest star Hannah James) for help. Old wounds resurface as the two sisters come face to face.

Originally Aired: October 19, 2021
WRITTEN BY: Rob Wright and Jess Kardos
DIRECTED BY: Eric Dean Seaton

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)
Hannah James (Maeve Nal)
Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor)

4Rating – 4 (out of 5): I will admit that I thought this storyline was going to fall apart by now, but it hasn’t. The writing has been getting progressively stronger and they are doing things with the characters that are not only interesting but also bold and surprising.

Kara quitting CatCo should have been the best part of this episode. It wasn’t, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like how everything played out. To be honest, I thought making Kara a journalist was an interesting idea that the show never built to its full potential. CatCo seemed more like a static set that the writers could use to get the characters together. I’m not saying that it never worked or that it hasn’t served any useful purpose, but as far as Kara being a reporter? That never clicked with me. Her quitting was a positive move for the character. With the exception of William Day, all of her personal relationships happen outside of work with the Super Friends and now that they’ve established that William has close ties with the group CatCo isn’t needed.

And…you know…the series is wrapping up. So, there’s that.

The best part of the episode was Nia reuniting with her sister. The writers could have easily fallen into the trope of having them reunite, fight a bit, and then make up with everything ending up fine and dandy, dandy and fine, but that’s not what happened. Instead, the sisters seemed to be on that path, but then Maeve tried to steal the Dream McGuffin, proving that she still had a long way to go. The fact that Nia refused to forgive her was a bold choice. I’m not saying Nia should never forgive Maeve, but between the “you’re not even a real woman” line and the whole trying to steal her way into having the abilities that she felt were hers by right I totally saw why Nia chose to not forgive, but instead gave her the chance to start again. It felt raw and real, and it gives Nia a depth that made me like the character even more than I already did.

Nxly continues to be a fun big bad and I have to admit that Lex getting into the mix makes me happy. I’ve missed him this season, but to be fair, the story hasn’t needed him yet. I’m 100 percent sure he is going to double cross Nxly, but it will be fun to see those characters bounce off each other for a few episodes.

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October 23, 2021 10:44 am

I’m making my review/reviews short this week. I didn’t have time to give my thoughts in the comments section last week so here I go. Some little spoilers ahead so anyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled, please stop reading my comments. Ok, last week I give a 4 out of 5 star rating. I was really happy to see Supergirl be the focus on this episode. While Kara tries to figure out how to pass the hope totem, Nyxly kidnaps William and demands a trade for the hope totem. With some help from Lena, Supergirl manages to find a… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Superman2878
October 23, 2021 1:46 pm

Total agreement with the 4/5. The writing was definitely sharper this week. While the main villain (Nightmare monster) was kinda pointless, the character work was some of the best Supergirl has had in awhile. A really good wrap-up to Dreamers storyline.
I am thrilled Lex is back. He brings a lot of energy to the show and his “team-up” with Nxy will (hopefully) be fun.
Still not sure where the writers are going in terms of ending the show, but I have some hope it will end well since the last two episodes have been pretty strong.