After more than six years of battling villains from both earth and the stars, all star superhero teams up, network changes and inspiring young girls everywhere with her heroic deeds, Supergirl hung up her cape in a befitting two-part series finale. Supergirl’s time on television screens worldwide will forever be remembered.
Her appearance in the “Arrowverse” took the franchise to new heights. The Girl of Steel’s membership into the universe was supposed to be a dream, but in episode 18 of the first season of the show, fans were given a treat when The Flash (Grant Gustin, yes the CW’s very own) appeared from an alternate earth.
When the superhero franchise began in the fall of 2012, it was all about one man with a bow and arrow battling crime in Star City, then known as Starling City. Fast Forward to 2021, the franchise has launched over a combined 100 heroes and villains into mainstream television.
“Supergirl,” as a television show, set the modern day blueprint for how female superheroes can be portrayed in media right when given the right tools and a network finds the right person for the job. Melissa Beniost, who plays the titular superhero, embodies the role of the Kara Danvers / Supergirl perfectly.
The two-part series finale finished up the final showdown between the Super-friends and the bad guy team up of Nxyly and Lex Luthor. While “Supergirl” deserves a gold star for airing the finale in two parts, the close did come with its faults. The first part of the two part finale, Episode 6×19 titled “The Lost Gauntlet,” is entirely plot focused, wrapping up the totem arc, and it is can be seen as a rough episode. Some could define the episode as rushed, over the top and full of problems. A true fan of the show could back up the thought that plot lines in past seasons of the show have not been its strong point, but it managed to last this long for other reasons.
The final episode begins with a big battle between the Super-friends and the team up of Lex Luthor and Nxyly. One of the exciting moments of the finale was when past heroes arrived to aid the Super-friends in their struggle. The guest stars included Mon-El (Chris Wood) and original super-friend members Winn Schott / Toyman (Jeremy Jordan) and James Olsen / Guardian (Mechad Brooks).
A surprise that started off great but ended not so well was when Lex brought back past villains like Parasite, Metallo, Red Tornado and Overgirl to play on his team. While the setup was great, the finale of the battle ended in a nonchalant way so fans wouldn’t feel the aftermath of the fight.
There were underlying themes in the finale, one of them being “identity.” It’s easy to focus solely on the many showdowns that Supergirl and her team have faced, but let us never forget the the series outside of the action is about Kara reconciling both her human side and her Kryptonian side.
Supergirl kept the Arrowverse tradition of outing the main hero’s secret identities. Her final scene with the returning Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) showed her being interviewed by the media mogul, revealing said identity.
Despite the roller coaster faults that the finale had, “Supergirl” is a show that managed to capture the hearts of its fan base through touching moments, crossovers and laughs. There will be a weirdness when viewers turn on their television screens, not seeing any more promos about future episodes of “Supergirl.” To quote Benoist in a recent interview where she discussed her coming to terms with the ending of her on screen alter ego, “I don’t think it’s really set in.”