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Fly Like a Girl: “Supergirl” – Episode 19 “Myriad”

Supergirl is DC’s television adaptation of the comic book of the same name. It airs Monday nights at 8/7 Central on CBS. Our writer, Nicole Drum recaps the series each week updating you on the latest episode here in Fly Like a Girl.

Image Credit: CBS

Image Credit: CBS

On the last episode of Supergirl, Kara told James how she felt but Non had activated Myriad and James, along with the rest of National City, marched off like a mindless zombie. Things aren’t faring any better this week. This recap will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen last night’s episode you might want to stop here.

We open up at the DEO where Lucy and squad are releasing all of the alien prisoners in custody. Myriad has Lucy under its thrall as well, but Kara manages to show up and stop the release of all of the criminals except Maxima, a character we haven’t seen before but apparently has history with Superman. (I sense we will see her more later on.) With Myriad in full effect Kara goes to the Fortress of Solitude looking for answers. Every time she’s asked about it in the past, Kara has gotten nowhere. This time the hologram of her mother tells our heroine just what Myriad does. Myriad is technology that Astra came up with to force the people of Krypton to behave in a way she felt would save the planet from ecological collapse. She wanted to carry out Myriad on Earth for the same reason, but Myriad has another use: it can also be used to take over entire worlds. This is what appears to be happening in National City. ‘Hologram Mom’ also explains that there is no stopping Myriad.

Meanwhile on a bus outside Midvale, Alex is disguised in a blonde wig, with J’onn shifted into a young boy so as to pass as her son. Some agents board the bus looking for the fugitives, but their disguises work. The agents clear the bus and Alex and J’onn ride on.

Back in National City, Kara (as Supergirl) goes into the office and finds everyone, including James and Winn, mindlessly working away. Myriad is still keeping everyone in lockstep, but then Cat shows up like nothing was going on. Before Kara can find out why, she gets a message from Superman saying that he’s on his way. With Cat in tow, Kara goes out to the balcony to wait for him, but instead of coming to the rescue, The Man of Steel drops down and joins in the mindless masses. He’s not immune to Myriad. However, Max Lord is. Lord shows up at CatCo with some explanations. Lord is of sound mind because of an interrupter he made when he realized that Non was using his system for Myriad. Lord sent the same tech to Cat in the form of earrings which is why she also hadn’t lost her mind. But what about Superman? Lord explains that because Superman grew up on Earth, his mind is more human than Kara’s.

Alex and J’onn show up at Mama Danvers’ house. After some quick explanations about why Alex is blonde and who J’onn really is, Mama Danvers lets them in on what is going on in National City. Back at CatCo, Non shows up to taunt Kara. Kara tries to explain to Non that Astra would not have wanted what his happening, but Non is not having it. He says that Myriad is making things better by eliminating gender and race lines and making everyone follow along to do the same things, ostensibly work to solve all of the world’s problems. Kara begs Non to let her friends go, but instead he decides to hurt Kara. He has James, Winn, and another coworker named Kelly jump off the building. Kara is only able to save two of them and unfortunately Kelly dies.

At Mama Danvers’ house, J’onn is undergoing a semi-awkward yet totally scientific question and answer session. The adorable geek moment is interrupted with Alex talking to Kara on the phone. Kara tries to talk her older sister out of going to National City to help, but when Alex hangs up the phone she is determined to leave. J’onn tells her to stay with Mama Danvers.

In National City, Lord has a plan. He wants to detonate some sort of weapon that would stop Myriad, but also kill hundreds of thousands of people. Kara and Cat both are just not into it. Lord is adamant though. They have to use the weapon. Lord gets authorization from the president (via General Lane) to use the weapon. Kara wants to know what made Lord the way he is. Lord proceeds to tell her about the sad story of his parents’ death. They died from a virus they contracted because of faulty hazmat suits and no one listened to Lord when he told them they were faulty. That is what shaped him. Kara hopes she is nothing like him.

Back at Non’s evil hideout he is chilling out with Indigo, talking about his domination plan. Non has a step-by-step plan, but Indigo doesn’t like it. Non actually seems interested in solving Earth’s problems, but Indigo wants him to take over the galaxy. She throws in a good bit of flirting to try to sway him.

As J’onn plans to leave the Danvers residence, Alex decides she is going with him. J’onn and her mother try to talk her out of it, but ultimately don’t succeed. Alex is going with J’onn but right before they leave, J’onn shows Mama Danvers his Martian form.

At CatCo, Cat talks about how she loves the view from the balcony. It leads to Cat calling Kara out for not having a solution to the problem, something to counter Lord. Kara realizes that she is in the exact position her mother was in before and that her mother chose wrong. Cat remains clear-headed and gives Kara a pep talk. Cat tells Kara that she has learned that hope is stronger than fear. Supergirl has changed Cat, and Cat believes that she can change everyone in National City just by being Supergirl. The two hug and now Kara has an idea.

J’onn and Alex arrive in National City, but Myriad is strong. It’s taking a lot of his resources to shield Alex’s mind as well. The two talk about why J’onn didn’t let Alex tell her mother about Mr. Danvers being alive. However, in the midst of their discussion, Indigo shows up, taunting J’onn before they battle. But Indigo is evidently indestructible. Indigo severely wounds J’onn, causing Alex to succumb to Myriad. We also find out that Indigo wants to kill all humans.

Lord is packing up his bomb business as Cat and Kara walk in, with Kara revealing she has a plan—a plan of hope. Kara points out that Lord is doing the same thing he was worried she would do, and Kara tells him that she understands his fear, but they can’t do that. Lord agrees to listen.

Indigo takes Alex to Non’s headquarters and wakes her up. Non wants Alex awake while he kills her. Alex tells Non that Astra did not want this, but before she can sway Non, Indigo jumps in with an idea on how to hurt both Alex and Kara.

Now it’s time to fight back. Lord, Kara and Cat go off to Cat’s old television station. They plan to transmit a signal on the back of Myriad, one that Indigo can’t get to because it isn’t digital. However, before they can get started, Alex shows up in some sort of armor. Kara refuses to fight her, but Non says Alex has to kill Kara or Kara has to kill Alex. Alex then pulls out the blade that killed Astra. Non wants Kara to die.

Next week? Season finale. Will Kara be able to stop Myriad or is this the end? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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One Comment on “Fly Like a Girl: “Supergirl” – Episode 19 “Myriad””

  1. Dylan April 13, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    I think what really struck me about this episode is how much is was the opposite of Batman v. Superman. Avoiding the lethal option, directly channeling Supergirl as a spirit of hope…

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