Supergirl, Episode 65 “Trinity” Broadcast on May 7, 2017
Teleplay by Caitlin Parrish & Derek Simon
Story by Jessica Queller
Directed by Jesse Warn
Previously on Supergirl: Kara notices that Mon-El kept the necklace she gave him, Lena convinces Sam that she’s Reign, Pestilence reveals herself to the world, Pestilence joins with Purity to rescue Sam and have her transform fully into Reign.
Now: The heroes take Lena to DEO Headquarters to question her about Sam. They learn that Luthor has been studying Sam for three weeks. She argues she was trying to help a friend. Lena says she never got the chance to finish her experiments to stop Sam’s transformation into Reign. When asked how she was able to contain Reign when she took over Sam, Lena responds she used Kryptonite. Cue opening title card.
There are some strong moments in this episode and some weak ones. The telephone conversation between Lena and James is fantastic. In fact, the moments between these characters are the best of the episode. Both characters are strong throughout, with Lena needing to prove herself to others and James making a decision that will definitely come back to bite him on the butt. The closing scene with this pair is dynamite. Also on the plus side is Krys Marshall who is crushing it as Julia Freeman and Purity. The writers need to have much more of her in this series. Alex gets a costume upgrade and one awesome gun. The action sequence at the end of the episode is also really good, with dueling heat vision outstanding.
Not working is the Legion of Super-Heroes with Brainiac-5 getting some of the worst written one liners in superhero broadcast history. The humor of the character in the comics is that he doesn’t know that what he’s saying is funny. This Brainiac is just terrible. Mon-El broods a lot, until getting a hug, that — seriously? — makes everything better. The alternate dimension that Sam and Julia are in is featured a lot and comes across as a really bad set. It’s inhabited by spirits that make appearances and then disappear. They were pointless. Does the Legion ship do anything but hover? That’s all it does here. There’s a lot of screaming by Odette Annable and it does not come off well. Again, Reign is the weakest link in this tale.
The good: Lena and James, Lena, James, Alex’s new duds, and great effects.
Fun lines: “That’s because he’s mine, not yours,” (Kara:) “Nooooooo…”, “What’s my daughter’s name?”, “Ow!”, “Yeah, we’re good,” “I can’t hurt my wife,” and “I trust you.” I would also include Lena’s final lines, but that would be a tremendous spoiler.
The bad: The shaky camerawork on Mon-El and Kara’s conversation: are there no camera tripods in Canada? That camera work didn’t intensity the situation; it made it look like slapdash filming. Briany’s jokes, the bathroom, Winn is so happy it comes across as insincere, the Legion’s contributions, the alternate dimension that comes across as a poor man’s Upside Down from Stranger Things, and pointless speedy spirits.
The final line: Just watch the final fifteen minutes, that’s all you need. There are some good scenes before that, but if you want the most consistent part of the episode, that’s it. Hit and miss, again. Overall grade: C