In Review: Supergirl, “The Quest for Peace”

This is how to end a season.

Supergirl, “The Quest for Peace” Broadcast on May 19, 2019

SEASON FINALE

Teleplay by Rob Wright & Derek Simon

Story by Robert Rovner & Jessica Queller

Directed by Jesse Warn 

Previously on Supergirl: The characters learn that Lex is going to use Red Daughter to attack the U.S., then he’ll take her and Kaznia down to look like a hero, Brainiac 5 is rebooted as a sinister incarnation more in line with his ancestors, James is having negative reactions to his injection and wants to be stabilized so he can use his super powers to stop Ben Lockwood, Supergirl is killed by Red Daughter but is brought back to life absorbing the solar energy of the plants around her, and Lex has ravaged Kazina and defeated Red Daughter, all according to his plans. Twenty-four hours earlier he is shown sending Red Daughter to kill Eliza Danvers. Cue opening title sequence which states Red Daughter in Russian before changing into Supergirl.

This wraps up the entire season neatly, while ending with several teases of troubles to come next season. Jon Cryer kills every scene he’s in as Lex, and that starts with him in his power suit, flying about like an evil Iron Man, destroying Kaznian forces while singing along to Sinatra’s “My Way.” If he’s on the screen he dominates. Melissa Benoist is fantastic as Red Daughter, especially when she realizes she’s been betrayed by Lex. Katie McGrath gets to do the most emotional lifting of the episode as Lena hates to be around her brother and mother and what she learns in the final minutes; her last scene is outstanding. Mehcad Brooks gets a major action sequence and a new accoutrement that’s more fitting on Marvel character than on him. Chyler Leigh also gets a big action sequence and a possible new suitor. Sam Witwer gets a solid action sequence and was glad to see that he could return. How rebooted Brainy returns to his old self makes sense, but I’m glad the seed was planted that he could go old school in future episodes. The effects on this episode are good, with Luthor’s suit being great and the opening attack awesome.

Teasers for next season include the return of an ominous character who brings a character to Earth, an infamous criminal group rears its head for human based troubles continuing, and the possible saving of one cast member. All are solid subjects for fans to discuss over the summer.

The good: The story, which wraps everything up well, the cast, with all too brief cameo appearances by Helen Slater and Bruce Boxleitner, the effects, and practically everyone getting a moment, which is impressive given the size of the cast. Plus, big thumbs up for the title of the episode, taking the title of the, arguably, worst Superman movie and using it for a strong season finale. Redemption, somewhat, for fans of Kryptonians.

The bad: I didn’t get the Brainy and Dreamer season capper I wanted and not liking James’s new addition in the ending.

The final line: Everything wraps up well, the story is smart, the action good, the actors look to be having a blast, and there are several peeks into next season’s woes. Lex Luthor played by Jon Cryer will be the stuff of legend in DC fandom. This is how to end a season. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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