This post contains spoilers for Supergirl.
Read the previous review here.
It’s cool when shows use Broadway songs as episode titles. Who doesn’t like having a song stuck in their head for an hour straight? Jokes aside, Supergirl’s “For Good” does Wicked justice by focusing on female friendships and giving up what’s comfortable to take chances. To really lean into that musical parallel, the episode needs a wizard, but we’ll have to settle for a Trump-a-like.
Morgan Edge is just as terrible as you remember. Turns out attempts on his life make him kind of twitchy, too. At first the episode builds as if the attempt on Edge’s life is going to be the focus, but it quickly moves outside of the escalation game after Lena’s poisoned and realizes it was her mother pulling the strings quickly after. Honestly? I’m not sure whether it’s her mother who was behind all of it (including poisoning Lena) or if there was someone else trying to kill off the social elite and we just mosey on past that with the disappearing bullet gimmick. There’s no direction there that didn’t leave loose ends. If it’s Momma Luther, Lena doesn’t even bat an eye at her mother almost killing her. If it’s someone else, that gets swept aside as well. The omission isn’t great, but it does make way for the focus of the episode.
Sam and Lena are both trying to be better about knowing their strengths and reaching out to their friends. After admitting to Alex that she’s been having blackouts, Sam gets some tests done (and some blood drawn. Successfully. What?). Throughout “For Good” she admits both to Alex and eventually the rest of their little girl gang that she’s terrified of being a burden and failing Ruby. On the flip side, Lena Luthor finally remembers her power after spending half of a season trying to be Cat Grant.
Cat is everything many women want to be, but that’s not really the point that “For Good” is trying to bring home. In a world full of superheros and media moguls, there are countless women that one might want to emulate at any given moment. But why in the world would you try to be someone else when you could be you? Lena hasn’t necessarily been a mopey disaster – she did try to kill Edge earlier in the season, after all – but she’s been a shadow of the woman we met in season two. Her mother is a monster, but she does help Lena realize something very important: she can be a Luthor and be a good person. She’s not required to choose, and she proves it by saving Edge’s life with Kara.
There’s a decent amount that can be said about the chess match that unfolds between Lena and Edge, but I’d like to take this opportunity to give everyone a moment to freak the hell out over the Lexosuit coming into play. Lillian Luthor has always been a monster, but there’s something to be said about her pulling out one of the biggest guns in the Luthor arsenal to take on anyone that might stand in the way of her killing the man who tried to hurt her little girl. It’s Lillian, so there is for sure another angle at play that we don’t know about, but, again, Lexosuit.
Lena finding her power again couldn’t come at a better time, since Sam isn’t going to be around to run L Corp much longer. That bodes well for her and Jimmy’s relationship too, considering he doesn’t love it when she hangs out in the newsroom. Kara’s remembering her strengths as well, but in a much different way than her best friend. Now that she’s past that unfortunate “forgetting about her humanity” phase, she’s trying to remember how to use that human side of herself. It’s funny how aliens often have the most humanity in the DC Universe, as it’s J’onn who helps her remember that being a beacon of hope in times like these is just as important as stopping bullets.
If you’re thinking that the writers mean “times like these” solely in the context of Supergirl, think again. There are often a number of parallels that can be pulled from any property within the DCTV universe, but “For Good” calls the lawmakers out directly, while also noting their contributions to said uncertain times. Supergirl has certainly never been shy about its cultural call-outs, and perhaps this is because Edge was such a prominent character this week, but that was one of the best.
No one’s going to win any war in any universe if they forget why they’re fighting that war to begin with. The message that comes with Kara and her cousin will always be considered saccharine by some, but in news cycles fueled by cynicism, and superhero media often being fueled by our heroes fighting each other, it’s nice to see the House of El continue to rely on hope.
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