Supergirl, episode 16: Fallen, is remarkable. After being infected with red kryptonite, Kara starts destroying the world around her.
I know, short synopsis, right? That’s how much I knew going into this episode. But diving into a show, into and unexpected journey and resurfacing with a great sense of elation is what this episode has done. It is insane to believe that this was preceded by red hockey pads, jarring scripts, and green screen blue skies. Every moment in this episode is captivating, each word said with strong motivation, and the delivery from every actor just pulled me further into their world.
There are few stories that make me wish I could experience it again for the first time. This episode makes the list, and I beg you, at the expense of the rest of my review, to watch it now. Don’t let me spoil this for you. Be taken into the episode that defines everything that this show is.
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Fallen opens with a powerful nod to its ‘girl power’ core with an interview between Cat Grant and America’s all female talk show called ‘The Talk’. However, the bright start only leads to Cat firing Siobhan and being tossed from her balcony at Catco… by Supergirl. The immense terror Calista Flockhart delivered, not when she landed, but a day later upon delivering her warning to National City was superb. Her wit was there, as it always is, but there was an edge to her voice, a slight slump of her shoulders that emitted fear showing just how exquisite an actress this lady is.
From the get go, the graphics screamed brilliance over Kara’s previous flight paths. The smooth composition of editing is throughout the whole episode and includes the best transformation of Hank to J’onn I have seen. The inclusion of his skin cracking like lava to enhance his transition has been amazing from the start, but here the audience is delivered its full brilliance. And then the integration of Martian and Kryptonian as they fought against the glass building of CatCo created the perfect climax for such a perfect episode.
Melissa Benoist. I say this every week and every week she outshines herself. It was so grating to see someone bright, bubbly, and clumsy become rude, angry, and
manipulative. The transition of Supergirl to Supermean was mind boggling and in no way cliché. This actress just controls the screen and demands attention with her perfection. In no way do I want her to stop being Supergirl, but I am excited to see where she will go.
So, if you haven’t already, go watch Fallen. It is the epitome of Supergirl and holds true to what this show is, and what it should be.
Quote of the Episode: You are literally impervious to bullets and I am worried about your safety.