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Fear Knot Recap

Well here we go! On one hand, it's time to get Supergirl out of the Phantom Zone, David Harewood returns to the directing chair, and the end of maternity leave and quarantining Melissa is finally at an end. This also marks the mid-season finale for the final season of Supergirl. That countdown clock has been reset for the last hiatus we'll ever have. Yikes, that hurts to say. It will only hurt more when we switch the clock to counting up from when Supergirl last aired. But, let's not let that distract us from the 14 fantastic episodes of Supergirl we have remaining! How did Supergirl get out of the Phantom Zone? Did Zor-El join her? Who might be the final villain of the remaining thirteen episodes? Here's what stood out to us:

  1. Three-Day Trip: Time travel might be possible but Brainy accidentally spent three days back in Midvale with Nia. The team is anxious to get started on their rescue mission. It turns out that the tower is a Martian ship. It has two hours of shields to protect in the Phantom Zone. J'onn does his best Captain Picard impression and Alex takes on her Riker role and demands that the captain stay with the ship and Alex is a better touchstone for Kara than he is. Turbulence frees the Phantom and it infects Alex. Alex double crosses J'onn and traps him in the container. Alex being infected draws the Phantoms to the ship. Alex decides to sacrifice herself for the mission.
  2. Ten Minutes Earlier: We jump ten minutes into the past and follow Nia and Lena's journey. It seems like each team member is experiencing their worst fears. Alex's was that she couldn't be there for Kara. A coolant leak draws Lena away from the bridge. A water monster begins to attack. She experiences the fear of being alone and then drowning. So a water monster is there to claim Lena's fear.
  3. Ten Minutes Earlier Part 2: Brainy and Kelly discuss Kelly's grounding technique. This time Kelly and Alex are pealed away from the group and Kelly investigates why her shielding might have gone down. Kelly sees Lena and Dreamer as phantoms. Alex is turned as well in Kelly's vision. It turns out that Kelly's fear is that she doesn't contribute to the super team and that she can't reach her love Alex.
  4. Ten Minutes Earlier Part 3: After the low power surge Nia is targeted this time. Nia's dream warns something is wrong with the containment system and Brainy begins to doubt her. Her fear is that she can't control her powers and her dreams will put those she loves at risk because she never received the dream training she needs.
  5. J'onn and Brainy: This time it wasn't clear to see if J'onn and Brainy were affected or not. The rest of the crew looks to be in a fear dream. Brainy is compartmentalizing his fear which we hilariously discover is balloons. He is able to help J'onn but he sees balloons everywhere. J'onn goes to put the Phantom back in containment. If he does that the other might be able to break their fear dreams. J'onn goes god mode on the Phantom and throws fear back upon the Phantom trapping it. The team is able to break their dreams.

In the final wrap up moments, we join Kara as the anchor falls. Kara begins to lose hope for the first time, Zor-El tries to give his daughter hope back. Kara believes that her friends will die if they come to save her. Zor-El tells Kara that he's been healed because of Kara. Kara's hope is restored just as a Phantom army approaches. The Sun bomb goes off and Kara realizes her friends are here. Kara and Zor-El are saved and Nyxly hitches a ride as well.

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#36 RE: Fear Knot Recapkdogg87 2021-05-20 13:32
Quoting jacksc01:
I am also hoping that the Blu-Ray is out by Christmas.


It's possible, if we get no breaks in those final 13 episodes. And it would be really nice. However, just based on history, I find getting zero breaks unlikely. And blu-ray/dvd releases are usually 4-5 months after a season wraps.

I'm expecting the final season to drop on disc around March-May, depending on when the final episode actually airs.
#35 RE: Fear Knot Recapjacksc01 2021-05-20 07:53
Quoting Brierrose:
Quoting jacksc01:
I was just thinking it would be great if there was indeed a longer ending if they would add it to the Season 6 DVDs that come out. They could provide both the ending we saw on TV and the longer version that was cut from the final.
That depends on what you mean by add. If you mean change the ending as was shown then no. If you mean showing the longer scene David reportedly shot as a cut scene then I’d say there’s a decent chance, cut scenes have been included on all the Blu-Rays I have. If we see the longer ending you’ll just have to use your imagination and swap the scenes. I’m hoping they release the Blu-Ray by Christmas.


Hi Brierrose - Yippur - I will take the longer ending any way I could get it. Being separate from the shown scene is fine as long as we could just see the scene. I am also hoping that the Blu-Ray is out by Christmas.
#34 RE: Fear Knot RecapBrierrose 2021-05-19 13:38
Quoting jacksc01:
I was just thinking it would be great if there was indeed a longer ending if they would add it to the Season 6 DVDs that come out. They could provide both the ending we saw on TV and the longer version that was cut from the final.
That depends on what you mean by add. If you mean change the ending as was shown then no. If you mean showing the longer scene David reportedly shot as a cut scene then I’d say there’s a decent chance, cut scenes have been included on all the Blu-Rays I have. If we see the longer ending you’ll just have to use your imagination and swap the scenes. I’m hoping they release the Blu-Ray by Christmas.
+1 #33 RE: Fear Knot Recapjacksc01 2021-05-19 12:37
Quoting jacksc01:
Okay - I really don't get it. In the final scene - Melissa was there already and she was present to do the scene - all people are saying is that the scene could have been 5-10 minutes longer than it was - which would mean Melissa would continue hugging Alex longer and Alex or Melissa saying some additional words. Where would that require massive additional changes in logistics? Melissa was already there - we are asking for her to say some additional words like "Alex , you're really here - I have missed you so much." Where would that kind of addition require large changing of logistics when the actress is already there and you just want her to say more words. She wouldn't even have to move - she would continue holding on to Alex.

No need to respond back to this because at least for me - I don't feel what people were asking would have required mass changing in logistics. That would be like me saying the word "Thank" and not saying the word "you" because if I did it would require massive changes to environmental logistics.


Quoting CatPat:
... or... they could have given us the longer version Harewood apparently eluded to on CW Seed or the CW app, like they were doing with S&L.

Quoting LibertyPrime:
Agree that the ending scene could have been expanded. I can't find the article at the moment--Harewood said they did shoot a bit more, but it was cut.

I was just thinking it would be great if there was indeed a longer ending if they would add it to the Season 6 DVDs that come out. They could provide both the ending we saw on TV and the longer version that was cut from the final.
+1 #32 RE: Fear Knot RecapCatPat 2021-05-16 11:11
Quoting jacksc01:
Okay - I really don't get it. In the final scene - Melissa was there already and she was present to do the scene - all people are saying is that the scene could have been 5-10 minutes longer than it was - which would mean Melissa would continue hugging Alex longer and Alex or Melissa saying some additional words. Where would that require massive additional changes in logistics? Melissa was already there - we are asking for her to say some additional words like "Alex , you're really here - I have missed you so much." Where would that kind of addition require large changing of logistics when the actress is already there and you just want her to say more words. She wouldn't even have to move - she would continue holding on to Alex.

No need to respond back to this because at least for me - I don't feel what people were asking would have required mass changing in logistics. That would be like me saying the word "Thank" and not saying the word "you" because if I did it would require massive changes to environmental logistics.


... or... they could have given us the longer version Harewood apparently eluded to on CW Seed or the CW app, like they were doing with S&L.
#31 RE: Fear Knot RecapLibertyPrime 2021-05-16 11:01
Quoting jacksc01:
Okay - I really don't get it. In the final scene - Melissa was there already and she was present to do the scene - all people are saying is that the scene could have been 5-10 minutes longer than it was - which would mean Melissa would continue hugging Alex longer and Alex or Melissa saying some additional words. Where would that require massive additional changes in logistics? Melissa was already there - we are asking for her to say some additional words like "Alex , you're really here - I have missed you so much." Where would that kind of addition require large changing of logistics when the actress is already there and you just want her to say more words. She wouldn't even have to move - she would continue holding on to Alex.

No need to respond back to this because at least for me - I don't feel what people were asking would have required mass changing in logistics. That would be like me saying the word "Thank" and not saying the word "you" because if I did it would require massive changes to environmental logistics.

Agree that the ending scene could have been expanded. I can't find the article at the moment--Harewood said they did shoot a bit more, but it was cut.
#30 RE: Fear Knot Recapjacksc01 2021-05-16 05:18
Okay - I really don't get it. In the final scene - Melissa was there already and she was present to do the scene - all people are saying is that the scene could have been 5-10 minutes longer than it was - which would mean Melissa would continue hugging Alex longer and Alex or Melissa saying some additional words. Where would that require massive additional changes in logistics? Melissa was already there - we are asking for her to say some additional words like "Alex , you're really here - I have missed you so much." Where would that kind of addition require large changing of logistics when the actress is already there and you just want her to say more words. She wouldn't even have to move - she would continue holding on to Alex.

No need to respond back to this because at least for me - I don't feel what people were asking would have required mass changing in logistics. That would be like me saying the word "Thank" and not saying the word "you" because if I did it would require massive changes to environmental logistics.
+1 #29 RE: Fear Knot RecapLibertyPrime 2021-05-15 20:38
Quoting Kiwi:
Please provide an article where the show-runners actually say this themselves as I'm not really buying it. They had plenty of time to plan for the final season and to wait until Melissa was ready to return from maternity leave. There wasn't a need for a 20 episode season, 13 IMHO would have been sufficient. Kinda feels like the character of Supergirl isn't getting the full respect she deserves by excluding her from a decent part of the 1st 3rd of the final season of her show.

As essential as Melissa is to the series, the production is supported by dozens of actors and crew. Denying them seven episodes worth of work and payment would have seemed an odd choice to honor Melissa's choice to start a family.

The first part of this final season is not all that we would have wished for, to be sure. I'm convinced, though, that the powers that be did their best to do right by all involved.
#28 RE: Fear Knot Recapjacksc01 2021-05-14 06:15
Melissa did an excellent job in the time she was allotted after coming back. From what some were saying I didn't expect to see her that much if at all in the first couple of episodes. The complaint I have is that other characters in the show are seen more than Melissa. I do however realize I can't really say this until we see the remaining episodes. My hope is that the two episodes with only Brainy and Dreamer (not talking about the 2 actresses play Kara and Alex -they are fantastic) - followed by the very short reunion at the end of PZ is not reflective of what we can expect for these last few episodes.

We all know the timeline and we all know that Melissa was out on Maternity leave & needed time for bonding & just being with her newborn. I think they did well the way they were able to blend Melissa's PZ scenes into the beginning episodes. My complaint is that the ending scene of this episode should not have been that short, yet the scenes that were of what people were imagining dragged on forever - this is not unique to this season or episode. Lack of SG has been an intrinsic problem in the show.

I feel that a longer scene was made & cut and the reason I think that is because why else go through the mention of a touchstone that might be needed. However, I and no one else (except the SG staff) can be absolutely sure there was a longer ending that was cut - but I think it was from looking at that very short rushed scene .

So I thank Melissa for working probably extra time to appear in the beginning of these PZ episodes & when she appeared she as always was fantastic - however, for these ending episodes, please give us more SG/Kara, Alex, J'onn and Lena and less of your newer staff. Stop cutting the SG/Danvers sisters scenes short to give us scenes of supporting staff who I think have appeared in saturation now with these beginning episodes. This is the last time we get to see new SG episodes - I'd like to see SuperGirl.
+1 #27 RE: Fear Knot RecapCatPat 2021-05-13 17:47
Well, it's obvious this season is drawing mixed reviews from fans. I respect everyone's comments and opinions. Personally, I liked the PZ arc very much. I am in agreement the rescue scene at the end was poorly cut, way too rushed. Cuts could have/should have come elsewhere to give a little more focus on the actual rescue end scene. Kara immediately heading to Alex for that embrace was priceless, but just another minute or two tops of reactions would have gone a long way! I probably would have cut briefly from Dreamer's or Kelly's fear scenes, as the nightmares were feeling a bit redundant after Alex's and Lena's (my personal favorite of the bunch). I wouldn't have made any drastic cuts, just seconds here and there to accommodate a little extension to that final scene. But, that embrace was great and our girl was rescued. Overall the arc really work and gave us more Supergirl than we would have otherwise had. I am extremely happy we got the PZ arc as opposed to a reduced season. I also liked-- not loved-- both new Midvale episodes.

This season overall, I have found Supergirl far more entertaining than other shows in Arrowverse/ CWverse... except for perhaps Superman & Lois, which was off to great start before its hiatus.

Flash has struggled the most since Crisis. Oddly, my favorite episode since was that 90s episode and it had nothing to do with the Flash.

As for Batwoman, I really disliked the direction it took with season 2. (However, the last two episodes have been promising with the return of Kate Kane, now played by Wallis Day.)

Black Lightning falls inbetween these and the Super shows... middle of the pack. (Surprisingly, I really liked the Painkiller episode. He seemed the unlikely choice for a spinoff, but it worked.)

All said, for me, Supergirl has been overall more consistent and more entertaining than its companion series this season (S&L excepted).


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