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Rather the Fallen Angel Recap

There's no better way to wrap up a long holiday weekend than to cap it off with a new episode of Supergirl. With the lack of sneak peeks this week (likely due to the holiday, even PR employees need a break) fans went into tonight's episode with more anticipation that usual! Agent of Liberty and the Children of Liberty put their plan in motion to remove Supergirl from the equation. James dove deeper into his hunt to unmask whomever Agent Liberty is at almost any cost, and Lena made some strides forward and backward with Harun-El. That wasn't all that made an impact though, here are the points that stood out to us:

  1. Fast Beginning: This episode started off fast! As we joined in, Kara was listening for a police report where a fission rod heist was going down. Manchester was there and wasn't in a good spot but Kara got there in time to grab a bullet right before Manchester took one to the core. After a quick interview that led nowhere, we joined James in a meeting with Agent Liberty. Agent Liberty wasn't ready to trust Guardian yet, but he was held in a cell until they could talk with him more.
  2. The Unfamous Lena Luthor: Lena begins her human trials and already begins to distance herself from her subject. Oddly enough, the kid that they chose doesn't even recognize Lena. After a lot of back and forth, Lena reveals that she is the scientist and prepares for the first trial.
  3. Shelly Island: After President Marsden resigned, the Shelly Island customs facility for incoming aliens was closed. It became the perfect location for the Children of Liberty to set up their operation. In addition, the island has a monument that stands for aliens on Earth. The monument has been closed as well and might make a good location for James to make his stand as a "Human-First" symbol. Upon his attempt to escape, his inside horse, Tom, gets caught and rather than allowing him to be executed, James remains and agrees to do whatever Agent of Liberty demands.
  4. Plan is Revealed: The fission rods that were stolen have an element that can create a nuclear bomb effect. They are very dangerous on Earth. Manchester Black and Supergirl are able to figure out that Agent Liberty is working out of Shelly Island. Black is able to convince Kara not to bring the DEO in and instead, the two head to the island to take out the Children of Liberty. Black back stabs Supergirl and takes out the power source to her yellow sun booster making her powerless on the island. Black takes the opportunity to get face to face with Agent Liberty at the expense of Supergirl's life.
  5. James Blows up the Monument on Camera: Agent Liberty has moved all the chess pieces into place. Kara is trapped on the island where the monument is but she is very de-powered. James is set to blow up the monument and does so live on camera. Manchester believes he is meeting with Agent Liberty, but we see it is an imposter to learn what Manchester's true motives are. All the while, this is being prepared to happen on Ben's new show, The Lockdown with Ben Lockwood.
  6. Nick of Time Heat Blast: The deception on Manchester is quickly discovered and Manchester, realizing he was played for a fool, takes out many of the agents including the doppelganger. James is able to hear Kara before blowing up the monument and begins to attack the Agents of Liberty. One agent gets the chance to hit the button buy Manchester is able to destroy the power inhibitors. Supergirl's powers came back and she was able to get to the bombs and fly them high into the atmosphere before exploding. The triumph that Ben was hoping to air on his show is lost and he heads out to do his show without his prized material.

Final wrap up moments. J'onn heads to catch Manchester after hearing that he betrayed Kara. Manchester puts an empathy amplifier on him and J'onn sees all that he did. Additionally, he trapped J'onn in his empathy as well. Lena's trials on humans doesn't end well and subject 0331 didn't live long. James sees the errors of his ways and begins to write a story about his side when he was with the Children of Liberty. He goes to see Lena and Lena was in no mood. The episode ends with Brainy, Kara and Alex watching TV. J'onn shows up at Kara's door and cries his heart out to Kara now seeing what Manchester did. Manchester arrived at Lockwood Steel.

That puts a bow on episode 407! Next up is Kevin Smith's episode followed by the Elseworlds crossover! Let us know what you thought of tonight's episode in the comments below and in the forum! Keep us advertisement free and visit the support page!

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#39 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel RecapLittlegoldfish666 2018-12-06 13:55
I hope this is the start of the end of the whole Lames nonsense. Lena literally has onscreen chemistry with everyone EXCEPT James olsen, even with some nobody that showed up for 1 ep for the human trials.

Wow I didn't know Lena felt responsible for her Mothers death. She was only 4 at the time> It wasn't her fault. It explains somewhat why she overcompensates sometimes and tries too hard at times to help others and trying to make the world a better place

It would be an interesting concept if James is the one that eventually turns to the dark side . It would be much more unpredictable than another Luthor turning. Having another Luthor turning bad would just be ridiculous
+1 #38 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel RecapKiwi 2018-11-28 01:58
Quoting LibertyPrime:
I guess another way of putting it would be showing a solid unassisted win for the Girl of Steel. And it doesn't have to be punching. One of my favorite SG moments was when she beat Mxyzptlk at his own game.


The way she defeated Mxy was awesome, using her smarts. My personal favourite Supergirl win is from S1 E10 'Childish Things' where she combined quick thinking with several of her powers to save the hundreds of people at the convention from Toyman's bombs.

In regards to this episode though I like to think of ways where Supergirl could have been the rescuer i/o the rescuee. I would've actually had J'onn (Martian Manhunter) be the one captured and placed in the monument and had Supergirl come up with a solution to rescuing him (along with still getting that nuclear bomb outta there therefore making it a double save). Way I figure MM saved Supergirl at the start of Episode 3 so Supergirl saving MM should happen sometime, after all it is her show and I like for her to be the one saving and rescuing others.
#37 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel Recapsuperbill 2018-11-27 18:31
Quoting LibertyPrime:
Quoting Supergirl_peril:
What exactly did the device do to weaken Supergirl? She could sort of fly, was not strong enough to pull the chains away from the men, but strong enough to break them off the wall? Was she still bulletproof? Did not seem concerned about being shot at, tried to escape with countless guns and rifles pointed at her.

Also, how fidManchesterBlack have so much info on her? He knew what would weaken her, how to dismantle her energy grenade,and even how to get in her head to lure her into the trap?

My best guess is that Kara was weakest/most vulnerable while in closest proximity to the generator pylons. She looked to be only yards away from them when they attacked her. That would explain how she could be overpowered by mere human with chains and knocked cold when her head hit the ground unprotected. Once she regained consciousness inside the monument, with some distance from the pylons, she could summon enough strength to break the chains, but could not use flight or heat vision aside from flashes. Heat vision we know to be especially draining.

Maybe strength is the last thing to go when a kryptonian's powers are disrupted?

As with most comic book/SF based work, some devices work exactly as well as the plot requires. ;-)


Yes, I was thinking the same. I think you have nailed it!
#36 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel RecapLibertyPrime 2018-11-27 18:20
Quoting Supergirl_peril:
What exactly did the device do to weaken Supergirl? She could sort of fly, was not strong enough to pull the chains away from the men, but strong enough to break them off the wall? Was she still bulletproof? Did not seem concerned about being shot at, tried to escape with countless guns and rifles pointed at her.

Also, how fidManchesterBlack have so much info on her? He knew what would weaken her, how to dismantle her energy grenade,and even how to get in her head to lure her into the trap?

My best guess is that Kara was weakest/most vulnerable while in closest proximity to the generator pylons. She looked to be only yards away from them when they attacked her. That would explain how she could be overpowered by mere human with chains and knocked cold when her head hit the ground unprotected. Once she regained consciousness inside the monument, with some distance from the pylons, she could summon enough strength to break the chains, but could not use flight or heat vision aside from flashes. Heat vision we know to be especially draining.

Maybe strength is the last thing to go when a kryptonian's powers are disrupted?

As with most comic book/SF based work, some devices work exactly as well as the plot requires. ;-)
#35 2 QuestionsSupergirl_peril 2018-11-27 17:11
What exactly did the device do to weaken Supergirl? She could sort of fly, was not strong enough to pull the chains away from the men, but strong enough to break them off the wall? Was she still bulletproof? Did not seem concerned about being shot at, tried to escape with countless guns and rifles pointed at her.

Also, how fidManchesterBlack have so much info on her? He knew what would weaken her, how to dismantle her energy grenade,and even how to get in her head to lure her into the trap?
+3 #34 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel RecapLibertyPrime 2018-11-27 06:04
Quoting kdogg87:

As for Supergirl, I actually REALLY enjoyed what we saw of her. People are complaining about Supergirl not being Super, but they made sure to set time aside, specifically for that, before she got captured. From rescuing Manchester, to her lifting the storage container with one hand.

To be clear, my specific complaint is not that we do not get to see her abilities, but that they are often negated to the point of Kara being sidelined.

As the title character, I expect Supergirl's choices to drive the story. Getting captured, she showed grit and determination (which I loved!), but the resolution really hinged on Manchester's choice to free her after the CoL double crossed him.

I guess another way of putting it would be showing a solid unassisted win for the Girl of Steel. And it doesn't have to be punching. One of my favorite SG moments was when she beat Mxyzptlk at his own game.
+1 #33 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel Recapstarlord 2018-11-27 03:18
Very good one again. Loved to see Supergirl lift up that shipping container like it was nothing. The container looked very real too. Solid effects there. Loved the scene catching a bullet with her hand. Again very good effect shown in slomotion. The Wall climb was awesome and i think it was made to a Homage too Wonder Woman climb in her movie. Here with Supergirl it looked just as good.

Manchester Black on his way to becoming a villain like in the comics too. I wonder if he will soon get his comic book superpowers too of telekinitic abilities.

Also finally Lena on the path to becoming an interesting character by finally turning her into a reckless person Kara can not trust again. Now she even killed a human subject. What she did here was pretty much against the law and if found out would put her behind bars for life. Kara will not be pleased by this if she find out that Lena has been doing unauthorized experimenting on human subject resulting in Death.

All in all a very powerful episode.

Next ep looks great again But more on the comedic side. Which is a Nice change of pace.
Hope they continue showing Supergirls superpowers more and more like they are doing here.
+1 #32 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel RecapBrierrose 2018-11-26 19:32
Highly enjoyable episode that moved the story along. I liked getting more of Lena’s backstory and am happy that however dark she goes it’s not going to be a woman scorned thing. It was nice they used more Irish names as a nod to Katie who’s American accent continues to improve.

Quoting kdogg87:
As for Supergirl, I actually REALLY enjoyed what we saw of her. People are complaining about Supergirl not being Super, but they made sure to set time aside, specifically for that, before she got captured. From rescuing Manchester, to her lifting the storage container with one hand.
Agreed we got Kara using her powers just not one single budget busting feat. I still cringe when Kara pulls something out to the oven with her bare hands. Even when she was weakened Kara never gave up and did everything she could to get herself out of the situation. Punching handholds in the wall was a move Diana did in the Wonder Woman movie. Kara was making headway on breaking the glass but when she saw James she figured heat vision was a better way to signal him.

Quoting muckle9999:
...I thought that this episode displayed Supergirl as a helpless naive dumb blond...
Completely disagree, Kara was anything but a “dumb blond”. After her first team-ups with Manchester where she had to stop him from beating people she was done with him. Only after J’onn told her Manchester was trustworthy did she agreed to work with him again, of course Kara is going to trust J’onn’s judgment. Kara figured out CoL was on Shelly island and once she did her first instinct was to call the DEO. Manchester was tricking her when he suggested it would be better to go silently but as a tactical move it was a legitimate one and she thought it out before she agreed. She was prepared, with the yellow sun grenade, for the power dampeners she knew would be on the island. The only real flaw in Kara’s thinking was trusting Manchester and that was understandable.
+2 #31 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel RecapStewart Tick 2018-11-26 17:38
"I thought that this episode displayed Supergirl as a helpless naive dumb blond "

Ummm - No..
Kara may be a lot of things, but "dumb" is certainly not one of them...

"What exactly did they do to limit her powers, and why so intermittent?"

Yes, another instance in which something that is happening on-screen is never actually explained to the audience. But I did get the impression that the "device" (for lack of a better term) that was limiting her powers was intended to be an intermittent, on-again / off-again sort of thing....
+1 #30 RE: Rather the Fallen Angel RecapSully 2018-11-26 15:42
Quoting SuprgrlFn:
I guess to my mind, Lena is not trying to hurt aliens even in the future. She believes that “leveling the playing field” will mean that humans will no longer fear aliens and so they will no longer be against them. As I said, I think she’s misguided, but she doesn’t want the aliens GONE, unlike AoL, she just wants everyone to be “equal”. A noble goal, but ultimately as impossible in fiction as it is in life.
I equate what Lena is doing to the Nuclear Arms Race. Then, the rationale was that building and stockpiling weapons to be used against a perceived enemy would make everyone feel safer and prevent aggression. But, that wasn't the case -people lived in a heightened fear and hatred grew. And that was with the gov't in charge of the codes. A person who hides behind weapons with the goal of feeling safer isn't looking for a peaceful resolution because they only "feel" safe if they're willing to use it. Lena is intelligent enough to know that so, I don't believe that she truly believes her weapon won't be used to kill aliens. So, I disagree about her purpose but, this is a great discussion piece :-) .

Quote:
Since most people die of some disease or another, it would actually "save" nearly all humans (billions)
While this might be wonderful, it's actually detrimental to the Earth. I don't want to seem cold-hearted but, disease helps keep the world's population at a sustainable level, allowing natural resources to not become depleted so more people don't die from starvation, natural disasters, unsanitary conditions and wars fought over what's left. Over time, more would actually die from this "fix" than if things naturally progressed.

On a happier note - I just rewatched the episode and did anyone notice Chyler cracking up in the scene on the couch, right before Kara goes to answer the door? I wonder if it was a laughing fit that she couldn't control once they said, "action." :D


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