As Kara unfortunately comes to learn when battling Rhea for Earth, all is not fair in love and war.
As we left off in the penultimate episode of Supergirl, Rhea, being the jerk she is, used silver kryptonite on Kal-El. Which, in effect, made him think that Kara is actually General Zod and that she needs to be taken down. #AlienCousinProblems. Don’t fret, y’all. Kara ultimately knocks him out. Everything’s cool (ish?) because the next morning,Kara wakes up in bed with Mon-El and they snuggle. It’s cute. It’s peaceful. Actually? So peaceful that it’s actually a little disconcerting considering she just punched her cousin into a stupor and the Daxamites are basically taking over the world.
Then, dream Mon-El breaks her from her reverie and tells her she’s not in bed, she’s actually in the fortress. Ah, now that makes sense. In considerably less peaceful reality, things still aren’t so bad. Alex is there to greet Kara from her enticing dream and Kal soon wakes up seemingly okay, relief washing over everyone. Phew.
On the Luthor side of things, Lillian comes sauntering into Lena’s orbit to rub some salt in her wound over Rhea. But, that’s not all. It wouldn’t be Lillian if she didn’t try to enlist her in some cockamamie scheme. Back to the Krypton Cousins. Kal and Kara are confused by the silver kryptonite. Kal was at full strength and Kara still beat him. Hm. Anyway, they pull up some ancient alien script that means they can declare a trial by combat with Rhea. So, that’s convenient. Alex, Kara, and Kal head to the D.E.O. where Kara and Mon-El reunite. Even better Kal meets Mon-El and he gives his approval. It’s all very sweet. Until, you know, they declare that inevitable duel with Rhea.
Mon-El is super apprehensive about it and wants Superman to take care of it, but Kal points out that Kara is the true hero– she beat him. This is Kara’s battle to fight. In uplifting news, M’gann pulls J’onn out of his coma (telepathically). In exploitative news, the media is broadcasting the fight between Kara and Rhea like its going to be on Pay-per-view.
By the way, that scheme Lillian and Lena cooked up with a little Lex help? A weapon that could essentially wipe out all the Daxamites with lead that will be used if Kara doesn’t beat Rhea. Kara and Rhea come face to face and they declare that they are both fighting for Earth. Kara’s terms are that the Queen must leave the Earth and stop the invasion if Kara defeats her. Simple enough, right? Eh.
The two powerful aliens go at it and things get intense. Kara manages to knock Mon-El’s mother down, but Rhea plays dirty. She decides to destroy the city in the meantime, in an effort to conflict Kara. Trusting Mon-El to be a hero, she lets him take care of saving the city as she takes on Rhea. Oh, another fun fact? Rhea apparently bleeds kryptonite which obviously poses an EXTREMELY SERIOUS PROBLEM for Kara.
At least not all the villains are getting ahead, though. Lena outsmarts Lillian and explains to her mother that she gave Kara the remote to the device that could kill the Daxamites so that only she can set it off. Tragically, ends up having to pull that trigger. Rhea confesses that even if she dies, the invasion will never stop. Kara has no choice but to set off the lead so that she can save the city (and the world) that has now been nearly completely conquered by the Daxamite ships. Yes, even at the expense of Mon-El being able to inhabit Earth. In an epically sacrificial move on both of their parts, the two accept their star-crossed fate. Including Mon-El letting his mother die.
In his final moments on Earth, Mon-El tells Kara it was worth it. That he’s better because of her and he promises to be the man she knows he can be. She tells him he’s made her so happy and she gives him the necklace her mother gave her. They finally exchange “I love yous” and Kara sends him off in a hurry so that he can survive. Okay, fine. I shed a tear. Or three. This is some serious Romeo and Juliet stuff, alright? Let me live.
In the end, not everything is grim. Kal tells Kara that he’s humbled by her sacrifice and that she’s stronger than him which seems to lift her mood even slightly. And, J’onn and M’gann, who has actually come to earth in both mind and body, smooch after fighting on the battlefield together. See? Happy stuff.
As would be expected after making such a selfless move, Kal isn’t the only one in the family who is in awe of his relative. Alex tells Kara that she’s so proud of her. She offers to stay with her clearly devastated sister, but Kara wants her to be happy with Maggie as she wants all their friends to be happy with their significant others. She tells Alex to never let her go before flying off.
Cue Maggie appearing and Alex PROPOSING. Say whaaaaaaat?! Once the dust has settled, Kara returns to work at CatCo. In an effort to try and console her, Cat tells Kara that despite not having the relationship she wants, she’s accomplished so much. And that women are strong because they are vulnerable and that vulnerability allows them to feel and see themselves to the other side of hurt. More importantly, she reiterates to Kara that she’s on a hero’s journey. Despite the tragic end to the Karamel relationship, we go into Season 3 feeling like Kara will ultimately overcome.
Except, you know, there’s that pesky flashback of what looks to be an evil baby being sent to Earth the day Krypton died 35 years ago. So… crap. Guess Kara’s going to have her work cut out for her. But, you know what? I think it’s best to stay busy during a break up anyhow. Kara will come out of this stronger. So long as that evil Kryptonian baby (which is now definitely an adult) doesn’t get in the way.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Supergirl finale? Are you going to miss Mon-El?