“Supergirl” Episode 305 Recap: For Good

Holy doodle, what an episode. I laughed, I cried, I felt empowered, my misandry increased, I definitely got gayer, I cried some more, I was stressed like 60% of the time. So I’m going to warn you now: my soul is cracked open and though the pain is temporary, this will leave a scar…but I loved this episode. I’ll explain why in detail, but I wanted you to know that going in; you’re going to find heartbreak and sorrow, humor and hope. I’m sorry if that’s not what you need right now, but it’s what I have to offer. All I can do is be honest with you, and hope you’ll come along for the ride.

That said, without further ado, we open with Supergirl and Agent Danvers teaming up and saving the day from a baddie. Alex’s head is in the game while they’re fighting, but as soon as it’s over she looks so, so sad. She’s honest with her sister, she’s not doing okay; because tomorrow is “the day” and we all know that can’t be good news.

“The day” it turns out, is the day they start packing up, and when Alex comes home, Maggie is sitting there, sad, reading the card Alex gave her at their wedding shower. It’s clear before they even start talking that they’ve already had The Talk. But they have it again, just in case it’s different this time.

Alex looks so sad

Chyler Leigh’s sad eyes hurt my soul.

They love each other, they want each other, Alex even throws in an, “I know, babe,” to toy with my WayHaught feelings, but they’re at an impasse. They’ve been having this conversation for days and they’re just going around in circles. Alex wants kids, Maggie doesn’t. Maggie makes Alex say it out loud, even though she knows when she does, everything will change.

Alex says it, even though you can tell it hurts her to do so. “We can’t be together.”

Alex's eyes fill up with tears

“Say it!” “Vampire.”

Okay that was a lot right out of the gate so let’s get away from those feelings for now; there’s plenty more where that came from.

So the main villainy plot this episode is that kids are getting sick, and Morgan Edge (aka Maxwell Lord 2.0) is trying to convince National City that Lena Luthor gave the kids lead poisoning when she SAVED US ALL from the Daxamite Dilemma.

Lena is FURIOUS by the very implication and goes marching to the hospital—HER hospital, mind you—and demands to know why Edge is doing this, Kara close on her heels. Edge tells a story about snakes multiplying and Lena calls him a toxic bottom feeder pile of trash, but he’s unflinching. He says maybe he’s bad, but she poisoned children, so isn’t that worse? And for a second, Lena worries he might be right.

lena looks upset

“Are you the heir of Slytherin? Is that what you’re trying to tell me?”

Lena and Kara go to CatCo to talk about it, having pick up Sam at the hospital. Lena admits she’s starting to worry that her calculations were off and she is the reason these kids are sick.

James comes in and says that Lena should step down from CatCo so they can report honestly and Kara and I are ready to shout GO AWAY JAMES but Lena stops us and says he’s right. She wants the people to be able to trust the company to be unbiased, so she agrees to step down. They’re interrupted by Teschmacher sleeping on the job and letting the sick kid’s angry dad storm min and yell at Lena. Lena tries to say she’s sorry, but he’s too angry to hear her apology.

Lena looks sorry

“If one more man gets in my face today, I swear to Rao…”

Outside, the crowd is chanting “lock her up” which frankly feels a little unnecessary/too soon, but I suppose the situations are similar; literal criminals accusing a woman of being a criminal and somehow getting an angry mob to back them.

Kara gives Lena the cutest little thumbs up of encouragement, and Lena braves the boos of the crowd to tell them that she understands why they’re mad, and that she’s doing everything she can to figure out what happened.

Lena gives a speech at a podium

I love that there are no security guards or anything up there with her, just James and Sam.

Then, the sick kid’s MOM decides she’s even ANGRIER than the dad, and shoots at Lena. Kara swipes a bullet from the air, saving Lena, but a few do get past her, and one of those bullets hits James in the shoulder. (He’s fine, don’t worry.)

James weirdly defends the shooter and the angry mob and sort of implies Lena had it coming? I genuinely do not understand what they’re doing to James this season. I’m hoping my emotions were just too upside down and I misunderstood this whole spiel he gave because oof. I get having empathy, but c’mon.

Things aren’t looking good for Lena all around though, because Winn re-did some science, and it looks like there’s a bigger chance than they originally thought of the lead dust making humans sick…a 10.21% chance, but still a chance.

And then, as if the wardrobe department knew we’d be sad during this episode, they sent us the greatest gift: Lena Luthor in a National City University sweatshirt.

Lena looks casually stunning in her crew-neck

Who knew sweatshirts could be so damn sexy?

Lena is crashing at Sam’s for now, learning what it means to accept help from a friend, being introduced to loungewear. It’s truly wonderful and gives us the strength to go forward in this episode.

Back at Alex’s apartment, Maggie and Alex are packing all of Maggie’s things, when Maggie switches up the tone of their playlist to Cyndi Lauper’s All Through the Night, sips and passes some alcohol, and the two of them end up drinking, laughing, dancing.

Maggie and Alex dance around the apartment

Girls just wanna have fun.

Because breakups are rarely one-and-done, you know? Ending a relationship doesn’t mean the feelings or the attraction goes away. So they did what many couples do in those last hazy hours of a relationship and make their way to bed together.

Alex and Maggie kiss

:lies down on the floor:

Will it makes things easier? It sure as hell will not. But will it feel good for the moment? You betcha. And the last time they had sex, they probably didn’t know it was going to be the last time. This time though, despite some lingering denial, they can be pretty sure it’s the last time, and savor it.

Across town, Kara goes to see Lena, who is drunk and feeling sorry for herself, giving us more clues she knows that Kara is Supergirl, etc. She tried so hard to be good; she’s always tried so hard to be good. And yet here she stands (well, here she slumps), still the villain in the story.

Lena slumps sexily

Did you know slumping could be sexy? I didn’t know slumping could be sexy. This just in, slumping can be sexy.

Kara doesn’t understand why she’s not fighting, but Lena is feeling guilty and defeated. She loves that Kara is always seeing the good and the kind in people, but Lena doesn’t think she’s worth it, not anymore. She thinks she was born wicked, or maybe she had wickedness thrust upon her, but either way she made a bunch of kids sick.

Lena smiles sadly at Kara

No good deed goes unpunished.

When Sam comes home later, Kara is sitting up watching over the now-passed-out Lena. Sam says she’s known Lena a long time (HOW LONG, SAM?! FROM BACK WHEN SHE WAS DATING ROULETTE? I WANT FLASHBACKS!) and has never seen Lena so down on herself.

The two of them set to work, comparing notes on their investigation on proving what they know is true: that Lena didn’t poison those children.

Sam and Kara sleuth away on the computer

“We passed the what-del test?” “And HOW few shows and movies pass it??”

Maggie and Alex wake up in bed, breakup sex has been had, and Maggie wants to know if Alex is really sure that this is what she wants. That she wants to give up this real, tangible, current relationship for a future hypothetical child.

Maggie and Alex lie in bed together

Tank tops standing firm against sweatshirts for Best Gay Loungewear of the episode.

But Alex is sure. It’s not hypothetical to her. Come hell or high water, she will have this kid. And both wanting kids and not wanting kids is so emotional and natural and visceral and when you have lived your life firmly on one side or the other of it, understanding the other side can be hard. But this is one thing Alex has always wanted.

And maybe this is why I’m more okay with this storyline than others have been, maybe it’s personal. Because I relate to this in my bones. When I was little and my friends were pretending to be wives, or marrying off their Barbie dolls to their Ken dolls, I was playing the mother, I was having Barbie tuck her younger sister Kelly in at night. I always had a hard time picturing a future for myself at all, but when I did, I didn’t picture a husband, because I didn’t want a husband. I didn’t picture a wife either, because I didn’t know I was allowed to want a wife. But I always pictured a kid. If not a kid of my own, I wanted to be like Jo March in Little Men/Jo’s Boys and have a house full of kids to care for. I’ve never heard anyone real or fictional put it into words in a way that rang so true to me until Alex did: Even when everything else was blurry and confusing, wanting to have kids someday was the only thing I was sure of.

Alex explains her positioning one last time

Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said that it would be this hard.

And so now finally Maggie understands the depth of this. She wishes she could change the way she feels (important to clarify here: Maggie wishes she could change the way Maggie feels, not the way Alex feels) and Alex wishes she could change her own feelings, too. It breaks their hearts but there’s nothing they can do but hold each other until it’s time to say goodbye.

Maggie spoons Alex

I know this is beside the point but I love when the smol girlfriend is the big spoon.

Sam and Kara go sleuthing together and with Winn’s science help they figure out what actually caused the kids to get sick; it wasn’t the lead bomb, it was a chemical in the city pool. Kara calls Lena immediately to tell her that she’s officially off the hook, that this one company is to blame. Lena pretends she doesn’t know the company but as soon as she hangs up, she puts on her best vigilante outfit and goes to find the person who is really behind these poisonings: Edge.

Edge owns the company, or did, and Lena knows he did this on purpose to frame her. He slithers around like the slimy snake he is, but Lena isn’t fucking around.

Lena's got a gun

Not today, Satan.

She might still be drunk, or maybe she’s just angry—if he thinks she’s wicked, she’ll show him how wicked she can be. But before we find out if she’d really pull the trigger, Edge’s right hand man bonks her over the head. When she wakes up, she’s alone in a cargo plane with no visible pilot.

As it turns out, Edge and his man are flying the plane remotely; it’s full of the toxic chemical and it’s headed right toward the town’s water supply. Lena tries to call for help on the radio, and Edge cuts her off, but Kara doesn’t need more than a breath to recognize Lena’s voice and she’s off to save her girl. Lena is trying her best to keep the buckets of toxins from falling out of the plane when Supergirl shows up to give her a hand.

Edge, in his desperation to end Lena Luthor, has his buddy crash the plane, and even while the plane is going down, Lena is worried about the chemicals. The plane splits in half and Supergirl is doing her best to save the chemicals and Lena but she’s going to lose her grip; Lena insists Supergirl let her go, but Kara would never. So she tells Lena to climb, to take back control of her life, to not let Edge win. And Lena’s eyes spark back to life.

Lena looks energized

Wake me up inside (I CAN’T WAKE UP), wake me up inside (SAAAVE MEE)

So Lena climbs. And Lena jumps. And Supergirl quick-switches from holding the plane to holding Lena and it’s pretty badass, I’m not gonna lie. Supergirl flies them to safety, the chemicals safely away from the water.

Edge shoots his partner in crime, intending on blaming him for the whole thing, and planning on walking away unscathed. But Supergirl flies in to confront him; she knows what he did. But he’s not afraid of Supergirl. The last time she foiled his plan, all she did was drop him on a cargo ship. He doesn’t think she’s capable of hatred, which she says he shouldn’t test. Just because she doesn’t go around trying to actively ruin the lives of everyone she hates at the expense of innocents doesn’t mean she doesn’t feel the fiery burning rage that comes with hatred. If you can love, you can hate; some of us just choose not to hold onto that hate like it’s a weapon of mass destruction.

Maybe a few weeks ago Supergirl might have punched him in the face. Maybe a few years ago Kara would have cried. But instead she stands there, strong, glowering. He was pushing her buttons, just like he pushed Lena’s, but she was going to stay strong. She wasn’t going to let him win. Love conquers hate.

Supergirl glares

There are plenty of other ways to destroy a man.

Lena goes to see James and they actually have a conversation that doesn’t involve them undercutting each other and Lena tells him to stop calling her Ms. Luthor and James says she can stop calling him Mr. Olsen and maybe these two can learn how to work together after all.

At Alex’s apartment everything is all packed up. Alex makes sure Maggie is really truly okay as far as a place to stay, and Maggie assures her she has a friend to crash with. Alex smiles a sad smile at her, knowing this is it.

Alex looks sadly at Maggie

Everything is gay and everything hurts.

Alex tells Maggie that before they met, she didn’t know happiness was a thing she could ever have. She didn’t know it was in the cards for her, just like she didn’t know she would ever truly be able to be herself, and to be loved BECAUSE of it, not in spite of it. So she thanks Maggie for getting her here, to helping her find herself. Maggie says Alex helped her, too. She helped her confront things she hadn’t been dealing with, made her stronger, braver.

maggie smiles so, so sadly

If this was anyone else in the whole world making Maggie Sawyer cry they’d be dead to me.

They’re both better for having loved each other.

Maggie fights back tears as she starts to leave, saying, “See you around, Danvers.”

Maggie gives Alex one last smile

“Goodbye to you. Goodbye to everything that I knew. You were the one I loved, the one thing that I tried to hold onto.”

And that’s when I lost it. I had been doing so well up until now, but hearing those words rocketed me back in time, like watching a movie zip backwards as you rewind it, every kiss, every fight, every moment, right back to that very first scene. Their first and last scenes together ended almost exactly the same, but there were two major differences. This time, “See you around, Danvers,” was full of so much love and it felt like a goodbye. And this time, before she disappears into the hallway, Maggie pauses and turns back and adds one more thing: “You’re gonna be a great mom.”

Alex leans against the door and cries. I cry. You cry. Everyone is crying. The camera pans to their two engagement rings on the counter and I cry some more.

Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.

Sam, Lena and Kara go back to Sam’s to celebrate Lena’s name being cleared and the kids getting better. Lena thanks her girls for not giving up on her, not letting her give up on herself, for working together to help her out. They cheers and remind her again that this is what it’s like to be loved.

Sam, Lena and Kara snuggle on the couch

“One, two, three, not only you and me, got 180 degrees and I’m caught in between.”

Kara’s cuddlefest is interrupted by a phone call; it’s Alex and she needs her sister. Kara finds Alex drinking at the bar, sad and a little broken, so Kara kisses her sweet head and says they’re going on a trip together. They’re going home.

Kara kisses Alex on the head

Eliza Danvers cures all.

Also that night, Sam finds a bullet hole in her shirt, and a bullet in her jacket, but, suspiciously enough, no bullet hole in her body.

Phew. What an episode. I loved it. I did. Despite the pain and heartbreak and stress, I thought it was a great episode that put its strengths (aka the women) at the center and I loved it.

Here are my final thoughts on Sanvers (for now): Alex and Maggie’s relationship was complicated, it was emotional, it was loving, and it was real. Alex is a main character on this show, and she is an out lesbian and that is not about to change. Maggie helped her come out, Maggie helped her love herself, Maggie was a good cop who helped Kara and Supergirl on her own without Alex. They were special, separate and together. And that will never change. There are a million reasons two people might separate. You’ve seen hundreds of them played out on your screen, you’ve lived through some in your real life. This was one way that didn’t require any fighting, any betrayal, any screaming or blaming or jealousy. The Supergirl writers love Sanvers. Chyler and Floriana love Sanvers. We love Sanvers. But Floriana had to go. So we had one more night of love, but now we have to say goodbye.

Sometimes when you’re hurt, it’s easy to feel like someone hurt you. You have all this pain and you want someone to blame. It’s easy to look to the writers of a show and blame them for your heartache; it seems like the most direct path to the cause. And believe me, I know writers make mistakes. And maybe some mistakes were made to get us to this point at all—there’s really no way for us to know for sure when and how decisions were made—but the fact was, they had five episodes to write Maggie Sawyer out as gracefully as possible. And yes, it hurts, and yes, we’ll miss her, but I think it was handled with care and respect, and pulled from the writers’ own lives to help ground it in reality. (Also, quick side note, even if you don’t believe me when I say the writers care about us, know at least Chyler Leigh does. I have seen it in her eyes with my very own eyes, and she is setting such a beautiful example for other actors who represent us on screen.)

This relationship changed things. It was a canon and open and obvious relationship between two women on a superhero show. And not just any superhero show, a superhero show that aimed at younger people, at families, and that draws in folks who have been fans of Superman—one of the if not the most iconic superheroes—for generations. They came to us wearing bulletproof vests in a time when we were losing queer characters at an alarming rate. Sanvers made their mark. They were and will always be positive queer representation. It does suck to be losing them when we still have so few to look to, but because of them, countless minds and hearts and lives have been changed for good.

Alex hugs Maggie tight

“‘Goodbye,’ there’s just no sadder word to say, and it’s sad to walk away with just the memories.”

So yes, I’m sad. My heart is sad, my bones are sad. I’ll miss Maggie Sawyer so much. But at the risk of sounding like that “don’t cry because it’s over” cliche, I hope you won’t rob yourself of the joy this couple gave us, just because it’s over now. They’ll be with us, like a handprint on our hearts. I hope you won’t see this as an unhappy ending, because it might be the end of Sanvers, but for both Alex and Maggie, it’s just the end of a chapter. Even though it won’t be with each other, Maggie and Alex can still have their happy endings. And so you can you.

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Valerie Anne

Just a TV-loving, Twitter-addicted nerd who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

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  1. – You know, Morgan, you’re just leaving little threads all over the place. Eventually, they’ll make a noose that you’ll hang yourself with.
    – I liked the Sanvers’ Cyndi Lauper moment.
    – I was so disappointed. I thought that we were seeing Lena’s house, but it was Sam’s.
    – I want to point out that Lena didn’t graduate from NCU, she graduated from MIT. Who did she borrow that sweatshirt from, then? Well, Kara graduated from NCU.
    – “She thinks she’s so tough, but she’s mush on the inside.”
    – So how far back does Sam know Lena?
    – Ewwwww…stop with the Lena and James.
    – “You’ve never had a sister.” I see what you’re doing there, CW.

  2. Ohhhhh boy I needed to read this so badly. Thank you.

    I’m really going to miss Maggie. I wish we had been able to see more of her backstory and her involvement with the DEO. The Sanvers scenes were really tough to watch, but if it had to end, this wasn’t a terrible way to do it.

    Also, Valerie, I can relate to being sure that you want kids. I spent a lot of time when I was younger being confused that I could so easily picture myself as a mom, but the whole husband situation was never a factor in those dreams. I always though, yeah sure, I guess? Obviously I now know why that was always such a hazy part of my plan for the future hahaha.

    • At one point in my youth I decided the only solution was to marry a professional baseball player so that they would be gone most of the time. Somehow my mother was still surprised when I came out.

    • Vastly different from your experience, and not really the topic, but is somewhat related.

      When I was a kid I used to spend a lot of time, and I mean a lot, going thru the Sears catalog, and the PC Penney’s Holiday Catalog, and etc etc. Planning out my future, well, kinda

      I’m trans, so the idea of having a wife was allowed for me, expected even, so I spent hours picking out what clothes my hypotectical wife would have, jewelry, makeup, etc. I’d pick out stuff for the kids and the house, whenever I got to the mens wear section, “I don’t like any of this I’m sure I’ll have something” Wife and Kids was always in the vision, but a future for myself never was.

      • It’s funny, we knew what we wanted, we just didn’t have the language or examples to really understand how to imagine it!

  3. 1. I thought the breakup was handled well. I liked it.

    2. I like James this season sorry not sorry. I agree with him every time he speaks. Lena bulldozing over the editor in chief simply because she owns the company is grating. Who is she, Jared Kushner?

    3. I wish the lead poisoning had been caused by the bomb, that would’ve been so much more interesting to explore. Sometimes you do the right thing and bad shit happens because of it – a meaty subject I wish they’d gone for.

    4. I did not care for the cartoon villain edit of Morgan Edge escalating so quickly. Nor did I like Lena’s weird jump to straight-up murder. The heck. Slow you roll, show.

    5. I re-iterate my hope for Alex to have messy gay dating arcs in the future including first-date montages, gay swagger and Alex walking into a room realizing she’s slept with multiple of the women there including two who are now dating each other #relatable_content

  4. The Alex and Maggie breakup was heartbreaking but handled well. It made sense to me because I never want to have children. I never have. It would be a deal breaker for me, honestly. I can compromise on most things but that is just too big of a thing. I think it would just end in resentment and be toxic. I like that they didn’t turn it into this nasty breakup. There was still love and respect.

    I honestly keep expecting Kara and Lena to just start making out. They have so much chemistry.

  5. I agree with everything you wrote from the title (I hope it is a ‘Wicked’ reference) to the last line. I can’t comment anything brilliant because you’ve already expressed all my feelings in much more accurate and beautiful way than I’ll ever be able to so I’m just going to cry a bit more in solitude, but I need you to know that I fully agree.

  6. You’re amazing, Valerie Anne. I didn’t even know how much I needed to read these words until I read them. Your recap was incredible and funny as always. But the bit with your thoughts at the end was the balm I needed to soothe my broken heart. Sanvers is and will always be so very important to me. Your words made me feel 100x better. So thank you! <3

  7. Chyler Lee is a blessing and should be protected from all evil in this world <3

    I must confess that their breakup was handled much more well then I've imagined. I thought it would be a slow burn but this way makes more sense, since everything in their relationship was pretty fast, so…

    About Lena, Edge played her too well! She has this fear of being evil so rooted inside of her that she second-guesses herself everytime someone suggests this idea. Let's hope that Kara, Sam and Alex can boost her confidence and self-esteem once and for all 'cause she deserves better.

    Lena and James = don't. please.

  8. Who is the villain on this show? Is it Edge because I really wanted to punch him in his sweaty face. Are they just waiting to drop the other shoe and make Lena evil like her mother and brother or is she here to stay as a goodie? And I still can’t figure out what is going to happen with Sam as Reign (again, is she going to be good and fight with Supergirl or evil and fight against Supergirl). I know I should just wait and see and go along for the ride but there are some certainties I need to know to be able to enjoy myself.

    “Outside, the crowd is chanting “lock her up” which frankly feels a little unnecessary/too soon” I was saying that too. I have been saying it since this season started but they really have to keep the real world out of this fictional world. I understand that the writers want to use their platform and throw some things against the state of our government but it doesn’t work if you’ve established that in this fictional world you elected an awesome President whom Kat Grant works for so all these “build a wall” and “lock her up” just pull us out of the fictional world we are trying to escape to in place of the shit reality.

    “Maggie wants to know if Alex is really sure that this is what she wants. That she wants to give up this real, tangible, current relationship for a future hypothetical child.” this is exactly what I was trying to say in my comment last week. Aside from needing an excuse for Floriana to leave and all the different magical TV ways Alex can have a kid, Maggie is there now, this kid is not.

    I guess my annoyance with this story is, if this is a real yearn for Alex that the writers will continue to explore or was it just the easiest way to write Maggie off without killing her? Additionally if this becomes Alex’s sole story like finding a donor or going through adoption instead of kicking ass, would that be at all entertaining or will we be shouting “look how they tanked Alex’s character with this mama drama”. Let’s say it was just to write Maggie out wouldn’t we then be like, “what happened to Alex being mommy crazy, oh now she doesn’t care about that?”

    Sorry, I know I’m spinning everything but this is how I process my feelings wherever this falls in the stages of grieving.

    • I don’t thinks she’s “mommy crazy”. She wasn’t saying she wanted kids RIGHT NOW. I don’t thinks she’ll go the Leslie Shay route of trying to have kids immediately come hell or high water. I think it will just be a thing that is important to her in future relationships (and probably something she brings up waaaaay sooner.) I think it would be totally reasonable for her wanting a kid to not come up again until she was in another long-term relationship.

  9. I just came to say that, oh, goodness, Valerie, this is an incredible tribute to the Sanvers ship.

  10. 1. I had to look closely because I thought the gray cloth around Kara’s back was Lena’s arm!
    2. I too had a break up similar to Sanvers where there were long talks and lots of tears and the other was present when the other was packing stuff up from their shared space. It was haaaard but also nice because you have proper closure, I guess? And I agree with you Valerie that it was handled the best way – I am super tired of the betrayals etc in shows! I will miss FL and FL with Chyler – their scenes together were super great!
    3. All these last 2 minute scenes revolving around Sam is giving me all the excitement and anxiety of the grand reveal! What would happen when they realize they know the Earth version of each other and they have to fight each other? They’re bonding and knowing personal things like how they’re both adopted and how both of them seem comftable in each other’s homes…and then, an epic battle in the near future…

    *Thanks Valerie Anne for your wonderful recap, there’s no other person I would process my feelings over Supergirl but with you alone because your writing is incredible!

  11. Thank you Valerie Anne for the recap; and the little snippet of your soul (it takes a lot for a writer to write; and it brave–in my opinion).

    • Thank you for saying so, Aparna. It’s a pleasure to share snippets of my soul with folks who appreciate it. :)

  12. Oh! I completely forgot to say this; but yeah, that is one Indian smackdown on your non-understanding colonial empire, Britain. [Also, I read a very interesting culture/science paper on how most of the psychological/economical theories are based on western (mostly, US) societies and how they have been shown to break down in other cultures.So, there is that too].

    Indians worship Cobras. You know? Well, we are very nature friendly people. Or, used to be. Now, we are not all that much. It is a very mixed bag like every other country and people in the world (it was then too).

  13. Hmm, it’s about a year ago that we got to meet Maggie Sawyer, and Maggie Sawyer got to meet Alex Danvers. Coming home at last–

    I was just getting over a prolonged break-up, developing a crush on someone new, feeling feelings again. It didn’t work out in the latter case, but Alex’s journey built me up all the while. Alex being in love was a sight to behold! I will be forever grateful to Sanvers to happen at that specific time in my life.

    TBH, I didn’t like how underdeveloped Maggie’s character was in the series (fans of the comics must have prob felt more disappointed). As badass as she was, we got to see that so little. Learning more about her back story this season was good, but I just wasn’t that invested anymore as I knew Floriana was on her way out. Likewise, the heartbreak didn’t hit me that hard (I was ready to let Maggie go…)– Plus no one died or cheated or went to some random parking lot and vanished.

    I am hopeful that both Kara and Alex find some peace going home– And I also hope that the series will find its tune again, which is women kicking ass (yes, Lena!) and saving the day!

    Thanks, as always, to you, Valerie. Looking forward to the next chapter of the Adventures of Supergirl.

    • I definitely agree that Maggie was underused – and blame their weird fascination with Mon-El in part. If they had let Kara’s “love” storyline last season be about finding herself and loving her city and finding a balance between reporting and heroing instead of dating a moldy piece of swiss cheese, maybe they would have had more time for Maggie.

      • Right? Or had any interaction between those two storylines so that Maggie could develop in our minds as a character by playing off of the other characters more, versus just existing almost exclusively in a Maggie-bubble. Opportunities lost. Because we filled up on bread. (well, not “we” Autostraddle readers, but the CW “we”)

        • Ugh, I almost forgot about bread / mayonnaise, and him swallowing up valuable screen time. Out of sight, out of mind. Can stay like this forever.

  14. I wanted to hate them for breaking up sanvers…

    But they handled it so beautifully, I couldn’t be mad, I was just sad…

  15. It has taken me a while to comment on your recap as I needed a few days to calm down – perhaps not a good sign!
    I’ve always loved your recaps but this season, with the breakup of Sanvers, I’ve been dismayed as I felt you no longer spoke to me.

    Since your poor misstep with the crude throwaway line about Alex being under Sara you have clearly showed your hand about being ok with how this storyline has been handled!

    I have hated how Alex has been written this season – distant, pushing Maggie to contact her father, non supportive and weirdly connected to Ruby!

    Then the kids storyline which put Maggie in the position of the one who was wrong!
    To emphasise that point in your recap when you say Maggie in bed says she wishes she could change her feelings and Alex says me too – I clearly heard that as Alex wishing Maggie could change her feelings!

    The show runners/writers never knew what they had in the character of Maggie and how it would resonate!

    The line that killed me was the one when Alex said do you have somewhere to stay – crashing with a friend – another example of being pushed out of her home! Alex did not seem too bothered with that!

    I would like to advise readers for a different perspective on this and other recaps, read TVAfterDarks recap – it is the only recap Flo has ‘liked’ on Twitter. It makes those that feel out of place by, not embracing the storyline, feel validated.

    I’m glad I waited with my comments, I’ve tried not to make this too ’ranty’ – but I’m still feeling surprisingly sad that you no longer represent my thoughts and feelings!

    • You say “show your hand” like I was trying to hide something. I’ve never been anything but open and honest about how I feel in my recaps. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my recaps before, but we were bound to disagree eventually!

      I’ve read other articles on this, agreed with some and disagreed with others, just like you disagree with my recap, and I think that’s great; everyone should be able to find someone who understands their point of view. I don’t think I said anything to INvalidate anyone’s feelings, and would also never expect everyone to agree with my opinion, on this or anything else.

      These recaps were never meant to speak for all fans; they’re just my own thoughts that I hope resonate with others. I had hoped my recap could serve as a source of comfort to those who were hurting, and offer them a little bit of hope, but if you found neither of those things here, I understand. But I’m hurting too, and this was my own way of processing.

      Hopefully we’ll find something else we agree with down the line.

  16. Wynnona Earp really needs to lock in Kat before she gets offered a full time starting gig else where. She’s already gotten several other good small gigs. She’s a regular but so was Lexa and so was Maggie.

    Anywho. It’ll be cool to see Alex start dating. She didn’t really date or whatever with Maggie. The met fell in love then here we are. But it’ll be nice too see her start dating and dealing with all that come with that.

  17. For me at least, Alex pushing Maggie to contact her family was real. Alex’s family is supportive of her. I’ve had girlfriends who have a supportive family and so they just don’t get it that my family isnt. So they pushed me the same way Alex pushed Maggie. That being said, Maggie getting to say her mind to her dad would be something I would love to do.

  18. part of me hopes that a season or two will pass, alex will have a fight with her current girlfriend after a baby-acquiring mishap and she’ll run into maggie, feelings will resurface that make her reconsider if it’s worth the hassle to have kids, and then it will be revealed that maggie’s new girlfriend has a baby and it turns out parenting is really rewarding for her. but i like to see my beloved characters squirm, so.

    mostly i hope that alex’s storyline becomes more related to the action and less about introspection and all this domestic crap that makes her character less fun.

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