Supergirl Season 3 “Fanatical” Recap

Supergirl -- "The Fanatical" -- Image Number: SPG319b_0086.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen/Guardian and Nesta Cooper as Tanya -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Hello, Pop Goes the World Followers. I know it has been awhile since I’ve recapped Supergirl and I apologize. Life got hectic at the end of 2017 and for the first part of 2018 but it has calmed down a bit so I am going to get back into the swing of things and just in the nick of time as Supergirl hurtles towards its season 3 finale. And it is a season finale as the CW has renewed the show for a season 4.

I am sure we all know what has been happening leading up to this episode but a quick recap. Sam fully became Reign as the other two Worldkillers reunited with her. However that reunion was shortlived as Supergirl et al defeated Purity and Pestilence with Reign absorbing their powers. Before Sam became fully Reign, Lena was secretly trying to help cure her but soon that secret came out with everyone devastated to learn their friend was the Worldkiller they were after. Also, James revealed to Lena that he is Guardian and she in turn revealed that she knows how to make kryptonite. When this gets to Supergirl, she is hurt that Lena would develop something that can kill her but Lena justifies her reasons for doing so. Even worse is that Kara is caught between the Lena and Supergirl feud and struggles with trying to be a friend as Kara and being understanding as Supergirl for her actions. What else happened? Reign tried to kill Ruby and the latter is devastated to learn her mom is a villain. Also, M’yrnn is showing signs for the Martian version of dementia and J’onn struggles as he sees his father get worse and worse. Also, with Pestilence defeated, it means the blight will no longer happen in the 31st century so Imra and Brainy go back to their timeline while Imra tells Mon-el to stay behind and help Supergirl with her fight with Reign and also to figure out his feelings as it is clearly obvious that he is still in love with Kara.

I think that covers most of what was missed since I stopped recapping. This now brings us to “Fanatical”. At the end of the previous episode, Tanya has escaped Coville’s cult to seek out James who she believes can contact Supergirl. You see Colville’s cult members are after Tanya because she stole a Krytonian journal and can read the language. Luckily, Kara happens to be at James’ office when Tanya drops by.  When kara brings the journal back to the DEO, it looks like the cult wants to build a bomb.

Mon-el and Kara go to the former HQ of Colville’s cult and find it in ruins and sees a shadow of a person against a wall along with some ashes and a bracelet. Back at CatCo, Olivia, a former member of Colville’s cult comes looking for Tanya worried for her safety. James does bring Olivia to Tanya but it is a trap as Olivia is now fully back in the cult’s clutches and she and two dudes grab Tanya and get away. James goes all Guardian and gives chase ending up in an abandoned warehouse. In the melee, James’ mask comes off and the cops arrive but instead of targeting Olivia and company, they target James because of the sole fact he is a black man. The cops don’t even bother listening to Tanya who protests that James was protecting her. Because of this, Olivia and her cohorts escape.

At the DEO, Lena and Winn have examined the ashes found at Colville’s and they let the team know that the person was killed by a bomb but the ashes indicate that the person was being turned into a WorldKiller. Reading the journal further indicates Colville’s cult has the statue of the Kryptonian god Yudal Kal. While the team doesn’t want another Worldkiller being created, they think that using Yudal Kal might lead them to cure Sam.

Elsewhere, Alex is trying to get through to Ruby who is moody and not wanting to do anything. Alex then drags Ruby out to an arcade with M’yrnn and J’onn as the latter read that playing video games might help with his father’s dementia. Unfortunately, the alien invasion video game triggers bad memories for M’yrnn and he causes a scene. When M’yrnn has calmed down, Ruby is fascinated that he is from Mars and the two bond over a game of fooseball. Afterwards, Ruby admits to Alex that she fears that she might become like her mom. Alex promises Ruby that won’t happen and they will find a cure for her mom.

Meanwhile to get the Superfriends to give up Tanya, Olivia plans on releasing footage outing James as Guardian. James decides to get get ahead of the story and tells the team that he is going to hold a press conference telling the world that he is Guardian thus removing an leverage. But Lena can see that James is reluctant to give up his secret identity and shares with her the first time that he faced racism. James tells Lena that it happened when he was 7 years old on a family vacation as he was playing hide and seek with cousins. Police didn’t believe they could be guests at the hotel and put handcuffs on them but in James case, his forearms because his wrists were too tiny. It was only after talking to his mom would the police believe their story. James says that being Guardian and putting on the mask that he doesn’t get to be judged on his race but on his actions and heart.

However, Tanya decides to turn herself in so James doesn’t have to reveal himself to the world. Luckily, Tanya isn’t alone as Mon-el tags along as someone who thought the van was his Lyft. At a rundown theatre, Mon-el manages to get a signal to Kara who whooshes in to stop the now Worldkiller Olivia. Thankfully, Kara gets through to Olivia but gets affected when touching the Yudal Kal statue that Mon-El has to help and remove.

Bad news is the statue is now useless but not all hope is lost as Winn and Lena found similar radioactive signature on another rock that can help provide a cure for Sam. So off goes Mon-el and Kara in J’onn’s spaceship. J’onn also advises Mon-el not to tell Kara how he feels as it only makes him feel better which is similar advice that he gave to Kara about telling Lena the truth. Earlier in the episode, Kara learns that Lena does not consider Supergirl a friend, something that clearly hits home to Kara.

Supergirl — “The Fanatical” — Image Number: SPG319a_0097.jpg — Pictured: Odette Annable as Samantha Arias/Reign — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Back at Lena’s secret lab, it looks like Reign has built up a tolerance to kryptonite because she has broken free of restraints and it is only a matter of days before she breaks out.

At the end of the episode, we see that Colville has arrived at the scene of Olivia’s transformation into a Worldkiller and seems quite happy as he looks over the vat that was brewing the Worldkiller concoction.

Next week we get the return of Erica Durance as Alura and I for one cannot wait to see the mother-daughter reunion.

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