Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
This is the one where Barry traveled to Kara’s universe. It had me laughing at all the great lines. I couldn’t get enough of this newbie friendship. I loved the part where the humans of National City protected Kara from the bad girls. I seriously need more of these crossovers in my life.
I’ll MAYBE forgive the (super)powers that be for ending “Worlds Finest” on such a nasty cliffhanger. I say nasty because the show doesn’t return with a new episode until April 11. I don’t know what’s more cruel: making us wait two weeks until the next new Supergirl. Or what happened when Kara and James finally kissed (definitely what happened to Kara and James).
I was impressed that Kara stepped up. Barry gave her great advice (see below). Lucy cut the cord where James is concerned. All the planets were aligned. And what happened? Non activated Myriad. And the humans of National City are suddenly walking zombie-like down the street.
I’m not going to think about this latest obstacle that’s keeping Kara and James apart. I’m going to think about that kiss. It was an adorable moment. At a recent press event, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained why it was Kara that made the big move.
Andrew Kreisberg: She’s the one who kind of got the advice this week — Barry’s advice of when to go slowly and when to move fast really resonated with her. And I think she finally realized, too, that they’ve had so many fits and starts throughout the course of the year and so much of it was because one or the other of them just didn’t stop talking and just act. I can’t remember who pitched it in the room that just as they kiss, Myriad takes over. And doing the gag of, ‘Was it good? Was it too good? Not good?’ And poor Kara’s horrible reaction after finally making the first move and he’s turned into a zombie just felt like the best Whedone-sque pathos.
“Worlds Finest” ended on a huge dramatic note. But most of the episode was light and hilarious. Barry’s arrival was glorious. He didn’t skip a beat in this brave new universe he found himself in — he started by “rescuing” Kara and finished up his brief stay by teaming up with her to defeat a couple of fierce villains.
I sincerely hope Barry makes another appearance next season and he brings Oliver along with him. Seeing Ollie outnumbered by two such incredibly perky, optimistic and powerful people is something I need to see. Sooner rather than later, please.
I’d like to highlight the writing for “Worlds Finest.” The dazzling dialogue is one of the best parts of the episode. Kudos to Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Michael Grassi. The CW reference alone was worth the price of admission, which was a Kreisberg special.
Andrew: That was actually one of the earliest jokes I had written for it — the CW joke. Just ’cause it cracked me up. There is a little bit of license with these episodes because they’re within continuity but it’s a little out of continuity. And they’re meant to be a little more fun. It reminds [me] of on The Flash and Arrow crossover where Barry was making fun of Oliver making fun of him for giving his bad guys code names. And he’s like, oh, well, maybe we can talk about it over coffee with Deathstroke. Those kinds of things that you probably wouldn’t say in a normal episode but you can get away with because it’s the crossover. That was sort of where the CW joke came from.
What They Said
Episode: “Worlds Finest”
Story: Greg Berlanti
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg and Michael Grassi
***Please note: Whenever Cat Grant utters “Kara” I’m actually going to use “Keera” because that’s how the wonderful Calista Flockhart pronounces it. Every time.
Winn: And you’re sure you don’t recognize her from Krypton?
Kara: No, but it was a big place, we didn’t all know each other.
Kara: I have tried everything I can think of. Last night I helped a family assemble their Ikea table. It’s still not enough.
Winn: You’re saying the girl that I have been…you know, is…is an alien?
Siobhan: That was such a waste of time.
Winn: At least you’re not an alien. Not that aliens are bad. I know quite a few aliens. I like them.
Cat: Keera, if you haven’t caught on by now, I’m trying to make a parallel between this box of cupcakes and your nonexistent love life.
Cat: If you must, read my 1998 guide to finding love entitled The Lighthouse Technique: Shine Your Light and Let Him Come to You. And before you know it, he’ll be docked in your port. Not my best work but it did get me a spot on Oprah.
Kara: So the best way to go after James is not go after him at all?
Precisely. Try less. Shine more.
Kara (makes a grab for Cat’s cupcakes, Cat slaps her hand away): These are mine.
Cat: Keera, call security. I haven’t seen eyes that crazy since I had fondue with Ramona Singer.
Barry: You’re on fire! You don’t seem that bothered by the fact that you’re on fire.
Barry: How did you do that?
Kara: I’m Supergirl.
Barry: You’re who now?
Kara: Who are you?
Barry: I’m The Flash.
Kara: The who now?
Kara: What happened to Siobhan?
Winn: Oh, well after she went like all Mariah Carey on you, she just split.
Barry: Oh, so we both have Mariah Carey. That’s something.
Kara: Barry is from another universe.
Winn: Cool. Whu-huh-huh-whoa! Whoa. So the theory of the multi-verse is true.
Barry: True. Oh yeah, big time.
Kara: I still can’t believe it and I’m from another planet.
Winn: Oh yeah, she, she’s an alien
Barry: You’re an alien? Do you have any other aliens on this earth?
James: What do you mean by…this earth?
Barry (writes on the board): Hold on…I’ve seen someone do this once. There are multiple versions of Earth. One where the Nazis won World War II. One where Kennedy was never assassinated.
Winn: Oh, yeah. One where all of us are evil.
Barry: Been there. It sucks.
(Barry flashes out the room and then runs right back in with ice cream cones) Kara: YES!
James: So, you’re a superhero, too?
James: That’s cool, I guess.
Winn: Okay, so you can just bop back and forth between universes?
Barry: No, actually this happened by accident. I have traveled through time before by accident.
Winn: That’s cool.
James: What’s funny?
Winn: Oh, I don’t know. Just uh, seeing the way you look at Kara when she talks to her cool, new, time-traveling superhuman friend. I didn’t know your face muscles could make that look.
James: There’s no look.
Winn: Jealousy, thy name is Olsen.
Cat: There’s a new superhero in National City. This is huge. Direct competition for Supergirl.
Kara: He doesn’t have to be competition.
Cat: Would you prefer a sidekick?
Barry: No, not a sidekick. More like an equal, or an ally, even a partner, maybe. Speaking was the wrong choice. I see that now.
Cat: All four of you standing there doing nothing. You look like the attractive yet non-threatening, racially diverse case of a CW show. Who are you?
Kara, Winn and James together: My cousin.
Cat: Now I have to name this hero. I was thinking about The Whoosh or The Red Streak or…The Blur.
Barry: What about The Flash? I’m just saying, I think that’s a pretty cool superhero name, right?
Cat: The Flash? Sounds like someone whose only superpower is jumping out of an alley in a trenchcoat. No. I want mystery. I want intrigue. I want The Blur. Boys, begone. Girl, stay.
Siobhan’s Aunt Sinead: How is my least hated niece?
Cat: Keera, I thought I told you to tell Bernie Sanders that I’m not interested in Hot Yoga.
Kat: We found Livewire.
James: That’s great news.
Winn: Actually, it was Barry.
James: Of course it was.
Barry: What’s the plan?
Kara: Catch the bad girl. Bring her back here so she can’t hurt anyone. 85% chance of punching.
Barry: When you’re used to fixing things with brute strength or in my case, amazing speed, it’s hard to accept that there are things out of our control. It’s humbling, right?
Barry: And believe, me, when you stop trying to force the solution, it’ll happen on its own.
Kara: I’m really sorry you’re locked out of your world but I’m really glad you’re here.
Barry: Me too.
Barry: Sorry I keep saying ‘bad boys.’
Barry: One for all and all for…you guys have Three Musketeers here, right?
Kara: All for one.
Barry: Hey Sparky! Shrieky! Hi. What do you say we step away from the nice lady and settle this like women…what? There’s more of you guys here than me.
Cat: What took you so long.
Kara: Are you kidding?
Firefighter: Supergirl. It was our turn to help you.
Cat: Okay, tell Mr. Allen to have a good time zipping around in his red outfit.
Kara: What? You knew he was The Flash?
Cat: Oh, please. Barry shows up. The Flash shows up. His insistence on that silly name. And he was so unfailingly charming and nice that he had to either be a superhero or a Mormon. Keera, I can spot the extraordinary pretending to be a nobody in my midst just like that. Now, my eyebrow waxing with Arabella tomorrow morning is not going to book itself. Feel how good it feels to dial.
Barry: Think you can keep up, Girl of Steel?
Kara: Oh, just you watch Scarlet Speedster.
Barry: All right.
Kara: I’m gonna miss you, Barry Allen.
Barry: I’m really gonna miss you too, Kara Danvers. Or Kara Zor-El, which is your alien name ’cause you’re an alien. Which I think is very cool.
Barry: You remember before when I told you to take things slow? That’s good advice for a superhero. Lousy advice for two people who really like each other. Maybe it’s time to speed things up.
Kara: Goodbye, Barry.
James: Kara, what are you trying to say?
Kara: No more saying. I’m so much better at doing. (KISS)
Kara: Was that good? Was it not good? Too good?
Supergirl returns Monday, April 11 at 8/7c on CBS.
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