Episode written by Anna Musky-Goldwyn & James DeWille, directed by Dermott Downs.
Oh, Laura Vandervoort. I loved her dearly as Supergirl back in Smallville. What a great casting choice to have her as a villain in this show.
So, with Kara's new distrust of Hank, thus the DEO, she chooses to go it alone as a new threat hits National City - Indigo, (Laura Vandervoort) who has the ability to travel through the Internet and apparently has very stretchy limbs. It's mentioned in the episode that her original name was Brainiac 8, a much-loved super-villain for Superman fans. With a brilliant twist, it's later revealed that Indigo is responsible for Kara making it out of the Phantom Zone and heading to Earth. Hopefully, this means Vandervoort will be back, if Kara wishes to learn more about this.
Indigo's plan was to launch a nuclear strike on National City, causing millions of fatalities. This must be the biggest threat we've seen on the show yet. The writers managed to pull off the high stakes and tension brilliantly well. Kara courageously sped to the missile and disarmed it, right at the last second.
Meanwhile, the DEO recruits Winn for his hacking abilities in hopes of stopping Indigo from causing any further damage. Kara seems a little hurt by this, but lets it go. He did a great job, almost died, but successfully defeated her.
Kara's confrontation with Indigo was equally as brilliant. The DEO storms into Kara's apartment to back her up, making her apprehensive to continue. This sets up for a truly beautiful scene as Alex finally comes clean about Astra's death. Kara understandingly is silent, and then with a genuinely heart warming move, pulls Alex into her arms and forgives her sister.
The most pivotal part of the episode was James and Kara's visit to the Fortress of Solitude. As any fan of the DC-verse would know, the Fortress belong to Superman, and is his special place to communicate with his father, and be at one with his true self. The Fortress in this series differs to those from any of the movies, or the one we grew accustomed to in Smallville, but it still gave me a sense of familiarity, as a fan of Superman. The Legion Ring in plain view was a cute Easter egg.
The most awkward scene in the episode, for me, was between Kara and Lucy. Lucy is feeling frustrated and hurt by James because he always chooses Superman and Supergirl over her. Kara doesn't help the situation at all by basically implying Lucy should just be grateful that James 'chose' her to be with. Kara then accidentally shares something with her that James had never confided in Lucy with. It's then, that Lucy has had enough. Lucy breaks things off with James and tells him she knows he and Kara love each other.
Another awkward scene was between Siobhan and Winn... what? Happened? There? One second he's doing doing his best at talking to her, the next she's kissing him? Okay. Somehow, I'm cool with it.
There are so many 'ships' in this show, it's hard to keep track. Kara and Winn, Kara and James, Kara and Adam (where is he?).
Overall, a solid episode. I'm pleased Alex came clean, I'm happy we saw the Fortress, I'm impressed by the CGI with the missile scene, my nostalgia has been cleansed by Laura Vandervoort and my love for Kara continues to know no bounds.