The Arrowverse is on a roll of a season this year. All seasons of each show under The CW banner are receiving rave reviews and their TRTP ratings are shooting through the roof. With more and more superheroes and comic book characters being added to the fray, the popularity of the Arrowverse is about to explode in a fiery explosion reminiscent of the Big Bang. Nothing stops this rating juggernaut. Not anymore.
Arrow Season 6 is plunging the Green Arrow back into a story arc that gives of a scent familiar to season 1 and season 2 when the Arrow was better off fighting the more human threats to the people rather than the hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo of season 3 and season 4. After Prometheus, its Cayden James’ turn to make life hell for the protector of Star City. The Flash, on the other hand, has his hands full with a new type of threat to Central City and it’s not a speedster we are talking about.
The Thinker may be the most intelligent carbon-based life form in the Arrowverse and Barry has got on his bad side. The Legends of Tomorrow suffered a debilitating loss in the form of Martin Stein. Jax left the team later and the legends are no more properly equipped to fight Mallus, the supernatural being that threatens to end all of space and time. And then there’s Super Girl.
Super Girl faces a threat she thought she never would a foe even stronger than her. Up until now, every enemy Super Girl faced was only smarter and more cunning than the Kryptonian. But Reign is different. She belongs to the same planet, made of the same blood and fights in the same manner as her. She is of Kryptonian origin. And unlike Kara who is just a regular civilian from Krypton who developed powers under Earth’s yellow sun, Reign was bred precisely to be a warrior. Reign knew how to fight from birth while Kara grew into it.
Reign is called the World Killer in the Kryptonian hierarchy for a reason. She is said to born of the fires of Rao, the Kryptonian Red Sun God that the entire planet worships as their greatest deity. She was genetically bred and sent to Earth to conquer it for the Kryptonian Empire.
But circumstances led to her being absorbed into human society. Reign forgot who she was meant to be and became an associate of Lena Luthor. It only later did she realize her true purpose as the World Killer and developed a split personality called Reign which when took over, allowed her to use her superior physical attributes.
Reign’s evil personality was too much for Super Girl and National City. When Super Girl tried to stop her in her tracks, Reign easily went past her like the latter was a castle of glass. It was then that Kara realized Reign is actually more powerful than herself. Super Girl once defeated Superman, the Man of Steel and possibly the most powerful being in the universe in a one on one brawl. If Reign is even more powerful than the woman who defeated the Man of Tomorrow, how powerful is she??
Super Girl was beaten down and humiliated. Reign gave her quite the pummeling and left her body and her pride gravely injured. But Reign needs to be stopped. And the only woman who can do that is Kara. So Mon-El decides to seek help from an unlikely source. Super Girl will be cured form the super intelligent Brainiac 5.
Brainiac 5 is not the same as Superman’s arch nemesis. He is a descendant of said being but he does not have evil inclinations like his legendary predecessor. Brainiac 5 is a member of the Legion of Superheroes in DC Comics lore. The Legion of Superheroes is a group of superheroes from the future that Mon-El was a part of until he came to the present Super Girl timeline.
The official synopsis reads:
“Legion of Superheroes”
“MEET THE LEGION – Struggling to heal from her injuries inflicted by Reign (Odette Annable), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) remains in a dreamlike state, unable to be reached. Mon-El (Chris Wood) recruits one of the Legion members, Brainiac-5 (guest star Jesse Rath), to try to bring her back. Meanwhile, Reign continues her rampage on the city so the DEO teams up with the Legion of Superheroes to try to stop her. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Derek Simon & Eric Carrasco (#310). Original airdate 1/15/18.”