Yesterday's episode was one of the high points of Supergirl Season 1 so far, dealing with Kara's grief over Krypton, and the theme of found family. But although 'The Girl Who Has Everything' revolved around Kara, episode 13 was driven by Alex's mission to save her sister. The conclusion, which saw Alex kill Astra, was an unexpected twist, and we can expect plenty of deception and guilt until Kara finally discovers her sister killed her aunt.
We also got a lighter subplot as Hank (should we call him J'onn J'onzz now?) covered for Kara at work, and the messy friend zone storyline with Winn was resolved when he and James stayed by Kara's side. Episode 13 tied up some loose ends, while setting up some interesting threads for the rest of Season 1. Which brings me to...
Just what the heck is Myriad?
General Astra might be gone, but she and Non already set a diabolical plan in motion, one which they think will destroy humanity. From the hints dropped in episode 13, it seems that Myriad is a computer virus, designed to piggyback on Max Lord's computers and using Earth's satellites to infect the rest of the world.
It seems likely that Myriad is designed to incapacitate humans, maybe by knocking out all technology in one fell swoop.
"Humanity will be brought to its knees!"
This plan coincides with the sun flares, so maybe the solar activity will increase the Kryptonians' powers, allowing them to attack the human race better? It's difficult to tell at this point, and unfortunately, hunting through DC Comics for references and clues doesn't seem to help: there is a Myriad in the comics, but her character doesn't match up with this plan.
It's a fair bet to say that solving this mystery, stopping Myriad and taking down Non's army is the goal for our heroes in Season 1. But there's Max Lord to contend with too...
Is Lord being set up as an ally?
Maxwell Lord is actually a pretty complex character: in the comics, Lord helped to set up one version of the Justice League, but he also caused the death of hero Blue Beetle. This might be due to his possession by the computer virus Metron (which is interesting, considering how viruses are being used in Supergirl right now) but even when he was free of Metron, Lord was always portrayed as morally ambiguous.
So far, Supergirl's Max Lord has been pretty ambiguous too. Although he's threatened Kara on multiple occasions, and even created Bizarro to kill her, ultimately he doesn't seem like an evil person. At the end of the day, he actually likes humanity and wants to protect it from alien attacks, which is how Alex persuades Lord to help Kara in episode 13.
"The same aliens who attacked your lab are coming back for more. The enemy of your enemy, right?"
Lord is still imprisoned by the DEO, but it could be that the show is setting him up for a redemption of sorts, if he continues to help defend Earth against Non's Kryptonian army. And speaking of Kryptonians, before Season 1 ends we might just get a glimpse of that elusive Man of Steel...
Will we see Superman?
'The Girl Who Has Everything' did actually show us a young Kal-El, and it was very moving to see Kara immediately establish a relationship and try to protect him. If there was one thing episode 13 did badly, it was not giving us enough from Krypton. We've had so many small hints about the relationship between Superman and Kara that it would have been nice to see the characters interact, though it was just a dream.
But looking forward, it's possible that the Supergirl writers used Kal-El in episode 13 because they're planning to bring in Superman at some point. This would make sense, as Kara could really use some super-powered backup in taking down Non. This would also tie in with the resurgence of rumors about Tom Welling being approached to play Superman later on in Supergirl Season 1... but it looks like we'll have to wait and see to find out!
All in all, 'The Girl Who Has Everything' was a very strong episode, dropping plenty of hints for the rest of Season 1. But what did you think of it? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!