Last week on Supergirl, we were served two parallel stories that crossed paths and forked off into different directions. Am I referring to Kara and Flash? No, but his appearance was pretty awesome. Actually, I’m talking about Kara and Silver Banshee.
Supergirl’s obtained a bad rap since going AWOL under the influence of Red Kryptonite (courtesy of Max Lord). Now, though she’s trying to help National City, no one trusts her—major bummer.
Meanwhile, Siobhan has lost her job and reputation thanks to Red-Kryptonite-Kara and she’s really angry about it. So angry that after tripping off the a building she discovers she’s a Banshee thanks to a curse put on her family. The only way to stop being a Banshee—kill her enemy, the source of her anger.
Siobhan’s Aunt: Have you seriously never considered why all the women in our family are shall we say, unlikable? We’re cursed, Siobhan. From way back in the day, before we left Ireland. Some starving bog lady ancestor stole from a banshee.
Siobhan: So, that’s it? I’m just, I’m cursed and it’s never gonna go away?
Aunt: The curse is triggered when someone wrongs you. If you want it to stop, you’re going to have to kill whoever is the object of your anger.
Siobhan: Did you have to do that?
Aunt: What do you think happened to your Uncle William?
Siobhan: And if I don’t?
Aunt: The power inside you will grow. Your voice becomes a weapon that you can send anywhere in the world. Focus on your target enough and your scream will decimate them. But you will also destroy your soul.
Siobhan: I would love to kill that little blonde twig who ruined my life. I tried. But Supergirl showed up and saved her.
Both Siobhan and Kara find out there is something bad lurking inside of them. When their paths cross, Siobhan chooses to save herself by going after Kara. But Kara chooses to save the people who have turned against her (in a very Christ-like manner) by sacrificing herself—and the people see her goodness and in turn save Supergirl.
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. ~ Proverbs 10:12 NIV
Yesterday you people were ready to string her up. Now you’re willing to die for her?
She was willing to die for us.
Early in the episode, Cat gives Supergirl advice that is both Biblical and applies to us all:
Cat: This is gonna sound ironic coming from me but, um, you need to slow down. Just keep doing your good work. Don’t worry about the rest. The public will forgive you, I promise.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. ~ Galatians 6:9-10 NIV
Supergirl chooses the self-less route of doing good despite the cost to herself. Siobhan chooses the selfish route of doing whatever she feels is best for herself, despite the cost to others.
We are heroes when we set aside self to serve others, we are cowards when we set aside others to serve ourselves.
Oh, and then there was that Divergent moment at the end when Myriad is unleashed and everyone mindlessly marches out into the street. Will Supergirl get her inspiration from Tris? Guess we’ll find out tonight!