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- Apr 4, 2017
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Supergirl has been kind of the “odd gal out” of the DC live action super hero shows, and had a bit of an eccentric start. It ORIGINALLY was going to air on The CW back in its initial season, but because of some internal conflicts and a lack of a desire to go ahead with it, NBC got the maiden voyage of the series. After a year NBC found it too costly of a show for their desired return on investment (ratings wise) and The CW had seen how well it had done (for them) on NBC, so they picked up the series for it’s second run. The first season was a bit rocky, but had some really good potential and by the time the season finale hit I was hooked. Season 2 unfortunately went the way of most CW shows. Lots more angst and romances were pushed to the fore front and the show became a little bit bloated and unweildy (especially with Alex Danvers and Maggie forming their relationship and taking up HUGE quantities of screen time when we all wanted to see Supergirl kick butt). However, The CW announced that they were taking notice of season 2’s foibles and would tone down some of the more grating aspects. Well, Season 3 does get rid of some of the bloat and unpopular relationships (Maggie and Alex break up within a few episodes), but new issues cropped up. Some good, some bad, some just “meh”.
Last season ended with Mon-El (Chris Wood) having to leave Earth due to lead poisoning (the weapon used to get rid of the Daxomites inundates their system) and he was sucked off into a black whole, leaving Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) to sob her eyes out and move on. Maggie and Alex Danvers’s (Chyler Leigh) upcoming nuptials is called off when Maggie lets it be known that she DOESN’T want Children, and a new villain comes to National City in the form of a Kryptonian genetically enhanced “world killer” named Reign. Reign is the creation of a dark sect of Kryptonians who believe in justice as a more “harsh” method of keeping rule. Her only goal is to subjugate the planet and cull the world’s population who don’t comply.
Having to keep up with regular super villains is hard enough, but Reign is even more powerful than Supergirl, as she is a Kyrptonian on steroids. To help her out Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) is forced to don a mask and help out, and a surprise visitor shows up to help take on the world killer. It seems that Mon-El was forced into the future when we saw him get sucked into that black hole last season and he’s aged a bit. In the future Reign and her cohorts lay waste and it’s up to him, his wife Ember, and one of the Brainiac variations to travel back in time and stop it at the source. Which means he and Supergirl have a little making up to do in order to take on the evil that Reign represents.
The final negative portion of the show is Supergirl’s lack of subtlety and finesse when it comes to handling social issues. Social issues are never easy when people are as polarized as they are, but Supergirl’s writing is about as subtle as a baseball bat being wielded by Superman himself. It just slam you over the head with it’s message with such lack of finesse and polish that the message is lost midst the brutal beating and whackings of the story tropes. There’s a gun control episode near the end that is so laughably bad and preachy that I literally had to stop the episode 4 or 5 times and take small breaks just to get through it without cringing so badly that my face was turning into a contorted mess.
Now, you might think it’s all bad, and the show really isn’t. The cast work well together and Supergirl has been bringing some really neat villains and rogues to light from the Superman/Supergirl DC universe. Not all of them are the big ones either. It’s those little off the wall ones that make the show fun, as well as David Harewood’s portrayal of the Martian Manhunter. The story with him and his father’s “issues” (I’ll leave that for the show to spoil) is a touching and well done piece that stands out from the rest. Even though I end up being heavily frustrated with the writing and lack of subtlety that Supergirl is prey to, I still have a good amount of fun every time I sit down from week to week.
Rated TV-PG by the MPAA
• Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X
• She Will Reign! featurette
• Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes
I’ve been a bit conflicted about Supergirl ever since The CW took over, and this season kind of solidifies the rocky nature of the show. It started out good, but with room to grow, and The CW has made it a hot bed of awkward social issues combined with some pretty atrocious writing to craft a third season that spends too much time trying to beat you over the head with gun control, social equality and fixing some of the mistakes of the previous season to ever really go FORWARD with its narrative. Still, there’s a strange attraction to the show that still has me coming back week after week looking forward to the next episode. It’s a strange symbiotic relationship that leaves me satisfied, but conflicted at best. Still a decent watch if you do enjoy the Arrowverse DC live action shows.
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Created by: Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Runtime: 1100 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own on Blu-rayTM and DVD 9/18
Recommendation: Decent Watch