This season begins with Kara Danvers, who has hidden her abilities from the world thus far. Her story is similar to Clark Kent’s; being born on Krypton and sent away to Earth in a pod by their parents in order to survive. The similarities end there for now, since Clark successfully made it to Earth while Kara’s pod was knocked off course and she spent time in the phantom zone before finally arriving on Earth. By that time, Clark was already grown up and saving the world as Superman. Deciding to lead a normal life, it wasn’t until her sister Alex Danvers is on a plane that is going down, that Supergirl is born. Acting as Supergirl, she gets recruited by the secret government organization known as the DEO, to help stop the bad guys; both human and alien.
This was a really good first season, I was hooked from the jump. Throughout this season, we also see the growing connection between Kara and James Olsen, with Maxwell Lord being the unlikely ally by the end of it. Both of these storylines are promptly ended when CW acquires the rights to Supergirl, but I’ll talk about that in the next section.
This season focused on Kara trying to find a balance between her two identities while fighting bad guys along the way. We actually get to see more of one of my favorite reoccurring characters in the show; Livewire. She’s just so fun as a villain and I really enjoyed all the scenes including her. Who do we also get this season? Mon-El. Kara’s epic love that we also see in season 3. He’s a Daxomite, the prince no less. They deal with a lot of rocky moments in the beginning but once they find their groove, they seem to fit each other really well and it broke my heart when she had to send him away because they laced the atmosphere with lead.
What I thought was interesting, is that Maxwell Lord doesn’t show up again, most likely due to the change of networks. And despite the storyline that had developed between James Olsen and Kara, it was ended promptly after season 2 began. This felt awkward, since they had gone through so much to end up at this point. I can only assume the main reason for this was Mon-El and Kara’s later storyline. Overall, this season was also really good. (Spoiler alert; you won’t hear me say that there was a bad season in this review.) Though it wasn’t my favorite one, despite how much I loved the different storylines this one came with.
This season I think really leveled up the entire show. The villains in this season are literally called world-killers. If that isn’t intimidating, then I don’t know what is. We also find out that her mom has been alive this whole time, just in a place called Argo City where she and the other surviving kryptonians sought refuge after the destruction of their planet. The fight scenes were incredible in this one, and it was the season that you saw Kara get pushed to her limits; where her morals were being constantly questioned and she was being tested. We meet Brainy in this season; who is an AI who didn’t follow the path of his ancestors and didn’t become evil. He’s part of the Legion, a group of heroes that Mon-El leads in the future. Oh yeah, he comes back to the past with his team–including his wife; Imra Ardeen. They fight alongside Kara on numerous occasions because they needed to defeat the world-killers before they became the future enemy; the blight. Mon-El and Kara had some unfinished business but he ultimately decides to return to the future because they need him. He leaves Kara with a ring, telling her that they can call the Legion if they ever need to. It is a really strong season, and it was the season that made me feel disappointed that I never tried to watch the show before.
What a journey this season was. We finally get to see Lex Luthor, who is the main puppeteer and everyone else were either unknowingly his puppets, or they were willing to go along with the madness. Do you remember Eve Teschmacher? Turns out she’s been working with Lex Luthor the whole time. There’s a whole episode where this is explained in great detail. At the end of season 3, we see another version of Supergirl in Kaznia, and she becomes a huge part of season 4. Turns out, the events of Reign’s demise lead to another version of Supergirl being created; except she was a blank slate. One that Lex Luthor was able to mold into his own personal weapon. I think Lex Luthor’s portrayal was so well done, because he’s truly shown as the unhinged murderer that he is. It is unfortunate that we never see a showdown between superman and Lex Luthor since Clark has gone to Argo City with Lois. At the DEO, we see Alex become Director since J’onn left to focus on his quest to figure out who he is after his dad’s passing. We also have to deal with Colonel Lauren Haley, who does everything by the book and because of her quest to figure out who Supergirl is without the costume, J’onn has to wipe all the knowledge of who she is from all DEO operatives; including Alex. This causes a lot of heartache for Kara because she no longer can lean on her sister like she used to.
This season ends with the demise of both Red Daughter and Lex Luthor, and Kara making plans to tell Lena about her secret identity.
What does all of this mean for Season 5? Well there’s definitely going to be some sort of confrontation between Lena and Kara now that Lena knows her secret identity and Kara wasn’t the one to tell her. It’s been announced that Mehcad Brooks, the actor who plays James Olsen will be leaving the show in this season. We also see Brainy and Dreamer together at the end of season 4, so we’ll see Brainy figure out what it means to be in a relationship. We’ll see more of Alex and James’ sister Dr. Kelly Olsen being together, which was a development I really enjoyed watching grow. We also know that there will be a huge crisis this season due to the major crossover event coming in the fall. At the end of season 4 we also learn that Teschmacher was working for an organization called Leviathan, which is why she worked for Lex Luthor. That blows the idea that she was doing it out of love for Lex out of the water, which only creates more questions. I’m very excited to see what is in store for Supergirl the character, as well as Supergirl the show. I love that they aren’t afraid of touching on sensitive topics like immigration and prejudice, because I feel it is important in today’s society to talk about these things.
What did you guys think of the show’s latest season? What do you think is coming next?