Supergirl is one of the CWs current superhero shows trying to capitalize on the thriving genre. I didn’t regularly watch season 1, but when I kept seeing the promos for this season I decided to give it another chance. What started as a slightly cheesy, weak show has transformed into a truly great one. Supergirl season 2 has depth, action, and drama sure to please fans of Superman and the genre.
In season 2 of Supergirl, our superhero is faced with big decisions, and the complexities of relationships. There’s a new hero in town, there’s a newly landed alien, and Alex (Chyler Leigh) comes out to her family. But with some humans determined to defeat all aliens, Kara and her team must fight together to protect the aliens that have immigrated to Earth. Together, they’re stronger. But ties will be tested.
“You’re wasting your ammo. You know they can’t hurt me.”
This season of Supergirl seems to be all about relationships and growth. Kara (Melissa Benoist) disagrees with her boss and as a result is fired. She and Alex are reunited with their father, but argue about whether he’s trustworthy after spending years with the enemy. One of my favourite story-lines this season is Alex coming out to her family. Kara supports her, as does her mom. It adds diversity to the show, and the topic is handled with care.
A key theme this season is some humans plotting against alien immigrants. I applaud the show for portraying a subject that mirrors what’s going on in the world. Newcomer Mon-El (Chris Wood) from Daxam creates conflict in the show; he’s from Krypton’s enemy planet so can he be trusted? Can Kara learn not to judge people based on where they come from? Not only does Kara learn not to judge him based on his planet, he learns how to be a better person by being around Kara. He also becomes her boyfriend. The two story-lines go hand-in-hand in Supergirl, because they choose each other and fight for each other when Mon-El’s family attacks Kara and tries to force him back to Daxam. Their relationship is at times dramatic, but by episode 17 it’s a fleshed out love story that feels realistic. I also enjoyed how Lena Luther (Katie McGrath) is friends with Kara, and that they support each other. Let’s hope their relationship stays that way.
“Rhea was about to kill me and Mon-El sacrificed everything to save my life. Now we have to save his.”
While the show still has some cheesy moments and the characters – Kara in particular – seem sometimes inconsistent, I can safely say that the cast helps makes the script a joy to watch. All of the dynamics are believable because the emotion is there. Benoist is fantastic as Kara/Supergirl. Leigh gets a chance to do some interesting things with her character, and she plays the angry, scared, and happy Alex well. Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen is also given more complexity to work with this season, and it’s nice to see. Wood as Mon-El is a nice addition to the cast; he plays the part earnestly and also has good comedic timing.
If you’re a fan of superhero stories, look no further: I recommend you watch Supergirl. It’s sometimes a little cheesy and the CGI isn’t the greatest, but mostly it’s complex and action-packed. The cast is great, and the character dynamics work well. Supergirl Season 2 is better than season 1, and I can’t wait to see what else the show has in store when it returns on April 24.
My Rating: 8.5/10