Supergirl Season 3 is off to a rocky start, oddly making the same mistakes the Flash Season 3 writers made by making everyone be all downbeat, snappy and generally having a bad time (although at least funny side characters still retain their sense of humour, so it’s not quite THAT bad) That being said, it has set up a good season villain in Reign and set the groundwork for a few new characters to make their debut next year. So let’s have a look at the first eight episodes (that doesn’t include the crossover episode 8 that’s covered else where…) of Supergirl Season 3!
Kara deals with the loss of Mon-El by focusing all her energy on being Supergirl and a mysterious new threat against National City. Alex confesses a secret to Maggie about their impending nuptials…
*spoilers appear from here on out!*
Cast of Characters:
A young Kara Danvers… who actually looks like a young Kara Danvers!
Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) – Despite it being many months since the end of the previous season, Kara is still in depression about loosing Mon-El and possibly sending him to his death. This has pushed her to focus on her job as Supergirl and forget about having a “normal life”.
Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) – Alex is in love and looking forward to her marriage to Maggie. Wedding bells, babies and more are surely in their future…?
James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) – James is now running Catco. and has seemingly given up his side job as Guardian… that’s about it really.
J’onn J’onzz / Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) – The last Green Martian, J’onn is still the head of the DEO and is looking out for his new adopted homeworld.
Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) – Your classic enthusiastic computer nerd who works for the DEO and is useful if they need a new type of tracker or something.
Mon-El (Chris Wood) – Having to leave Earth at the end of the previous season, Mon-El ended up returning to Earth… just not in the way he wanted…
Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) – The sister of Lex Luthor, Lena is still struggling to overcome her family’s stigma and become a legit businesswoman.
Samantha Arias / Reign (Odette Annable) – A single mum who is looking for that big job that will allow her the money to properly raise her daughter. Also, she’s secretly a world ending killing machine from Krypton, but you know… ignorance is bliss, or whatever.
Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar) – The very definition of “corporate bastard”, Edge has no qualms with poisoning children or killing innocents if it means getting what he wants.
A small part of the great fight between Reign and Supergirl.
Some of the overall season arcs put in place here are good. I like the slow build up of nice single mum Samantha being turned into her “true self” and starting a killing streak, leading to that top class cliffhanger of Reign beating the holy hell out of Supergirl and leaving her life in danger. We still have the “shocking reveal” and the rematch to come, and both should provide good entertainment. Mon-El’s return and his revelation that he arrived in the far future and he and his team have been sleeping under the city for many centuries waiting to return to their own time (*catches breath*) are good, especially as I only have a small amount of knowledge as to who the “Legion of Superheroes” are, so it’s something to look forward to in a different way.
Episode 3, “Far From The Tree”, was good. It has J’onn and Kara pop off to Mars and they end up finding the Martian Manhunter’s father. Plenty of good moments between the two, with the father refusing to believe his son is still alive. When they do reunite and eventually the White Martians are beaten back, he joins his son on Earth, leading to some amusing “out of place” moments in later episodes, and a rather sweet scene of the two of them renting a flat together in order to spend more time with each other.
Winn is still his amusing (if not stereotypical) self, and by Episode 9 Alex is back to her normal self as well, so along with the renewed happiness from the Martian Manhunter, and cast is starting to be fun and play off each other well again. The episode also features the great stuff between Supergirl and Reign as well, so it’s probably my pick for best of the opening third.
Guess who’s playing a smug git again?
For the first 7 episodes we see Kara in a mood and all depressed (despite the length of time between seasons, apparently Alex hadn’t tried to get through to her yet…) and soon enough Alex breaks up with Maggie and is all depressed, and it just leads to a rather soapy, not very fun atmosphere. I don’t mind a bit of drama here and there to one or two characters that soon leads to a recovery, but the big two lead characters at the same time and constant romance-related talk is going a bit far. As I said last season, it seems that just because this show has a female lead the writers seem to think that means it has to be more about romance than the other “Arrowverse” shows. It really doesn’t…
Speaking of unneeded romance, Episode 6 “Midvale”, was pretty dire. I’ll give them credit in finding two young actresses that really do look like younger versions of Kara and Alex, but beyond that it was cheesy high school stuff, complete with a likable nerdy character, jock bullies and an adult authority figure that ends up not to be trusted. It wasn’t very good, didn’t really do anything story-wise (both Kara and Alex were pretty much the same mopey selves in the next episode) and it just wasn’t entertaining.
I’m not sure where to put Lena Luthor and her starting a relationship with poor, always directionless James Olsen. It just feels like they had two regular cast members left over from last season that they didn’t know what to do with, so they just put them together. I guess it’s a wait and see on them, one way or another…
Morgan Edge is a fine smug git businessman type, but the problem is that’s he’s played by Adrian Pasdar, again. Between Heroes and the MCU, smug git Pasdar is getting a bit boring, even though he does the role so well there were many scenes where I just felt annoyed by seeing it all over again. I know it’s an odd criticism, but that’s just how I felt…
Supergirl’s third season is off to a dull and downbeat start, though at least it started to pick up at the end. I’m sure this will lead to even more Kara being all self-defeatist and depressed, as least the rest of the cast should be able to pick up the slack. But this is a review of the first nine (or so…) episodes, and standing by themselves as a “beginning” to a storyline, and it did accomplish setting up the future of the season, but wasn’t very entertaining while doing it. Let’s just hope the rest of the season is more like Episode 9…