The second season of Supergirl is a vast improvement over the first, though that isn’t surprising given, like most first seasons/series of things, it took a while to find its feet. This season wasn’t without weak points, but was definitely an enjoyable watch.
After finding an unconscious man in a similar pod to how she was found, Kara has little time to settle the mystery relating to his identity as his cousin Superman soon arrives. This is just the beginning of her greatest adventure yet…
*spoilers appear from here on out!*
Cast of Characters:
Kara remembers that Superman is supposed to be nice and full of hope, and is glad she’s in the right universe…
Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) – Still struggling to come to terms with her relationship with Jimmy, Kara is soon thrust into one crisis after another, with a new love interest thrown in to boot…
Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) – Alex has a turbulent season, from realising and accepting that she’s a lesbian, to finding her long-lost father, who she then loses again, to finally settling down into a relationship for the first time. Oh and battling aliens and stuff. That too.
James Olsen / Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) – After being a central focus of Season 1, Olsen is pushed into the background, having to become vigilante “Guardian” in order to stay relevant. Doesn’t work, really…
J’onn J’onzz / Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) – Head of the D.E.O. leads to plenty of missions to command, but more importantly, leads him to a new Martian friend, who then turns out to be an enemy, or so he thought… Yeah.
Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) – Stereotypical nerdy computer guy is now working for the D.E.O. directly, which makes more sense. He also gets into a relationship this season, with an alien thief… as you do.
Mon-El (Chris Wood) – Charming, attractive and dumb, he’s your classic cheesy American boyfriend character… well, apart from being from the planet Daxam.
Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) – The sister of Lex, Lena struggles to break free from the chains of her last name, and befriends Kara in the process. One of the few people who knows Kara that hasn’t actually figured out her identity.
Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong) – Head of Cadmus, an organisation hell bent of ridding Earth of all alien life. She holds a grudge against Superman for landing her brilliant son in prison.
Rhea (Teri Hatcher) – Mon-El’s mother, she will stop at nothing to have her son back by her side… anything!
M’gann M’orzz / Miss Martian (Sharon Leal) – First believed to be a surviving Green Martian like Mr. Manhunter, but turns out to be a White Martian who gained a conscious during the whole Green Martian culling thing.
“I’m confused… about everything.” “Nothings changed there, son…”
Most of the cast continues to be really enjoyable to watch. Supergirl herself is sweet and caring, and can still look tough, Alex is more humanised, Martian Manhunter is given a storyline all to himself, and Winn is in a far more logical position with the D.E.O. and gets a love interest to boot. New cast member Lena Luthor is a really interesting character, and her mother Lillian made a good villain. There were several scenes where I though Lena had given in and gone bad, I was happy they haven’t gone that predictable route… yet. Throw in Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, who is perfectly cast, and you’ve got some good stuff.
The stuff with Alex and Maggie, where they started a same sex relationship, started off far too “look at what we’re doing! We’re so ahead of our time!” when it has become pretty normal nowadays on TV. Thankfully as the season progressed it became just that, a regular relationship, with normal storylines you always see between opposite sex couples on TV, and THAT’S how it should be treated in 2017. Nothing extraordinary, instead something normal.
The first two thirds of the season, dealing with Cadmus and Alex’s father (and Hank Henshaw / Cyborg Superman!) was a good story, though the writers were right in admitting it didn’t really have the steam to last the whole season, and instead they reappeared to cause trouble during the big finale. Rhea and the Daxamites may have been a little too similar to the lead villain of Season 1 and therefore didn’t feel particularly fresh, but at least the finale was an exciting one.
Mon-El is presented as a rather straight forward stupid but handsome boyfriend who is trying not to be a prick, which is good because he frequently came across as a prick, and was just generally not very interesting until the final few episodes, and even then he was only barely interesting. His illogical exit was annoying as well (see my review of the final five episodes for more info there!)
Jimmy Olsen was bland as bland can be in Season 1, but at least he was the lead love interest. In this season he isn’t even that. He’s made boss of Catco. but he is barely seen in the office (Kara’s journalist boss is seen as the boss far more often) and later gets to be a Batman-esque vigilante, complete with needlessly gruff voice… but doesn’t really do anything. One or two episodes have highlighted him, but in general he does feel like he’s just hanging around trying to join in with conversations between other people and getting annoyed when he’s ignored.
Cat Grant was a particular unpleasant character for me, though I understand why people might like her, I found her egotistical bitch-ness “who has a good heart really” to be unpleasant viewing and was happy when she was no longer in this season… until she came back, and was presented as this returning bad-ass character who is still a bitch in the final two episodes. Really annoying! (for me)
“Of course I remember you… er… John? Joseph? … Er…”
Overall then, Supergirl Season 2 is a mixed bag, but most of the returning a new characters are good and/or get some good development. The overall storylines are fun to follow and the finale delivers, mostly. The few negatives don’t bring the season down too much, especially if you’re binge watching multiple episodes a day, then I’m sure it will fly by as a fun way to spend a few hours…