Supergirl must stop an anti-alien terrorist organization from
waging war on alien refugees, while also thwarting an alien invasion.
Supergirl (Season 2)
Developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan,
Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Chris Wood, Floriana Lima, Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain, Tyler Hoechlin, Katie McGrath,
Brenda Strong, Ian Gomez, Lynda Carter, Sharon Leal,
Tamzin Merchant, Kevin Sorbo, Helen Slater, Calista Flockhart
Based on characters from DC Comics
Supergirl's second season suffered greatly from an overall lack of focus. There was no clear overarching villain. Instead, the season was split in two with two big arcs and two big villains that the writers tried to mesh together, but it didn't quite work out. Still, this season opened up the world of DCTV big time by introducing us to the Man of Steel himself, Superman, even if it was for just a couple of episodes. The most exciting part is that this is a Superman who's been active for years. He's already put Lex Luthor in prison and he's fought with General Zod, both of whom are name-dropped. If only this were the focus of the season. Instead, we get a poorly executed Project Cadmus with Lillian Luthor heading the op instead of Amanda Waller, followed by an easily avoidable alien invasion led by Teri Hatcher's Queen Rhea. With all the wasted potential, it's a wonder I made it past the halfway point with this one.
Let's begin with Supergirl herself. While Melissa Benoist continues to give a good performance as both sides of the character, this season had very little to do with her. They did the "will they/won't they" thing with newcomer Mon-El of Daxam (played perfectly by Chris Wood in a performance that made him my new favorite character), but beyond that, she seems to just be around to bear witness to other characters' big arcs. Like, for example, her sister Alex is gay now but she's just as insufferable. Her partner, Maggie, is just as annoying and with the amount of episodes focused on them, I'm surprised they didn't change the name of the show to Alex. Having said all that, there were parts of this season I enjoyed. The two-part musical episode that crossed over with The Flash, for example. That was fantastic. Plus, this season thought to explore the character of Martian Manhunter a bit more. Good idea. Maybe if the season had spent more time with the exciting characters, we wouldn't have this problem.
The biggest change-up for season two was turning James Olsen, a character that quickly became irrelevant after season one, into the vigilante Guardian. Instead of just introducing Batman (which would've been the smart thing to do), the writers decided to turn Olsen into a Batman-esque vigilante that really doesn't do much and quickly becomes as irrelevant as his mild-mannered alter ego. So much happened this season that didn't connect well. It was almost like every possible idea escaped the writer's room and nobody bothered to focus them all into a cohesive season. This had better not be a recurring problem in the coming seasons. Fans of the CW have already suffered through this with Arrow. I doubt they'd be willing to let it happen again.