There are some shake-ups in the new season of Supergirl. Kara (Melissa Benoist) gets a new outfit and hairstyle. That’s probably the least important of them. I’m not quite sure why I chose to include it in the first paragraph of my review, but I did, and I’m sticking with it.
So I guess I will continue in ascending order. The Martian Manhunter (Dave Harewood) is given a new enemy of his own, Malefic (Phil LaMarr). That will allow him a new plotline for the season. Since J’onn left the DEO, his character has been less relevant to the show. I like the actor’s performance, so I am glad they keep finding things for him to do.
The most important of the changes is that Catco has been sold, and the new owner, Andrea Rojas (Julie Gonzalo), is implementing a new direction for the magazine, associating internet clicks with value. This means that heavy news is to be dropped in favour of gossip and sensationalism, which is not to the liking of either Kara or Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks). Comic enthusiasts might recognize her character, but I’ll leave it to the show to see how she develops. I really like Gonzalo, she was excellent as Rebecca Barnes in the reboot of Dallas, and I enjoy not trusting her one bit.
As far as elements that continue from the previous season, Dreamer (Nicole Mains) is still around, and continuing her relationship with Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath). While I have never really liked the way the show has adapted Brainiac 5, I am consistently won over by Rath’s performance. He is the one who creates the new costume for Supergirl, and it makes for a few genuinely funny scenes in the episode.
As the previous season concluded, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) learned that Kara Danvers was really Supergirl. Her pain and feelings of betrayal, that her best friend would keep this secret from her, are driving the new season. I have to admit, I really didn’t care for McGrath when she was introduced a few seasons back. Watching the latest episode, I was surprised to realize how much she has grown on me. By her own admission, she is not a villain. She is not out to kill Supergirl. She is a hurt individual, wanting to balance the score. This leads to some great conversations between the two women as the episode plays out, building to an extremely tense and effective conclusion.
I also want to mention a little Easter Egg in the episode that I quite enjoyed. An early scene takes place in a Lost World of Krypton exhibit, in which one of the features is a re-creation of the Phantom Zone. The signage for the exhibit uses the cover logo design for the Phantom Zone miniseries from 1982. I love little throwaways like that.
And it looks like I ended my review just like I opened it, with trivialities. Perhaps I should start writing for Catco.