The old Kara can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, cause she’s dead. Or at least emotionally dead.
The season 3 premiere finds Kara trying to cope with her Mon-El-less life by completely shutting down. Supergirl is being hailed a hero, National City is recovering from the destruction caused by the Daxamites, but the same cannot be said for the pain inflicted on Kara’s heart by a Daxamite.
Since sending him away for the greater good, Kara has become icy or like Wynn put it “very fast, very furious.” She’s so focused on taking down the bad guys, the police don’t have anything to do because she’s left National City’s squeaky clean. And the worst part, the joy that she once felt by being Supergirl and helping people is nothing more than a chore to her now. It’s quite the departure from the happy-go-lucky Kara we’re so used to.
It’s normal for a series to have ups-and-downs and hits-and-misses but Supergirl always succeeds in fixes its messes. By getting rid of what wasn’t working for them, they were able to return with a more mature series. As heartbreaking as Mon-El’s exit was for fans, it was a necessary move that allowed them to refocus on the central heroine who had lost her sense of self and identity along the way. Through her loss, they were able to tell Kara’s story.
Supergirl is not devoid of human emotion, but as she’s focused on shedding her humanity, she quits Catco, the one place that she kept around to make her feel more human. “Kara Danvers sucks right now,” she tells Alex adding that she doesn’t “like that girl.” When humans grieve, they tend to detach and Supergirl is taking that to heart, literally detaching from her human alter-ego, successfully, might I add because she remembers what it’s like to be both a human on Earth and an alien on Krypton.
The problem is that she doesn’t realize that making the right decision, the one that benefits the world and not just her (because that would be selfish) doesn’t make her weak. It actually makes her the strongest person around. And that isn’t because she has superpowers, it’s because she has a human heart that can love and feel pain.
Lena Luthor putting up a statue for Supergirl, a woman she calls her friend, is proof enough that people care about her because she’s done right by them, saving them on multiple occasions. Each person that tells how much she’s saved them, chips away at Supergirl’s exterior until she realizes that it’s okay to feel pain, to feel hurt, to lean on your friends. Seeing Kara finally come out of hiding to go out to the bar is a welcoming but still, I hope that this isn’t the writers simply writing off all of Kara’s problems are fixed. Her issues have wedged deep within her psyche and we need a road to closure, not an abrupt ending to the book.
Aside from Kara’s emotional being, the rest of the episode panned out the storylines for the season. Alex and Maggie found themselves disagreeing on whether or not to have a big wedding. Alex finally admitted that she was hesitant because she wouldn’t have a father to walk her down the aisle. Part of me is just glad she didn’t almost sabotage her wedding because her sister was down in the dumps, which would have been so like her. And who would have thought I would tear up when Alex finally asked J’onn, a father figure of hers, to walk her down the aisle? I knew it was coming but it hit right in the feels. We’re going to have a wedding ya’ll!
James and Lena were both dealing with National City’s very own Donald Trump-ish character Edge. It seems like every single city, even one filled with aliens, has to have one of these guys. Edge, who was stirring up all the mayhem this week, threatened to buy out CatCo in order to control the press and the narratives being posted about him. If you have the money, you can control the media which in turn controls the people. Through that, you can defame your enemies and push your own agenda because people “believe anything they read.” Truer statements have never been spoken on this show.
Being a woman that doesn’t like to be defeated or talked-down to, Lena purchases the company instead and creates a permanent enemy out of Edge in the process. Thankfully, she’s allied herself with both Supergirl and Kara and both girls deliver. One drops Edge on a cargo ship with no way of getting back to the city, the other one re-accepts her job back at Catco to run a media empire best friend. I don’t think I have to say which is which. Look how quickly Kara worked her way up the ranks from assistant to whatever position Lena will give her.
Bloodsport wasn’t a good sport at all but he also wasn’t a compelling villain, at least not enough to make us care beyond what was happening at that moment. Supergirl has seen more menacing villains but truthfully, who was doing Edge’s bidding wasn’t the focus, it was more about tactic. Edge stole a high-pressure regulator and cloaked a submarine in order to drop nukes without anyone seeing or being able to stop them. It was impressive. And it was all done to destroy the waterfront so that Edge could build apartments for the wealthy. The series literally took stabs at Trump’s leadership and greed while also throwing shade at him over global warming. “Every moron knows that global warming is the biggest threat of our time,” Press Secretary Cat Grant states. Unfortunately, it’s safe to say, that not every moron knows.
We were also introduced to a mother, Sam, (Odette Annabel) whose love for her daughter (Ruby) unleashes some superhuman strength. Based on her heroic act, I thought she’d be yet another heroine in National City but spoilers indicate she’ll be playing a new villain named Reign. That would explain why the dream saw Supergirl’s mother turn into a Snapchat filter-looking Monster. You know which one I’m talking about. But why are her dreams connected to Kara’s unless she’s the third Kryptonite that came in a pod, that we saw activated underwater, with Kal and Kara. Why is she evil thought?
- I wasn’t a fan of the cliche “Wake up” from Mon-El that brought back Supergirl from her dreamlike stage while underwater.
- I was more thrown by the fact that she apparently can’t breathe underwater. I guess you can’t have it all.
- If we can continue having clips of Cat Grant delivering her witty commentary as press secretary, maybe we can sort-of keep her as a constant presence on the show?