The fourth season of the CW’s Supergirl features a lot of different plotlines coming together at an intense pace. Does the season lose its momentum, or does it find a way to carry the story to the finish line?
Season three saw Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) stop Reign and the other Worldkillers’ threat to humanity and our planet, and in the process, Kara was shocked to find her mother Alura alive and living in a salvaged Argo City that survived the destruction of Krypton. Reconnecting with her past caused Kara to realize that her true home is now, here on Earth, where big changes are taking place for her and all of her friends in National City – and also, it appears, for a doppelganger in Russia!
The main issue the season tackles focuses on racism and bigotry. A wave of anti-alien sentiment is kicked off in the first episode and carries through the entire season. The theme tears at Kara as Supergirl (who the world knows is an alien which worries humans) and in her secret identity (as those who don’t know her secret, dismiss the idea she would understand the suffering they are going through). Given how this aspect of the plot reflects a lot of the political climate taking place in the world today, the season is less about escapism and serves more as a reminder of the importance of staying strong, despite adversity.
This season features the last part of the yearly crossover with The Flash and Arrow. It deals with reality-bending abilities but feels more like a way to introduce Batwoman (another series coming soon to the CW). The crossover serves more like the prequel to next year’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. Though not as intense as previous years crossovers, it’s still always a treat when the different cast members have a chance to play off one another.
The real stand out aspect of this season is Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor. Gone is the goofy dad he was in Two and A Half Men and instead the audience is treated to one of the best presentations of Lex Luthor ever put to film. Luthor is as menacing, diabolical, and dangerous as he has ever been. He easily comes off as the greatest villain Supergirl has ever faced. This is a huge compliment considering the previous season featured enemies known as Worldkillers.
SUPERGIRL Season 4 can seem a bit heavy at times by dealing with a major social issue, but this should not deter the audience from watching. The cast is still as fun as ever, and the new additions help to keep the series interesting. Supergirl remains one of the most entertaining shows for fans looking for action and intrigue in their adaptations.