Supergirl: Season 3
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Supergirl: Season 3

Many of the current fans of comic books, graphic novels and the movies based upon then, were diligently following our favorite characters, deeply involved in their numerous story arcs and concurrent treatment of the pertinent character development. The comics we regularly enjoyed cost typically 12¢ but now can sell for considerably more. The rivalry that developed between the two dominant publishers, DC and Marvel, not only persisted through the intervening decades but has steadily grown in scope and potential reward. The films comprising the DC Extended Universe and the critically acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe, represent billions of dollars in revenue. As such, no possible source or revenue remains untapped, Both the MCU and DCEU have made forays into home media. While Marvel focused on the new format, streaming video, and to a lesser extent, television, DC has been busy carefully crafting a completely intriguing presence on television commonly referred to as the ‘Arrowverse.’ Starting with characters originating in Golden Age, the company currently holding the distribution rights, Warner Brothers, managed an achievement that eluded Marvel, a multifaceted, internally consistent world populated by a myriad of superheroes and villains. Legendary figures including ‘Green Arrow’, ‘The Atom’ and ‘The Flash’, found revitalization on the CW network, among the most recent acquisitions was a staple of DC, ‘Supergirl’, canceled after a single season on CBS, the beautiful ‘Girl of Steel’, was seamlessly integrated into the Arrowverse. In established fashion, ‘Supergirl’ expanded the DCTVU with incredible success. While waiting for the highly anticipated fourth season, it is the ideal opportunity to consider Season tree, just released on DVD/Blu-ray.

Kara Zor-el (Melissa Benoist), has been residing on earth under the nom de voyage of Kara Danvers. As explained by the opening recap, Kara is employed as an investigative journalist for the media conglomerate, Cat-co enterprises but diligently fights to protect Earth from rouge extraterrestrials alongside her adopted sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), as part of the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO). It is their a function to monitor, or the rater substantial alien population helping the benign fit in a while detaining those with deleterious intent. This third season was in many ways the sophomore year of the show. In keeping with this theory, much of the season’s story arcs involved character introduction and development. In the typical style of the Arrowverse, the series introduced several popular DC characters that encompassed stalwarts The Martian Manhunter, J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood), who headed the DEO under the pseudonym, Hank Henshaw. There were even guest appearances by Kara’s cousin, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). Relying upon the trademark twist of differentiating this universe from the comics and the DCU by presenting different actors portraying alternate versions of the characters. For example, the general emotional tenue is considerably lighter than the movie versions.

The requisite ‘Big Bad’ for this season is a Kryptonian cult leader, Selena (Anjali Jay), determined to destroy the Earth rebuilding it as New Krypton. I order to accomplish this, three women, Kryptonian deep cover agents, who when activated became the ‘Worldkillers’ from Krypton’s mythology. The first to assume her powers and evil alternate personalities were Samantha Arias (Odette Annable), as the super-powered Reign. Her introduction was a definite example of a plot contrivance. First, Supergirl rescues Sam and her teenage daughter, Ruby (Emma Tremblay), then coincidentally. Sam is hired to help run Luthor Corp. the family-owned company formerly headed by Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor. Currently, the company was taken over by his sister, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Through distinctly believable circumstances, Kara and Lena become best friends. This opened the narrative permitting the introduction of a story thread focusing on growing distrust and animosity between Lena and Supergirl. Since Lena is unaware of Kara’s secret identity, placing Kara in an extremely precarious situation. Although DC is unable to create relatable characters that the viewers can become emotionally vested in, caring about their fates. This has always been Marvel’s forte, the primary factor differentiating them from their competitors. In the MCU their characters were crafted with precision paying minute attention to backstory details, over the course of a decade, DC continually misses the mark, failing to provide films that could succeed not just as comic book movie.

The concentrated emphasis the emotional entanglements of the characters and the resultant effect on the overall narrative. It is a commonplace for relationships to influence the story among protagonists but in this instance, there was a complex interdependency between the heroes and villains. Sam held the dual role of friend to Lena, Kara and Alex. When Sam manifests as the evil Reign, the World killer, all efforts to vanquish her by the heroes is mitigated and hindered by the host being a close friend. An opportunity to solidify some aspects of continuity binding the seasons together. Alex recently broke up with a far girlfriend because of Alex’s deep-seated need to be a parent. While Supergirl and Lena fight Reign, Alex assumes a close personal relationship with Ruby, reigniting her need to fill a parental role. Another instance reunites Kara with a former love interest, Mon-el (Chris Wood). They were star-crossed lovers with Mon-el forced to leave Earth. He turned up in the 31st century where he joined the ‘Legion of Super-Heroes.’ This was a group of young super-powered individuals introduced in Superboy, eventually gaining their own stories. From Kara’s perspective only, months have passed, but Mon-el lived through seven years in the future. During that time, he married Imra Ardeen (Amy Jackson), alternately known as Saturn Girl, a powerful telepath and unnecessary contrivance keeping in during this involved Mon-el teaching Supergirl how to utilize her cape as an active part of combat. Having the iconic fabric suddenly imbued with almost magical abilities came across as silly, far below what fans have come to expect in the CW Arrowvese.

Another member of the Legion would soon help transition the series into a new direction. Querl Dox (Jesse Rath), is better known as, Brainiac 5, is a twelfth level intellect able to process vast amounts of data, calculate and execute plans faster than the most advanced quantum computer. He is affectionately called ‘Brainy’ by his fellow Legionnaires. A plot twist in the last episode of the season results in significant changes in the principal cast including promoting Mr. Rath to the regular cast in the upcoming season four. Crossover events have become popular among television shows sharing the same ‘universe.’ In the Silver age of TV series like ‘Beverley Hillbillies,’ ‘Green Acres’ and ‘Petticoat Junction,’ were known for their cross-pollinating guest stars. This concept is best represented in the Arrowvese with a single-story spanning ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legions of Tomorrow.’ In this season a joyful event crosses over the multiverse bringing the extended group together for the nuptials of Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Grant Gustin). There was also a special limited crossover episode where the cast is afforded to showcase the incredible vocal talents prevalent among these gifted performers. Mr. Gustin and Ms. Benoist were both series regulars on ‘Glee’ before gaining super powered personas. During the interseason hiatus, Ms. Benoist stared on Broadway in a musical as singer/songwriter Carol King. Season four should prove to build upon the strong foundation of the series and the cohesiveness of the franchise.

Posted   09/20/2018

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