We are four episodes into the third season of Supergirl and if you’re not watching, you should be. I hear see it on message boards and on social media all the time. “I watch the Flash, but I can’t get into Supergirl,” or, “I liked the first season but they stopped being good.” Today I’m going to look at a half dozen television series that are doing some really good work this season and why you should be watching.
Supergirl was not my favorite of the Arrowverse when it was on CBS. I went from watching it live to watching Gotham and seeing Supergirl on recording to watching a few episode at a time. The show felt more office comedy/drama than DCEU and the Kara-James-Winn triangle just didn’t work for me. When they moved to the CW, sent Cat Grant away and introduced Superman… the show improved greatly. It still had some quirks, but it was definitely improved.
With season three they’re doing something the other series have not. They’re giving us a ticking clock big bad. We were introduced to Odette Annable in the first episode of the season. She wasn’t named yet, but we saw that she was a mother and she demonstrated great strength to save her daughter. We knew going in that the big bad was going to be Reign an that Annable was going to play the character… so we were teased that she has powers. Then they took a step back and introduced us to the person, Samantha Arias, a single mom who is trying to go back to work and just so happens to be hired to take over L Corp while Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) focuses on CatCo. We’re seeing her struggle to balance the world of corporate executive and mother. She is becoming friends with Lena, Kara (Melissa Benoist), Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima). We’re getting to know her as a human and like her. And just when they’ve spent almost three full episodes getting us to like her and showing she is completely normal… they have a moment where she’s covered in Kryptonian symbols and a hooded woman suddenly appears and says she will Reign.
Annable is doing a good job of fitting into the series and making viewers like her, which is going to make it much tougher when she becomes Reign. But the outfit they show her in is very different than the comic book version. She looks like a superhero… so you have to wonder just how the writer’s plan on using her this season. This is definitely worth tuning in for.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 PM on the CW.
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