What Supergirl Should Know Going into Season Three
It's been a while since I've talked about Supergirl on this blog and I'm sure everyone is missing hearing my thoughts. So, let's talk about season three. Prior to today, I'd only seen the season three trailer once. I watched it during the Comic Con weekend and I was more distracted by the other nonsense that went on to fully focus on what exactly they were getting at. I got slightly distracted at the prospect of a darker season because I do think the wrongly show shied away from talking about anything in regard to Kara's character recently. However, like all nice things when it comes to post-season one Supergirl, Mon-el gets in the way.
Before I launch into what is probably my eight hundredth rant against that entitled, LITERAL SLAVE-OWNING prince, I'll talk about what I'm excited about for season three.
My excitement begins and ends with Lena Luthor. (And Reign, but I don't know too much about how they're gonna incorporate her, so I'm holding my judgement.)
I've said it before and I'll say it until the day I die, but Lena Luthor and the friendship between her and Kara was one of the best things season two did. Regardless of your thoughts about just how platonic that friendship is, you have to admit that the relationship of a Super and Luthor is always interesting. Despite Lena proving herself at every turn as a good person, there's still a shred of doubt in everyone's mind. Everyone, that is, except Kara.
Let's talk a little about what Supergirl is trying to say about blood and family because I'm not sure if I like it. Lena Luthor is met with doubt at every turn despite never giving them a reason to doubt her. I'll give them a slide on the very first time they don't trust her because her brother literally tried to kill Superman and as soon as she shows up in National City, a plane that she just happens to miss, explodes. Seems a little shady, but her story checks out and she's firmly planted herself on the pro-Super side.
However, everyone in Kara's little gang refuses to give Lena the benefit of the doubt. Now, this would all be fine and dandy if they treated everyone with the same skepticism, but they don't. One of their own, Winn, is the son of a man who killed hundreds, but he is never treated differently. They never wonder if Winn will turn bad. Even Kara's family is filled with people who didn't always put the good of humanity first and foremost. So why Lena? Why the double standard?
I wish I could tell you. Is it really just so they can have a "gotcha" moment should they decide to assassinate Lena's character and turn her into a villain? And what does that say to the viewers out there who come from families they're working so hard to be different from? That eventually, despite all their growth and effort to move past their family's legacy, they will grow up to be the exact person they swore they wouldn't be?
If they turn Lena into a villain after all of this, I will have officially lost all faith in the writers. What makes Lena so great, aside from actually being a great person, is that she's the last one who doesn't know that Kara is Supergirl. To have a superhero show, you kinda still need someone to be in the dark about the alter ego. More than that, Lena believes that yes, Supergirl is a hero, but Kara Danvers, the human alter ego, is just as heroic. And she doesn't even know that they're one and the same. She sees how great Kara is even when she's not wearing that cape and not many people in Kara's life have expressed that same sentiment.
Which brings me to the main plot point that's been revealed for season three; Kara Zor-el thinks that Kara Danvers, her Earth alter ego, was a mistake. What is the catastrophic event that causes Kara Danvers to seem irrelevant? Oh, simple. Kara's world is effectively over because her bland, LITERAL SLAVE-OWNING boyfriend got kicked off the planet.
Guyssssssssssss. That's just so absurdly stupid. You are really telling me that Kara is ready to give up and give in because a BOY left her? A boy who was rude to her, yelled at her, and genuinely thought she wasn't strong enough to save the world? WHAT?! A boy who doesn't even believe in her leaving Earth means that Kara suddenly has no purpose anymore?
The problems with the second season can all be traced back to Mon-el. Meaning, he took up the majority of the screentime despite genuinely serving no purpose. Kara had a good love interest with a competent man. Not a boy who laments who things were easier on his planet where he could just objectify women. That's not me being cute and paraphrasing. That SLAVE-OWNING bland boy wasted time on
what used to be my good, feminist show by saying that he wishes he could just objectify women. But, yeah, sure, it seems entirely in character that Kara would throw her Earth life away for that boy. It's not like she didn't spend the majority of the first season insisting that she needed her job at CatCo because it made her feel grounded.
Kara and Mon-el's big, "romantic" moment came at the end of the Valentine's Day episode where Kara is stalked by a guy named Mr. Mxyzptlk. Mr. M (y'all knew I wasn't about to keep typing Mxyzptlk) is the villain of the episode and Mr. M spends his time fabricating ways to get Kara to fall in love with him. Kara beats Mr. M at his own game because she's a literal hero. Unlike most other heroes, though, she doesn't get to kiss the right guy because the right guy wasn't even in the episode. (James Olsen is the right guy. Y'all really thought I was insinuating that Mon-el was the right guy?! Keep up.)
Instead of a man who values her and treats her as a real human who has agency of her own, she gets Mon-el because, compared to the alternative of Mr. M, he's not that bad. Being the tiniest bit better than the worst does not make him anywhere close to the best. At the end of the day, Mon-el will always be a boy who thinks he deserves Kara's attention because he likes her. Doesn't matter if she returns those feelings, which she doesn't for a long time, because he's not leaving until he gets what he wants. How dreamy, right?
Let's pretend for a brief moment that I believe what the Supergirl writers are telling me and that Kara is genuinely heartbroken about losing that snot-nosed SLAVE-OWNING prince. (I'll never stop reminding everyone that he was a slave-owner. Tell me how the writers redeemed him from that.) Let's pretend I believe that he's the first person she's every truly loved and that this loss is detrimental. It's a stretch, I know, that Kara could fall into this deep despair because of a boy, but it's not like she's lost an entire family, planet, and culture.
What's that? Kara's also lost an entire family, planet, and culture? Well, gee, then maybe LOSING A BOYFRIEND SHE'S KNOWN FOR A FEW MONTHS MAX IS NOWHERE NEAR AS BAD AS THAT.
You know what was worse than that? When her adoptive Earth sister killed her aunt Astra from Krypton. Kara had to lose her last connection to that part of her life all over again at the hands of someone who gave her a family when she was alone on a strange planet. If anything could crush a person after losing an entire world, it's that. It's not the loss of a bad boyfriend who barely treated her with the tiniest ounce of respect. We've learned from little comments from Alex that Kara's dating history isn't great and it wouldn't shock me to find out she dated some guys that treated her poorly in her past. And because the writers never gave James and Kara a chance, she never knew there was a better option out there.
As much as I hope and pray, I don't think Supergirl has learned from their season two mistakes. The most glaring reason being that Mon-el is scheduled to come back for season three and where he went is set to be the major mystery of the season. Since none of you dedicated readers are Supergirl fans, I'll let you in on a secret; I'm not the only one that hated Mon-el. Critics and fans hated him and genuinely cheered at an early screening of the finale when he was banished off Earth. Not exactly what you want to hear when the love interest of your hero is sent away, is it?
No one told anyone at The CW, though. Or, I guess, they have, but The CW isn't listening. At the Television Critics Association, a reporter was like, why is Mon-el coming back "no one wants him" and The CW president stood up there and said that he'd disagree.
It's very clear at this point that my darling feminist superhero show is long gone and what's left is a show that's propping up a LITERAL SLAVE-OWNING, misogynist as half of a star-crossed lover trope with a girl who is too good for him. You wanna see star-crossed? Watch Wynonna Earp or The Flash. Iris/Barry and Nicole/Waverly not only have functional relationships built on respect, but it's been proven that no matter what universe or timeline, they're going to find each other. That's star-crossed, Supergirl writers. Take note.