When Supergirl Season 4 Episode 1 premieres, Kara is high on life. She’s embracing her identities as Supergirl and Kara Danvers, and, for once, Kara’s life is exactly how she wants it.
Here at The TV Type, we had the opportunity to watch an early screening of the Supergirl premiere episode. One thing I’ve had to tell myself, too many times to count, going into Supergirl Season 4 is to give the show a fresh start. This is the first season without the input of Andrew Kreisberg who, let’s face it, dragged the female hero down with his misogynistic and predatory behavior.
The Bold Type Season 2 finale recently premiered and I have to say, it was pretty underwhelming.
After a rocky season of The Bold Type filled with inconsistencies and rushed storylines, fans were counting on the season finale to bring everything together and make sense of the chaos. Unfortunately, it not only failed to tie up the rest of the season, it was overall lackluster and left the viewers saying, “That’s it?” There are plenty examples throughout the entirety of the season where things just didn’t quite add up, but perhaps most infuriating were the inconsistencies and conflicting narratives involving the show’s main couple: Kat and Adena.
To those who haven’t had the privilege of watching Parks and Recreation before: immediately stop what you’re doing, load Netflix on your television or computer, and turn on NBC’s late comedy.
Parks and Recreation, which ran from 2009-2015 on NBC, stars an amazingly talented cast led by Amy Poehler, who you may recognize from her time on Saturday Night Live or her recent thrilling film co-starring Tina Fey: Sisters (2015). The series tells the story of a small, fictional town in Indiana, Pawnee, and the passionate and large, albeit crazy, reckless, and dysfunctional town residents. And, honestly, Parks and Recreation should henceforth be heralded as one of the most beautiful and funny comedies ever created, which is why everyone should be watching this show.
With The Flash Season 4 focusing on Ralph’s journey to heroism, Iris’ new role as the leader of Team Flash and Harry’s brilliant mind being their “best option” for taking on The Thinker, Caitlin and Cisco have drifted to the background.
It’s disappointing, because their characters have been irreplaceable members of Team Flash from the very beginning. Whether as Caitlin and Cisco or as their heroic alter egos (if Caitlin gets her powers back), the two could easily be incorporated into every aspect of Team Flash’s process, so there’s no excuse for not utilizing their skills and abilities to save the day.
Though the pair originally started out as frenemies on Supergirl, Winn and James have grown close, especially over the last two seasons.
Their friendship seems to be the one part of their lives that is “normal,” or whatever anyone with an alien as a friend can call normal. As Winn dealt with the death of his father and arrival of his mother on Season 3 Episode 14, James clearly helped him through it, and it just shows how far their friendship has come, even though we’ve seen so little of it.
After Kara’s revelation during her coma in the Supergirl mid-season premiere that her current life is all because she took on the human identity of Kara Danvers, we need to see stories that reflect that.
This mental block she experienced in the mid-season premiere of Supergirl seems to have cemented that Kara Danvers is just as important as Supergirl, if not more important, and that she needs to appreciate the “human” life she’s been able to lead. But why—after many revelations of how important Kara’s life as Kara Danvers is—is her life outside of being a superhero solely about being a love interest and ignores any other part of her life, especially her career? Let’s see Kara embrace her career more and the writers develop stories utilizing her skills as a reporter, rather than just as an alien.
Much of Supergirl has been about establishing Kara Danvers as a hero in her own right, and as a hero the people of National City can count on.
Before even introducing Superman as a recognizable character, we saw Kara fight to prove she didn’t need her cousin to come save the day for her. It’s safe to say Kara’s proven to everyone she’s just as capable, if not more so, than Superman. So would it be a mistake to bring in Superman to be at Kara’s side during the Worldkiller fight?
In the final monologue of Black Lightning Season 1, it became clear that after saving both her mother’s and father’s lives, Jennifer sees her powers similarly to Anissa, “as a blessing from God.”
Jennifer has spent episodes denying her abilities and how her life has changed, but it looks like she is really to embrace her powers and become Lightning. However, suiting up as her superhero alter ego shouldn’t happen on Black Lightning Season 2.
Lena Luthor’s stance on morality has been the heated debate circling her character since her debut on Supergirl.
Supergirl Season 3 has already returned to this, twice, and forced Lena to entertain the idea of killing someone to protect herself (and others) and consider what she’d be willing to do to keep those around her safe. As we saw on Season 3 Episode 12, Lena ultimately decided to save Edge from her mother, rather than kill him herself or let her mother finish him off, but can Lena ever truly stay good?
Though Black Lightning is only finished with Season 1, the series has already begun with a unique twist on hero origins, and the potential for the show is enough to change how The CW conducts their superhero business going forward.
On every topic that fans are concerned with, Black Lightning hits the mark and goes well above expectations in every episode.