Ah, Supergirl Season 1… it was much simpler. The attraction and feelings Kara had for James complicated by the arrival of Lucy Lane. What I wouldn’t give to go back to when Supergirl was on CBS.
If you’re like me, you didn’t appreciate the relationship that Kara and James shared during the series’ first season; we took it for granted, and thus when the show was transported to The CW, it crashed and burned. But let’s not forget (and not let the writers forget) that Kara and James had a budding relationship that was built on trust and healthy habits that are missing with her new beau.
Kara and Mon-El
Supergirl Season 2 was the arrival and subsequent death of Kara and James as a couple. Which would’ve been okay if the writers had actually attempted to create and stick with a decent reason for splitting these two up unexpectedly after we spent a season watching the two marinating in their feelings.
They explained abandoning this relationship due to Kara wanting to “figure out who Kara Danvers is,” yet less than ten episodes later, she was paired off with Mon-El. Not only was this relationship abusive and toxic (how many times did he tear her down, lie to her, or use her to make himself the hero?), but Mon-El never respected Kara in the same way James did. Mon-El’s story was all about himself and Kara was sidelined on her own series.
Kara and James
With Mon-El gone, this opens up the possibility of Kara rekindling her feelings for James and we can finally see these two as a couple. Yes, she’s going to be grieving the loss of Mon-El for the first part of Season 3, but that doesn’t mean she can’t rely on James as a friend and realize her feelings for him again. However, the writers retconned all of their Season 1 relationship to avoid having a love triangle, so will this happen? Probably not.
We need to let the writers know that Kara and James are the two we want in a relationship, and for good reason. James respects Kara as a woman and as a hero, and he was never the one to make her question herself or her ability to be a good hero. His relationship with her cousin helped James come to terms with what being a hero means which is why he became Guardian. James understands Kara better than anyone else can, aside from the alien part, because he understands personally what being a hero does to your personality, relationships, and self-respect.
James never made Kara believe she couldn’t be a journalist and Supergirl; Mon-El often pointed out her flaws while “attempting” to boost her ego and help her save the day. We could have a healthy, respectful relationship between Kara and James if the Supergirl writers would realize their CW poster boy is an abusive, demeaning man. Not to mention that in Season 1, James was the love interest to the female superhero; meanwhile, in Season 2, Kara became the love interest to the secondary main character. She became a secondary character on her own show. There’s a difference between how James and Mon-El were written in relation to Kara, and it’s not because the writers changed. It’s because of the characters, their morals, and their personalities.
A female-led superhero show shouldn’t be focusing on the secondary male character’s hero’s journey more than the star’s. This is why we need Kara and James to rekindle their romance and provide a healthy relationship for fans to look to. There’s enough abuse on TV without having to see the show with the only female superhero lead provide it too.
What do you think? Do you agree that Kara and James’ relationship was healthy and is missed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.