James and Lena united, romantically, on Supergirl Season 3 Episode 9. Which could have come as a surprise to fans of the series that aren’t engaged on social media, since there was little build up for this relationship.
In a desperate attempt to give James and Lena any story outside of being Kara’s friends, the Supergirl writers have pushed together the pair as a couple, but it just does not work, and there’s many reasons why.
Separate from Kara
Let’s be real, the main reason this pairing was ever thought of was to make distance between Kara and Lena, and distance between Kara and James for the fans wanting those pairings to ignite a spark. Especially for the distance between Kara and Lena. SuperCorp has become, probably, the biggest ‘ship on the show with it being one of the top Tumblr couples. Fans are very passionate about this pairing, and the writers are aware of this passion and are trying to put out the fire, but like putting water on a grease fire, it’s only gotten bigger with this failed attempt.
As for separating James from Kara, this has been attempted since the beginning of Season 2 as the writers decided to retcon the entirety of Season 1 and the build-up of James and Kara’s relationship in favor of Mon-El. There wasn’t a real reason for this relationship to just die, other than the writers deciding the two were both just too perfect to be together, and on The CW, that’s unacceptable. The writers couldn’t even come up with a story to separate them, other than Kara “deciding to focus on figuring out who Kara Danvers is,” yet she was in a relationship with Mon-El just a few episodes later.
The distance for James began as he became Kara’s boss and the relationship fizzled, which just made their interactions unbearably awkward and uncomfortable to watch. Without a real reason, there’s always going to be fans hanging on for these two to end up together and explore the chemistry between them, and this relationship with Lena is just another attempt to drive Kara and James further apart. After all, what girl is going to date her “best friend’s” ex-boyfriend when James and Lena eventually break up?
The Real Problem
James and Lena being coupled has nothing to do with the characters, but with the writing of these characters. It’s a poor attempt to keep them away from Kara, to try to kill the supporters of both couples, and just a poor attempt at creating a relationship in general. There’s never been any chemistry between the two, and the relationship lacks any foundation to earn their status as a couple.
Sure, James and Lena are going to be in relationships with other people at some point, but this couple should have never come to be. There’s no chemistry between the actors whatsoever, and James Olsen has never been a fan of Lena Luthor as he said himself in Season 2. If the writers are going to pair these characters off with other people, bring back Lucy Lane for James and get a new person for Lena to be with that Katie McGrath shares a bit of chemistry with. A good relationship will get supporters, even though they will still hold out hope for SuperCorp or whatever couple they’d like to be together. The problem is that this isn’t a good relationship and can never be.
What do you think? Should James and Lena end things now? Are you looking forward to seeing them together? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.