When Supergirl premiered, the relationship between Kara Danvers and Cat Grant was tense, but it brought a beautiful light to the mentor/student relationship. Not only did Cat inspire Kara Danvers, but she helped Kara become Supergirl and save the city, so really, don’t we owe everything to her?
Cat Grant was a force to be reckoned with, and since her abrupt departure in the early episodes of Season 2 (due to Calista Flockhart’s contract negotiations that maintained she would only be a series regular if production was kept in Los Angeles), the series hasn’t been the same. Something is missing, and the writers haven’t been able to fill that void.
The relationship between Cat and Kara remains the most special on the show, perhaps even more special than Alex and Kara’s bond. Kara learned so much from her boss, and she still had so much to learn.
Without Cat, the show is falling flat. Every Season 2 episode is missing a key attribute that every Season 1 episode had, and that’s due to the absence of Cat Grant. Kara needs the advice from her boss to keep going, especially as she’s working toward being a reporter this season. Exploring Kara Danvers is just as important as discovering Supergirl, and Cat would’ve given Kara great advice as she blossomed into the person she wants to be.
Cat’s advice made each episode, and she never allowed Kara to get too down, or upset, or to give up. She was Kara’s shining light at work; every move Cat made bettered herself, and bettered Kara in connection, and she allowed Kara to take a path that would get her the best results. She didn’t want her protege to make the same mistakes she did, so her guidance became necessary to developing their relationship and even Kara’s perception of herself.
Snapper doesn’t have the same results; he’s just mean. He doesn’t inspire his employees, he just tears them down until he gets what he wants. Sure, Cat had a similar attitude, but not toward Kara. Without her advice, the series just lacks the appeal it had in Season 1, and it’s become something unrecognizable. It needs Cat Grant.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.