Saturday, April 30, 2016

What I’m Watching: Supergirl (Season Finale)

Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 20 “Better Angels” (B+)

This was a pretty superb finale, filled with just the right intensity and drama that has always elevated this show. I particularly loved the music that played while Supergirl was making a plea for the citizens of National City to have hope – something that could have been extremely corny but wasn’t – and the music that played as she was preparing to save the world. I know some think that this show is too lighthearted and that everything that isn’t Melissa Benoist needs lots of work, but I think that even some of its more irritating elements, like Cat Grant, have been improved to the point of working well and fitting in to this show’s great universe. Ditto Maxwell Lord, who seemed like he was becoming a hero until we saw a secret exchange between him and General Lane. He may well embark on a relationship with Alex in the future, which should be interesting, but it’s also very problematic if he’s deceiving her to ensure that he has a safeguard against any Kryptonian going rogue in the future. Keeping Lucy as a strong ally of the DEO will hopefully help to counteract that. It was a nice surprise to see Cat give Kara – who she finally called by right name – a promotion, one that is sure to change things considerably in an interesting way. I enjoyed the ending dinner party with our friends, complete with James giving Kara a picture of herself, not dressed as Supergirl, as a gift with a kiss after that. I liked seeing Kara and Hank fly together to see what the next threat is, and that look on Supergirl’s face suggests that there’s quite the shock in store for us all in season two. Though it has yet to be officially renewed, I look forward to the second season that I’m sure CBS will commission.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Melissa Benoist