Saturday, July 14, 2018

What I’m Watching: Supergirl (Season Finale)

Supergirl: Season 3, Episode 23 “Battles Lost and Won” (B)

Was it cool to see a suddenly superpowered Sam punch the somehow existing Reign, cementing her victory over the other part of her? Yes. Did we need twenty-two episodes to get to this point? Absolutely not. Like this season of “The Flash,” this finale was considerably better and more to-the-point than most of the episodes before it, signifying that broadcast seasons really should be shorter. I suppose that I expected Sam to die as a result of the destruction of Reign, and the fact that she’s still alive and kicking means that she could play a different role in season four if she’s kept on as a character. What this finale did do, also like “The Flash,” was introduce a number of new threads that are going to impact the next season’s trajectory greatly. The first was the appearance of a version of Kara who doesn’t seem to know who she is on the Siberian border, which should be interesting since our Kara is indeed still very much alive and cognizant of who she is. Hank is leaving and Alex is taking over at the DEO, which should present new challenges and opportunities. Winn going to the future is cool, and hopefully Brainy will provide just as much comic relief in his absence. James opting to go public with his identity as Guardian is a bold choice, and one that’s sure to have consequences and help this show continue to explore moral themes. I’m still planning to watch this show when it returns in October, but this season really didn’t feel terribly necessarily to me.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Melissa Benoist as Kara

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