I started watching Supergirl when it first aired. It mostly was because I recognized Melissa and wanted to see what she could do on a show that wasn’t Glee. At that point in time, I wasn’t really into the superhero craze and wasn’t watching any of the Arrowverse or other superhero shows.
I gave Supergirl a shot though. What I discovered was a show that I had no problem falling in love with. Week after week, I saw strong female characters and a show that was unapologetically feminist.
I fell in love with the characters and the relationships on the show. I saw the Superfriends grow into a cohesive team. I saw the Danvers sisters prove again and again that they were not a pair to be messed with, and had an unbreakable relationship. I grew to adore their relationship with their space dad. And of course, there was Supercat, which was so much a part of the heart of the show for me. Supercat drew me into the fandom.
Week after week, I tuned in and was glued to my screen for every moment of the show. I loved it. It had been years since I had loved a show this much.
Which is why it breaks my heart to see the show now, a shell of its former self.
Yes, all the characters (save Cat), are still there, but they are shadows of their season one selves.
Suddenly, the show has become all about ships and pairing everyone off. Instead of seeing a sister moment at the end of the show, we see the show closing on a couple, most of the time Karamel, which, is not only toxic, but opposed to just about every value I loved in season one. Kara is secondary in this relationship. Karamel is mostly about Mon-El and his desire for Kara (compare this to how Kara actively pursued James in season one).
We get fewer space family moments as well. While we have had a few, they are much further between, and are secondary to the ships on the show.
Then, there was the whole message of season one, about Kara growing to have it all. She had her Superhero life and finally had her dream job at Catco.
Throughout this season, we have seen CatCo less and less, until finally, it was allowed to be completely forgotten, when Kara was fired.
Now, less than a year later, her place is only as a superhero and Mon-El’s girlfriend. I refuse to believe that the Kara of season one, who had J’onn impersonate her just to convince Cat that Kara wasn’t Supergirl so she could keep her job, would be happy as a full time Superhero.
Whatever happened to “having it all?”
The one good thing that came out of season two was Sanvers and Alex’s coming out story. That was so beautiful and well written.
The rest though makes me sad for what one was. I want season one back (just with Sanvers). Sadly, it doesn’t look like that will be happening anytime soon (if at all) though.