‘Supergirl’ Season 3 Recap and Review: “Girl of Steel”
Season three of Supergirl is finally here! Six months after having to make the decision to send Mon-El far away from Earth in order to save his life, Kara finds herself in a depression. She has withdrawn from the world of Kara Danvers, including shutting out everyone she loves in order to throw herself into the role of Supergirl. In the season premiere, National City chooses to erect a statue called “Girl of Steel” to honor its constant protector.
Katie McGrath is now a season regular, giving audiences more of the popular Lena Luthor. As usual, Lena stands up to resident baddies, this time in the form of real estate developer Morgan Edge, a typical chauvinist who seeks financial gains above all else. Edge is played by Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Edge and Lena begin a battle of wills that seems like it won’t be going away anytime soon.
Season three is about Kara discovering who she really is in the world. The conflict of trying to balance a human identity, which frustrates her and causes her pain, while Supergirl saves the world each day. With news that Floriana Lima, who plays Maggie Sawyer, will be exiting after the fifth episode, Sanvers fans are waiting with bated breath to see how the Sanvers storyline will play out.
But, season three is all about our hero. We finally get back to what makes this show succeed. Supergirl fighting crime is simply a piece of the story. Who she is with the people she loves is what makes it all work. Hints of a strengthened Kara/Alex relationship bode well for upcoming stories. The writing worked this week because each major character had a clear purpose and the ensemble felt cohesive again, something which fell apart during season two. Having Cat Grant as the Press Secretary is a great way to keep her presence felt on the show without requiring a full-time residence in National City.
Who is Kara Danvers? Supergirl tries to distance herself from that persona, but ultimately she cannot walk away from the effect that role has played in her life. In a move to block Morgan Edge from buying CatCo, Lena steps in to save the day, becoming Kara’s boss. This should lead to some very interesting plot twists, including the possible eventuality of Lena figuring out that her best friend is actually Supergirl.
I’m happy to have Kara Danvers back in my life. With the introduction of some new characters, including the villain Reign played by Odette Annable, we’ve got a crazy ride ahead.
What did you think of the season three premiere of Supergirl?
Micky Small is a graduate student in Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University by day, and building a production company with original female superheroes by night. Check out the trailer for her new all-female superhero film, The Violet Blaze Chronicles. Follow her @femmepwrdprod
Latest posts by Micky Small (see all)
- ‘Supergirl’ S4 : Episode 2 Recap and Review: “Fallout” - October 30, 2018
- ‘Arrow’ S7:01 Recap and Review: “Inmate 4587” - October 16, 2018
- ‘Supergirl’ S4:01 Recap and Review: “American Alien” - October 16, 2018