Monday, September 7, 2020

TV Show Review: Supergirl - Season 5

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Fun with characters we love
Cons: Plots get convoluted at times, one lecture heavy episode
The Bottom Line:
Changes, challenges
And big switch due to crisis
Mostly fun season



Supergirl Faces an Evil Organization and an Old Foe

There was only one reason I came back for season 5 of Supergirl – the planned Crisis on Infinite Earths massive crossover event.  But I am glad I did since it turned out to be a better season than season 4.

As season 5 opens, Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl, (Melissa Benoist) finds that KatCo has once again been sold.  This time, the new owner is Andrea Rojas (Julie Gonzalo), who also owns a tech company.  Andrea is all about click bait stories over hard journalism, so Kara finds herself struggling to meet her new boss’s expectations while holding on to her standards.  Meanwhile, she’s assigned a new reporting partner, William Dey (Staz Nair) who is suspicious of her sudden disappearances.

Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is out to hurt Kara as well.  She is upset over learning that Kara has been keeping her secret identity a secret, so she sets out to create something that will keep humans from doing anything bad ever again.  That fact that this will take away free will doesn’t really seem to register with her.

Kara’s sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) starts a new relationship with Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai).  Kelly works for Andrea’s tech company, which has been pushing to release a new virtual reality world users can enter via a pair of compact lenses.  However, those lenses are not as safe as they seem.  And there’s an organization called Leviathan causing problems.  And I can’t leave out the coming Crisis….

The reason I would have given up on this season was the political lectures we got last season.  This show has always had them, but it got very bad in season 4.  Fortunately, they toned those way down this season.  They saved most of the lectures for one episode featuring Nia (Nicole Maines), but I figured out that this particular episode was going to be bad, so I fast forwarded through most of it, only watching the sub-plots to keep up with any ongoing storylines.

This season didn’t really address Crisis until after the big crossover event took place, but that event changed the dynamics of the season.  I’m not going to spoil how, but I was quite happy with those changes.

Part of the problem with the early part of the season was Leviathan.  They seemed to be an all-purpose bad organization, and it was hard to track what they wanted to do since I felt like their plans kept changing.  To be fair, there was the desire to take over the world, and that was always a focus of theirs, but their way of going about it kept changing.  Unfortunately, that lack of focus did continue a bit into the second half of the season.  I blame this solely on the writers who didn’t seem to be able to juggle all the balls they had in the air.  It made it hard to follow what was happening in the various storylines from week to week.

On a fun note, we did get to see Winn (Jeremy Jordan) again when he showed up for a two parter.  Many previous main characters showed up for the show’s 100th episode.  And one cast member leaves the show in the early episodes.

The acting and special effects continue to impress.  I enjoy the characters, so I enjoy spending time with them.  A bit more focus from the writers on telling one or two stories well instead of telling so many different stories would definitely help.

As with most shows this season, this season ended with an unintentional cliffhanger when the show had to stop production after episode 19.  We are going to have to wait until spring to find out what happens next, too.  It’s going to be a long wait.

Overall, season 5 of Supergirl is fun.  If you like the characters, you’ll definitely enjoy catching their latest adventures.

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