What did everyone think about the season premiere?
I got behind on season 3, so I skipped some of the middle, but I watched most of it. My love for the characters remained but I have to admit some of the storytelling choices left me a little cold though I still enjoyed the series overall. But I was excited to see what this season would bring.
Overall, I was really pleased.
Having Alex take over the DEO is a great move for the character. Her new outfit/look is great. And I liked how her reaction to Brainy sort of mirrored what some of us, no doubt, felt about him taking over for Winn.
J’onn’s position is interesting. I wasn’t quite sure what they were going to do with the character now that he’s left the DEO. Part of me can’t help but wonder if the move doesn’t partially help from a budget standpoint as it means we’ll probably see way less of the Martian Manhunter. But I’m okay with that if we get some quality interactions like this. I thought the conflict between him and Kara made a lot of sense for both those characters and brought an interesting dimension to things.
I liked Nia a lot, and I have to say it’s refreshing to finally get back to CatCo in some way that feels substantive. The whole Snapper Carr thing was disposed of quickly, and other than some James/Lena scenes it hasn’t been used much since we don’t have Cat anymore (I miss her). But making Kara a mentor and turning into Cat is a great move, I think, and a great way to have the character grow that leans into her hope instead of trying to make her angsty. It’ll be interesting to see how Nia’s powers come into play. Although part of me wishes we could add more humans without them being superheroes. But this is pretty typical of the CW shows.
I’m fine with James no longer being Guardian, but I’m not sure that’s where it’s actually going to go. I wonder if James will feel forced to don the outfit again. But without Winn, I do wonder if he’ll be as effective anyway. Lena is a great character, and I hope if she continues to flirt with her Luthor side she never goes full villain. I think she’s more interesting as a hero who is willing to get her hands dirty. Although I know Supergirl may not approve when she finds out.
The anti-alien storyline kicks off, and I have to say I think it’s one of the better attempts by the series at allegory. Sometimes it can feel kind of on the nose and clunky (the well-meaning gun episode comes to mind) and doesn’t make as much sense in-world. But this is working really well for me. Mercy and Boris were kind of fun, although a bit more over the top than I’m used to on the show. I could have seen them work well in Lois & Clark. But at least their threat was very real.
PS - I miss when DC Collectibles made figures of people from the TV show. We’re missing out on some great characters in the figure collection.