Blu-ray Review: Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Sam Witwer, Nicole Maines, April Parker Jones and David Harewood. Guest stars/recurring roles this season include David Ajala, Sam Witwer, Rhona Mitra, Robert Baker, Bruce Boxleitner, Andrea Brooks and Jon Cryer. Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family, Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller.

In season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?

Let’s recap the fourth season that introduces Nia Nal (Nicole Maines), a new employee at CatCo who eventually becomes the trans superhero Dreamer. Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath) ends up crushing on Nia plus he gets a brief upgrade which shows his much darker side. Kara is struggling with her two identities and is having a hard time keeping her secret from Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Kara also a cool new suit that keeps her safe from Kryptonite. Boring Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) is running the D.E.O. now. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) has a near death experience that leaves him permanently changed plus his relationship with Lena is on the rocks. J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) has taken a vow of peace and left the D.E.O. but when Kara gets in serious trouble he has to make a tough choice and decides to help his friend and embrace the fact that he’s Martian Manhunter. Colonel Lauren Haley (April Parker Jones) shows up at the D.E.O. and has it out for Supergirl at first but she eventually comes around once the real threat is revealed.

The villains this season include Manchester Black (David Ajala) who becomes a serious threat against the aliens. J’onn J’onzz tries really hard to keep the peace with the anti-hero but this character can’t be trusted. There’s also Otis Graves (Robert Baker) and his sister Mercy (Rhona Mitra) who are anti-alien extremists out to hurt, expose and export any alien they can. It’s revealed that President Marsdin (Lynda Carter) is also an alien so she decides to step down as President of the United States and is replaced by Vice President Baker (Bruce Boxleitner) who’s kind of a sinister figure. There’s also Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer) who becomes Agent Liberty, a victim who turns into a villain because of what’s happened to his family. Simply put, he’s lost everything and now he wants revenge. There’s also Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks) who finally gets more screen time and she gets to show a much different side this season. Last but not least is Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) who shows up and plays sort of a puppet master behind-the-scenes through half the season and then it’s finally revealed that he’s the one causing most of the trouble. Kara has to battle it out with Red Daughter, a super clone that Lex has it his disposal plus he also has a few superpowered surprises in store for Supergirl. The outcome of this fight also exposes Kara’s secret identity to Lena.

The packaging comes with a nice slipcase – the same kind all of the other home video release like this from WBHE come in. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season four details, another image of the titular character and list of special features. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, original airdates, more images, and series credits. All four of the Blu-ray discs are red and feature the series logo. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Supergirl continues its downward spiral into mediocrity trash mostly because of the atrocious writing that does nothing more than steal from today’s headlines and twist it all into nearly unwatchable garbage to fit a one-sided agenda. I’m extremely burnt out our political climate and fantasy series like this are supposed to be my escape from reality. There’s so much source material they could use from the comic books but Berlanti and company choose to go this route and it’s turning me off some. They’re also alienating a lot of the male audience – viewers like me. There are some enjoyable episodes, like the crossover ones, when the series isn’t all about pushing the Hollywood agenda but they are few and far between. I really enjoyed the arrival of Lex Luthor and the turn of Eve Teschmacher. As far as the cast go, I think they do a good job with their characters, and just like the previous seasons, this fourth one offers some familiar faces as guest stars. I think Martian Manhunter is the best character in the series and Brainiac 5 has been a great addition. There’s still lots of action in the fourth season plus a few of the characters get some neat upgrades which were pretty cool. Like all of the DC superhero series, the special effects continue to be really impressive. Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season will be available on a 4-disc Blu-ray set (plus Digital) on September 17th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 22 Episodes + 2 Crossover Episodes / 1015 Minutes

  1. American Alien
  2. Fallout
  3. Man of Steel
  4. Ahimsa
  5. Parasite Lost
  6. Call to Action
  7. Rather the Fallen Angel
  8. Bunker Hill
  9. Elseworlds: Hour One
  10. Elseworlds: Hour Two
  11. Elseworlds: Hour Three
  12. Suspicious Minds
  13. Blood Memory
  14. Menagerie
  15. What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?
  16. Stand and Deliver
  17. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  18. The House of L
  19. All About Eve
  20. Crime and Punishment
  21. American Dreamer
  22. Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?
  23. Red Dawn
  24. The Quest for Peace

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include the show’s 2018 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a digital copy of the fourth season.

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018 (1:00:59)
  • Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds (45:01)
  • Villains: Modes of Persuasion
  • Gag Reel (07:28)
  • Deleted Scenes – Included on each disc with their matching episodes.
  • Digital Copy

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