Blu-ray Review: Supergirl: The Complete Second 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, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad BrooksJeremy Jordan, Floriana Lima, with David Harewood and Calista Flockhart.  Season Two guest stars include Lynda CarterDean Cain, and Helen Slater. Based on the characters from DC Comics 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, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Sarah Schechter and Robert Rovner.

Having left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant at Catco Worldwide Media in order to figure out what she really wants to do, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) continues to work with Hank Henshaw aka Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and her adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) at the DEO as Supergirl – protecting the citizens of National City and searching for her missing father Jeremiah (Dean Cain) and the secret research lab Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with her Kryptonian cousin Kal El – aka Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) – to battle new DC Super-Villains both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, as she strives to balance her personal life with friends/allies James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) and more with her busy life as a new Super Hero in SUPERGIRL Season Two.

There’s still a lot to like about this series even though the sophomore season wasn’t near as good as the first one. The series isn’t without its flaws with the biggest one coming out of the writer’s room. The stories got lazy and started borrowing from political headlines which showed many viewers the one-sided frame of mind that comes out of Hollywood. It’s the whole alien/immigrant drama and we need to keep these kind of agendas out of fantasy series like this. This alienates the majority of the audience out there and it was unfortunate they took this route because the first season was so positive. Moving on, the second season moves Kara and her friends into the D.E.O. and we only see CatCo every once and a while after Cat takes a little sabbatical. James Olsen is left alone and decides to get in on some of the action and becomes the vigilate Guardian. There are new villains this season as well as the return of a few old ones. Some of the characters spark new relationships while others stir up unnecessary drama and Winn is still annoying. One of the best things about this season was getting to see Superman show up and he even ends up sharing the Fortress of Solitude with Supergirl.

There’s still plenty of good about the second season and that’s the arrival of Tyler Hoechlin as Superman/Clark Kent. It was great to see the cousins of El finally interact together in a few episodes and it’s been a long time coming. J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter got a little love interest this season with the arrivial of M’gann M’orzz/Miss Martian (Sharon Leal). I have to admit that J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter is porbably my favorite character in this series. There’s also Lynda Carter as the POTUS who comes with a big secret, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor who befriends Kara, and Chris Wood who portrays Mon-El and was probably the best addition of the second season. Supergirl also gets another crossover episode this season with the rest of the Arrowverse. Cat Grant stepped out for the majority of the season and was replaced by Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr. Bring back Cat Grant! This season’s villains included Metallo (Frederick Schmidt), Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot), Roulette (Dichen Lachman), Livewire (Brit Morgan), Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong) aka the mastermind behind Cadmus, and finally there’s Rhea (Teri Hatcher), the mother of Mon-El and Earth’s biggest threat.

The packaging comes with a 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 at the top of the page that includes the titular character/hero and the back includes season two details, some images, and list of special features. There’s also a booklet inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, original airdates, more images, and series credits. All four of the Blu-ray discs feature a blue finish and includes the House of El crest aka Supergirl’s logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was 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: The Complete Second Season was a fun watch but unfortunately it took a few steps backwards this season. The biggest problem I had with it was the writing because things got a little cheesy and lazy for these wonderful characters that deserve so much more. They better watch out too because if they alienate the majority of the audience then the series will not last much longer and I don’t want to see that because it has so much potential. The cast continues to be the driving force of the series because I still enjoy them and liked most of the new faces that showed up this season. There’s new relationships and friendships formed as well as new alien threats that arrived in National City this season. Supergirl also features some extremely impressive visual effects and stunts that rival anything we get out of blockbuster movies. Television special effects have come a long way over the years. All in all this sophomore season was a fun watch but it just wasn’t as good as the first season that I really enjoyed a lot. Supergirl: The Complete Second Season releases on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on August 22nd and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 22 Episodes / 931 Minutes

  1. The Adventures of Supergirl
  2. The Last Children of Krypton
  3. Welcome to Earth
  4. Survivors
  5. Crossfire
  6. Changing
  7. The Darkest Places
  8. Medusa
  9. Supergirl Lives
  10. We Can Be Heroes
  11. The Martian Chronicles
  12. Luthors
  13. Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk
  14. Homecoming
  15. Exodus
  16. Star-Crossed
  17. Distant Sun
  18. Ace Reporter
  19. Alex
  20. City of Lost Children
  21. Resist
  22. Nevertheless, She Persisted

Rated: Not Rated

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

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

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include an exclusive commentary with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith, the show’s 2016 Comic-Con panel and several featurettes.

  • Supergirl: 2016 Comic-Con Panel (28:26)
  • Supergirl: Alien Fight Night (10:06)
  • Supergirl: Aliens Among Us (19:56)
  • A Conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith (03:55)
  • Supergirl Lives Audio Commentary featuring Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith
  • Did You Know facts for fans – A total of seven (05:45)

 

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