By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and TV Writer
Having found its solid within the DC Television Universe — not to mention the Arrowverse as well thanks to clever crossovers, Supergirl shows no sign of slowing down as it introduces villains old and new, delves further into its characters’ personal struggles and successes, while also hinting at surprising twists to come.
Following the events of last season, Kara (Melissa Benoist) is still using her crime-fighting duties to keep her mind off the (seemingly) no-return departure of love interest Mon-El (Chris Wood), the Daxamite who was forced to leave the planet last season when lead, a common element here but lethal to his kind, was spread in gas form into the atmosphere to repel enemies from his world.
All are surprised to learn he’d been trapped into a wormhole, sending him to the past, then centuries into the future, where he joined the Legion of Super Heroes and got cured for his weakness to lead. He and his now wife Imra (also known to comic book fans as Saturn Girl, played here by Amy Jackson) are back along with benevolent sidekick Brainiac-5, or “Brainy” (Jesse Rath), to warn Kara and the members of the DEO that a new Kryptonian threat is coming, under the form of Reign, a conqueror warrior from Krypton whose powers would manifest themselves through a woman living on Earth, raising her daughter.
Enter unwitting participant Samantha Arias (Odette Annable, House), an assistant to Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), who juggles a demanding job while dealing with her budding teen daughter Ruby (Emma Tremblay.)
Samantha slowly realizes she may be developing abilities that rivals her daughter’s hero Supergirl, but is also experiencing unexplicable blackouts that may be coinciding with news reports of super-villainy in National City.
Meanwhile, Martian Manhunter J’onn J’onnz (David Harewood) unexpectedly reunites with his long-thought lost father M’yrnn (Carl Lumbly), who is sadly falling prey to a Martian condition akin to Earth’s Alzheimer’s, leaving them little time to reconcile and rejoice about their late reunion.
Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) has her hands full at the DEO, and has other problems of her own when dealing with romantic woes with her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer, over differences in their plans together. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) keeps CatCo Magazine as its new editor, but also has his hands full fighting crime as the vigilante Guardian, while also developing romantic feelings towards Lena Luthor.
Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) is ever the tinkering resident tech genius who must deal with the possibility he may someday end up as warped and twisted as his imprisoned father, the Toyman (Henry Czerny), a genius for evil deathtraps and devices of mayhem.
Finally, Lena must keep a brave face given her family name’s reputation, while she ensures that Luthorcorp strives as a business. Her darker side comes to light when she’s forced to decide whether her scientific acument could protect Earth against Kryptonians, including Supergirl.
See below, a taste of the season as per a Comic-Con Trailer from last year: