I’m a little worried about Supergirl season 3. After a fun first season and an improved second outing, we’re getting ready to go into Supergirl‘s third season, and the tone in the season’s first trailer is a bit familiar, and not in a good way.
Being a superhero is really hard, you guys
Season 2 ended with Supergirl having to send her boyfriend up into space so he wouldn’t die in Earth’s toxic-to-him atmosphere. Mon El did more to drag the show down than lift it up, I felt. But in the fiction of the show, Kara Zor-El loved him. So it makes sense that she’d be broken up over the loss of her loved one. But in mourning that loss, we now see a Supergirl disappointed with her human side, frustrated that she was vulnerable and that that vulnerability was used against her.
And what I can’t help but be reminded of as I watch it is the super serious, super edgy tone of the third season of The Flash, which focused on how sad Barry is and how he ruins everyone’s lives. The jewel in the CW’s crown ended up being a chunk of cubic zirconia. Maybe season 4 can correct that, but that’s for another piece. Supergirl and its writers need to be careful with this path they’re taking. Supergirl is great because she’s so positive. She’s the literally-unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – always there with a smile and a positive outlook. I want the show to change and evolve, and for Supergirl to grow as a person, but if they spend all season with her angry the same way they did with the Flash, then we’re in for a rocky hour of TV.
We’ll have a better idea of what to expect when Supergirl premieres on October 9, 2017.