‘Supergirl’ (Season 2): Second Season Highs & Lows

More than once this season, I’ve accused Supergirl of being far too discombobulated. While I don’t think the finale retroactively fixed that problem, it did manage to tie together a surprising amount of the season’s various plot threads. Admittedly, some of them were a bit clunkier than others – M’gann and the Martians just sort of showed up for a scene – but it was evidence that the show at least understood the need to try and wrap up as much as possible.

To that end, it feels like as good a time as any to take a look back at the season’s various threads and assess how well everything played out. Starting out with the Girl of Steel herself, her biggest new connections this season came with Mon-El and Lena, one of which worked far better than the other. This isn’t to say there was no chemistry between Kara and Mon-El; they actually made a solid couple. However, the show’s weakest section came in the middle, when the personal and family drama surrounding Mon-El dragged the character out of his role as the show’s goofy comic relief. Once Rhea fell to the background for much of the last stretch, the two found a comfortable interplay that served the show well.

Much better throughout was Kara and Lena’s friendship. Not only was it great to see a fully realized female friendship develop between the two – still too rare on TV – but the relative obscurity of this particular Luthor allows the show to have a Clark/Lex-style relationship that the audience can’t be sure will end in tragedy. In fact, it let Lena be an interesting, ambiguous character for much of the season, particularly in dealings with her mother Lillian.

Of course, the villains remained a fairly mixed bag, with Lillian’s Cadmus and Rhea’s agenda dueling for main focus for too much of the season. Rhea proved a solid threat once she killed her husband and cemented just how drive she was, but her arrival so late in the season was a bummer. Fortunately, the show managed a number of solid of-the-week threats, including the standout highlight of Peter Gadiot’s Mxyzptlk.

Really, though, this was a season that stood best on the strengths of its character development, and no arc was stronger than Alex’s coming out and blossoming relationship with Maggie. Not only were the two adorable together, but it was impossible not to get caught up in watching them grow closer together. We also got a solid arc for J’onn as he dealt with his hatred of the White Martians, and Winn’s relationship with Lyra has been fun, if not super deep. Even the weak link of James’ transition into Guardian was given a standout episode near the end with “City of Lost Children.”

So, yeah, Supergirl had a lot going on this season. But while it could be frequently messy, it mostly remained a fun watch each week. Plus, shows can have far worse problems than trying to do too much; it’s an easy enough problem to work on next season, however large the ensemble cast might still be.