Supergirl has had a very interesting start through its first two seasons, with the first being shot in Los Angeles and airing on CBS, but then being moved to Vancouver and airing on The CW for the second season. Even with a lower budget, the show persevered and really put together a much stronger season overall that can be found in Supergirl: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray.
The first season wrapped up with what looked like it was going to be a happy ending before being interrupted by a ship crashing into National City, leaving us to wonder who is in that pod. Season two opens up with the follow-up to that moment, where she finds an unconscious man in the pod, who is played by new series regular Chris Wood.
Wood’s character, Mon-El, along with Floriana Lima’s Maggie Sawyer are the two new series regulars added to the cast for season two and they are great additions. Wood has excellent comedic timing and really became one of my favorite characters as the season went on, while Lima portrays the strong female detective to near perfection.
The first season was building up to a relationship between Kara and James, but that was quickly written out in the beginning of the second season, which really was for the best for both parties. Instead, Kara gets a new love interest in Mon-El, which is a much more enjoyable pairing, even if they do have some up and down moments. You can genuinely see a connection between the two, which perhaps is why the two actors are actually dating in real life now. James also got a much better storyline, even if he seemed to be forgotten about at times.
Season two also introduces a major LGBT storyline that is handled exceptionally well. The people involves play it to perfection and it is very believable. For those that haven’t watched, I won’t spoil the details surrounding this, but you will not be disappointed.
Kara’s storyline in the second season focuses around her finding herself, which ends up with her becoming a reporter under the antagonistic Snapper Carr, played by Ian Gomez. This gives Kara much more to do outside of Catco this season, rather than just mostly being Supergirl outside of the office. She gets a chance to shine as Kara Danvers herself, which is a nice touch.
While the move to Vancouver did lead to the series losing Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant as a series regular, she still showed up a few different times and was as witty and wise as ever. In the same way, many were worried we may hardly see J’onn J’onzz rarely transform into his Martian Manhunter form, but thankfully we got a good bit of him in season two, with him even getting his own plot this season as well.
We can’t talk about Supergirl’s second season without mentioning the few appearances we got from Superman, played superbly by Tyler Hoechlin. For those disappointed by the darker take on the character in the recent movies, Hoechlin’s Superman and Clark Kent both are a nod to the Christopher Reeve days, complete with references to those old movies.
While we don’t get Lex Luthor introduced this season, we do get his sister Lena Luthor, played by Katie McGrath, as a nice addition to the cast. While she wasn’t promoted to series regular status until the upcoming season three, she is a big part of the second season and plays incredibly well off Kara. Having her as a Luthor where you never know if she’s going to be evil or not worked really well for the overall season plot, especially when it tied into the Cadmus story arc. With Cadmus and the other villain we get later in the season, season two was a massive improvement on the very forgettable main villain of Non.
For not having the largest budgets, the various DCTV shows on The CW consistently impress with their visuals and Supergirl managed to still look just as good in its second season, even with the move from the much larger CBS. This is reflected well in the second season Blu-ray set where the video quality is absolutely fantastic, especially for a show that relies so much on special effects. Episodes like “Supergirl Lives” that offer different settings than the normal National City really stand out visually and look better than ever on Blu-ray.
The expert Blake Neely strikes again with another high soaring score in Supergirl’s second season, which really manages to stand out in this set. Offering two languages with English and Portuguese, the former is in DTS-HD 5.1 and sounds fantastic, while mixing in an array of different subtitle options is also a nice touch. If you happen to have a sound system, prepare to be in for a treat with the excellent sound mixing and score itself.
For those looking for some quality special features on Supergirl: The Complete Second Season, you should be pretty happy overall, especially if you love featurettes.
The first special feature found on the Supergirl: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray set revolves around a single episode from the season, which actually comes on a later disc in the set titled “Supergirl Lives,” which is the ninth episode of the season. This 10 minute or so featurette is known as Supergirl: Alien Fight Night, where a number of members of the crew discuss many of the decisions behind the episode, including why Roulette was chosen as the villain of the episode and how this episode’s story fits into the overall story arc of Supergirl.
Building off of that special feature, the second disc of the set actually has commentary for the “Supergirl Lives” episode itself featuring executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and the director of that episode, Kevin Smith. This is a great addition, as audio commentary is very often worth checking out, especially when you’re bringing in someone as big as Kevin Smith to be a part of it. If you are watching the season for the first time, I would definitely watch the episode itself first without commentary, but definitely give it a second watch after the fact with the commentary for some nice insights.
The third disc has no special features, but the fourth and final disc of the set is chocked full of extra content. Just like many sets in this genre, the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con panel is included for you to enjoy, which clocks in at about 28 minutes long.
Supergirl: Aliens Among Us is a 20 minute long featurette focuses on the show’s use of aliens and the level of difficulty it takes to bring them to life on the show. This is definitely the most well put together featurette on the Blu-ray set, with it having such an important aspect of the show being talked about. It brings in discussions of actual alien reports in real life, which is very interesting to see as a parallel to the show where they are out in the open now.
Also included is a short four minute discussion between Kevin Smith and Andrew Kreisberg, where we get Smith discussing how he started off on The Flash and the differences between doing it and Supergirl. This then leads into how Arrow was what started it all and how drastically different it is from the others. This is short, but still a very enjoyable listen.
Finally, the last piece of extra content on Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is a series of Supergirl: Did You Know? clips. This is split into seven short clips that have the cast and crew revealing little details such as how David Harewood needs a zipper in his Martian Manhunter suit and even how a cut line in the show had Kara eating all of the brownies out of her ice cream. These certainly aren’t the most insightful, but they are still quite fun to check out.
The surprising omissions from the set are the lack of any deleted scenes and a gag reel. There is almost no way that there weren’t any scenes that were cut that we could have had added. A gag reel is something that would have been great as well with a cast that always seems to have a good time behind the scenes, especially with people like David Harewood and Chris Wood in the cast.
Supergirl may have seemed like the odd one out of the Greg Berlanti superhero series in its first season due to being on CBS, but it felt right at home on The CW in its second season. The series righted the mistakes of the first season, such as a very boring villain and the Kara and James relationship, while also adding in enjoyable characters like Mon-El and Maggie. Even without deleted scenes and a gag reel, the featurettes included and an enjoyable season overall make Supergirl: The Complete Second Season well worth your time and money.
9.0 Snapper Insults Out Of 10
- The Adventures of Supergirl
- The Last Children of Krypton
- Welcome to Earth
- The Darkest Places
- Supergirl Lives
- We Can Be Heroes
- The Martian Chronicles
- & Mrs. Mxyzptlk
- Distant Sun
- Ace Reporter
- City of Lost Children
- Nevertheless, She Persisted
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Runtime: 968 Minutes (Episode time); 107 Minutes (Extra Content)
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Discs: 4 Discs
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video: Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Portuguese
Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Cast: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Floriana Lima, Chris Wood, and Katie McGrath.
Producers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Sarah Schechter, and Robert Rovner.
Disclosure: Supergirl: The Complete Second Season Was Provided By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment For Coverage Purposes