After a mixed response to Season 1, Supergirl will soar onto The CW for Season 2, adding an impressive and intriguing collection of new characters. Among these is a the little-known, obscure comic hero Superman — known as Kara's cousin on the show.
With the other DC TV shows also resuming in the first weeks of October, Supergirl has some keen competition. But so far, everything that's been revealed about the show's sophomore season sets it up to be really compelling, exploring everything from LGBT politics to the refugee crisis.
These themes might seem lofty, but it seems as though Supergirl will remain a very character driven show, as Kara is thrown into a political struggle between the President of the United States (Lynda Carter) and the shady military agency known as Project Cadmus.
Eliminating Alien Threats — By Killing Them
This is the mandate of Project Cadmus, which exec Andrew Kreisberg revealed to EW recently. This raises the stakes considerably for Supergirl Season 2, seeing as Kara, Clark, and J'onn J'onzz are alien refugees. According to Kreisberg, it's this new hostility against aliens — even those who save humans on a daily basis — that brings Kara and Clark closer.
"Both of them have a bit of sadness about them, they both have that sense of feeling alone, they both have that sense of feeling different, and both of them remark that that loneliness, that alienation, that isolation goes away when they are together."
The refugee side of the Superman story is one that often goes unexplored, and yet in recent years it has just become more and more culturally relevant. But the aliens on Earth aren't just refugees, they're also criminals from the crashed Fort Rozz ship, and there may be more alien immigrants who have flown under the radar so far. That makes the question of what to do with them rather complicated.
One of these is the newcomer Miss Martian, played by Sharon Leal. Her appearance is sure to cause complications for J'onn J'onzz, and there's a twist along the way, if The CW follows Miss Martian's comic origins — there's a lot of ambiguity as to whether she's a Green Martian, or one of the violently oppressive White Martians.
As the topic of alien immigration becomes more heated, Lynda Carter's President Olivia Marsdin will take an important — and controversial — stand to protect them, signing an "alien amnesty act".
"She very much believes in this cause, which is going to put her in danger, which is going to necessitate Supergirl protecting her."
Put that together with Lex Luthor's younger sister Lena coming to town, the pod opening to reveal yet another survivor of Krypton's destruction, and a new rival at work in the form of Snapper Carr, and it looks like Kara will have a lot to deal with in Season 2.
Season 2 Will Take Supergirl To New Heights
While The Flash will deal with the drastic consequences of time travel, and the Legends of Tomorrow find themselves taking on the Legion of Doom, Supergirl seems to be keeping things rather grounded, focusing instead on social issues. That's a wise move for the show, as Season 1 saw the writers fire everything they could at Kara, from Superman's B-list villains to a dramatic villain's plot to foil — which fizzled out before the end.
Still, although Season 1 often fell back on TV tropes we've seen countless times, there's a lot to love about Supergirl. The show has a lot of heart, and its greatest strength is the emotional depth of the stories.
So far, the plot for Season 2 seems to be leaning into the show's strengths, giving Kara a conflict she can't punch her way out of in the form of societal prejudices against aliens. With any luck, this will solidify Supergirl's position as the heart of The CW's quadfecta of superhero shows, the series that is known for tackling complex social issues.
It's too early to tell, but so far all signs point towards this being the focus for Supergirl Season 2. And it's not just issues of immigration and refugees that the show will explore next season — the introduction of Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) also adds in some LGBT politics.
"Maggie is a strident advocate for alien rights. She says in her introductory episode that growing up gay and Latina in Nebraska made her ideally sympathetic to people who are different and people who don’t quite fit in."
The driving force of Supergirl Season 2 seems to be the theme of togetherness against the odds, dealing with social isolation and facing prejudices. That's right in Supergirl's wheelhouse, as the comics also dealt with similar issues. These are important topics that have a bearing on real life, and while it's nice to turn our brains off and watch Kara bash her foes into submission — and that really is delightful to see — it's good to know that Season 2 will give us plenty of food for thought too.
Tell us in the comments: What are you most looking forward to in Supergirl Season 2?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]