SUPERGIRL - SEASON 4 / CERT: 15 / SHOWRUNNER: ROBERT ROVNER, JESSICA QUELLER / STARRING: MELISSA BENOIST, MEHCAD BROOKS, CHYLER LEIGH, KATIE McGRATH, DAVID HAREWORD / RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 23RD
Special Features: Villains: Mode of Persuasion / Two featurettes / Deleted scenes / Gag reel
For its three previous seasons, The CW’s Melissa Benoist-headlined Supergirl has gone from strength to strength and made itself a must-watch show for many a genre fan. With the series’ fourth season now hitting home release, does Benoist’s Kara Zor-El continue to soar or is it a crash landing for the series’ most recent output?
To put it out there from the get-go, Supergirl’s fourth season is an absolute triumph with so many intertwining story threads coming together in a way that is truly masterful. Firstly, there’s the strained relationship between Supergirl and the US government as pressure is put on Kara to reveal her identity to the world. Then there’s Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) leading an anti-alien movement that begins to split the general public. But not just that, for Supergirl’s fourth year also manages to deliver TV’s first transgender superhero with Nicole Maines’ Nia Nal, has Chyler Leigh’s Alex Danvers desperately trying to adopt, delivers an all-powerful Supergirl clone, tests friendships, looks as political corruption – and that’s without even mentioning Jon Cryer as a pitch-perfect, scenery-chewing, fantastically-devious Lex Luthor.
Since the inception of the shared Arrowverse realm, fans have been treated to some fantastic seasons across the various shows of this world. When all is said and done, though, Supergirl’s fourth season is right up there as one of the best seasons of television served up in recent memory.
Using the platform of the Maid of Might and a superhero show to dish up social commentary and turn the spotlight on very real issues such as immigration, political propaganda, sexuality, and gender identity, Supergirl never ceases to amaze with its reach and its message. The minds behind the series deserve huge praise for how well they handle such issues in a way that is both respectful yet hard-hitting when needed, and the on-screen talent are just so, so good by this point in the game.
Faces both old and new are all on fine form throughout Season 4 of Supergirl, and each and every character of note is given plenty of time to let their own particular arcs breathe in a way that feels natural and never rushed. To handle such a vast ensemble so well? Again, nothing short of exemplary and damn impressive. And it’s such attention, delicate storytelling, and outright vision that continues to make Supergirl one of most pleasing and poignant shows on TV.
Also included on this release, we’ve got the marvellous Villains: Mode of Persuasion offering that shines the spotlight on the various villains recently across a host of DC TV shows, plus a few other fun and engaging pieces that round out a brilliant overall package for fans of the Girl of Steel and her world.