Thursday, August 11, 2016

Supergirl - The Complete First Season

Casting Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, the First Season of Supergirl added Superman's cousin to the DC television stable. Not as consistent as Arrow, and not as fun as The Flash, Supergirl had her growing pains in the First Season as Kara worked to balance her life as assistant to a demanding media mogul (Calista Flockhart) and working with a secret government agency to corral super-powered prisoners who escaped from a Kryptonian prison.

Highlights of the show's First Season include a crossover with the Flash, Supergirl exposed to Red Krptonite and the Black Mercy, J'onn Jonzz's (David Harewood) history revealed, political upheaval at the DEO, the first appearance of the Toyman, and Supergirl's struggle to defend the city without her powers.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include deleted scenes, gag reel, and featurettes on Krypton, the Martian Manhunter, and Comic-Con.

While the show's initial season certainly had its moments it does have a few clunkers thrown in as well. I enjoyed the development of the Kara/Cat Grant (Flockhart) relationship over the course of the season but the show often struggled to use the rest of Kara's co-workers (at either job) in a way that made them relevant for more than a specific episode or two. It will be interesting to see if the show's move from CBS to The CW leads to any significant changes in the set-up of Season Two.

[Warner Home Video, Blu-ray $54.97 / DVD $49.99]

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