1. Season 3
For many shows, season three is when a series starts to slowly show its age, however, in Supergirl‘s case, it’s the season that sets the bar for the entire series. All of the actors are comfortable in their roles by now and showrunners are looking to take a little more risk when it comes to storylines. In this case, those risks take the forms of a heartbreaking realization, a betrayal of trust, and a near-invulnerable Big Bad.
Supergirl has always been at its best when the stories have revolved around Kara, Alex, and Lena. Facts are facts. This season didn’t let us down when it came to highlighting our favorite chaotic trio. Reeling from the loss of Mon-El, Kara finds herself becoming unsure about many relationships in her life, including Supergirl’s relationship with Lena. Alex learns early in the season that sometimes love just isn’t enough, as she realizes that she indeed does want to have children, whereas her fiancee Maggie, does not. The introduction of Odette Annable’s Sam Arias leads to the show’s most formidable villain, the Kryptonian Reign, and forces Kara to up her superhero game.
Annable is a treasure, giving a staggering performance that sees a woman balancing between the struggle to not lose herself while becoming one of the most feared aliens in the universe. Annable’s Sam quickly blends into the friend group of Kara, Lena, and Alex, building relationships with each of them. However, it’s Lena who first discovers that Sam is also Reign, leading her to take extreme measures to help her friend, even lying to Kara and Alex about Sam’s predicament. This would later put a firm dent in the friendship between Supergirl and Lena, which isn’t repaired until season five.
Alex’s realization that she wants kids highlights one of the most heartbreaking scenes of the series as she breaks down talking to Kara, not knowing what to do or say to Maggie. Sanvers was one of the greatest romances of the show, but Floriana Lima wanted to explore other projects. So Maggie was written off of the show, breaking Alex’s heart (along with ours). Ironically, it seemed as though Sam was possibly written for her and Alex to eventually become a couple. However, Annable opted not to stay in Vancouver for another season.
The fights between Supergirl and Reign remain the best of the series. During one of their first fights, Reign ends up putting Supergirl in a coma, destroying half of National City along the way. Reign was the kind of serious threat that Supergirl and Co. should’ve faced on a semi-regular basis. But no other villain ended up coming close to being as dangerous as Reign.
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