Supergirl won the hearts of many as its first season premiered on CBS back in 2015. Starring Melissa Benoist (Glee), Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy), Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives), David Harewood (Homeland) and Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters), the show was praised for being female-driven and for touching upon important world issues. Supergirl is the story of Kara Danvers (Benoist) who juggles her personal life with her secret identity as a superhero. She’s joined by adoptive sister Alex (Leigh) and works for the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO) to stop alien threats from harming the planet.
For the second season, the show moved to The CW so it could live among its Arrowverse counterparts. The second season has only caused its fanbase to grow, and the show itself has grown too.
If you haven’t already caught up, be warned there are some major spoilers ahead.
What happened this season?
At the end of season one, a pod crashes to Earth, interrupting Kara (Benoist) and her friends’ celebrations. It isn’t until season two that we learn the pod contains Mon El (Chris Wood), who is a Daxamite who escaped his planet’s destruction the same way Kara did. Despite their differences, the two bond as the season progresses and eventually begin a relationship. This all comes to a halt, however, when King Lar Gand (Kevin Sorbo) and Queen Rhea (Teri Hatcher) of Daxam, come to Earth, and Mon El’s true identity is revealed. Rhea becomes the main villain in the back half of the season and brings thousands of Daxamite soldiers to Earth in hopes to invade.
However, Rhea wasn’t the only threat faced in the season, and arguably, wasn’t even the most interesting. Cadmus was an organisation alluded to in season one, and they are introduced in full force in season two. Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong) leads Cadmus in a plot to eradicate all aliens from Earth. Naturally, she has a grudge against Kryptonians after what Superman did to her son, Lex. If that wasn’t enough, Cadmus also has Alex’s father, Jeremiah (Dean Cain), and the DEO spends a portion of the season trying to find him.
Alex Danvers (Leigh) had a busy year of her own. Supergirl has been praised for Alex’s coming out storyline this year, and fans have spent all season showing their appreciation. Alex meets NCPD detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) in the third episode, and they spend the rest of the season developing a relationship. Chyler and Floriana have beautiful chemistry, and they were something I looked forward to seeing every week. Chyler was definitely the standout performer of the season, and I was endlessly impressed by her each time she was on screen.
Other important plots include:
- James (Brooks) coming into his own as superhero Guardian. He deserves as many storylines as he can get.
- The introduction and evolution of Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Easily one of the best parts of season two was seeing Lena grow and accomplish the things she did.
- Kara diving into journalism, and learning a few important lessons along the way.
- The introduction of M’gann M’orzz (Sharon Leal), and her dynamic with J’onn J’onzz (Harewood).
- Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) evolving into a bit of a badass himself, while still fawning over Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).
Burning questions from the finale:
The finale left a lot to be explored in season three. There were many loose ends, which left viewers with cliffhangers and unanswered questions. Some of these were necessary, but some not so much. Here’s a breakdown:
Season three’s villain?
The cliffhanger at the very end of the finale is set 35 years ago. It starts by showing a scene we’ve witnessed many times before: young Kara being sent away in the pod by her parents. However, it doesn’t end there. We then see a similar Kryptonian pod and two hooded figures placing a baby inside of it. They refer to the baby as ‘it’ and say, “It will grow strong on Earth, and it will reign.” This could suggest many things, but we probably won’t know more until Comic Con.
Are Alex and Maggie engaged?
One of the more frustrating cliffhangers had to be the Alex/Maggie proposal scene. Although a very short scene, Chyler and Floriana bring it to life beautifully, and we’re left without Maggie’s answer. Judging by the smile on her face at the end, I can only assume it’s good news. But, why make it a cliffhanger if it’s obvious? There are definitely going to be a lot of back and forth theories about this as the hiatus continues.
What happened to Mon El?
As we know, Mon El was forced to leave Earth when the atmosphere became toxic with lead. However, at the end of the episode, we see him shoot through a wormhole in space. If the show plans to follow Mon El’s comic canon, then this could lead to a very interesting story for him. This will be explored more below.
Did Rhea make a baby with Lena and Mon El’s DNA?
As of ‘Resist’, we know that Daxamites only need locks of the parents’ hair to make a baby, which Rhea took from Lena while she slept. A baby would certainly cause friction, especially considering Kara’s best friend and boyfriend are the unwilling parents. Not only that but if the baby is part-Daxamite, will it be able to survive on the Earth’s surface with its new lead atmosphere?
Will Lena find out about Kara being Supergirl?
Or does she already know? Lena is easily one of the smartest characters on the show. If Maggie and Cat can figure it out alone, then why can’t Lena? Not to mention, both Kara and Supergirl come up with very poor excuses in front of her. It’s only a matter of time before Lena finds out (unless her mother beats her to it).
Will the President be back? Will there be repercussions for Alex not following orders?
In ‘Resist’, we saw Alex unable to fire the cannon that would destroy the Daxamite ship. In the finale, I was hoping we’d see some sort of ramifications of that, especially since the President was very adamant that she had to follow orders. Plus, having Lynda Carter as the President is just too good to not utilize more.
What about Cadmus?
Cadmus was slated to be the season’s big bad, but with the introduction of Rhea and the Daxamites, they were placed on the back burner. We know that Lillian took credit for ridding Earth of the Daxamites, but where is she now? Will she continue to be a threat in season three? Also, where is Jeremiah?
Season three theories:
There are already a bunch of theories floating around the Internet, and knowing Supergirl, many of them are probably likely.
The mystery surrounding the pod
There are already many theories as to who or what is in the pod. One of the most popular is DC villain Reign, especially since the word “reign” is directly used in the scene.
DID SUPERGIRL JUST TEASE REIGN FOR SEASON 3? YES PLEASE.
— ryan. (@lamRiku) May 23, 2017
Just watched the #Supergirl finale. My $ is that Reign will be the big bad for season 3.
— Nick Battaglia (@MercWithOneArm) May 24, 2017
— jun (@pugakzz) May 24, 2017
She is described as a “world killer” and was created by Kryptonian scientists. This would explain why the baby is referred to as ‘it’ in the scene. Since we already know how corrupt Krypton was (e.g. with the development of the Medusa virus), it wouldn’t be a stretch to incorporate this. Personally, I hope the trend of female villains continues in season three.
Mon El’s return
If the show plans to follow Mon El’s comic canon, then he could very well be on his way to meet the Legion of Superheroes, who are a group of heroes from the 30th century. An Easter egg dropped earlier in the season regarding the Legion Flight Ring, which immediately had fans guessing. In the comics, Mon El becomes a member of the Legion under the superhero name Valor. If the wormhole from the finale takes him to the future, then they might just have the technology necessary to help him survive on Earth in the present day. Benoist told TV Line that the Legion Flight Ring is “on the way”, so this theory seems likely.
So Mon-El in #Supergirl found a portal in space to the 30th century to join the Legion? Please say it's so!
— Nicole Hart (@boundtoflames) May 25, 2017
Okay. I'm pretty sure Mon-El is gonna a bring the Legion of Superheroes. #Supergirl
— Aaron James Banzon (@AaronBanzon) May 23, 2017
My hopes for next season
More solo Kara storylines
I’ll admit, I’m not too disappointed that Mon El is gone. There were many complaints about him from fans and critics alike, and although Kara’s the titular character, she felt sidelined for a lot of this season. Unfortunately, most of it was taken up by Mon El, his relationship with Kara, and the drama he caused. Many fans were disappointed that Mon El ended up being a love interest in the first place, as it would’ve been more interesting to see him and Kara in a platonic mentor-like situation. The journalism storyline with Kara was great, and I hope we see more plotlines like that taking the forefront next season.
Maggie Sawyer was a new addition to season two much like Lena and Mon El, but unlike those two characters, she didn’t get a single solo storyline. Most of Maggie’s arc was about her blossoming relationship with Alex, which was beautiful and definitely necessary. However, I believe season three is Maggie’s time to shine. There were many hints to her past and family that left fans curious for more. She also spent the majority of her scenes with Alex, so it would be nice for her to expand and make a few friends here and there.
More James + Kara/James
One of the biggest disappointments of season two was the complete sidelining of James Olsen. The Guardian storyline introduced for him often fell short and failed to make a splash with many fans. Not to mention, Kara spent all of season one pining for James only to break up with him at the beginning of season two. Although it seems unlikely, it would be nice to have them at least address the relationship. With the cast growing so much this season, I imagine it must be difficult to distribute good amounts of screen time to everyone. However, James has been here from the beginning, and he deserves more love.
Lena integrating into Kara’s group
Although she’s an intelligent and powerful CEO, she still needs friends, right? To see Lena interacting with Kara’s friends in a more casual environment is something I’ve wanted for most of the last season. Once she knows Kara is Supergirl, that’ll make everything a whole lot easier. I just hope the show doesn’t plan to drag out that mystery across multiple seasons. The Kara/Lena dynamic was one of my favourites this season, so more of that too, please. Bring her to the next game night, maybe?
M’gann sticking around
As I always say, you can never have too many aliens on television. M’gann is a badass hero and would be a solid addition to Supergirl’s team. Not only is her dynamic with J’onn great, but like Lena and Maggie, I’d love to see her interact with the rest of the group. Plus, the alien bar no longer has a resident bartender, so even her day job has a place open for her to return.
The return of the Danvers sisters
Forget every romantic relationship, Kara and Alex are the heart and soul of the show, by far. Unfortunately, compared to the first season, their interactions in season two were very scarce. There were a lot of things that happened this season that required a good ol’ Danvers sisters couch scene. Now that Mon El is gone and Alex and Maggie’s relationship is solid and established, I’m hoping season three will dedicate more time to the sisters we know and love.