In its first season on CBS, SUPERGIRL was a light and airy show that featured lots of “Girl Power!” that was a nice alternative to the more testosterone heavy fare on the other DC shows that were airing on Fox and The CW. With the move to The CW in its 2nd season I was pretty excited since that meant crossovers with ARROW, THE FLASH AND LEGENDS OF TOMORROW would be much easier to get done than they were when SUPERGIRL was on another network. And that was proven by just how enjoyable the “Invasion” crossover turned out to be. But aside from that blip of awesome, the 2nd season of SUPERGIRL has been a chore to get through and since I am the type of guy who likes to share my opinion…click onward to find out exactly why SUPERGIRL really does suck now.
What Do You Do With A Problem Like Mon-el?
First an admission, I like Chris Woods. The guy is a very charismatic actor and I have liked him on all of the other shows on The CW network I have seen him on. I even liked him in certain situations on SUPERGIRL (mostly when he was playing the meathead buddy to Wynn’s nerd) early on in the season. But everyone and their mother knew that the sole purpose for Chris Woods and Mon-el being brought on this show was to become the new love interest for Kara/Supergirl and it is that role that has resulted in most of the problems with this show.
I’ll get into how terrible the break-up of James and Kara was handled a little later but that is one of the earliest examples that Season 2 was going to be a bit of a shit show. The general problem with Mon-El as a character though is that his introduction resulted in other characters being damaged. Just Mon-el’s presence alone has harmed James, Lena Luthor, J’onn J’onnz and worst of all Kara Danvers/Supergirl herself. On a show that was about the inner workings of Kara and her relationships with the people around her while she tried to find herself as a super-hero and as a woman, we now have a show about an intergalactic frat boy and what makes him tick while Supergirl has been lessened.
And just to get to the matter of individual taste: I think that Mon-el and Kara are an awful pairing. Sure they look like an ad for fall fashions from American Eagle Outfitters but aside from being an aesthetically pleasing pairing the two of them lack any romantic chemistry and the show has yet to provide a proper explanation as to why Kara would be in a relationship with this guy.
On the plus side the introduction of Mon-el’s parents have given the show the best villain it has ever had in the form of Rhea, Mon-el’s mom (played with delicious evil glee by Teri Hatcher) but one awesome villain doesn’t make up for all the awful that Mon-el has brought to this show.