TV Review: Supergirl S3E1 Girl of Steel

Kara deals with the loss of Mon-El by focusing her energy on being Supergirl and concentrating on a mysterious new threat; Alex confesses a secret to Maggie; a citizen of National City has a mysterious connection to Kara; Lena makes a bold move.

Supergirl‘s third season opens with the Girl of Steel dealing with the events that wrapped up the previous one and this is a a Supergirl that’s a bit moodier and a bit sad and down. The series is strongest when it blends the action with personal lives and this episode does that well.

The episode is about the various characters and their attempts at balancing their superheroics and their every day life. In this case Kara isn’t sure she can be both a reporter and a hero and then there’s Alex attempting to balance work and her relationship with Maggie. The series feels that it’s best when it keeps all of that in the mix and brings it to the forefront. One particular scene is very touching between the two and Kara’s issues with balancing “work” and personal life are something we can all relate to.

But, the should wouldn’t be super without some action and there’s lots of it here as the episode builds up towards the eventual confrontation. There’s some things that are very predictable with that and a setup is pretty bad as to where it goes.

The episode shifts some status-quo things around, especially when it comes to CatCo and it all feels pretty intriguing. The episode has a strong “screw misogyny” theme throughout. The episode is a prime example of the series knowing where its heart is and what its strengths are. This episode has that and then some mixing action, a greater story, and a lot of touching moments, especially towards the end (it’s hard to not get a little choked up over it).

As a start of a season, the episode could use a little more, but as an episode by itself, it’s a solid one doing what Supergirl does best.

 

 

 

Overall Rating: 8.05