Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl), began her second season on Oct. 10, 2016 and is being aired on the channel that she should have been on in the first place: the CW.
The series began last year on Oct., 2015 on CBS, but after the first season ended on April 18 of this year, the series was renewed for a second season, this time on the CW. Many fans of the DC Universe (myself included) felt that’s where she belonged in the first place due to various DC themed shows such as Smallville, The Flash, Arrow the short lived series Birds of Prey, and the season two premiere of Legends of Tomorrow coming Oct. 13 of this year.
The series stars Melissa Benoist as the girl of steel herself, having to juggle her newfound superpowers as National City’s new hero, her job working at the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO). She works with her adopted sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), and Director Hank Henshaw (David Harewood). Her human identity is Kara Danvers and is an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). Her best friends are Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and tech genius Winslow “Winn” Schott (Jeremy Jordan Jr.).
The first season began with Kara Danvers discovering her newfound powers and learning that her sister actually works for the top secret government organization DEO. It is there she finds out that a prison ship known as Fort Rozz came out of the Phantom Zone and crash landed on Earth. The inmates who escaped were incarcerated by her mother, Alura Zor-El, before the destruction of Krypton. Throughout most of season one, she and Alex, along with J’onn, capture and detain these alien criminals while running into some familiar villains from the Superman and Supergirl comics, such as Livewire and Silver Banshee who appeared in the episode “World’s Finest” alongside the Flash/Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) who came from another universe.
Along with such events in the first season, Supergirl also finds that she has an aunt that looks exactly like her mother, named Astra, who was also imprisoned in Fort Rozz. She wanted to save the Earth before it met a similar fate to that of Krypton, alongside her husband, Non.
The first season concluded with Supergirl ending the threat of Non and J’onn is given back control of the DEO. There is also a cliffhanger where just as Kara and friends are celebrating, another Kryptonian pod comes crashing into National City, and leaves Kara/Supergirl in a state of shock at what she finds inside.
The series had a rough start, but it picked up halfway through the first season, even more so when the Flash appeared. When season two began on its new station at the same time and day as the previous channel (7 p.m. Monday), the ratings went through the roof. The appearance of her cousin, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), probably helped boost the ratings as well. Whatever the case may be, the girl of steel has found her real home on the CW and fans of the genre will no doubt be glued to the TV and Internet for a long time.