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Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Review

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“Supergirl” season 4 is eventful but messy.

“Warner. Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

In the 24 episode fourth season (including the full Elseworlds crossover event), Kara Danvers continues her dual life as a reporter at CatCo by day and working with the D.E.O. as Supergirl at night with the help of allies like Martian Manhunter, her sister Alex Danvers, Brainiac 5, James, Lena Luthor, and a newcomer named Nia. Unfortunately, Supergirl and co. are up to their neck in chaos this season. The President has been outed as an alien and has stepped down and been replaced by the VP President Baker. There’s an outpouring of anti-alien sentiment especially from Agent Liberty and his Children of Liberty followers. There’s Kryptonite in the air. Numerous villains (like Mercy, Otis, Parasite, Manchester Black, Eve, Menagerie and Hat) are up to no good. Supergirl clashes with President Baker and a new D.O. superior (Colonel Haley). A Supergirl clone called Red Daughter has appeared. And, oh yes, Lex Luthor shows up with a fiendish plot. Add in plots about Nia’s powers, a satellite, Kaznia, James having PTSD and you can see that this season is jam packed with stories.

The fourth season of “Supergirl” is ambitious and filled with storylines which is also its problem. There’s enough plots here for 3 seasons and I’m not sure why they are all crammed into one season. Granted, the season is never boring as it tends to be an intense if sometimes corny ride that includes character drama, relevant political allegories with the anti-alien storyline, DC Comics mythology, a Supergirl clone with Melissa Benoist sporting a really bad Russian accent, and the inclusion of genre favorite likes Bruce Boxleitner (President Baker) and Sam Witwer (Agent Liberty), but it’s a bit of a mess as the writers wrap everything up in a hurried fashion. Additionally, it still feels like “Supergirl” is standing in the shadow of Superman as it includes a little too much Superman mythology. With this being its fourth season, the show doesn’t need to do this. It should be its own show. Yes, it’s great to see Lex Luthor (I’ll get to that in a second), but shouldn’t Supergirl have her own universe and feature more stories and villains from the Supergirl comics?

As for Lex Luthor, his presence here may not be necessary, but the character’s inclusion does improve the show. Simply put, Jon Cryer steals every scene he is in as Lex. He makes the character his own, he plays so well off other characters/cast members, and he is easily one of the best if not the best villain of all the CW DC TV series. I could do without his Iron Man rip-off suit though. Seriously, just model it after the cool comic version more.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? It’s a little dark for my liking but a solid transfer nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? B+ worthy.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Deleted scenes on episodes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23.
*The same extras featured on the previously reviewed latest seasons of “The Flash” and “Arrow”- “Villains: Modes of Persuasion,” “Inside The Crossover: Elseworlds” and “Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2018.”
* A 7 ½ minute gag reel.

September 22, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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