November 26, 2018  (Web Review)

Supergirl: Season 3

Warner, 1,100 min., not rated, DVD: 5 discs, $44.99; Blu-ray: 4 discs, $49.99

Reviewer rating: 3.0/4

Now in its third season and part of the CW’s DC superhero lineup (albeit in a parallel universe), Supergirl pits the titular Kryptonian powerhouse (Melissa Benoist) and her team at the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations) against a powerful new nemesis: Reign, a god-like being from Krypton who takes over the body of an innocent human (Odette Annable) and metes out justice by killing criminals. Fortunately, the team has help: Mon-El (Chris Wood) returns from the future with two members of the Legion of Superheroes—telepath Imra Ardeen, aka Saturn Girl (Amy Jackson), and super-genius Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath)—with the aim of preventing a disaster that ravages their own time. The series takes a surprise turn in the final episodes when Supergirl discovers that her mother is alive in a surviving city of Krypton rocketing through the galaxy, but the homecoming takes a twist that involves Reign. This season draws deeply from the character’s comic book legacy to craft an epic story that gives this family-friendly series (mostly sunny and optimistic like The Flash, in contrast to the darker Arrow) a galactic sweep while also exploring human dramas of family, friendship, and star-crossed love. It is also one of the only superhero shows featuring a female hero. Compiling all 23 episodes from the 2017-18 third season, extras include crossover episodes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Recommended. (S. Axmaker)