Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Review: Never Lose Hope
Things are bleak in National City in Supergirl season 4. There’s a new surge of anti-alien sentiment, Supergirl is being pressured to reveal her identity, Lex Luthor has returned, and Lena has learned Kara’s secret. There was so much going on, no one would be surprised if you needed a bit of a recap before the next season starts! Well, good news! As of today, you can own season 4 on Blu-ray and Digital HD, with just enough time to get caught up (or refresh your memory) before season 5 premieres on October 6!
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 season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?
Season 4 was a good one! Supergirl is usually quite adept at its not-so-subtle mirroring of current events. The rise of anti-alien sentiment in National City is an apt parallel to the United States’ own heated immigration debate, even if it makes for a frustrating watch. Melissa Benoist continues to shine in the titular role, bringing hope and positivity to an increasingly hostile situation. Alex’s adoption struggles and her developing relationship with Kelly are an amazing demonstration of Chyler Leigh’s skills as an actress. And we are all on pins and needles waiting to see how Katie McGrath’s Lena handles the news about Kara’s secret identity.
We also saw the return of fan-favorite Tyler Hoechlin as Superman and the introduction of some amazing characters, like Nia Nal (aka Dreamer), the first trans superhero in the DCTV universe (played by a trans actress, huzzah!), an older, wiser Lois Lane, and Superman’s number one arch nemesis, Lex Luthor!
The Supergirl season 4 Blu-ray has continued to include extra content that the fans want – namely, a gag reel and deleted scenes. Keep giving the people what they want, Warner Bros.! We appreciate it! (But seriously, what do I have to do to get some actor commentary up in here?) There are over 100 minutes worth of bonus features on this release, which for any fan makes it well worth the price tag. I mean, you can watch the episodes on Netflix; you buy the season for all the juicy bonuses! More than half of the episodes feature at least deleted scene, and the ever popular gag reel is included on the fourth disc.
Disc two includes the entirety of the DCTV annual crossover event, “Elseworlds“, an event highlighted by appearances by Clark Kent and Lois Lane and the ominous foreshadowing for next year’s crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, which will coincide with the end of Arrow. As someone who isn’t entirely caught up with either The Flash or Arrow, I always appreciate that all of the crossover episodes are included with the Supergirl Blu-ray. Disc two also includes the featurette “Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds”, which has the executive producers from all three shows gather for an entertaining discussion and some of the greatest minds at DC Comics looking at Elsewords as a whole.
The other two featurettes are “Villains: Modes of Persuasion”, which makes sense considering they introduced an iconic DC villain this season, and “The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018”, a look at the panel block for the DCTV shows at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. It’s not quite the same as getting to see the panels live in Ballroom 20, but for those who can’t attend the convention, it’s always fun to see the craziness that goes on! (And, hey, depending on how big your TV is, you’ll probably have a better view than I did!)
The season 4 Blu-ray is very similar to the season 3 Blu-ray with regards to bonus content. It seems that by adding deleted scenes and the gag reel, it leaves less time for the featurettes. While I am sure there must be a way to have the best of both worlds, I am totally okay with this. But I would be willing to sacrifice a deleted scene or two for some episode commentary. (Seriously, how can we make this happen? Should we start a hashtag?)
With the Supergirl season 4 Blu-ray, you can watch all 22 episodes (plus the bonus crossover episodes!) in glorious 1080p HD (So crisp! So clear!) and DTS-HD Master Audio in English. Sadly, only English subtitles this time around. The Blu-ray also comes with a redeem code for a digital copy, so you can take your favorite episodes on the go with you.
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Sam Witwer, Nicole Maines, April Parker Jones, and David Harewood.
Supergirl season 4 is now available to own on Blu-ray (+Digital) and DVD. The Blu-ray retails for $44.98 ($52.99 CAN); the DVD for $39.99 ($51.99 CAN). Season 5 premieres at 8pm Eastern on October 6th on The CW.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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