Cast: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Release Date: August 22, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
Having left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant at Catco Worldwide Media in order to figure out what she really wants to do, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) continues to work with Hank Henshaw aka Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and her adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) at the DEO as Supergirl – protecting the citizens of National City and searching for her missing father Jeremiah (Dean Cain) and the secret research lab Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with her Kryptonian cousin Kal El – aka Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) – to battle new DC Super-Villains both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, as she strives to balance her personal life with friends/allies James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) and more with her busy life as a new Super Hero in SUPERGIRL Season Two.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The second season of ‘Supergirl’ kicks off with Kara’s famous cousin Superman arriving in town for some family bonding and team-up excitement, while Supergirl and Martian Manhunter must also attempt to uncover the details of the newly discovered pod (the arrival of which concluded season one for those who may not recall). Now working on her own as a reporter at Catco, Kara no longer enjoys the safety net she was granted while serving as Cat’s assistant and must somehow establish a way in which to do her job to the fullest of her potential while still being able to continue her crucial work with her sister and the rest of the DEO in order to ensure the further protection of her city. With new and familiar threats arising out of the woodwork, Supergirl quickly realizes that things are only going to get worse before they get any better and if she hopes to find a place for herself in this still somewhat unfamiliar world while balancing two lives it’s certainly going to be a challenge; fortunately she is the girl of steel.
The sophomore season of ‘Supergirl’ (and its first year airing among fellow DC-TV Shows ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’ and ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ on The CW) returns full swing, while also providing fans precisely what they had been hoping for from the onset, the arrival of Superman (portrayed on the series by Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin who does a pretty outstanding job in the role) and only continuously delivers all of the passion, emotional moments and out of this world action that fans have come to love and expect. At the same time it naturally ups the ante for year two and does so without ever detracting from the story or causing elements to seem unnatural or forced; all building to some truly wild events that conclude the season with quite the bang. ‘Supergirl’ certainly continues to prove itself a tremendously welcome addition to the DC-TV universe and after this year’s epic crossover event in which she was fully involved in, it’s also quite clear she fits in beautifully within the larger scope of things. The latest season also offers a number of delicious cameos that fans of previous DC television incarnations will undoubtedly appreciate; this year’s roster of guest stars and cameos including some new and returning faces to the show such as Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame, the return of Dean Cain along with the addition of Teri Hatcher, plus plenty of additional easter eggs that shouldn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated with the longtime DC Comics super-fans.
Overall, fellow diehard fans of DC Comics and the ever-expanding DC Television Universe (or merely ‘Supergirl’ in particular) that have collected the previous season release(s) on BD will almost surely want to make certain to purchase a copy of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Second Season’ on Blu-ray as well if you haven’t already done so. The 4-disc Blu-ray release of the show’s sophomore season offers overall fantastic high definition video and audio presentations on all 22 episodes, in addition to some notable extras that fans won’t want to miss out on. Those who enjoyed the first season but haven’t yet had the chance to check out the latest run will also want to look into a rental option if possible or else try and catch the season on your favorite streaming provider (if available) in order to catch up on all the second season’s emotion and insanity before the third season debuts on The CW this October; anyone who enjoys the DC television universe even half as much as myself definitely won’t want to miss out on Season Two of ‘Supergirl’.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Second Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the second season’s episodes. The video presentations look wonderful as a whole and provide clean, sharp and detailed presentations on every included episode, suffering very few mild imperfections on occasion, yet nothing that ever really negatively affects the viewing experience. They hold up admirably even during the numerous fast paced and darkly lit sequences and even while not provided the most substantial of bitrates they still look quite fantastic throughout. Overall, these are pretty fantastic high definition video presentations that should have little trouble satisfying the fellow fans, especially those that have been collecting and are more than content with the previous DC television season releases on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 22 Season Two episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks deliver crisp, clean and hard hitting audio presentations on each episode, with no noticeable faults to be uncovered at any point. They regularly utilize all five available channels in order to send action effects, crowd chatter and our flying hero frequently zipping throughout the various speakers along with plenty of additional audio activity, and always making certain that any dialogue that might be occurring simultaneously remains clean and fully audible at all times. Overall, these are magnificent 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that contribute plenty of additional fun to the overall viewing experience and shouldn’t disappoint fans in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Second Season’ includes some noteworthy extras that fans should appreciate. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary on “Supergirl Lives” with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith’, in addition to the ‘Supergirl: 2016 Comic-Con Panel’ (running approximately 28 minutes in length) and some new behind the scenes Featurettes that include behind the scenes content, interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus more. The Included Featurettes are: ‘Supergirl: Alien Fight Night’ (running approximately 10 minutes), ‘Supergirl: Aliens Among Us’ (approximately 20 minutes) and ‘A Conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith (4 minutes). The release also includes a collection of brief ‘Supergirl: Did You Know?’ mini-featurettes (approximately 1-2 minutes or less each): ‘Superman Baby’, ‘Martian Manhunter Needs A Zipper In His Suit’, ‘Kara Eats All The Brownies Out Of The Ice Cream’, ‘Mehcad Brooks Collects Cultural Antiques’, ‘Chyler Leigh Crashes David Harewood’s Interview’, ‘Melissa Explains Using Her Powers On The Show Without The Effects’ and ‘We Really Want Superman Back!’.