Cast: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Release Date: September 18, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
In Season Three, Kara Danvers grapples with the sacrifices she’s made personally while saving National City as Supergirl. She even considers covering up her human identity altogether. Being human and vulnerable is hard. Maybe she’s better off embracing her alien DNA and only being the “Girl of Steel.” As Kara struggles with her path forward, she continues to work with Hank Henshaw and her sister, Alex, at the Department of Extranormal Operations to battle all threats to National City, including new villains Morgan Edge, and the “Worldkiller,” known as Reign. Everything Kara’s ever known and everyone she’s ever loved will be tested in all 23 supercharged Supergirl adventures.
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 third season of ‘Supergirl’ rejoins our title hero and those closest to her as Kara finds herself still struggling with her recent loss. But as she finds herself tempted to abandon her human personae of Kara Danvers once and for all, the courage and support of her family and friends keeps her from making what would surely be a tragic mistake. But just as things begin to settle a new plethora of troubles quickly come piling in, including what seems to be the beginning stages of three deadly alien threats known as the ‘Worldkillers’ who appear intent to wreak their havoc on earth. But when all of this only leads to more personal conflictions and the unexpected return of someone dear to Supergirl, it will require this team to be truly united if they’re to stand any hope of combating the threats and somehow also finding a personal balance.
Season three of ‘Supergirl’ offers up another batch of pretty decent episodes, featuring a number of solid action sequences and plenty of new powerful and deadly threats for our hero to stand against, as well as no shortage of emotional and moving moments, although perhaps a few too many of the latter. I know many fans may not entirely agree on the matter, but it seems that ‘Supergirl’ has definitely been more focused on the love story and relationship aspects of its characters as of late than with the hero’s activities combatting evil (although that’s definitely not to say that there aren’t a good few noteworthy action scenes) which doesn’t tend to work quite as well for this series. At times making things feel unusually dull, especially considering the tone and pattern that the series followed from the first season; something that appears to be shifting more and more every year as well as the odd choice of seeming to make the character of Supergirl herself less and less likable and relatable, far too frequently unwilling to even consider any opinions or options but her own and even occasionally wronging those closest to her. Fortunately it still has enough redeeming factors and moving storyline elements to balance some of these troubles and also manages to offer up nearly enough fun action and tension for those becoming a bit weary by the excessive personal drama to keep tuning in.
As far as the technical merits go, the Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Third Season’ holds up with the previous two season releases and once again provides pretty impressive high definition video and audio presentations on every episode of the season, while also featuring some decent extras including ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ for more than half of the episodes, plus ‘All 4 Parts of the DC Crossover Event: Crisis On Earth-X’ along with more (as always please see the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information). Altogether it should certainly satisfy dedicated collectors and fans of the series that’ve been pleased with the previous season releases on Blu-ray enough to make picking up a copy of this latest 4-disc collection well worthwhile.
Overall, the third season of ‘Supergirl’ brings some action-packed fun and a new massively powerful threat for our hero to combat, as well as plenty of emotional drama; although perhaps a bit too much drama this time around. Fortunately the superhero fun and some of the ever enjoyable characters we’ve come to love on the show over the last couple years help to keep things entertaining enough for fans to still stick around. Diehard fanatics of the series and/or of the DC-TV Universe (or the Arrowverse if preferred) in general that make a point of collecting each season release on Blu-ray and have been consistently pleased with them each year will probably want to make a point of picking up a copy of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Third Season’ on Blu-ray as well whenever possible. It’s another solid 4-disc set that offers gorgeous high definition video presentations and hard hitting lossless audio soundtracks on every episode, plus some notable bonus goodies to boot.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Third Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the third season’s episodes (and the bonus crossover event episodes). The video presentations deliver another set of sharp, detailed and smooth presentations on every episode of the season, with no notable faults to be found throughout. They hold up surprisingly well even during the various darkly lit and/or fast moving sequences, never causing any onscreen activity to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible in the process. Overall, these are pretty fantastic high definition video presentations that even with a bitrate that can seem somewhat lacking at times still manage to look consistently great each step of the way and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 23 Season Three episodes (as well as the additional 3 bonus episodes included for the crossover event). These multichannel soundtracks provide crisp, detailed and hard hitting audio presentations on each episode. They consistently take advantage of all five available channels in order to send characters swooping throughout the various speakers, along with vehicles, bullets and plenty more, while always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, these are wonderful 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that deliver in every way and contribute a great deal of extra fun to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Third Season’ includes some solid extras that fans should enjoy. Included on the release are ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from 16 of this season’s episodes, in addition to a ‘Gag Reel’ for the season (running approximately 7 minutes) and 2 Behind the Scenes Featurettes: ‘She Will Reign!’ (running approximately 8 minutes in length) and ‘The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017’ (approximately 58 minutes). The release also includes All 4 parts of the ‘DC Crossover Event: Crisis On Earth-X’ as well as the related Behind the Scenes Featurette ‘Inside The Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X’ (running 42 minutes in length). For the fans picking up the season releases of ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ as well it should be noted that the Crossover event related extras are identical to those found on the recent season releases of the other three shows.