DVD Reviews: DVD Review: Supergirl Season 5

From October 6, 2019 to May 17, 2020, 19 brand-new episodes of the fifth season of “Supergirl” aired on The CW. In Germany, Season 5 is available on Netflix and the paid channel ProSieben FUN broadcasts the season from March 6 to September 11, 2020. The season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in German retailers on August 4, 2022.

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Jon Jones (David Harwood) confronts his past, while Lena (Katie McGrath) must decide whether to get revenge on Cara (Melissa Benoist) for keeping a secret about being a Supergirl. Kara must realize that every decision has consequences. With Andrea (Julie Gonzalo), someone from Lena’s past emerges who not only has acquired CatCo and wants to remake her, but also has a secret that bothers her. Alex (Chyler Leigh) finds new love in Kelly (Azie Tesfai), but things aren’t going smoothly and everyone has to fight the bad guys together anyway.

reconsidering

Photo: David Harewood, Supergirl - Copyright: 2019 The CW Network, LLC.  All rights reserved.;  Dean Buscher/The CW;  2019 WBEI;  DC Comics

David Harwood, Supergirl
© 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.; Dean Buscher/The CW; 2019 WBEI; DC Comics

The fifth season of “Supergirl” had to be shortened to 19 episodes in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic. However, I have to say that I didn’t find it tragic at all, because they still make up a season and, above all, the season finale, which makes you want to see the new sixth season and unfortunately the last. But I’ve found this season in particular to be about coming to terms with and accepting the past as well.

I’d like to start with John and his brother Malevich (Phil Lamar). With the latter, you found the series’ introduction last season exciting, because you didn’t know who you were looking at. I really can’t describe in words why I loved it so much. Perhaps because J’onn once showed the feelings and emotions he’d been blocking so well. However, sometimes I couldn’t watch myself when he was facing his memories, because it was really tragic that John was the one who erased the memories of his father (Karl Lumbley) and thus expelled Malevich from their Haas family life. Accordingly, he also reacted and acted when he teamed up with Lina and became really dangerous through mind control. In the end, I also found it a bit of a shame after the two brothers reconciled, and I heard nothing from Malefic.

Photo: Staz Nair & Julie Gonzalo, Supergirl - Copyright: 2019 The CW Network, LLC.  All rights reserved.;  Dean Buscher/The CW;  2019 WBEI;  DC Comics

Staz Nair and Julie Gonzalo, Supergirl
© 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.; Dean Buscher/The CW; 2019 WBEI; DC Comics

The next emotional point for me was that Lena wanted revenge on Kara for hiding her true identity as a supergirl. I can really understand Lena, even if you think about her past with Lex (John Cryer) and her mother, Lillian (Brenda Strong), because in the end she was only manipulated by the two of them, she was taken advantage of and her trust couldn’t be built at all. Of course, Lena then assumed that Cara was herself and didn’t even think that Cara was just trying to protect her. I could very well understand that Lena was blinking, but sometimes it wasn’t very fun to watch her silent friend in front of Kara hatch plans for revenge with Hope/Eve (Andrea Brooks). Incidentally, I was surprised by Brooks’ promotion to the main cast for season 5, because while I was surprised by their actual connection, I can’t necessarily say the main situation is justified.

I found the Julie Gonzalo crew even more exciting, because I was happy with that. I already knew Julie from Dallas and I really thought she was great. But I have to admit that I had some problems with Supergirl at first, as I was hoping for more friendship moments with Lena. I have really loved the friendship between the two in the past. But I also found Andrea as an interesting character in other ways, because she’s also a superhero, so to speak. Andrea is an Akata and even if I don’t allow myself to pick up the look easily: her outfit is great. I also found her relationship with William Day (Staz Nair) quite interesting. I honestly thought he was the villain, but in the end it wasn’t either, they were both victims. To be honest, I didn’t really relate to Leviathan or Earthbender (Mitch Pileggi), although I did find Pileggi very suitable for the role.

Let’s go back briefly to come to terms with the past and love. It’s really been a long and hard road for Alex to express her sexuality, which is why I’m so glad she finally found the right woman in Kelly. However, I had doubly fear that the two would be separated again. Once because Kelly was worried about Alex and was reminded of her fiancé’s death. In the end, I was also worried about Alex when she got into the virtual world, which she couldn’t escape from because she was in great mourning for her father (Dean Kane) and blamed Kara because Alex always had to hold back. But Kelly proved that love is stronger. Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) and Brainy (Jesse Rath) are also a cute couple and it wasn’t easy either, but they showed that it was possible for them too.

Photo: Supergirl - Copyright: 2019 The CW Network, LLC.  All rights reserved.;  Dean Buscher/The CW;  2019 WBEI;  DC Comics

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© 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.; Dean Buscher/The CW; 2019 WBEI; DC Comics

Finally, I want to talk about the departure of Mohgad Brooks because I really miss him because he has always been a constant in Kara/Supergirl and eventually became a goalkeeper that made him a better fit for the team. I liked the way it was written from the show, because even though he doesn’t fight evil with Supergirl anymore, he’s still a true children’s hero and is his destiny, so I felt like the exit story was well thought out and I love it. I also enjoyed Episode #5.09 Parallel Earth Crisis (1), which featured the first part of the Arrowverse crossover. I also really liked Episode 5.15 of VR, even if this stuff isn’t really easy and I have to think about it just to get the chills, it was important and right to take up this topic. Even if it has been repeatedly said that the series is only fictional, a very important and current topic has been addressed here.

Special offers and technical details

Photo: Supergirl - Copyright: 2019 WBEI.  SUPERGIRL and all pre-existing TM and © DC Comics characters and items based on characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joel Shuster.

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© 2019 WBE. SUPERGIRL and all pre-existing TM and © DC Comics characters and items based on characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joel Shuster.

As additional material, fans are presented with extended, fail scenes and the best of San Diego Comic-Con 2019, which I especially liked because it allows you to experience the interaction between the actors on a more private level.

Release date: August 4, 2022
FSK: from 12 years old
Period: Approx. 700 minutes (19 episodes)
image format: 16:9 – 1.78:1
Languages ​​(audio format): German

conclusion

Although Season 5 of “Supergirl” has been cut short due to the Corona pandemic, I have to say that I really liked it. While I can’t really relate to Leviathan to this day, that’s no big deal, because other than that the characters are well developed and the good facts and arcs set for last season.

Daniela S – myFanbase

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