Supergirl Season 4 Episode 1 Review: ‘American Alien'

Supergirl season 3 ended weakly mainly because the show had too much drama and the main bad person wasn't as exciting as the first two seasons.

Season 3 of Supergirl wasn't as bad as Season 4 of The Flash, but it wasn't as enjoyable as the show could have been.

Thankfully, Season 4 of Supergirl starts off on a high note taking focus on a new threat and keeping the social style of drama to a minimum.

Instead, the series takes a similar approach to the X-Men comic books as humans are hating how aliens are living alongside humans.

Obviously Supergirl feels progress has been made between humans and aliens, but people like J'onn J'onzz still experiences the threats of hate crimes from some extreme humans.

Supergirl never gets this type of treatment because she already looks like a pretty human girl. Other aliens that look far different don't have that luxury.

Supergirl and J'onn Jonzz have a little argument about this and I have to side with Martian Manhunter on this topic.

Sure progress has been made, but there will always be humans out there that don't like diversity and changes in modern societies.

Supergirl doesn't believe a hate crime was committed earlier in the episode, but it turns out the attacks were made by a brother/sister duo of Otis Graves and Mercy Graves (Rhona Mitra).

The siblings hate aliens and they want to attack the President in her next Alien Summit.

The siblings aren't alone because they are being led by a mysterious bad guy going by the name of Agent Liberty.

He too has an agenda against aliens, although we don't see much of him in this first episode. Surely, more of this character will be revealed as the season continues.

The only other new character introduced in this week's episode is the character of Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) who works at CatCo.

Nia Nal is going to be the first transgender superhero on the show, although here in this week's episode she doesn't do much.

The character is shy like Kara Danvers was in season 1, but she will become more heroic in a future episodes to come.

As for the rest of the characters, nothing has really changed other than Alex Danvers now being the head of the DEO. Brainy has pretty much overtaken Winn's role while there is no Mon El anymore so Supergirl doesn't have to worry about relationship problems anymore.

The only character that has changed this season is J'onn Jonzz.

He's kind of like a pacifist in this season and no longer wants to fight crime with punches like he used to.

It's a huge difference to his character, although he's only doing this in order to honor his father's wishes.

Supergirl herself is like a breath of fresh air in this episode as she feels much happier than she did in all of Season 3. She's more determined to focus on catching bad guys than worrying about relationship problems.

The tone of Season 4 harks back to Season 2, and I'm hoping the rest of the season stays like this.

The new anti-alien storyline has a lot of potential and I'm hoping the show continues with the social commentary it's trying to portray.

The only thing this episode does not cover is telling us who the other Supergirl is from Siberia.

She was teased at the end of Season 3, and just only appears punching rocks at the end of this week's episode.

Surely there's more to her than meets the eye, and she we'll probably see a Supergirl vs Supergirl fight later this season.

Anyway, stay tuned next week as we here at Empty Lighthouse Magazine will be reviewing every episode of Supergirl Season 4. Hopefully season 4 can keep up the good momentum it has started. 

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