The following Blu-ray set was provided to me by Warner Brothers for Review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Supergirl has come along way since its first season on CBS. Adding it to the Arrowverse on the CW really did help it, in my opinion anyway. Its gone from the villain of the week formula where Supergirl gets beaten up, then learns some lesson about her powers and wins in the rematch. I really hated that same old formula, which luckily Supergirl got away from. Its now a completely linear show. Sure you get a villain, but like Flash and Arrow it all ties into the central plot. Season 4 was one long story that brought in some new characters, a few twists and turns, and of course featured the amazing annual crossover, which was Elseworlds this season.
Season 4 of Supergirl centers around the Children of Liberty and the anti-alien movement sweeping the country. Now that aliens have been outed they are facing a rash of anti-alien hate crimes against them. The Children are a group who patrols neighborhood with an alien sniffing dog and abduct and torture aliens. At one point it is revealed they run an alien immigration center, and are able to capture Supergirl for a short time. Things get even worse for Supergirl as she refuses to reveal her identity to the President.
Now of course this wraps up (sort of) in the first act and we are reintroduced to Red Daughter, who with the help of Lex Luthor manages to frame Supergirl so he can pass himself off as a hero stopping an alien invasion. Its all a cover of course as Lex has grand plans to destroy his arch nemesis Superman on Argo.
All of Supergirl’s friends and enemies are here for this season, which is actually pretty loaded. Lex, and Lana Luthor, Braniac, Matina Manhunter, Dreamer and more. And by more I mean of course Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, Batwoman, and the rest of the Arrowverse (sans the Legend of Tomorrow this time around). Yes, Supergirl did take a quick break from fighting the Children to Help Barry and Oliver in this years crossover. Now the great thing is if you buy the Blu-ray for this season you get all 3 episodes (Arrow and Flash ones are included) which if your like me you just get them all anyway, but now you don’t have to switch discs.
This time it was Elseworlds. And it may have been the most important crossover yet. It featured the Flash from Earth-90 coming to our earth to warn us that our world was going to be destroyed by the Monitor. The Monitor has traveled to our earth to give a mysterious book to John Deegan, a crazy psychiatrist who practices at Arkham Asylum. He uses the book to rewrite the timeline. Part of this rewrite is that Oliver is now The Flash living our Barry Allen’s life, while Barry is now the Green Arrow living out Oliver’s Life. They are the only two who realize this and head to Earth 38 to get help from Supergirl and Superman. Together they travel to Gotham City and meet Kate Kane aka Batwoman. This was an amazing crossover and concludes telling us “Worlds will live, worlds will die, and the universe will never be the same” which sets up this year’s crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” which is not only shaping up to change the Arrowverse, but it will also mark the end of the Arrow series.
Warner Brothers has released this set on Blu-ray, and DVD, but to get the entire 3 part Elseworlds on one set is to buy the Blu-ray. The audio and video are gorgeous. These CW shows looks fantastic, and the Blu-ray transfers just highlight how amazing they look. They really are comic books come to life. You even get a good amount of special features along with all the episodes.
The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018
Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds
Villains: Modes of Persuasion
BLU-RAY: 22 ONE-HOUR EPISODES + 2 FULL CROSSOVER EPISODES
1. American Alien
3. Man of Steel
5. Parasite Lost
6. Call to Action
7. Rather the Fallen Angel
8. Bunker Hill
9. Elseworlds: Hour One
10. Elseworlds: Hour Two
11. Elseworlds: Hour Three
12. Suspicious Minds
13. Blood Memory
15. What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?
16. Stand and Deliver
17. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
18. The House of L
19. All About Eve
20. Crime and Punishment
21. American Dreamer
22. Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?
23. Red Dawn
24. The Quest for Peace
As I said Supergirl has come a long way from where it started, and although not my favorite of the DC Television shows its still a great watch and a must see for comic book fans.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!