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I've decided to start a list of all the pros and cons to assess the current state of the show. Feel free to add/dispute:

Wrong:
- Critical lack of involvement/portrayed competence of Kara herself. (This season)

- Overwhelming obsession with expanding side character arcs. (Almost every season)

- Underwhelming and non-threatening main antagonist (Season 2 and this season)

- Poorly defined and ambiguous plot direction (Every season except S3)

- Repetition of forced character conflict/creation of drama (Every season)

- Political messaging done in an awkward and overt manner inconsiderate of setting and plot (S2 and now)

- OR, viewing the series primarily as a tool to make political/social statements and only secondarily as a standard hero TV show (since beginning)

- Stoking ship wars through design of romance arcs (possibly)

Right:
- Good intentions with political/social statements despite questionable execution

- A uniquely wholesome and intelligent reinterpretation of the old "annoying teen" Supergirl.

- A very wholesome and positive vibe (mostly season 1, I notice all CW characters become more "Arrow-like" as the seasons pass)

- Interesting and well acted characters. If only the arcs of some side characters can be reduced, it would be perfect.

- Outstanding performance of lead, MB as Kara . If only she was utilised more.

- Nice soundtrack (S1).

- Overall good quality of individual episodes (before S4)

- Worthwhile comedic moments

- Fair utilisation and expansion of DC lore.
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The current season of Supergirl has gotten so political, it has become difficult to watch...
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I actually think they have done a pretty good job of mirroring what we have seen in the news. If people don't think that a Nationalist point if view is exploding within our society then some research needs to be done by some viewers. What I have seen, as we saw in the episode before the Lex episode was the take a step into the racial divide of our country, which is very real...and very quickly taking us to a story of coming together. You cannot have light without some darkness.
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The current season of Supergirl has gotten so political, it has become difficult to watch...
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Can agree on the wrong at least


Even though they are hitting a heavy subject, it isn't near as heavy handed as that horrible "guns are bsd get rid of all of them" episode last year.

True, but you have set an awfully low bar there. :)
well.....true....lol
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Can agree on the wrong at least


Even though they are hitting a heavy subject, it isn't near as heavy handed as that horrible "guns are bsd get rid of all of them" episode last year.

True, but you have set an awfully low bar there. :)
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Can agree on the wrong at least


Even though they are hitting a heavy subject, it isn't near as heavy handed as that horrible "guns are bsd get rid of all of them" episode last year.
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Can agree on the wrong at least
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Mine are pretty simple...

RIGHT -- Their writing in of the political climate of the country has been done well.

WRONG -- Making the series more Superfriends than Supergirl.
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agree. the show is at its best when the main / OG cast do what they were brought in to do. I loved James as the social /moral conscience of the show in S1, he stood up to Kara but fairly and with legitimacy. That whole aspect of the show went MIA starting in the first ep of S2. Any attempts to course correct that have just fallen flat as the Kara / James relationship has been so badly neglected and James has done either questionable or just plain boring stuff along the way to make his opinions and advice along the way irrelevant. The Alex character has been rehabbed a bit this season but I am nervous that they are heading back around to her lovelife instead of celebrating what should be a phenomenal female role model on tv.
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"A uniquely wholesome and intelligent reinterpretation of the old "annoying teen" Supergirl."

The "annoying teen" Supergirl was the New 52 version. The character of Kara on the TV show seems to be based much more on the original Silver Age Supergirl (who was sweet, cheerful, and intelligent), and perhaps even more on the young-adult version of the early 80s "New Adventures of Supergirl" series.
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Season 1 - Should have been her aunt, but suddenly gets replaced by Non mid season. The inclusion of Indigo helped though, but overall they were a bit cheesy.

I agree that sticking with Astra would have been preferable, but that wasn't possible due to actor availability. Laura Benanti had committed to doing a play in New York in early 2016, which conflicted with Supergirl's filming schedule. Even so, I still wish they had written her out in a less lethal way.
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- Underwhelming and non-threatening main antagonist (Season 2 and this season)

This seems to be a recurring problem.

Season 1 - Should have been her aunt, but suddenly gets replaced by Non mid season. The inclusion of Indigo helped though, but overall they were a bit cheesy.

Season 2 - Rhea doesn't show up till late in the season, so not enough time to build her up. She's reasonably threatening in that she has a fleet at her disposal, but she's not particularly clever and her agreeing to fight Supergirl one on one was a bit laughable. At the very least I was expecting more dirty tricks from her.

Season 3 - Should have been Reign and the other Worldkillers, but the other Worldkillers get killed off too early and Reign effectively gets replaced by the lame and again not so clever 'Witches'. It could have worked if Serena was better written as the 'Emperor' to Reign's 'Darth Vader', but in the end it just felt like Supergirl and crew beating up a bunch of old ladies. Coville also had great potential but ended up underutilized.

Season 4 - We're more than halfway through the season and still aren't sure who the Big Bad is, at least if you only watched the show. Agent Liberty is decent, he's smart and manipulative, and I liked how they spent time developing his backstory early in the season, but he feels more like a Coville than a Big Bad. Mancester Black is good as a rogue third party stirring up trouble, but again not Big Bad material. Red Daughter isn't the Big Bad either, since she's just being manipulated by others. We're left to assume that Lex is the Big Bad, but he hasn't even been mentioned in the season so far. Is he really just going to pop out right at the end?
Imra: "What about Tommy and Gina? 'You live for the fight when it's all that you've got!'"

Mon El: "Bon Jovi."

Imra: "Or was that all a lie?"

Mon El: "No. He speaks the truth."
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In conclusion it seems currently the bonuses of the show are largely peripheral and a lot of the core design is broken. The full potential of the amazing cast and setting are currently not being realised.
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