Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Review

Perhaps they thought it was subtle having a President with an anti-alien agenda

by Casimir Harlow
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Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Review
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Supergirl Season 4 Review

Still wielding the biggest, and most irritating, political agenda of all the DC Arrowverse shows, Supergirl Season 4 nevertheless has fun dishing up trouble with Lex and an evil Red Supergirl.

Supergirl is a great character, and star Melissa Benoist well chosen for the role, however, the current political landscape appears to have 'infected' almost every TV show out there, some worse than others. Some deal with it subtly and give you occasional pause for thought, but do so without taking you out of the experience - City on a Hill - whilst others wield it blatantly but make sure it is integrated into the narrative - American Horror Story: Cult. Unfortunately, some shows are simply clumsy in dealing with politics, and, for those who understandably think that politics should steer clear of TV (particularly family-friendly comic-book based superhero programming on a family-friendly CW Network), there are few worse offenders than Supergirl.

Over the seasons, Supergirl has gradually become more and more politicised and, whilst this season is reportedly supposed to have backed off somewhat, none of that is apparent in the storytelling. For a series that co-exists within the same universe as Arrow, The Flash, Legends, and now Batwoman, Supergirl's Metropolis is like a different planet to the others. Its city feels literally a melting pot of near-equal parts humans and aliens, and the relationship between the two is kept just about in check (notwithstanding the efforts of one of last season's villains) until the President is revealed to be an alien, and promptly replaced by someone distinctly anti-alien. So, nothing political here at all?

The show is easily at its best with clearly defined good guys and bad guys, whose schemes are pure comic book lore, really pulling off a strong few episodes before the finale

The fourth season of Supergirl carries over the arcs from the seeds planted at the end of the last one, not only running with the political agenda (which is, in hindsight, utterly irrelevant to the better villainous arc), giving us a taste of the mysterious 'Red' Supergirl, bringing the ever-machiavellian Lex Luthor some room to work his trademark nefarious schemes, and giving Supergirl some of her toughest fights yet. The show is easily at its best with clearly defined good guys and bad guys, whose schemes are pure comic book lore, really pulling off a strong few episodes before the finale.

Unfortunately, all of the anti-alien minority protests and Agent Liberty nonsense - which offers some initial intrigue with the character of Manchester Black but, after the twists and turns, just drags the show down - dominates more than half of the season and ruins The Elite, with even the 'mind-wipe' thread making for some distinctly unnecessary trouble between core characters. Better is the furthering of Martian Manhunter, both in his increasingly challenging interactions with Manchester, and as he looks to his past to embrace his future, as well as the ominous Elseworlds crossover finale, teasing the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths. And ultimately, Luthor defines the season, proving again that, no matter what incarnation, he's easily the best antagonist. 

Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Picture


Supergirl soars onto its fourth season Blu-ray release with an unsurprisingly very good 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation framed in the show's original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio.

We reviewed the UK Blu-ray release of Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season on an LG 55B7 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD OLED TV with an LG UP970 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

 Unsurprisingly very good

Beyond a slightly softer first season, Supergirl - perhaps once part of Arrowverse proper - has maintained the kind of stylish, clear and clean presentation commensurate to all these titles. Budget, lighting and (reasonable) effects keep the image at a high standard throughout, rendering decent facial close-ups, clothing, hair and background polish. Colours pop with the vibrancy fans will be familiar with in this comic book universe, going old school to provide double Supergirl action, flashing out with blasts of powers (which go into overdrive for the last couple of episodes, as per) all rounded out with solid, deep black levels. It might not be quite reference material, but it's consistently decent programming mastered at a high quality level.

Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Sound


On the aural front, the release's accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is also a solid, frequently impressive effort, bolstered by that suitably rousing Superman-riff theme tune which is one of the most distinctive of the entire DC catalogue.


 Frequently impressive

Dialogue remains well-prioritised across the frontal array, whilst the effects, large and small, are well observed and distinctly disseminated across the broader surround spectrum. Two Supergirls allow for plenty of powers-based set-pieces, whilst the antics of Agent Liberty and The Elite ignite the soundstage with riots. The crossover has plenty of oomph, and the last few episodes prove explosive. The score provides welcome support across the surrounds and rears and overall it's a very strong aural presentation.

Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Extras


The now-standard salvo of Featurettes, Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel is bolstered by the two great Arrow/Flash Crossover episodes

Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Verdict

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Supergirl Season 4 Blu-ray Review


As we head to the Arrowverse's own 'Endgame', the shows similarly start to show signs that this is the end of the road, with this fourth season of Supergirl only slightly dialling down on the political rhetoric - something which really is getting tiring in a lightweight comic-book TV show from a largely family-friendly network. Giving us more Lex and a bad Red Supergirl at least offers up some high points.

 For fans, it's recommended

Warner's UK Blu-ray release of Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season affords very good video and audio, as fans would have come to expect, and the solid extras package is bolstered by the presence of both Crossover Episodes (something which prior seasons didn't always go out of their way to provide). For fans, it's recommended.


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