“Supergirl” Season 2 opened up quite a few new doors for Kara (Melissa Benoist), both personally and professionally. She pumped the brakes on her relationship with James (Mehcad Brooks), she devoted herself to welcoming and training newcomer Mon-El (Chris Wood) and then dipped her toe into her first huge romantic venture with him, and she even started her journalism career at CatCo Magazine.
Unfortunately, that latest development hasn’t been given quite the attention it deserves in Season 2, and we’re desperate for Kara to get some work done as far as her professional life goes.
At the beginning of the season, Kara made the very mature decision to put her stop-start relationship with James on a permanent hold in order to better service her personal and professional life. Figuring out who she was and who she wanted to be outside of Supergirl was a big decision for her, and eventually she realized that it was time for her to go all in on her journalism career.
At first, we were eager to see how her new reporter gig at CatCo Magazine would turn out, but as the season has progressed, that storyline has floundered. She’s almost exclusively used the paper to further Supergirl’s agenda and used her position as Supergirl to do the same for some scoop. Other than that, we haven’t seen much of her professional life.
The occasional chat with Snapper hasn’t filled even half the hole that was left by Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), which is where we think the root of this problem lies. Cat was a mentor to Kara in a way that Snapper (Ian Gomez) just isn’t, no matter how many gruff or arrogant personality traits they share. While we were never very invested in Kara’s career as an assistant, we should have seen a meteoric rise in interest with this new twist in her career path — and yet six months later, we’re still waiting to find the rare reporter subplot even remotely interesting.
It’s not all Snapper’s fault though, since Mon-El is partly to blame too. We love us some “Karamel,” but we have to admit that Kara’s love life has become her main plot season, when we were hoping her “single and ready to mingle” mentality would help her focus on her professional life more.
The one exception to this rule was in Episode 15, “Exodus,” when Kara decided to blog her unsubstantiated article about alien abductions after Snapper refused to run it in the magazine. The moral quandary of sacrificing her career for the safety and wellbeing of other alien refugees was a super interesting development to watch, and it was genuinely heartbreaking to see her get fired for it.
Now that she’s out of the job though, Kara has mostly just moped around her apartment, snuggling with Mon-El and watching endless amounts of Netflix. We’ve all been there (and we totally agree that you’ve got to take advantage of FUN-employment when you can), but we’re ready for Kara to kick it into gear already. Besides worrying over whether she’ll get evicted from her apartment thanks to having no income to pay her rent, we’re desperate to see Kara bounce back from this latest setback.
Here’s hoping the final arc of “Supergirl” Season 2 sees Kara hone back in on being a go-getter, both in the cape and out of it.
“Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.