A very strange thing happened in "Supergirl's" Season 2 premiere. Amidst a move to The CW -- arguably the most romance-heavy network on TV -- the main romantic relationship of the show crashed, burned and buried itself back into friendship.
James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) have been slated as a pair since "Supergirl's" pilot episode, with their awkward flirting and almost-romance, but they never quite achieved liftoff Season 1 -- no pun intended.
Now, Kara has decided that through it all, they're better as friends instead of a couple.
Thankfully, there isn't exactly a rabid fanbase of "shippers" ready to bite anyone's head off about this abrupt change in trajectory for the relationship, which is probably because the chemistry just didn't felt right between these two. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tends to agree.
"We sort of felt like we were pursuing that relationship more because we felt like we had to than any of us was really, truly feeling it," Kreisberg says. "We realized that the best scenes between them were just the nice, sweet scenes, where they were being friends."
Still, it's odd that this move was made during the show's premiere on The CW, which is known for it's incredible romances, from Delena on "The Vampire Diaries" to Olicity on "Arrow."
Is it possible that Kara is getting a new love interest in Mon-El (Chris Wood), the currently comatose alien who crashed to earth in the Season 1 finale? Or is The CW planning to let "Supergirl" delve deeper into its feminist roots by allowing Kara to truly focus on herself and her career for the time, being without a man in her life?
It would certainly send a purposeful message to the girls and boys watching the show that a strong, female lead can have a happy and fulfilling life without any romance, even as a hot, single 20-something living in a major metropolitan area. It doesn't always have to be a case of saving the world and then making sure to be on time for the big date. Those two tasks should not be given the same priority in any sane person's life -- ever. And yet that somehow tends to be the case in most female-driven dramas.
When asked if the move to The CW had any impact on Kara and James' storyline, Kreisberg commented that the focus was more about honoring the relationship between the characters and the season that came before, even if the show is now on a different network.
"Whether the show is on CBS or The CW, the show has a large and loyal fanbase, and we didn't feel like we could just drop it because we had made such a big deal about it in the first season," Kreisberg explains. "We thought rather than just like, opening the episode with, 'Well, we had our summer romance. Sorry that didn't work out!'... It felt like there was a way to have that realization actually be part of the story."
The realization that Kara needs to focus on herself instead of jumping into a relationship with a man she's not sure she really wants only reinforces the strong feminist messages of the show, and it does feel true to real life.
"I think most of us have had friendships that turned into something more, and then you realize maybe it wasn't, so it felt like a very natural -- it felt like a very real story that we could be telling," Kreisberg says.
"Supergirl" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.