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Supergirl (season 4)

The fourth season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El / Supergirl, premiered on The CW on October 14, 2018. The season follows Kara, a reporter and superpowered alien who fights against those who threaten Earth, and the fallout of her use of mysticism and time traveling. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment, with Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller serving as showrunners.

Supergirl (season 4)
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Promotional poster
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes11
Release
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14) –
present (present)
Season chronology
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List of Supergirl episodes

The season was ordered in April 2018, and production began that July. Melissa Benoist stars as Kara, with principal cast members Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, and Katie McGrath also returning from previous seasons, while Jesse Rath was promoted to the principal cast from his recurring status in season three. They are joined by new cast members Sam Witwer, Nicole Maines, and April Parker Jones.

Contents

EpisodesEdit

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U.S. viewers
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661"American Alien"Jesse WarnStory by : Robert Rovner & Jessica Queller
Teleplay by : Gabriel Llanas & Aadrita Mukerji
October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)T13.212011.52[1]
Kara has stayed busy in her heroic duties working with the DEO, and as a reporter at CatCo proving she can multitask. Brother and sister Otis & Mercy Graves attack an alien, Dr. Vose, and steal an EMP device from his lab. J'onn believes it to be a hate crime, with the recent rise in anti-alien hatred in the country, although Kara disagrees. The duo plan to attack President Marsdin's summit to mark the anniversary of her amnesty act. Supergirl saves the President and captures Otis, but Mercy escapes. Camera footage of the attack ends up exposing the President's true identity as an alien. Meanwhile Alex and Brainy struggle to communicate with each other at the DEO. The Graves are working with a mysterious masked individual who says he is an "agent of liberty" as he stabs Fiona Byrne, an alien telepath that J'onn had met in a support group for other aliens. The duplicate Kara is seen punching through walls in an underground cavern surrounded by Kasnian soldiers.
672"Fallout"Harry JierjianStory by : Dana Horgan
Teleplay by : Maria Maggenti & Daniel Beaty
October 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)T13.212021.34[2]
In the wake of President Marsdin's outing as an alien, a wave of anti-alien sentiment spreads across the country. Mercy hacks L-Corps' image inducers to disable them, in an effort to force aliens out of hiding. When Brainy is outed, he is rattled by the hatred he faces. J'onn continues to investigate his friend's disappearance and the trail leads him to Agent Liberty, who holds an anti-alien rally. At L-Corp, Mercy and Lena fight, each using an arm piece of Lex's exoskeleton. Mercy is captured by Supergirl and held at the DEO with Otis. Nia, who reveals herself to be transgender, convinces James to write an editorial against anti-alien hatred. Mercy and Otis convince an agent, Jensen, to release them. Using Lena's lead dispersion device, the three send Kryptonite into the atmosphere, which hits Supergirl mid-flight, making her pass out and fall to the ground.
683"Man of Steel"Jesse WarnRob Wright & Derek SimonOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)T13.212031.28[3]
J'onn catches Supergirl before she crashes to the ground; he brings her to the DEO and the Kryptonite in the atmosphere continues to weaken her. In an effort to keep her safe while a cure is found, Lena outfits Kara in a prototype armor that will help filter the Kryptonite out of her system. In a series of flashbacks, Ben Lockwood, a university professor, and his family suffer a series of personal tragedies that slowly turn him against aliens and lead him into the path of Mercy Graves, who gives him the Agent Liberty armor. Back in the present, Ben prevents Mercy and Otis from killing Jensen by blackmailing the young agent into breaking them into DEO headquarters.
694"Ahimsa"Armen V. KevorkianStory by : Eric Carrasco
Teleplay by : Katie Rose Rogers & Jess Kardos
November 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)T13.212041.23[4]
With the air still Kryptonite-saturated, Kara is not permitted to leave the DEO and fight as it may damage the suit and kill her. Lena and Brainy devise a method to filter the Kryptonite out of the atmosphere. A second DEO agent turns rogue and breaks two aliens out. Mercy kills him after he brings the aliens to her. J'onn meets Manchester Black, Fiona's fiance. Ben hypnotizes the aliens, using Fiona's telekinetic powers, into committing chaos, to give justification for killing aliens. As they attack a carnival, Supergirl fights until her suit is damaged. J'onn and Manchester join the fight and find Fiona, breaking the hypnosis on the aliens. Mercy and Otis corner Alex and Supergirl where Otis threatens to expose Supergirl to the Kryptonite-filled air. One of the aliens kills Mercy and Otis as the air is completely cleared of Kryptonite. J'onn is only able to ease Fiona's pain before she dies. Later, Ben transfers a parasite into Jensen, and Manchester purchases lethal weaponry. President Baker assigns Colonel Lauren Haley to be Alex's commanding officer at the DEO.
705"Parasite Lost"David McWhirterMaria Maggenti & Aadrita MukerjiNovember 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)T13.212051.16[5]
The parasite enables Jensen to absorb an alien's powers through touch, while also killing them. Jensen uses his powers in public and weakens Supergirl enough to escape. Kara and Nia interview a healer alien, Amadei, to counter the anti-alien rhetoric. Amadei is then attacked and left to die without his healing amulet. J'onn and Kara discover the amulet was stolen for the Children of Liberty, to stop Jensen's new powers from killing him. Colonel Haley obtains uranium to use against Jensen and the DEO sets up a containment dome to limit the blast radius. James and Lena meet Ben Lockwood at a media summit, where James asserts that Guardian does not stand for Ben's anti-alien sentiments. Alex convinces Jensen to remove Amadei's amulet, leading to him becoming brain-dead. James believes that if he understands the anti-alien movement, he can get those people to listen, so he contacts Ben Lockwood.
716"Call to Action"Antonio NegretGabriel Llanas & Daniel BeatyNovember 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)T13.212061.13[6]
Masked citizens calling themselves the Children of Liberty patrol the streets, attacking innocent aliens. Supergirl and Manchester Black intervene and chase them off. Anti-alien manifestos entitled "Twilight's Last Gleaming" rain down on them. Manchester Black has Children of Liberty member Petrocelli held captive to torture him for information. Haley reprimands Supergirl for intervening in the attack and refuses to use DEO resources to investigate the manifesto. Lena and Eve are frustrated that their experimental trials with the Harun-El rock are not successful. Kara replaces James on a television show where she ends up debating Ben Lockwood, who gets the best of her. James meets Tom, a Children of Liberty member, and they patrol neighborhoods with a dog that can detect aliens hiding. Then the group starts putting together the clues: the alien-sensing dog allowed the Children of Liberty to identify alien houses, and the special lenses that Manchester discovered in Petrocelli's mask will allow the Children to see the infrared marks. At CatCo, Nia's narcolepsy alarms Kara and James. Brainy removes the infrared marks and defeats a group of Children and Kara saves an alien family from Children.
727"Rather the Fallen Angel"Chad LoweDana Horgan & Katie Rose RogersNovember 25, 2018 (2018-11-25)T13.212071.15[7]
Supergirl is lured by Manchester Black to Shelley Island, an alien immigration center and monument site where their powers are dampened, where the Children of Liberty detain her and lock her inside the monument and set it to detonate. James investigates the area, and is almost convinced by the Agents to detonate the monument, but Kara, whose powers are only partially drained, manages to attract his attention with her heat vision. Manchester, realizing the Children were playing him, destroys the power dampeners, allowing her to escape and Manchester and James to fight off the Children. Meanwhile, Lena proceeds with her experiments to enhance humans in an effort to "level the playing field" between humanity and super-beings. She takes on a volunteer that identifies himself as Adam; he lost his brother during a kidney transplant operation and remained grief-stricken and mourning his loss. Shortly after Lena shares her own motivational grief--the loss of her mother when she was 4, which led to her being adopted by the Luthor family--Adam soon dies during the trial, after both bond. James, unaware of the experiments, goes to make up with Lena. Kara, Alex and Brainy are visited by J'onn who is upset about not being able to stop Manchester from killing people.
738"Bunker Hill"Kevin SmithRob Wright & Eric CarrascoDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)T13.212081.26[8]
Nia wakes up suddenly from a dream involving Agent Liberty. Kara and J'onn look through Manchester Black's apartment. Kara and Brainy help Nia with her dreams which lead to the old Lockwood Factory where they confront Ben who was confronted by Manchester Black who threatened to kill his wife. Kara stops Manchester Black from killing Ben's wife and sends Ben and Manchester to prison where the latter is visited by J'onn. Later, President Baker demands Supergirl to reveal her secret identity to the world. She refuses, so Baker fires her from the DEO.
749"Elseworlds, Part 3"Jesse WarnStory by : Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by : Derek Simon & Robert Rovner
December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)T13.212092.17[9]

Barry Allen and Oliver Queen wake up as wanted criminals hunted by John Deegan as a black suited Superman while Kara is imprisoned at S.T.A.R. Labs, with a rewritten Alex guarding her. After narrowly escaping Deegan, Barry and Oliver locate Cisco Ramon, who works as a mob boss with James as a henchman, and retrieve Superman from Earth-38. Supergirl convinces Alex to release her, and together with Barry retrieves the Book of Destiny. Superman uses the book to return Barry and Oliver to their original forms, but Deegan steals it back. Barry and Kara travel in opposite directions to slow the Earth's rotation in order to impede Deegan, despite Clark saying it will kill them. With help from Lois, Brainy, and J'onn, Superman and Oliver successfully defeat Deegan and restore Earth-1 to normal. On Earth-38, Clark reveals Lois is pregnant, and they are going to be moving to Argo City for a while, leaving Earth in Kara's hands. Clark proposes to Lois and she accepts. On Earth-1, Oliver gets a call from Batwoman, revealing Deegan is in Arkham and has seemingly made friends with the Psycho-Pirate.


This episode concludes a crossover event that begins on The Flash season 5 episode 9, and continues on Arrow season 7 episode 9.
7510"Suspicious Minds"Rachel TalalayMaria Maggenti & Gabriel LlanasJanuary 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)T13.212101.04[10]
Kara attempts to continue to work with the DEO, cataloguing a crime scene, but Colonel Haley dismisses her since Supergirl refused to reveal her identity. Alex gathers together the agents who do know Supergirl's identity, and they agree to resist Haley's interrogations. Kara, Alex and J'onn investigate the attack and find out from an agent that the attackers were Morai, a pair of aliens with the ability to turn invisible, but Kara can slightly see them, which she describes as a "shimmer." They successfully contain the Morai, but they escape at the DEO. One eventually corners Alex and Haley until they are saved by Supergirl. However, by then, Haley has learned Supergirl is Kara, and tries to blackmail her back into the DEO before Alex incapacitates her. Kara and Alex have J'onn wipe Haley's mind of Supergirl's identity, but Haley remains determined to discover it, going as far as to bring in alien truth-seeking creatures to ferret out the secret. To keep Kara's identity safe, Alex has J'onn wipe everyone's memory of Supergirl's identity including her own.
7611"Blood Memory"Shannon KohliJessica Queller & Dana HorganJanuary 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)T13.212111.34[11]
The group continue their lives, but Kara feels a mild disconnect with Alex due to her no longer remembering that Kara is Supergirl. Alex and Brainy investigate a group of frat boys seemingly going wild thanks to a new drug that has hit the streets. Alex attempts to sort things out, but seems to feel that part of her memory is missing, asking J'onn to take a look. J'onn and Brainy agree to try placing a placebo in Alex's mind to cover the truth about Supergirl. Meanwhile, Kara comforts Nia when she has a crisis of confidence about her family when she discovers she has developed the Dreamer powers that occur in her family once in every generation. Nia's sister renounces her when she discovers Nia has the powers, since she was expecting to get them. Kara reveals her identity and her abilities to Nia to reassure her that she understands and that Nia is not alone. Nia talks to her mother about her abilities, and her mother comforts her, before seemingly dying. Alex ends up confronting Supergirl and appears hostile towards her, still having no memory of Supergirl's true identity.
7712"Menagerie"[12]Stefan PleszczynskiStory by : Robert Rovner
Teleplay by : Daniel Beaty & Greg Baldwin
February 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)TBATBD
7813"What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?"[13]Alexis OstranderEric Carrasco & Aadrita MukerjiMarch 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)TBATBD
7914"Stand and Deliver"[14]TBATBAMarch 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)[15]TBATBD
8015"O Brother, Where Art Thou?"[15]TBATBAMarch 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)TBATBD

Tawnia McKiernan, Carl Seaton, Ben Bray, and Antonio Negret will direct episodes this season.[16]

Cast and charactersEdit

GuestEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

At the Television Critics Association press tour in January 2018, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said he was "optimistic" and "confident" about Supergirl and the other Arrowverse shows returning next season, but added that it was too soon to announce anything just yet.[51] On April 2, The CW renewed the series for its fourth season.[52] Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller returned to serve as the season's showrunners without their former co-showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, who was fired during the previous season.[53]

WritingEdit

Following the conclusion of the third season, which closed with a second Kara Danvers born from the aura that escaped during the final battle with Reign being found by Russian soldiers in Siberia, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller confirmed that the fourth season would be inspired by the Superman: Red Son comic book mini-series. Queller described the adaptation as "an homage" to the series, which portrays what would have happened if Superman had landed in Russia and became a hero there instead of in America.[54] The story intends to examine the nature-versus-nurture debate, and will develop as a "slow-burn" throughout the season.[55]

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Rovner and Queller stated that the season would aim to be more "grounded" than previous seasons in order to touch on topical real-world issues.[56] They confirmed that the fourth season would look to refocus on Kara's professional career as a reporter and see her act as a mentor to Cat Grant's former protégé, both at CatCo and as a superhero, paralleling Kara's own journey of coming into her own. The duo added that, "This is the season where Kara becomes as much a hero as Supergirl."[55][23] Teasing the main villain of the season, the producers described Agent Liberty as the leader of "a hate group that supports a human-first world order" and, under the guise of a family man, provokes "anti-alien sentiment in the country, echoing the hateful rhetoric we're seeing right now in certain American politics."[57]

Rovner and Queller also announced that the theme of the season would be "What is stronger: hope or fear?"[55] Melissa Benoist commented that, "I think their main premise is that fear itself is a villain, and can hope conquer it? Supergirl stands for hope, so we'll see."[58] Queller concurred, adding that the season would investigate, "How can [Supergirl] be a beacon of hope when she represents what people are afraid of?"[56]

CastingEdit

Main cast members Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, and Katie McGrath return from previous seasons as Kara Danvers / Kara Zor-El / Supergirl, James Olsen / Guardian, Alex Danvers, J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter, and Lena Luthor, respectively. The fourth season is the first not to feature original cast member Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn Schott. While it was initially announced that he would shift into a recurring capacity for the fourth season,[59] Rovner later said he would not appear until the fifth season.[60] Chris Wood and Odette Annable, who became regulars in the second and third seasons, respectively, will not reprise their roles as Mon-El and Samantha Arias / Reign, respectively, as regulars in the fourth season.[61][62] On June 15, 2018, it was announced that Jesse Rath was promoted to a series regular after previously recurring in the third season as Querl "Brainy" Dox / Brainiac 5.[63] On July 17, it was reported that Sam Witwer had joined the main cast as Agent Liberty.[57] On July 21 at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Nicole Maines and April Parker Jones had been cast as series regulars and would portray Nia Nal / Dreamer and Colonel Lauren Haley, respectively, with the former to become the first transgender superhero on television.[64][23]

Brent Spiner was originally cast as Vice President Baker in August,[65] but the role was recast later that month with Bruce Boxleitner due to Spiner having "family issues conflicting with the show's production dates."[20] In October, it was announced that the character Lex Luthor, Lena's half-brother and the archnemesis of Kara's cousin Superman, would be introduced this season.[66] The following month, Jon Cryer, who portrayed Lex's nephew Lenny Luthor in the film Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, was cast in the role.[26]

FilmingEdit

Production for the season began on July 11, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is set to conclude on April 15, 2019.[16] Melissa Benoist joined filming following the conclusion of her run on Broadway as the star of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on August 4, 2018.[67]

Arrowverse tie-insEdit

In May 2018, Arrow star Stephen Amell announced at The CW upfronts that the next Arrowverse crossover would feature Batwoman and Gotham City. The crossover "Elseworlds" is slated to launch a 2019 solo series for the character.[68][69][70]

ReleaseEdit

BroadcastEdit

In May 2018, it was announced that Supergirl, which had aired on Mondays since its debut, would move to Sundays for its fourth season due to The CW's programming expansion to Sunday nights.[71] The season premiered on The CW in the United States on October 14, 2018.[72] The annual crossover episode will swap time-slots with The Flash for that week and will air on Tuesday, December 11.[73]

MarketingEdit

The main cast of the season as well as executive producers Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller, and Sarah Schechter attended San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2018 to promote the season.[74]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "American Alien" October 14, 2018 0.5/2 1.52[1] 0.4 1.14 0.9 2.66[75]
2 "Fallout" October 21, 2018 0.4/2 1.34[2] 0.4 1.04 0.8 2.38[76]
3 "Man of Steel" October 28, 2018 0.4/2 1.28[3] 0.3 0.93 0.7 2.21[77]
4 "Ahimsa" November 4, 2018 0.4/2 1.23[4] 0.3 0.97 0.7 2.20[78]
5 "Parasite Lost" November 11, 2018 0.3/1 1.16[5] 0.4 0.97 0.7 2.13[79]
6 "Call to Action" November 18, 2018 0.3/1 1.13[6] 0.4 0.99 0.7 2.12[80]
7 "Rather the Fallen Angel" November 25, 2018 0.3/1 1.15[7] 0.4 0.95 0.7 2.10[81]
8 "Bunker Hill" December 2, 2018 0.4/2 1.26[8] 0.3 1.00 0.7 2.26[82]
9 "Elseworlds, Part 3" December 11, 2018 0.8/3 2.17[9] 0.5 1.36 1.3 3.53[83]
10 "Suspicious Minds" January 20, 2019 0.3/1 1.04[10] 0.4 1.19 0.7 2.23[84]
11 "Blood Memory" January 27, 2019 0.3/1 1.34[11] 0.4 1.02 0.7 2.36[85]

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 90% approval rating for the fourth season, with an average rating of 7.22/10 based on 87 reviews. The website's critic consensus reads: "Though it's a little tonally inconsistent, Supergirl's fourth season still soars thanks to strong, relevant writing brought to life by its charming cast."[86]

Reviewing for Den of Geek, Delia Harrington gave the premiere a rating of 4/5, writing: "The Supergirl season 4 opener sows the seeds of a season's worth of conflict while being a great episode in its own right."[87] IGN's Jesse Schedeen said of the premiere that, "After a disappointing finish to a generally underwhelming Season 3, it's good to see Supergirl quickly bouncing back this week. 'American Alien' sets the stage for a promising conflict to come, introducing memorable new villains and supporting characters and forcing Kara to confront the things she can't control in her city. Supergirl is borrowing several pages from the X-Men playbook, and that's by no means a bad thing." He gave the episode a rating of 8.6/10, concluding that, "Supergirl's fourth season is off to a promising start thanks to an eventful and dramatic premiere episode."[88] Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club concurred with Schedeen's X-Men comparison, reflecting that over the seasons, "[Supergirl] has grown both more explicit and more nuanced in its handling of social and political issues." Siede gave the premiere a "B+" grade, explaining, "I'm tempering my optimism with just a little bit of caution. [...] Supergirl still has plenty of room to grow, but it's nice to see the show get its core ethos so right."[89]

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