In an attempt to create a larger, ensemble cast of supporting characters in Kara's life, Kara has effectively been shoved into the background of her own story.
Supergirl Season 3, while an improvement from Supergirl Season 2 in some ways, is continuing the trend of Kara being pushed aside to further the stories of characters like Mon-El and Lena, and their subsequent relationships have much less to do about Kara in every way.
Lost in the Noise
Kara Danvers has been lost in the attempt to push the supporting character's stories further, which is shown by how her relationships have advanced, especially during the current season.
While sometimes the best part of the show, there's no denying that Kara's friendship with Lena and Sam is more about the other two characters' development than her own. Sam and Lena are growing closer than Lena and Kara were, though it seems we're still supposed to believe Kara is Lena's best friend.
Kara can't fully participate in the relationship if its focus will continue to be on Lena and how it is helping her advance because of Kara's secret.
That is just one mistake that's preventing Kara from being the character in control in many situations, which is causing her to be more of a supporting character to Lena's arc and development.
However, it's not the only mistake. Kara is being lost to the development of her friends; we no longer see her pursuing her career in journalism; her Supergirl scenes have been taken over by the Legion of Superheroes, and her romantic prospects are all about Mon-El.
Most of Kara's fights since the return of Mon-El have involved at least one member of the Legion at her side. Brainiac helped Kara escape her mental prison after her fight with Reign, Imra accompanied Kara to Fort Rozz, and the Legion tried to assist Kara with Reign after that.
Supergirl's crime fighting isn't even solely about her anymore; during Supergirl Season 1, Kara fought for the city alongside Winn and James when she wasn't working with the DEO, but now the DEO has become her life, too, and we don't see her do anything to protect the city unless it's with the DEO.
Part of the appeal, in the beginning, was Kara's struggle to balance her career with her heroism and to see how those were interconnected, but her time spent at CatCo has all but disappeared. If we didn't watch Kara become a reporter, we might not know she had a job outside of the DEO.
I've never been a fan of Kara and Mon-El's relationship, and it has somehow gotten even worse than it was originally. Now, Mon-El is married to Imra. (Regardless of the reasons for the coupling, he is still married to her.)
But now Kara is the third point of a love triangle she doesn't need to be in, and if things advance like they're sure to do, what does it mean for Kara? If she pursues Mon-El despite his relationship, what does that say about her?
It is the second love triangle Kara has been in (the first with Lucy and James), but the difference was Kara never actively pursued James while he was with Lucy. She stood up for herself and demanded better than to be the "other woman." Kara would never intentionally hurt another person, especially like that.
Pushing Kara and Mon-El together romantically, amid everything else, is slowing breaking down Kara's soul because the Kara we grew to love would never have allowed her feelings to get in the way of someone else's marriage. She would have cut ties with Mon-El.
Kara Doesn't Need Help
As someone who loves the character of Kara Danvers/Zor-El, I'm very disappointed with where the writers have taken her since arrival at The CW. Instead of being someone with her own skills and agency, she's often knocked down to be saved by the men of the show.
It occurs far too often with Mon-El, who is usually there to push Kara's self-esteem below the ground, so he can show up and save her from impending doom because, seemingly from the writers' point of view, even Supergirl needs a man to save her.
Where are the writers from Supergirl Season 1? For instance, on Supergirl Season 1 Episode 3, Kara almost died at the hands of Reactron, only for her cousin to come save her after being called by James.
After that, Kara exploded at James for not trusting her to save herself and be the hero she wants to be. How is that any different from Kara being knocked unconscious in a fight and Mon-El coming to save her?
It was established early on that Kara shouldn't be fighting to be a hero if she can't save herself from trouble. She managed to stop the only villain Superman never could, and she even took down Superman, before she stopped Non and Rhea from destroying Earth.
Supergirl is her own hero, and it's time the writers stop making her abilities lackluster and ineffective in order for Mon-El, or anyone else, to go in and save her from the very task she's wanted to accomplish for years. Supergirl is there to protect; she doesn't need protection.
It's no secret that fans have influence over the writing of certain shows, especially on The CW. Why else was Lena made into a lead character this season, if not for the reaction to her (and Katie McGrath) on Twitter and Tumblr?
Why are fans not demanding more from the show, particularly when it comes to Kara? This is her show; it's supposed to be about Supergirl, and as much as fans may love Lena or Mon-El, their stories should be about supporting Kara's overarching journey.
The fan focus on either "Karamel" or "SuperCorp" has distracted everyone from what truly matters: Kara Danvers. The interest in Mon-El and Lena behind the scenes has been twisted to turn them into starring characters and they've lost focus on the greatest star of all in Kara and Supergirl.
Most of the time, Kara is only featured as the titular character of Supergirl without a plot of her own, but as a representative to prop up others on their journeys and while their progress. She has ceased to develop.
If someone started watching the show at the start of Supergirl Season 3, they'd be convinced Lena and Mon-El were the main characters, and Kara was a touchstone to support Lena as her best friend and Mon-El's first love.
Kara deserves to be the center of her own series.
If the writing continues to focus on everyone else instead of Kara, maybe Supergirl isn't the right title for the show.
What do you think? Has Kara been forgotten on her own show? Are the relationships more about her friends than her? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Jay Ruymann was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. He retired in January 2018.