The recent Season 4 of Supergirl is by far the best to date in the series as it targets the issues of immigration versus white nationalism, as well as the paranoia of privileged racial bigotry and manufactured self-entitled hatred.
Set in a parallel universe from its DC counterparts (ie. Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow), Supergirl (aka. the Vril power, the Female Principal) uses the heightened public presence of extraterrestrials as a powerful singular metaphor for so called “illegal aliens” in a nation of self-entitled and bigoted immigrants. In this way, Season 4 is actually following in the footsteps of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek and the social commentaries therein.
Unlike Star Trek, Supergirl’s parallel universe is set in present time, which means the science fiction aspect is only about two inches away from our own everyday lives. Mirroring our own political climate and social issues, this powerful “on the nose” sledgehammer approach is much needed and highly appreciated. As such, the tone of Season 4 matches not only the struggles faced by the most power woman from Krypton, but also the scathing anti-human unAmerican segregationist hypocrisy that faces our cultural and gender-based issues today.
That very same hateful and manipulated paranoia is exemplified in the show by Agent Liberty, a misguided and demented megalomaniac following a supremacist agenda (ie. Ancient Vendetta) to purify the human race with all manner of ethnic cleansing tactics used to target the unwanted marginalized types, the extraterrestrials labelled as “illegal aliens”.
And yes, the idiotic redundancy of using a phrase like “illegal alien” to label extraterrestrials is being done intentionally to represent the wholesale stupidity and bigotry that we exhibit as paranoid self-entitled pale-skinned elitists in a nation that was built on the backs of dark-skinned “alienated” natives, sun-kissed “alienated” slaves and swarthy “alienated” immigrants, all of whom were completely marginalized, segregated and unwanted in a members-only nation of empty flag-waving slogans and Constitutional platitudes.
Catch Supergirl Season 4 on Netflix today.