After being ordered by the President of the United States to cease her partnership with DEO on Supergirl, Kara is in a unique position, which could ultimately change her life and the future of Supergirl.
Since season 1, Kara has been an unofficial employee of the DEO on Supergirl. Alex’s ties to the organization made the decision to partner with the government easy for Kara.
Kara has always had the DEO as her backup, in case anything should go wrong in a fight with one of her villains. She needed the extra support and a firm organization behind her as a newbie superhero, though the time for Kara’s involvement with the government to end has long since passed.
As we’ve heard, Superman has had the capacity to join forces with the government, particularly the DEO, before on Earth-38, though he’s kept himself separate and operates as a hero on his own.
Kara desperately needs to head out on her own and learn to be a hero without a massive organization, and the rules of the government, holding her back.
Not that Kara should break a million laws and destroy public property (more than she has to), but Kara’s course of action has always been limited.
She has to follow the command of the DEO and stay in line with their objective, even if it differs from her own.
There was much more conflict regarding this during the first season, though she’s grown accustomed to how things work at the DEO, so Kara doesn’t usually have to consider any other action.
After being ordered to leave after not disclosing her identity on Supergirl season 4 episode 8, and now with Colonel Haley breathing down her neck to discover her secret identity, the time is now for Kara to permanently part ways with the DEO on Supergirl.
As we saw on Supergirl season 4 episode 10, the government doesn’t respect Kara. They’re afraid of her (and all aliens), and it is clear that Ben Lockwood has stirred things up, even in the government.
The President ordered all organizations to cease involvement and projects involving aliens, which caused the mischief of the latest episode where Colonel Haley was almost killed.
The President is clearly not on the side of the aliens, so why should Kara be helping the government in any capacity?
With Superman off-world with Lois, Kara is Earth’s protector, at least for the time being. She is responsible for keeping everyone, not just National City, safe, and being limited by Haley or the DEO would not necessarily be helpful to her.
There’s no respect for Kara, as Haley showed.
If the organization that she has helped to take down several aliens and stop potential threats to the entire planet will not look past their ignorance to see Kara for who she is, it’s time for her to see that she’s never going to fit into the mold of the hero the government wants her to be.
Even with Alex at the head of the DEO on Supergirl, Kara isn’t able to do things her way, which has become increasingly apparent.
Even Alex is struggling to have things done as she requires them, and she’s the Director of the DEO.
After three and a half seasons, I think we can all agree that it’s time for Kara to go out on her own and be her own hero.
She doesn’t need the DEO to back her up in the field, nor does she need to be working with Alex on every one of their missions. (Plus, maybe Kara could, I don’t know, not fall from the sky and have to be saved for a change?)
While Kara learned to be a hero, having the DEO behind her benefitted her work and allowed her to learn the ropes rather safely.
At this point, it’s not necessarily, nor realistic, for Kara to need the government behind her.
Brainy’s idea for “super friends,” with characters like Nia and J’onn suiting up to help Kara, is an incredibly better direction for the series to go into the future.
It’s time for a change and a dramatic change at that. The formula of the show has become stale. Kara needs a change if she’s going to continue to be an interesting hero.
Additionally, Alex’s appointment to Director of the DEO on Supergirl has flopped (so far) because she hasn’t been allowed to do the work without the restraints from her bosses.
The suggestion on Supergirl season 4 episode 10 that Alex quit the DEO would not be the worst thing. Alex is very capable and has the brains to back Kara up in the field without an entire unit behind her.
It’s understandable why Alex stays with the DEO, but perhaps this season could see the end of the organization as a whole and Alex and Kara will be able to work closely together as heroes.
I wouldn’t mind seeing the end of the DEO on Supergirl. Would you?
If the writers stick to the direction they have teased, the changes after the organization is out of their lives would be beyond interesting and we’d finally get to see how these characters operate as heroes on their own.
Keep Kara Danvers away from the DEO!
Supergirl continues Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.