Supergirl: Where next for Jimmy Olsen?

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The first season ended with Kara and Jimmy in a relationship together – meaning, then, that the majority of Jimmy’s plotlines will no longer be linked to a love triangle, because this love triangle simply doesn’t exist anymore. Which does then beg the question: Where next for Jimmy Olsen?

The problem when trying to answer that question is that we’re trying to answer it for Jimmy Olsen – a character who has, historically, essentially only been a minor character whom Superman would occasionally tease. Certainly, there have been departures from this, but only the most dedicated of comic book devotees would be able to point to “the definitive Jimmy Olsen story”. So, let’s widen the field a little bit – this is a journalist character who’s in a relationship with our Super main character, and has thus far acted as a moral centre for them. When you distil it down to those base elements, which character does Jimmy Olsen most resemble?

Another Yahoo article, this time about Supergirl, putting forward a few ideas about a potential character arc for Jimmy Olsen. Somewhat irritatingly, I’ve inadvertently picked up on a few spoilers for the upcoming season… and it sounds like Berlanti and co are doing the exact opposite of my suggestions! Honestly, it’s like they’re not even listening to me.

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Supergirl Season 1 Review

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I think the standout strength of the series is Melissa Benoist – and I’m certainly not alone in highlighting this. She’s absolutely perfect for the role of Kara, having created a character who’s genuinely endearing and a delight to watch. More than that, though, she really captures that bright and cheerful optimism that, to my mind, is so essential for a hero. Of course, Benoist isn’t limited to just charming awkwardness – she has real range as an actress, which goes a long way towards depicting Kara as a nuanced, three dimensional character. 

This one is, in fact, yesterday’s article! It’s a review of Supergirl, which I have really, really enjoyed this past year. Watched it with my pal Gibbs, and it was lots of fun to discuss it with him each week. Certainly, it’s been my favourite of all the DC TV offerings over the past year. Excellent stuff.

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