Supergirl: Season 1
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Born on the doomed planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped at the same time as her cousin, Superman, but didn’t arrive on Earth until years later after being lost. Raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to hide the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin. Years later, at age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant, Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. With the help of Daily Planet photographer James Olsen, her bioengineer sister Alex, and the research of the super-secret, off-the-grid Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), who are tasked with keeping the Earth safe from aliens, Kara takes to the skies to protect her world.]]>
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The show has gotten progressively better with each episode and I've been delighted to see that they're FINALLY connecting a kryptonian to the wider DC Universe - even a version that's different from the comics; neither Supergirl nor Superman should exist in a world where they're the ONLY metahumans/super-powered people around (a flaw in some earlier television shows and film).
But not only that, the cast and their characters have gotten better too, becoming more and more three-dimensional as the season goes on; I particularly like how they've shown Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) to be an actual human being with both virtues and flaws; ambitious and driven, but ultimately a decent person - not just the ice queen/business-woman-tyrant stock character I was expecting.
Melissa Benoist was cast perfectly. I was a little unsure of her at first... but naw - she's Supergirl; she's a genuine superhero. She and the writers have given the character many of the same core qualities that make Superman great - and I don't mean his powers. Superman remains one of the greatest characters in comics because of WHO he is, not what he can do. And Benoist's Kara has it too: she's a moral, ethical person who has genuine concern and empathy for others. And she has shown a real warmth toward those around her on the show. But at the same time, she's not "perfect" either; she's not one-dimensional. She feels unsure sometimes and gets frustrated and upset like the rest of us. What can I say - Benoist can act and I find myself looking forward to seeing her Supergirl each episode.
If you haven't given this show a chance, you should.
Ever since Supergirl (1984) with Helen Slater, we've only seen her in brief appearances in shows such as Smallville, Superman the Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, and so on. But now she has her own series, has already crossed over, and is moving to CW, and as I followed the first season episode by episode, with what I considered high expectations, they were exceeded by this series!
Melissa Benoist does a great job at the young, energetic and awkward Kara Zor-El who by the second season's start has really begun to come into her own as both a superhero and in her civilian life. Along with a strong supporting cast, great characters such as Red Tornado, the Martian Manhunter, even cameos from The Flash and Superman, several lower-tier characters some great screentime as well, this series has made me very happy as a fan and is most recommended for those into live action comic book stories!
First the cliches, and there are a lot of them. Kara Danvers an 'adorkable' overworked secretary with an overbearing boss and caught in a love triangle between the nerdy Winn and the studly James (not Jimmy!) Olsen. But she's secretly SUPERGIRL! Superman's younger cousin. Each week she has to chase after alien escaped from a space prison, a space prison her mother ran! And did I mention her mother has an evil twin too? And then there's the shadowy, secret government agency she sometimes works for, and sometimes against. With a director hiding a mysterious secret. And then there's Kara's adopted sister Alex who is not only a butt-kicking agent decked out in tacti-cool gear, but also a brilliant scientist.
None of these tropes really stand up to any scrutiny. It's hard to sympathize with Kara's work woes when she can crush coal into diamonds. Why is she putting up with this? It's not like she's helping sick children or caring for rescue dogs, she's getting lattes for her boss. And if her boss is so overbearing, how is she able to slip away to save the world every week? How much time off does she have? How come her coworker a lowly IT guy can produce any information she requires through the power of 'hacking'? You get the idea. The show makes some effort to paper over these problems, but really they're unashamed cliches.
On paper this pile of cliches should have imploded into a pile of cheese right after the pilot introduced the characters and the monster-of-the-week premise.
But somehow it works. A lot of credit has to go to star Melissa Benoist who plays Kara/Supergirl as an optimistic, hard-working hero. You see she really believes in doing what she can and finding the best in everyone. Calista Flockhart as her boss Cat Grant is a real pleasure and provides the snark to counterbalance Melissa's sunny personality.
The stunt casting and Easter eggs are also a treat. Former Superman Dean Cain and former Supergirl Helen Slater play Kara's adoptive parents. Another former Supergirl, Laura Vandervoort, shows up as a villain. Although the monsters of the week are fairly dull and one-dimensional, they're generally patterned after classic comic characters. Whoever thought the Ten-Eyed Man would make a TV appearance!
It is not a great show. A bit more care in writing and less reliance on cliches would help a lot. But it is a pleasant one to watch, and I think I'll be back for season two.