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.
Kara's secret identity as Supergirl is known to her human step-sister Alex, who turns out to have a secret identity of her own. Also in on Kara's secret are reporter James Olsen (friend of Superman) and office mate Winslow Schott. She is also known to a mysterious network of secret agents, who are dealing with the presence of (surprise) multiple aliens on Earth. Kara must learn to work with the network and function at her day job while learning the superhero ropes. Those duties get complicated; it turns out an unsuspecting Earth is already home to a number of nasty aliens who will be opponents for Supergirl.
Melissa Benoist is endearing as Supergirl, an earnest but slightly goofy do-gooder who is easy to root for. She has a complicated emotional life, with a reluctant crush on the handsome James Olsen, who has his own (shaky) relationship with another woman. Her work partner Winslow has his own crush on Kara. Her earth family turns out to have its own secrets. This show was bold in pushing its storylines through an adventurous first season. A highlight was a crossover episode with The Flash. The show did well enough with viewers to earn a second season, on the CW network. Recommended as good entertainment.
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!