Supergirl: Pilot Review

SPOILERS!


It’s a late Monday post today, as I review the pilot for CBS’s Supergirl. The show premiered at 7:30 Central time and ran until 8:30. They did this so it would have The Big Bang Theory as the lead in, so they could capture that sweet,sweet nerd audience. We’ll know tomorrow if it worked. Next Monday it moves to its normal time, 7/8pm.

I was interested in Supergirl because it’s from producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg of The CW’s Arrow and Flash. I don’t know any of the cast by name except Calista Flockhart, but I was generally pleased by their performances. Jeremy Jordan as Winn was probably the most believable. He didn’t have a lot of dialog, which actually saved him from the corny things that some of the others had to say, and his character comes off the most natural with his boyish humor and charm. Oddly enough, he reminded me of Jimmy Olsen from Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which aired on ABC from 1993-1997.

The show is not subtle at all, and the girl power theme was like a mallet hitting you over the head. I did appreciate Kara asking her boss Cat about why she dubbed the new hero supergirl instead of superwoman. Cat gave a speech about herself being a girl, and powerful, and rich, and hot. So Kara defying her was reason for her to be fired, naturally. Her character comes off a lot less Perry White, and more a watered down version of Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada.  Enter Jimmy, sorry, James Olsen, to save Kara with a photo of Supergirl that he claims Kara was able to get. How Cat didn’t realize that the woman in the photo was the woman in front of her is one of those questions we will never ask again.

They did a lot of set up in this pilot with the big bad, and the various others that she will fight. Turns out they are from Krypton, too, prisoners that for some reason were jettisoned from the planet instead of being destroyed like everyone else. One final twist, Kara’s aunt wants to rule Earth because she never got the chance to rule Krypton. Strong female character.

How will this all play out  for the future? Probably a bit like Arrow and Flash, some arc related episodes, some filler, and some relationship stuff, which is fine, but it feels like if they were going this route of following the pattern that these shows set up, that they should’ve had it on The CW and allowed themselves the option of having three show crossovers the way all the NCIS’s or Chicago P.D./Fire/MD shows do.

The best part was probably the promo for Flash that aired at the end of the episode. Good on them for getting that show in front of the CBS audience.

Overall, not a horrible way to spend an hour, it was fun, if a little on the nose at times, but maybe with time it will even out and get a little more subtle about things, or it may go the route of Lois and Clark, and accept that it’s cheesy all the way through.

I’d love to see what you thought! Are we at our maximum for superhero TV shows? Is it better than Gotham? Do you like the girl power message? Let me know in the comments!

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