Possible spoilers ahead!
After months and months, and more month of waiting, Supergirl has arrived on out TVs at last. So, did America’s most watched network, CBS, score another hit?
The answer io that question is… Maybe.
To be honest, I liked most of what I saw, and I think the series has a ton of potential. But this new “Supergirl” wasn’t perfect either. I’m worried about the pace of the main plot, and that “Supergirl” will at some point, turn into a romantic comedy.
In the series pilot, Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) uses her powers in public for the first time, after spending a decade on Earth playing the part of an ordinary human. When she finally decides to embrace the same superpowers as her famous cousin, Kara has to learn the ropes quickly, while witnessing how her public persona is received. Not just by the public, but also by her boss at her day job, who is the first to call the new hero “Supergirl.”
If her plate wasn’t full enough, Kara soon learns that she wasn’t the only alien to land on Earth in the past decade, Just days into the job, Kara has to team up with a government agency to track down extraterrestrial criminals – as a larger threat looms.
The idea of a superhero choosing to lead an ordinary life may seem silly to some, but lead Melissa Benoist carries it off convincingly. which is why its easy to say that Benoist is the show’s greatest strength. Benoist is a credible superhero, but she truly shines as Kara. The actress nails the awkward, self-conscious and nerdy personality, and the producers would be wise not to ignore that side of the lead character.
Forming cast chemistry in a pilot is never easy, but the bpss=employee dynamic immediately formed between boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and Kara. There’s also good chemistry between Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks who plays James Olsen, and don’t you dare call him Jimmy. That nickname is reserves for his mamma nd Superman.
The only relationship I didn’t quite buy into was the one between Kara and her sister (Chyler Leigh). After discovering what her sister does for living, Kara seems to get over very quickly. If you ask me, it was too fast. And things happening quickly was the pilot episode’s biggest problem.
After saving a plane from crashing, Kara spills her secret to her friend and would be costume designer, Wynn Schott (Jeremy Jordan). Wynn takes the news better than most people would, and the two soon usher Kara into the world of crimefighting. But this process unfortunately, passes much, much too quickly
Before the first 30 minutes of the show have passed, Kara already finds herself pulled into the Department of Extranormal Operations, filled in on an alien jailbreak, and thrown into battle against her first villain. Each new subplot is clearly meant as a season-long tease, but the writers crammed so much stuff into one episode, we didn’t get the chance to enjoy all of it.
As for the special effects… they’re pretty much what you’d expect. Most of them were okay considering the network budget. But the flying sequences need some work. They didn’t look realistic to me, but this is only the pilot, so there’s time to improve the flying shots.
In its first episode, “Supergirl” featured a bit of everything. Some of it was great, some was okay, and some stuff need a little fine tuning. But the main thing is nothing was horribly wrong. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but this was a nice start for “Supergirl.”
“Supergirl” final score: 8