‘Supergirl’ (Season 1): First Impressions

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For a long time now, TV fans have been wondering when will there be a successful female superhero TV show on the air (don’t even get me started on box office success for the same, as that is a tale for another time).

A lot of hopes and dreams were pinned on Supergirl, the new CBS series based on the lesser known superhero, who is the cousin of the one and only Superman, when it was announced that executive producer extraordinaire Greg Berlanti (and his talented team) – the man behind Arrow and The Flash (to name but two of his current productions) – would be launching the show on the small screen.

When I first saw the pilot this past July at Comic Con in San Diego, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. The series Arrow is dark and brooding while The Flash has plenty of action with just the right amount of comedy. I was really expecting Supergirl to be much the same, but what I saw at that special Comic Con presentation, was something different all together: it was charming, for sure, but a little too cheesy for me.

But as I began to read reviews on the pilot episode, I began to realize the vision of Greg and his team. They were paying homage to the Christopher Reeves portrayal of Superman (that’s not their only vision for the show, I’m sure, but that was the main giveaway for me).

So when I rewatched the ‘Supergirl’ pilot last night, I started to see it in a different light. Melissa Benoist is great, adding just the right amount of charm and class to the role, making Kara endearing and sweet and bringing forth the image of Supergirl as forceful and courageous.

While the pilot wasn’t perfect (nothing can be), I found myself enjoying the viewing a second time around. When Kara revealed her secret to Winn, I wasn’t actually as bothered by that scene as I was the first time around. Initially, I felt it was too soon for her to give her secret away, but the second viewing made me realize that she needed a confidant other than her adopted sister. And by having Winn know the truth that helped segway into the creation of her costume.

I also have to admit that I didn’t care for Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart’s character) the first time around. She reminded me a little too much of Miranda Priestly, the character Meryl Streep played in the film “The Devil Wears Prada”; but the second viewing of her character in action wasn’t quite as jarring.

Overall, though, the pilot episode of ‘Supergirl’ wasn’t too bad. Sometimes the voiceovers were a little too much, but then again explanations have to be made. It was cool seeing Helen Slater (formerly Supergirl star) and Dean Cain (former Clark Kent star) as Kara’s adopted parents; it’s just a shame they didn’t get more screen time.

And how about that twisty ending [SPOILER ALERT! if you haven’t seen the pilot episode STOP reading NOW!] where we learn that Kara’s mother had a twin sister, who is bent on the destruction of Earth via all of the prisoners who crash-landed on Earth the same time as Kara’s spaceship? That will be interesting to see play out.

What did you think of the pilot episode? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of the debut season of ‘Supergirl’ will air on CBS on Monday, November 2 at 8/7c.