Supergirl “The Adventures of Supergirl” Review (Season 2 Episode 1)

When viewed in retrospect, I was surprised to find Supergirl as my favorite network superhero television of last season. Though it never entirely blew me away, it had a stellar consistency week to week, with the quality only rising as the season wore on. By the end of the year, I was excited for each new episode. Fortunately, the show delivered another great installment, starting year two of “The Adventures of Supergirl” off on the right foot.

Like many second season premieres before it, this is an episode all about rearranging or course correcting the show’s status quo. To that end, the DEO has a new base located within National City itself, Winn is now installed as a full-time agent, and Kara has a new job as a reporter to explore. It’s the sort of streamlining a show can do in its second season, once it’s figured out how its various parts best work and fit together.

Of all these changes, the one I’m most wary of is Kara’s decision to not date James. I’m all for the character deciding that she would rather focus on her career and discovering herself rather than be in a relationship, I just hope it sticks. There’s an overabundance of unnecessary love triangles in superhero shows, so I’d hate for James pining for Kara after she says they should just be friends to become a plot point. I have faith in the show, though, given how well they handled the fallout of Winn’s kiss last year.

Of course, for all the changes, this episode is perhaps most notable for finally introducing this show’s version of Superman. After a year of brief glimpses and IM chats, Tyler Hoechlin debuted as the Man of Steel, and he was every bit as delightful as one would hope from this show. Hoechlin excels both as the superhero and the middle-mannered Clark Kent, bringing an element of the Christopher Reeve version of the character to the modern era. He’s a wonderful addition to this world, playing perfectly off of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl.

This episode also introduced Katie McGrath’s Lena Luthor, who’s taken over Luthor Corp following her brother Lex’s arrest. For now, there’s not a lot to say about the character, though she seems to be on the up-and-up for the moment. No telling what the introduction of a Luthor means for last season’s Luthor stand-in Maxwell Lord, but we’ll see. As for this week’s villain, John Corben was pretty much just a hitman; we’ll no doubt have more to say next week, once CADMUS has fully transformed him into classic Superman villain Metallo.

Lastly, this season marks Supergirl’s transition to the CW from CBS. On a budget level, the show doesn’t seem to have taken too bad of a hit, with everything in this episode holding up to snuff pretty well. The bigger change will come with Calista Flockhart’s reduced role on the show, which Cat Grant’s end of episode epiphany no doubt setting up her transition to a recurring role.

What did you think of this week’s premiere? Let me know in the comments!