So apparently the pilot episode of CBS’ Supergirl leaked online. Naturally, I do not condone illegal downloading and torrenting because it is evil. But I’m gonna review the pilot episode of Supergirl. And I will be getting into spoilers, so…you’ve been warned.
It starts just like any other typical story, with a voice over, that I was not all that crazy about. Melissa Benoist is super cute and I’m glad she got the gig, she’s charming and quirky and odd – at least her portrayal of Kara is. An added component to her story was revealed to me while watching, one that I was not aware of, was that Kara was older than Kal and was going to be sent to Earth to watch over him, but then got lost in the Phantom Zone. And she’s there for I think she said like 25 years, not having aged, but a fully grown Superman comes to save her and introduces her to her adoptive family, the Danvers.
She grows up, being the, like I said, quirky, dorky regular girl who blends in with everyone else and almost gives off an Anastasia Steele vibe. Which I was horrified was going to get worse, but it actually didn’t. But, when it got to the first big action sequence, with her saving a plane, I was extremely impressed. It was beautifully shot and the effect of her flying was not bad at all, it worked. She managed to curve the plane sideways and pass right through a narrow passage over a bridge and that was very cool. Of course, just like pessimistic Pa Kent in Man of Steel, her adoptive sister Alex has to come in and scold her for revealing herself and her powers – even though she was on the fucking plane and her alien sister just saved her life along with dozens of others. But, no, no, no, no, no – “you can’t do that ever again”. Fuck off. I hate that. What is with these negative, pessimistic adoptive families in the Superman universe? It’s gross. I hate it. Luckily, Kara does not let her bitch of a sister get to her for too long, as she feels the need to reveal her identity to one of her co-workers and best friends, who also has a crush on her…and who is clearly gay. I’m sorry, but…this dude is gay. There’s no way he isn’t. He’s a bit too effeminate. So he helps her (somehow, not explained) form a brand new costume. Not really sure where he got all this advanced, bullet proof clothing, but okay. She becomes Supergirl at about the …well about halfway though the episode.
At this time, we’re also introduced to some aliens that are on Earth, hiding in secret, that find out about Kara and knows where she comes from. It’s a bit cheesy, much like Flash was in the beginning, and still kind of is. It’s forgivable, especially if the show picks up and gets better. Again, the flying effects are super girl and are not cheesy at all.
Unfortunately, whilst in the air, Supergirl gets hit with some Kryptonite darts, by the government. Hank Henshaw. Then it’s revealed that her sister is part of that organization – which is called DEO – Department of Extra-Normal Operations. They even held onto her ship she arrived in as a child. While Kara was accidentally headed for the Phantom Zone, she was dragging the Fort Rozz (spellcheck) a prison for alien criminals pretty much, who all broke out once the prison landed on Earth.
Now. There is one scene that really sticks out like a big fat sore thumb. Kara rushes into work one day, seeing on the news that she is being referred to as ‘Supergirl’. She rushes to her boss, declaring that she can’t be called that. Basically, this scene plays out as such: Kara is the audience (us) and her boss represent the showrunners. People complaining about the ‘girl’ part of her name. “Shouldn’t we call her…Superwoman?” And her boss pretty much shuts her down, justifying the name Supergirl, because the studio decided to just respond to that debate head on in this scene. It’s a bit much, not necessary. Though on that front, as far as the female perspective goes on this show, I did like how they emphasized her mother and ignored her father. Just like the mothers always get ignored and the father gets put up on a pedestal in most superhero lore. So that was cool.
But anyway…Mechad Brooks is playing Jimmy Olsen. He’s decent. And apparently Kara’s mom was the jailer who brought in the alien criminals, so one in particular wants to kill her for that. And as far as the action goes, it was well directed, and they were able to maneuver some nice tricks to avoid bad special effects being on screen for too long. At one point, the camera stays on her as she plants herself in the middle of the road and lets a huge semi crash right into her and the driver comes barreling out of the windshield onto the street, that was dope. And the episode wrap-up was cheesy, with another voice over. I don’t want anymore voice overs. Other than that…it was decent. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with this first season.