Supergirl is one of those shows you can’t help but root for. That has nothing to do with a gripping story or compelling characters. No, I route for Supergirl because of the step forward it represents for Hollywood. An entire TV series dedicated to a female Superhero? Not just guest appearances here and there, an entire series.
For that reason alone, I held off on passing judgement. Every show needs time to find it’s feet and this one is no different. Plus, I am enjoying the tiny pieces of information the writers are offering. When you feel for a character, it’s easy to overlook their faults – until you start looking for them.
Supergirl follows Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), a Kryptonian and Superman’s older cousin, as she is forced into revealing and embracing her powers when the plane carrying her adopted sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh, Grey’s Anatomy), falls out of the sky. Branded Supergirl by her boss, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart, Brothers & Sisters), powerhouse CEO of Catco, Kara struggles to adjust to her new image and come to terms with her family’s secrets.
Greenlighted by CBS in May, the show was created by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Ali Adler (The New Normal, Glee) and Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow). It was picked up by Sky and first aired in the UK on the 29th October 2015.
Things have developed considerably since the pilot aired in the US back in May. However, the pace is still jittering along with the brakes on. If there was the opportunity to find out how Cat Grant would truly react to her assistant’s true identity, would she fire her? Would she expose her? Would she help? No one will know anytime soon since the writers shut that thread down fast.
At the opening of S1b, all we’ve been left with is a hell of a lot of intrigue and mystery. What is Maxwell Lord doing? What does Astra plan to do to the earth to save it? Does she actually want to save it? What did they do to their own planet? And will Kara ever actually tell James Olsen that she’s probably in love with him?
The writers have thrown us a nice little bone, though. Finally, we’re gifted with a more in-depth look into Winn’s past. So he isn’t just computers and video games – who knew?
A lot of the online chatter is calling for Superman to make an appearance but I for one would rather not see Kara thrown into the background on her own show. Keep him away, I say. Far away. I.Ms are fine. Leave the fighting to Kara.
Catch Supergirl on Sky every Friday.