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TV Review: Supergirl - Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot"

10.26.2015

EPISODE 1: "Pilot"

SYNOPSIS: When a potential accident threatens the life of her sister, Kara Danvers (aka Kara Zor-El) decides to use her powers to be the hero she was sent to Earth to be. But it is going to take some time for her to learn the ins and outs of the superhuman abilities that her cousin has mastered. When a powerful enemy named Vartox threatens National City, it's up to Kara to stop him.

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After months of patiently waiting, Kara Zor-El (aka Kara Danvers aka Supergirl), has finally zoomed onto our TV screens, expanding the DC Universe to CBS. Months ago, SUPERGIRL's pilot episode leaked online, giving fans a sneak peek at what we should expect from Superman’s younger…errr…older cousin. And maybe that was for the best; the awesome quality of the first episode helped create buzz and excitement for the season.

Created by Greg Berlanti (the man behind ARROW, THE FLASH, and the upcoming LEGENDS OF TOMORROW) and Ali Adler (CHUCK), the tone of SUPERGIRL is similar to THE FLASH. Much like Barry Allen, Kara is trying to find her place in the world and uses her powers to aid in everyday tasks as much as she does saving the world. Wanna know if your demanding boss is coming up in her private elevator? Leave it to Kara’s super hearing to give adequate warning. Wanna know who is knocking at your door? No problem, just use your X-Ray vision. And also like Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist is able to utilize her inherent charisma to bring a sense of adorkableness and humor to the screen.

From what we have seen so far, it doesn’t look like SUPERGIRL will be taking place within the DC Extended Universe. The timeline doesn’t match up to MAN OF STEEL, nor does the origin story. For example, the escape from Krypton is slightly different than the film and there is no mention of the Codex, which would make the issue of Kara and Kal-El being cousins a little difficult. Nevertheless, as Adler has stated, Superman will be a looming figure in the series but will not be shown, much like the President in VEEP. Of course this is probably for budget/continuity purposes, but it also works well with the underlying concept of the show. This isn’t a gimmick like HOME IMPROVEMENT hiding Mr. Wilson’s face behind a fence. SUPERGIRL is about Kara, and while her cousin’s impact is important to the storyline, this is her show and the focus will be on what she brings to the world.

Which brings us to the point of why she is considered “Supergirl” instead of “Superwoman”. I love that this issue was addressed right off the bat, potentially silencing critics before they had the chance to complain. As Calista Flockhart’s character clearly states, “girl” should not be treated as a pejorative term. “What do you think is so bad about ‘girl’? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So, if you perceive 'Supergirl' as anything less than excellent, isn't the real problem you?" This girl power theme is woven throughout the entire show, especially in a scene that shows a mother being thankful her daughter now has a female superhero to look up to.  My generation had such female-led action classics as BUFFY, ALIAS, and XENA; now this generation has SUPERGIRL. We should all be so lucky.

Another interesting aspect of the pilot episode is just how many people are let in on Kara’s super secret right off the bat. Pretty much every main character knows that Kara is Supergirl, including James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), who was sent by Superman to look after her. Yes, he is going by "James" in SUPERGIRL because only his mom and Superman are allowed to call him Jimmy. The only main character still in the dark is Kara’s boss Cat. And THANK GOD the powers that be aren’t drawing out Kara acquiring her super powers. I’m looking at you, SMALLVILLE! If I had to wait ten seasons for her to master the power of flight, I don’t think I could take it.

If the season is anywhere as good as its pilot episode, it looks like SUPERGIRL is going to be another feather in Berlanti’s superhero cap. And I couldn’t be more excited to have another female-led action series. We’ve seen superhero shows kick ass on The CW, so it will be interesting to see how SUPERGIRL fairs on network television. With AGENTS OF SHIELD and GOTHAM already inhabiting the network TV space (and pulling in decent numbers), it’s clear CBS wanted in on the game. And since SUPERGIRL already received a full-season order, at least we have quite a bit more Kara to look up, up, and away.

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SUPERGIRL wastes no time in letting us get to know our lead heroine and her super powers. No, this will not have an ARROW-style origin story flashback (WHICH HAS NOW RUN 4 SEASONS!!) because it isn’t really necessary. All we really need to know about Kara is she was actually Kal-El/Superman’s older cousin, who was sent to look after him on Earth. It probably didn’t hurt that this was also a way for Kara’s parents to save their daughter from dying on Krypton. But because she left a little bit after her cousin, the shockwave from Krypton’s explosion knocked her spaceship off-course and sent her to the “Phantom Zone”. You know, that Phantom Zone where Zod was imprisoned in the first SUPERMAN film and MAN OF STEEL. For 24 years, Kara was trapped there and because time doesn’t pass, she didn’t age. But somehow, all of those years later, she was blasted out of the Phantom Zone and made her way to Earth. The now adult Superman finds his (now technically younger) cousin and locates her with a nice family, the Danvers (played by LOIS AND CLARK’s Superman – Dean Cain and the original SUPERGIRL- Helen Slater), who promise to give her a nice, normal childhood.

Cut to present-day, now twenty-something Kara is living just like the rest of us. Yes, she has powers, but she doesn’t use them to save the world. Even though she was supposed to help protect her cousin, by the time she got to Earth he had already found his legs and didn’t need her anymore. So, instead of the hero stuff, Kara is mostly focused on rising through the ranks at a media conglomerate run by the menacing, DEVIL WEARS PRADA-esque Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). But even though she has a highly-motivated personality and :ahem: super powers, Kara is relegated to the menial tasks (e.g. coffee runs, acquiring WICKED tickets) instead of doing anything substantive.

However, because Kara was sent to Earth with a purpose, she feels like she isn’t living up to her potential. After all, she didn’t fly “2,000 light years to be someone’s assistant.” So when she finds out her adopted sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) is on an imperiled plane, this is the perfect excuse Kara needs to find some meaning in her life and put her powers into action. Kara leaps (literally) into action, and is able to use her strength, speed, and flight to bring the plane in for a smooth water landing a la Sully Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson.” Should we start looking for a superhero in NYC?

Being in the age of social media, the passengers on the plane take (blurry) pictures of their savior, later named #Supergirl, and voila National City has its own superhero. Now, not only does Kara have a purpose, but the local newspaper, The Tribune, has a hero for its cover, which will boost sales and prevent it from going under. And, in a really cute scene, we see Kara excited that she is a headline story. But not everyone is happy with her heroic act. Alex, for one, is upset that her sister came out of the shadows and potentially blew her cover.

Along with being a concerned sister, Alex also works for a secret government organization called “DEO”, or the Department of Extranormal Operations. DEO is charged with keeping the Earth safe from aliens. As it turns out, when Kara’s spaceship came to earth from the Phantom Zone, she unintentionally brought a prison (Fort Rozz) full of alien baddies with her. These Kryptonian menaces are now loose on Earth, and are a convenient supply of enemies that Kara and the DEO will have to attend to, especially now that the villains seem to be getting more active.

The first bad guy Kara encounters is Vartox, who is doing the bidding of “The General”. As it turns out, he and a group of terrorists actually planned to bring down the plane in order to kill DEO agents (including Alex). Not only do the bad guys want to eliminate threats from Earth in preparation for the General’s arrival, they also have it out for Kara. After all, her mother Alura (Laura Benanti) was a judge on Krypton and sentenced the prisoners to be banished into the Phantom Zone. Now they want revenge.

Of course, at the beginning, Kara is no match for Vartox and it seriously hurts her confidence. But with some kind words in a holographic message from her mom, and the support of Alex and her friend-zoned coworker, Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan), Kara is able to better harness her powers and design an aerodynamic costume. In their second meeting, Kara focuses her heat vision on Vartox’s axe, causing it to explode and weaken him; out of embarrassment of losing to a "girl" (and fear of what will happen to him from the General), Vartox kills himself, but not before warning Kara that she has no idea what is in store for her.

Based on the words and actions of Cat, Vartox, and the head of the DEO, it’s clear that Kara’s main conflict this season will not only be bringing Kryptonian convicts to justice, but will also be defying expectations. She is underestimated due to her gender, youth, and the shadow of her more experienced cousin. Like everyone else, Kara is trying to find her place in the world. And just because she has an S on her chest (okay, okay, it isn’t really an S), doesn’t mean she will have an easier time.

 

STINGER: When Vartox was talking to The Commander in a secret hideout on Earth, he kept talking about “the General”. But as it turns out, he isn’t talking about General Zod. In the teaser, we discover that “The General” is actually a woman and Alura Zor-El’s twin sister (Laura Benanti). It seems she will stop at nothing to make a home on Earth, even if it means getting rid of her niece.

Source: JoBlo.com

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5:57PM on 10/28/2015
Supergirl was awful. Way too cheesy and cutesy. The cast is so blah. Melissa Benoist is about as dull as dishwater. Jimmy Olsen is horribly miscast and was never a suave ladies man. Extremely cringe-worthy.
Supergirl was awful. Way too cheesy and cutesy. The cast is so blah. Melissa Benoist is about as dull as dishwater. Jimmy Olsen is horribly miscast and was never a suave ladies man. Extremely cringe-worthy.
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10:38AM on 10/28/2015

Kinda bad, but has potential

I definitely felt those cringe worthy moments you guys are talking about. The dialog was pretty bad. However, I never judge a show by it's pilot. Most shows take a few episodes before they find what works. Honestly, the biggest thing that got on my nerves was the little scare on her forehead. One has to ask why someone who is indestructible has a scare at all.
I definitely felt those cringe worthy moments you guys are talking about. The dialog was pretty bad. However, I never judge a show by it's pilot. Most shows take a few episodes before they find what works. Honestly, the biggest thing that got on my nerves was the little scare on her forehead. One has to ask why someone who is indestructible has a scare at all.
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9:51AM on 10/29/2015
Damn dude, first of all a scar is not a "scare" and either you must have telescopic vision yourself or you're just overly anal but I don't see a scar on Melissa's forehead. Maybe she does but I venture to guess you're the only one that noticed...
Damn dude, first of all a scar is not a "scare" and either you must have telescopic vision yourself or you're just overly anal but I don't see a scar on Melissa's forehead. Maybe she does but I venture to guess you're the only one that noticed...
4:58AM on 10/28/2015
This was really really bad.

First, the good. I liked it when her friend said "Oh my God, you're a lesbian" when she said she had a secret that only three people knew. I also liked it when she said "Oh come on!" when she realised that the plane she was carrying was heading for a bridge.

But most of the dialogue was cringe worthy. I saw a torrent of the Wonder Woman pilot and it was better than this. I feel that this only got made because Greg Berlanti has had a massive success with
This was really really bad.

First, the good. I liked it when her friend said "Oh my God, you're a lesbian" when she said she had a secret that only three people knew. I also liked it when she said "Oh come on!" when she realised that the plane she was carrying was heading for a bridge.

But most of the dialogue was cringe worthy. I saw a torrent of the Wonder Woman pilot and it was better than this. I feel that this only got made because Greg Berlanti has had a massive success with Arrow and Flash but Greg Berlanti was also the man behind the Green Lantern movie. Granted, the script wasn't as bad as Green Lantern but at least Green Lantern had better actors and I'm looking mainly at Calista Flockhart when I say that. Yes, Calista Flockhart is in pretty good shape for her age but, no, she's no Meryl Streep. She isn't even Blake Lively. Every single one of her lines fell flat, which is too bad because she actually gets some decent, if not original, material to work with.

Melissa Benoist is perfectly cast. I prefered the sluttier Supergirl from Smallville played by Laura Vandervoort because I am male and hetereosexual but I recognize the fact that female viewers aren't going to be interested in a Kara who isn't familiar with the human custom of wearing clothing in public.

Speaking of Smallville, they mentioned that Superman had already revealed himself to the public ten years ago before he found her on Earth. That is, of course, not only different from the movie timeline but also the Smallville timeline: when Kara and Clark met on Smallville, Clark had not yet revealed himself as Superman. In fact, he couldn't even fly yet. Presumably we can use Smallville as a kind of vague history for this series with the exception that Clark learned to fly and put on the suit several years earlier than he did on the Smallville series so that he was already Superman when Kara arrived.

I think we are supposed to ignore that the actor playing Jimmy Olsen is black. The New 52 version of Jimmy Olsen is not black so what we have is a black man playing a white man. It's colorblind casting and that's neither here nor there. At least he doesn't have a twin sister who is white and now has to be adopted. Frankly, I am surprised that DC was okay with Jimmy Olsen being black because they reportedly thought that the Jimmy Olsen on Smallville was too old and they ended up retconning Jimmy Olsen into Henry Olsen and introducing a younger character who would grow up to be Jimmy. Age is not an issue here because Superman has been around for over ten years.

I am a bit disappointed about how the show glossed over the fact that Alex dropped a dime on her sister and told the government about her and that the government repaid her with a cushy job with the DEO. That needs to be better explained. I'm also confused about how the escape of all the Zoners was somehow her fault when she was unconscious aboard her ship the whole time. What exactly did she do that she was responsible for the Zoners escaping? That also needs to be better explained.

The actress playing Supergirl is good but, then again, the actor playing Constantine is also good and that show got cancelled. If Supergirl gets cancelled within a year then I would expect Supergirl to guest star on Flash. If Supergirl lasts a whole season then I expect some sort of Flash / Supergirl crossover. Maybe the Supergirl series takes place on Earth 3 and the Flash / Arrow universe has its own Kara and Clark that they never mention.

Overall, it is better than Green Lantern but not as good as the Flash. It is on par with Arrow or Constantine. I've never seen an episode of Gotham.
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5:14PM on 10/27/2015
Yeah this was awful. The effects work was fine, Melissa Benoist has potential in the role, but everything else about it was cringe-worthy and every line of dialogue was painful to sit through. Every character was beyond a stock cardboard cut out, every line was a horrendous cliche, nothing had any meaning and everything flew by with no moment for reflection or anything at all.

There is a potential for a good Supergirl show to be made, the closest we've ever gotten was the holy grail of
Yeah this was awful. The effects work was fine, Melissa Benoist has potential in the role, but everything else about it was cringe-worthy and every line of dialogue was painful to sit through. Every character was beyond a stock cardboard cut out, every line was a horrendous cliche, nothing had any meaning and everything flew by with no moment for reflection or anything at all.

There is a potential for a good Supergirl show to be made, the closest we've ever gotten was the holy grail of television that was Buffy. If Supergirl could match even half of that shows irreverent tone and strong characterisations then it might have a chance, but the writing was so beyond terrible here that I can't see it. Even the justification of the name of Supergirl, the shows only post-modern moment of self-reflection was terribly handled; Calista Flockhart's justification being that Calista herself is a powerful "girl" when she's fifty is incredibly dumb.

There's one moment where she's carrying a plane, see's the tiny bridge it needs to pass through and says "Oh c'mon! Really?" And for the one second, that one line of dialogue presented me with the poppy but determined Supergirl character I'd watch. Everything else, from camp best friend, to chiseled dreamy "Jimmy Olsen" (?), to the awful acting going on in the government facility and her sister changing her mind on her sister flying around with absolutely no motivation to do so, etc was all tragic.

I'm hoping for the best, but have been presented with and am expecting the worst.
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3:39PM on 10/27/2015

That S stands for SJW

I compare it to the leads in the new Star Wars...as a commenter on reddit described it, Star Wars: Rise of the SJW
I'm just not interested in this girl power shit, and I never will be, especially some skinny little white girl.
I welcome your down votes.
I compare it to the leads in the new Star Wars...as a commenter on reddit described it, Star Wars: Rise of the SJW
I'm just not interested in this girl power shit, and I never will be, especially some skinny little white girl.
I welcome your down votes.
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4:00PM on 10/27/2015
I'm confused. You take issue with Star Wars due to a person of color (at least I think that's your issue with it) yet you don't like this series because the main character is white?
I'm confused. You take issue with Star Wars due to a person of color (at least I think that's your issue with it) yet you don't like this series because the main character is white?
11:50AM on 10/27/2015
Off to a good start. Some really nice moments like Superman's semi-appearance when she lands and her getting to see her mother one last time via a hologram. The inside joke of her first costume design based on one from the comics was great. Obviously trying to please the male fan audience with some hard fought battle scenes.We'll see how it develops in weeks to come, likely there will be some things evolving and changes made.
Off to a good start. Some really nice moments like Superman's semi-appearance when she lands and her getting to see her mother one last time via a hologram. The inside joke of her first costume design based on one from the comics was great. Obviously trying to please the male fan audience with some hard fought battle scenes.We'll see how it develops in weeks to come, likely there will be some things evolving and changes made.
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11:48AM on 10/27/2015

At least Supergirl didn't destroy half of Metropolis and murder the villain in cold blood.

Kidding. In all seriousness though, I thought It was fine for what they were going for. Outside of Daredevil and now Jessica Jones, I haven't really been into TV superheroes. Nothing against you If you like Flash (Gotham I have more problems with). This show is aimed at a bit of a younger audience and I like the light, fun tone. It's a nice contrast to big screen DC.

Benoist is perfect and in all honesty I'll probably keep tuning in to see her If nothing else. Sure, some of it's too
Kidding. In all seriousness though, I thought It was fine for what they were going for. Outside of Daredevil and now Jessica Jones, I haven't really been into TV superheroes. Nothing against you If you like Flash (Gotham I have more problems with). This show is aimed at a bit of a younger audience and I like the light, fun tone. It's a nice contrast to big screen DC.

Benoist is perfect and in all honesty I'll probably keep tuning in to see her If nothing else. Sure, some of it's too cheesy and dumb but honestly so are a few other superhero shows. I also can't say I have a problem with how they're treating the fact that she's a female hero. It's acknowledged and addressed without feeling like pandering. My only complaint is that I feel like there's no chance we'll see anything from the show make it into the films. There's a version of her origin story that involves her being trained by Wonder Woman and WW's homeland being attacked by an army of Doomsday clones. I was really hoping to see that at some point. Not to mention i feel like Hank Henshaw likely won't show up now and I was really hoping he would die in the rocket explosion from the trailer for Batman V Superman.
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10:15AM on 10/27/2015
I didn't like it. Has the same problem of izombie, the female lead is a social and akward mess without any real confidence. Also not be racist but why do they keep blacking up well established white characters? Why not use well established all ready black ones? Jimmy olsen is short white and ginger, hank henshaw is white and a super villain cyborg who can menace Darksied himself. Having supergirl get soggy as a coffee dunked donut meeting jimmy was groan inducing.
I didn't like it. Has the same problem of izombie, the female lead is a social and akward mess without any real confidence. Also not be racist but why do they keep blacking up well established white characters? Why not use well established all ready black ones? Jimmy olsen is short white and ginger, hank henshaw is white and a super villain cyborg who can menace Darksied himself. Having supergirl get soggy as a coffee dunked donut meeting jimmy was groan inducing.
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10:17AM on 10/27/2015
Typo meant why not use well established black characters.
Typo meant why not use well established black characters.
9:15AM on 10/27/2015

about what i thought it would be

it wasn't good by any means but if you're a young or just a fan it may be fine or passable. to me it was more of the abc family friendly mediocre writing and acting that under the dome/ agents of shield type of show. all the reviews and comments are doing that thing where you can tell it was bad but people are trying to defend it because they want it to be good or better than it really was.
it wasn't good by any means but if you're a young or just a fan it may be fine or passable. to me it was more of the abc family friendly mediocre writing and acting that under the dome/ agents of shield type of show. all the reviews and comments are doing that thing where you can tell it was bad but people are trying to defend it because they want it to be good or better than it really was.
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8:53AM on 10/27/2015
I feel like some of the more "Yikes!"-inducing elements were a combination of pilot-itus and notes from See B.S. so I'll stick around, but despite my love of the character I may be too far removed from the target demo to truly enjoy what they're going for.
I feel like some of the more "Yikes!"-inducing elements were a combination of pilot-itus and notes from See B.S. so I'll stick around, but despite my love of the character I may be too far removed from the target demo to truly enjoy what they're going for.
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7:16AM on 10/27/2015
It was good, not great, not solid, but good. She's flawed. She has powers, but she's still awkward. She can't flight so she relies too much on her abilities. I kind of like that in her. I'm interested to see where some of these new twists take us. I'm not sure turning Jimmy...er... James Olsen into a hart throb was the best move, but we'll see. I'm in for at least another week.
It was good, not great, not solid, but good. She's flawed. She has powers, but she's still awkward. She can't flight so she relies too much on her abilities. I kind of like that in her. I'm interested to see where some of these new twists take us. I'm not sure turning Jimmy...er... James Olsen into a hart throb was the best move, but we'll see. I'm in for at least another week.
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6:31AM on 10/27/2015
I thought it was awesome.
She got her outfit in the first 30 mins and it looks pretty much exact to the comic. Better than I thought it would look. Better than flash. It didn't take 10 seasons to see her fly either.
I like her. I actually like supergirl she isn't annoying or stupid etc.
She fought a guy and it was pretty good. The fight and her saving the plane was really well done.
Slater and Cain as the Danvers. Genius casting.
I have read supergirl since the Peter David series and
I thought it was awesome.
She got her outfit in the first 30 mins and it looks pretty much exact to the comic. Better than I thought it would look. Better than flash. It didn't take 10 seasons to see her fly either.
I like her. I actually like supergirl she isn't annoying or stupid etc.
She fought a guy and it was pretty good. The fight and her saving the plane was really well done.
Slater and Cain as the Danvers. Genius casting.
I have read supergirl since the Peter David series and this show is cool. You wanna hate on it go for it. But thought it was a shitload of fun.
Girl power too obvious, well teenage girls are fucking stupid. Need proof, they love twilight, so this show has to hit them over the head to get the audience. It won't be like that every episode and actually I don't think the girl power was overdone anyway. Let the thumbs down begin.
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8:44AM on 10/27/2015
I had to up-vote you for liking the Peter David series. Easily one of my favorite runs of a writer/character.
I had to up-vote you for liking the Peter David series. Easily one of my favorite runs of a writer/character.
10:11AM on 10/27/2015
i was secretly hoping they would do the Peter David stuff, but this is still cool!
i was secretly hoping they would do the Peter David stuff, but this is still cool!
4:43AM on 10/27/2015
You know it wasn't the worst I've ever seen as far as superhero shows go, but it doesn't measure up to the current crop of great ones. Any SJW that wants to complain about the "girl" name can lick an ass, she was a teenager in the comics, which obviously has been slightly changed here despite her maturity level seemingly matching her comic character. I have no problem with female superheroes, I have problem with female superhero shows and comics who spend so much time trying to remind you GRRLL
You know it wasn't the worst I've ever seen as far as superhero shows go, but it doesn't measure up to the current crop of great ones. Any SJW that wants to complain about the "girl" name can lick an ass, she was a teenager in the comics, which obviously has been slightly changed here despite her maturity level seemingly matching her comic character. I have no problem with female superheroes, I have problem with female superhero shows and comics who spend so much time trying to remind you GRRLL POWA!!!! that they forget they are supposed to be entertaining. You don't see male superhero shows and character screaming I AM A BIG BADASS MAN all the time or whatever. Its more subtle and subdued usually, their actions attest to what they are trying to represent. I don't understand how most women aren't offended by a show with the overtness of this, its almost like the writers feel so insecure about their female character they try to sell women on the fact its a woman and nothing else. Personally I want to see Ripley, I want to see The Bride, I want to see Sarah Conor, not a single one of them beat us over the head how they were strong females. None of them had to, they just went out and kicked the shit out of people all while taking no shit. So with that in mind I think I'll watch what I expect to be a true heir to a strong female character, Jessica Jones. I get the impression that will be a badass woman, who doesn't tell us girls are strong every two seconds, she shows us she is.
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5:51AM on 10/27/2015
I'm certain Jessica Jones will give a stronger impression for the first episode comparing to Supergirl here.
I'm certain Jessica Jones will give a stronger impression for the first episode comparing to Supergirl here.
6:33AM on 10/27/2015
Those female characters are from movies made for adults. This is for kids and teens, who are pretty dumb. Anyway I don't think the girl power was too bad.
Those female characters are from movies made for adults. This is for kids and teens, who are pretty dumb. Anyway I don't think the girl power was too bad.
8:43AM on 10/27/2015
I agree with most of what you said. But pretty much every male-lead action series/movie has the hero boasting about how they're badass. It's bound to happen no matter what.
I agree with most of what you said. But pretty much every male-lead action series/movie has the hero boasting about how they're badass. It's bound to happen no matter what.
4:20PM on 10/27/2015
Yes the male lead action series men talk about kicking ass and winning. But they don't sit there ant constantly promote the fact they are male. no "MAN POWER!!!!" or "I am man hear me roar" or crap like they. They do what they do. The reason I mentioned those strong female characters in the movies is because they did exactly what the male led action stars do. No stopping every few minutes to remind audiences they are a woman, just spending the time to kick the crap out of the bad guys.
Yes the male lead action series men talk about kicking ass and winning. But they don't sit there ant constantly promote the fact they are male. no "MAN POWER!!!!" or "I am man hear me roar" or crap like they. They do what they do. The reason I mentioned those strong female characters in the movies is because they did exactly what the male led action stars do. No stopping every few minutes to remind audiences they are a woman, just spending the time to kick the crap out of the bad guys.
2:43AM on 10/27/2015
It's not bad but not that good either. Not hooked into it yet but I'll give it a few more episodes.
It's not bad but not that good either. Not hooked into it yet but I'll give it a few more episodes.
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2:41AM on 10/27/2015
Slightly better than expected & I like that she became Supergirl fairly quickly & the origins part done in the opening narration. The plane sequence itself looked fairly expensive & quite well done for a TV show.
Slightly better than expected & I like that she became Supergirl fairly quickly & the origins part done in the opening narration. The plane sequence itself looked fairly expensive & quite well done for a TV show.
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1:44AM on 10/27/2015
I would give this a 5/10.
Watchable but utterly flawed. The characters, acting and special effects were not great.
This show can only get better. Right? We'll see.
Benoist actually makes for a good Supergirl until she has to do the action and fighting scenes. This can also get better with practise right?
I will give another couple off weeks.
I would give this a 5/10.
Watchable but utterly flawed. The characters, acting and special effects were not great.
This show can only get better. Right? We'll see.
Benoist actually makes for a good Supergirl until she has to do the action and fighting scenes. This can also get better with practise right?
I will give another couple off weeks.
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1:50AM on 10/27/2015
I have to disagree. Benoist isn't the problem, yes she could do better but she needs something to do better with. I place all the blame for this show on the the people running it.
I have to disagree. Benoist isn't the problem, yes she could do better but she needs something to do better with. I place all the blame for this show on the the people running it.
1:23AM on 10/27/2015
It's very New Adventures of Lois and Clark. There were lots of things I cringed at, but on the whole, I'm okay with it. Definitely not as good as the Flash, but could get better given a chance.
It's very New Adventures of Lois and Clark. There were lots of things I cringed at, but on the whole, I'm okay with it. Definitely not as good as the Flash, but could get better given a chance.
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1:04AM on 10/27/2015
Fucking terrible. Bad writing, bad effects, bad acting. Compared to other modern hero shows it feels 10 years out of date. Social media is full of asshats praising it because "female hero" but in doing so they damage the genre, the hero and progress. The show is bad, plain and simple, Supergirl deserves better, women deserve better and this is the kid of thing that could end up setting back female hero shows as a thing indefinitely.
Fucking terrible. Bad writing, bad effects, bad acting. Compared to other modern hero shows it feels 10 years out of date. Social media is full of asshats praising it because "female hero" but in doing so they damage the genre, the hero and progress. The show is bad, plain and simple, Supergirl deserves better, women deserve better and this is the kid of thing that could end up setting back female hero shows as a thing indefinitely.
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12:05AM on 10/27/2015

Her "The Fappening" pics > Supergirl any day

Show is not for me. I didn't even realize she was part of 'the fappening' until now. But not for me. I might give it 2 more episodes and go from there.
Show is not for me. I didn't even realize she was part of 'the fappening' until now. But not for me. I might give it 2 more episodes and go from there.
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11:50PM on 10/26/2015
The pilot was good, but not as good as The Flash or Gotham. I will tune in next week, and see if I will stay to continue watching.
The pilot was good, but not as good as The Flash or Gotham. I will tune in next week, and see if I will stay to continue watching.
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11:03PM on 10/26/2015

An 8? Really??

I thought it was about a 6. The characters were all one-dimensional stereotypes, the reasons for the army to want her to stay out was never seriously made, making Jimmy Olsen the Diggle of the group was stupid, compensating for that mistake by giving her an awkward friend who has a crush on her was stupider, and the fight scenes were horrible. I didn't think it was possible, but Benoist made me long for the outstanding fight skills of Laurel as Black Canary.....

I'd say it was just good
I thought it was about a 6. The characters were all one-dimensional stereotypes, the reasons for the army to want her to stay out was never seriously made, making Jimmy Olsen the Diggle of the group was stupid, compensating for that mistake by giving her an awkward friend who has a crush on her was stupider, and the fight scenes were horrible. I didn't think it was possible, but Benoist made me long for the outstanding fight skills of Laurel as Black Canary.....

I'd say it was just good enough to watch again next week. But if it keeps going like the premier, I wouldn't be surprised to see it as the first comic-book series to fail in this generation.
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