TV Reviews

Supergirl – So far…

supergirlShow description: 

At 12 years old, Kara Zor-El escapes doom on planet Krypton to find protection on Earth with the Danver family, where she grows up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learns to hide the extraordinary powers she shares with her cousin, Superman. Now an adult living in National City and work… Moreing for media mogul Cat Grant, Kara finds her days of keeping her abilities a secret are over when super-secret agency head Hank Henshaw enlists her to help protect the city’s citizens from threats. Finally coming into her own, Kara must juggle her new responsibilities with her very human relationships.
Starring:  Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh
Day & Time airing:  Monday at 7 pm Central on CBS
So far:
I was very excited when I heard there was a new superhero show about to air.  I love The Flash, Arrow and Daredevil to name a few.
I will admit that the first episode of Supergirl was not great.  I saw potential right away, but there was a huge “cheese” factor and some mediocre acting.  Supergirl is the story of Kara (pronounced “Car-a”) Danver.  Kara is Superman’s cousin, and was sent to Earth when Krypton blew up to look after her cousin.  Kara got caught up in an asteroid field and went off course, ending up on Earth 24 years after she was supposed to (but oddly, still the same age:).  By the time arrives on Earth, she is still a teenager, and “the man in blue” drops her off with the Danver family, to raise her as their daughter.  Kara has a sister with the Danvers, Alex, who works for some alien task force.
Kara works at a media company for Cat Grant (pretty poorly portrayed by Calista Flockhart) as a personal assistant.  Kara knows where she is from and who she is, and she has tried hard to keep her powers under wraps.  In the first episode, there is a plane that is having trouble over National City (the town she lives in) and Kara, knowing her sister is on this flight, takes action and lands the airplane on the water.  Her sister then takes her under her wing to help her reign in her skills and help others.  Kara also tells her co-worker and friend Winn who she is.  Winn is apparently a designer because he immediately designs her outfit.  He also mans the computer while she’s fighting crime.
As I said, some of the acting on this show is pretty bad.  Calista Flockhart is really over-acting.  I loved her in Ally McBeal and I heard she was good in Brothers and Sisters, but I’m not sure why she’s not clicking on this show.  James (Jimmy) Olson is a gorgeous African-American in this version.  He knows who Kara is and takes her under his wing.  And apparently the prison from Krypton, which was sent into orbit when Krypton exploded, landed on earth, and there is a huge crop of bad Kryptonites for Kara to find.
I see promise in this show.  The second episode was much better than the first episode.  I’m hopeful this show will turn into another go-to superhero show for me.

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