Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Okay first of all that’s ridiculous. No one has ever said look up in the sky at a bird. Maybe if it were a hawk or something. Or a condor. And I only say look up in the sky at a plane to my daughters if the plane is really close. If you run around yelling to look up in the sky, people are going to make sure to walk on the other side of the street to avoid you.
Anyway, I was not all that excited to watch the new Supergirl show. The trailers made it look just awful. This is our third attempt at Supergirl, and the other two have a very special place in my heart. If you’ve never seen the original Supergirl movie starring Helen Slater, do it. Sure, it only has a 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean anything. This was followed up by Kara being portrayed on Smallville by Laura Vandervoort. I didn’t watch Smallville from the beginning. I started watching when the Green Arrow was added. I was a big fan of Smallville. I wish I had watched from the beginning.
So why would this be any different? The show was created by Greg Berlanti, who created my favorite show, Arrow. Also he created The Flash, which I…don’t hate. So apparently this is his new wheelhouse. Superman in movies has been horrendous. From Superman Returns, to Man of Steel, everything DC puts on the big screen that involves the Man of Tomorrow is not worthy of a second viewing. Barely worth a single viewing. The only reason I have interest in seeing Batman Vs. Superman is because of the Batfleck. It also looks horrible. On TV however, Superman is done pretty well. Like I said, I enjoyed Smallville. I also remember liking Lois and Clark. But that was a lifetime ago. I may have to rewatch that series to confirm. Two other things this series has going for it… Helen Slater from Supergirl, and Dean Cain who was Superman in Lois and Clark. They are Kara’s adoptive parents on Earth, and they had a very small cameo so far. But it was a neat tip of the cap to fans of the old shows and movies.
Kara was sent to Earth, like her cousin Kal-El, to avoid the destruction of their home planet, Krypton. She was a teenager, and was sent to protect Kal while he grew up, since he was still a baby. She was thrown off course and was sent to the Phantom Zone for 24 years while her cousin grew up. When she finally arrived on Earth, he no longer needed her protection. She went on to be an assistant at the media powerhouse CatCo. She has never used her powers, until one day the plane her sister is on is about to crash. James Olsen has left his job at the Daily Planet in Metropolis to come to work with Kara. At the end of the episode, he reveals that he has known who she was the whole time because “he” told James where to find her. I’m not positive, but I don’t think they mentioned Superman by name the entire show. It was wierd. Maybe they aren’t allowed to? Maybe I missed it.
After watching it, the show wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. Melissa Benoist so far plays a better Kara Danvers than she does a Kara Zor-El/Supergirl. Which makes sense. She’s spent the last 24 years being Danvers and hiding Supergirl. It will take some time for her to get used to being two different people. So I guess in that sense, I think she did a great job!! This show, like most shows isn’t firing on all cylinders after one episode. The one problem I do have, is that it already is following a very familiar superhero show playbook. Rule 1: Make sure you have a computer expert who knows your secret and can work with you behind the scenes. Works on Arrow, worked on Smallville. They even used this all the way back in 2002 for the Birds of Prey series. But that was great because it was built in with Barbara Gordon as Oracle. Awesome show.
Apparently the show got massive ratings. So it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I just don’t know how long I’m going to stick with it. I will give it a shot. I gave up on Gotham after about half a season. And it has taken about 3 seasons (I think) to finally be over Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I have 4 episodes sitting in my DVR, and I’m just about to delete them. I have a feeling at the end of season 1, this will end up in that group, and not the Arrow group. But, to say that I think I could watch through season 1 is a positive sign, because I didn’t think I would make it through EPISODE 1.