October 30, 2015 14 Comments

As is bound to happen every new TV pilot season, I have again tried one too many new shows, and as is bound to follow that, am again finding myself obsessed with one too many. With the successful launch of superheroes owning our small screen, CBS decides to get in on the action with their own. This one keeps to the tradition of the superhero mettle while branching out and appealing to a new audience.  

Supergirl, Season One Pilot (2015) TV Review

Everyone knows the story of Superman. The story no one knows is that of Kara Zor-El. Many years ago, she’s sent to earth to protect her young cousin. But something went wrong. Years later instead of being the protector, she became the protected. In need of family and some growing up, Clark placed her with the Danvers who raised her as their own. Now, all grown up, Kara (Melissa Benoist) works for a newspaper publication that is, essentially struggling. As assistant to its boss (Calista Flockhart), Kara’s life is one string of coffee runs after another. But she wants to do more with her life. That chance comes when the plane her sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh) is in nearly blows up. Leaping without thinking, Kara uses the powers she keeps carefully hidden to lead it safely to the water.  

‘SUPERGIRL,’ SEASON ONE PILOT (2015). Chatting about the first season pilot of the CBS drama Supergirl. All text is © Rissi JC and RissiWrites.com

Overnight, Supergirl becomes a media sensation. No one knows who she is or what she is, but everyone is inspired. Freaking out and confused over her sister’s reaction, Kara decides to confide in someone – not to mention she’s mad she wasn’t dubbed “Superwoman.” She elects her best friend Winn (Jeremy Jordan) about her powers unaware that the new guy, Jimmy Olson (Mehcad Brooks) also knows Kara’s secret.  

Considering the explosion of popularity superheroes now enjoy (following in the footsteps of Tobey McGuire’s Spider-Man and Iron Man), it was only a matter of time before more network TV jumped on the small screen bandwagon. (ABC and CW currently have the small screen cornered on comic book adaptations.) While this pilot was lighthearted and fun, I don’t know that it reached the potential it may have or that some of its DC Comics counterparts have. Oddly enough the one thing I picked up about this series is that it was… well, sometimes “silly.” Why I’d notice this I don’t know. Especially considering I relish the more lighthearted side of things (notably so in superhero universes), but to me there is a difference between silliness and a good lighthearted banter. I think what this pilot expressed, is great promise.  

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‘SUPERGIRL,’ SEASON ONE PILOT (2015). Chatting about the first season pilot of the CBS drama Supergirl. All text is © Rissi JC and RissiWrites.com

But onto more thoughts because, guys, as you’re sure to know, I do have thoughts. *wink* I did LOVE this pilot. Don’t let any of my minor quibbles convince you otherwise. What I adore most is Kara. Her character might seem cliché considering all of the nerdy girls we meet on our televisions, but I don’t care. She’s got a bit of a Felicity Smoak (Arrow) vibe going for her yet is still her own unique person. When I was watching this, one of the first things that popped into my head was The Devil Wears Prada. Because of Kara’s job, there is definitely a similar ambiance to the classic (my word because in my book it is) workplace comedy.  

The one thing I wish for this show is that it doesn’t travel down dark paths. Much as I understand the writer’s “need” to push their characters, by doing so, they don’t need to drain us of all the sunshine and happiness. If this show succeeds (and it has great potential), I want it to retain the sunshine of its leading character. The cast is all really quite good; Melissa does a great job of affecting a naïve yet excited character (as if she’s really seeing the world of the first time), looking to take on this new mantle. There are also some fun surprises in the pilot that I didn’t anticipate. The special effects are better than most.

‘SUPERGIRL,’ SEASON ONE PILOT (2015). Chatting about the first season pilot of the CBS drama Supergirl. All text is © Rissi JC and RissiWrites.com

Wrapping this up, I’m not a particularly big advocate of feminist rights, but it’s fun to watch a female superhero. Kara has a kind of Barry Allen struggle ahead of her in the sense of her being unsure of her role. Whereas someone like Oliver Queen starts out with some daemons. There are some cute sparks going on between a trio of the characters suggesting the script considers a love triangle. We’ll see how that turns out. No matter what, I loved Supergirl. I suspect I’ll keep up with it for a few episodes at the very least and see where it goes. The possibilities for this show could be endless and the fact that its heroine has an innate sense to protect with a moral compass makes it complete. Beyond this, all that’s left to say is, the pilot is indeed… super.

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You can find Supergirl, Season One Pilot (and the full season) digitally on Amazon Video

Have you watched Supergirl? If so, let me know what you thought. If not, are you planning on watching it? I’d love to chat about this fun new series with you all.

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  • Meghan Gorecki October 30, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    LOVED this pilot. So excited to see where the show goes. Melissa Benoist is *perfect* in the role. Love her!

    • Rissi October 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

      YAY! Another fangirl. I cannot wait to see where this one goes either, Meghan. We'll have to stay up to date with what we think via Twitter or here. :)

  • Tami October 30, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    I enjoyed it too! Arrow has felt so dark to me lately that it was nice to see something a bit more light-hearted. I think your review is spot-on as always! Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Rissi October 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      Hi Tami! Thank you for reading and commenting. It's always fun to know what others thoughts. I agree. I'm still 100% an Arrow fangirl because I'm so invested in Olicity, but yes, it's too dark! (Little friendly FYI to the writers. :D) If you've not seen it The Flash is lighter as well and its leading man, Barry Allen is all-American adorable. :)

  • Dawn Janis October 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    I LOVED the pilot! I'm excited to watch this. And I'd love it if they figure out a way to bring Clark into with Kara at times. Though who to play him?

    • Rissi October 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

      I did too, Dawn! It was such fun. I suspect somewhere down the line they'll bring Clark in. For now, I thought only seeing him in shadows (for the pilot) was clever. Who to play Superman!? Now there's a question! We've seen so many good guys step into the role thanks to other TV shows and films… who would be cast!? :)

  • Becky Ritta October 30, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    I watched this a little hesitantly–I wasn't a fan of the previews I saw. But I LOVED it! I especially loved Jimmy, er, James Olsen, and I'm excited to see where his relationship with Kara goes. I'll definitely keep tuning in!

    • Rissi October 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      I'm glad you ended up enjoying, Becky. It was really very cute, wasn't it!? Like you, I really liked Jimmy as well. It helped that I'd seen the actor in another TV show (Necessary Roughness) and liked him there too. (Although he plays a 100% different character.) Me too! I'm eager to see what comes of everything; I certainly detected a bit of a spark between Jimmy and Kara, so we'll see… ;)

  • Kara Lynn October 31, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    I'm super tempted to watch this TV show! It may or may not be because the main character's name is Kara… ;)

    • Rissi October 31, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      Its SUPER cute, Kara… and hey, that's a good enough reason (sharing a name) if you ask me. :) If you see it, let me know what you think.

  • Charity U November 3, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Rissi!! Hi, friend! I had to come see your review of this one. From the long trailer I saw, I was afraid it would be rather tacky and feminist and not so engaging as a classic male hero – but you have given me hope. I don't have time to watch it at this point in my life, but perhaps someday! :)

    • Rissi November 3, 2015 at 6:48 PM

      Charity, HI! It's been way too long. :) You've been missed from the blogosphere girl, but I gather (from IG) that you're quite busy these days. :)

      As a whole, I thought the show as a bit "corny" in places, but I did enjoy it (a lot). I'm not a feminist in the way many women are, but I have to admit it was fun to see a female superhero. Hope if/when you see this one you enjoy! :) :) :)

  • Raquel Z. Duarte December 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    This looks SUPER cheesy…..but I'm willing to give it a try…

    • Rissi December 12, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      It is in many instances, Raquel, but I'm also VERY forgiving of the pilot (for any show). Usually the show improves 3-5 episodes in. I've yet to go back and watch more of these, but whether or not it's improved, I think I'll enjoy this show as some entertaining "fluff." :)

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