Superman's cousin, Kara, takes it upon herself
to protect the citizens of National City as Supergirl.
Supergirl (Season 1)
Developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks,
Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, Calista Flockhart,
Peter Facinelli, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Laura Benati,
Chris Vance, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Italia Ricci,
Glenn Morshower, Laura Vandervoort
Based on characters from DC Comics
It took me way too long to give this show a chance. Maybe it was the predictability of the first trailer, or the fact that it was on CBS while all the rest are on the CW (a problem that has since been remedied). Whatever my initial reluctance, I am very glad I decided to try it out. Supergirl is a fantastic superhero show on par with The Flash and much better than the recent seasons of Arrow. The cast is perfect and the stories are entertaining. After seeing so many classic DC Comics characters get screwed up on Smallville, it was satisfying to finally get to see them done right. This show gave us the perfect Supergirl, a flawless Martian Manhunter, and an exciting list of villains that will make longtime fans smile.
Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Superman who decides to protect her own city as Supergirl. She steals the show with her increasingly likable performance. I can't wait for her to join the Arrowverse, as she'll blend in well (as we already caught a glimpse of in the Flash's brief visit). The supporting cast is great as well, though some of them are a bit of an acquired taste. As usual, the romantic subplots are annoying and repetitive, just like Arrow, The Flash, Smallville, Gotham, and every other superhero show. Maybe it's a tradition. Regardless, it doesn't affect the action or the storytelling.
For a debut season, Supergirl delivered and then some. I didn't expect this show to be as good as it is and I'm happy I gave it a chance. I appreciate how the show didn't beat around the bush when it came to introducing their main hero. For some reason, they always take forever to use the hero's real name (Green Arrow was the Hood, the Flash was the Red Streak, etc.). By the end of the first episode, she was Supergirl, in a world where Superman is already well-established. That means there's no redundant plotlines to build up about identity and the show is free to give fans what they've always wanted from the Superfamily. Take note, DCEU. This is what the fans want. Uplifting stories with enjoyable characters. It really isn't that hard.