The Supergirl pilot leaked online, and I am fond of getting to watch these things over the summer when there’s not as much TV on, so of course I checked it out. It has potential, but it is pretty damn poorly written. Fortunately, Melissa Benoist is cute as hell in the glasses (she’s just normal cute without), so I can overlook a lot of the corny and cliched parts.
The idea is that Kara’s parents sent her, teenage-ish, to protect baby Kal-El, but her ship took an unexpected detour through the Phantom Zone, causing her to show up late (after Superman is already Superman) and drag a bunch of Kryptonian Phantom Zone bad guys behind her. Superman sets her up with adoptive parents (Dean Cain and Helen Slater, because these types of shows always do that) to have a normal life. So she ends up in National City, which they decided to invent rather than use any of the dozens of existing DC fake cities, as the assistant to a mean boss, Devil Wears Prada-style. The boss, Calista Flockheart and her weird forehead, runs a media empire, which also employs Jimmy Olsen/TK from Necessary Roughness. That lady from the Matthew Perry group therapy show plays her Kryptonian mother via flashback/hologram. Her adoptive sister, her colleague with an unrequited crush on her, and a DEO guy played by the boss from Homeland and Selfie round out the cast.
- They combine the Kara Zor-El name with the Linda Danvers secret identity to just call her Kara Danvers. Which seems like a dick move, considering Marvel is planning a Carol Danvers movie in the near future.
- The presence of the DEO makes me hope they can manage Director Bones. Or at least Cameron Chase. Actually, I think Director Bones, before being skeleton-ized, was black, so maybe they’re planning on turning whatshisname from Homeland into Bones?
- The especially bad parts are: 1) the revealing superhero identity thing being confused for coming out, which I’m not sure if it’s an overused joke in TV/movies yet, but it sure is in comics, and 2) the random lady in a diner who says “can you believe it? a female hero! finally my daughter has someone to look up to!” I’m actually all for that idea, but just a shot of a little girl seeing Supergirl and smiling would be plenty to get that same message across, without being so groan-worthy.
I’ll be watching further, but I’m 90% in it for the glasses, 9% for the potential appearance of Director Bones, and 1% for plot and character.