After CBS announced a television series based on Supergirl and of the same name, it was gladly welcome since there was finally going to be a female counterpart to Superman in popular media. The show has been created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, with Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg as writers/producers. The pilot episode was recently showcased at Comic-Con under much hype and anticipation. Supergirl first debuted in 1959 in the Action Comics comic book series and over the years, has become a pivotal part of the DC comic book universe. The Supergirl series will premiere on October 26, 2015. The premise for the show is as follows :
“Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers, until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster, setting her on her journey of heroism.”
The main cast comprises of Melissa Benoist (Kara Zor-El/Supergirl), Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen), Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant), David Harewood (Hank Henshaw) and Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers). Without further ado, let’s dig into the episode ourselves.
SPOILERS FOR THE PILOT FOLLOW!
Supergirl (also known as Kara Zor-El) is sent to planet Earth from Krypton to protect her brother Kal-El, who is none other than Superman. When she arrives on Earth, Kal-El’s identity as Superman is already established. She grows up with the Danvers Family – the scientists who understood the alien gene of Superman and are willing to help her. Her main goal ceased to matter because Superman didn’t require any help. Kara decides to suppress her power and try to live a normal American life, and starts working at CatCo under the very powerful and influential woman, Cat Grant. Due to some circumstances she has to reveal herself in order to help prevent an airplane from crashing. After people witnessed her act of bravery, she is now known as Supergirl. I really loved the line “It’s like that moment right before you kiss someone for the time.”, Kara said after her first flight.
Kara struggles in her everyday life in order to fit along with others but never loses her mental spirit. Some would say why Supergirl if we have Superman. But there’s no need to underestimate the power of a girl over a guy. Some scenes in the episode highlight the show’s goal of girl empowerment.
Alex, Kara’s adoptive sister prevents the latter from revealing her true identity. The villain Vartox, who arrived with Kara on planet Earth, is trying to destroy her. Hank Henshaw, the head of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) under which Alex works, tells Kara not to use her powers to save the Earth as it will only cause more destruction. Jimmy Olsen, a guy working in Cat’s office as a photographer, possesses a snap of Kara taking flight. When Jimmy is first introduced, he tells Kara that her eyes resemble those of Superman. This makes Kara nervous but at the end of the episode, Jimmy says that her secret is safe with him.
Although the pilot was relatively slow and didn’t leave a huge impact, I still enjoyed it. I personally liked the plot and cinematography a lot. But I believe that the series will pick up gradually and soon, establish its place alongside other shows like the Flash and Arrow.
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