ByTj Smith, writer at Creators.co

If you don't want to hear any spoilers for the upcoming CBS Television Series Supergirl stop reading now.

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Okay that was enough time to give you an escape so if your still with me then you want to hear my thoughts. If you don't already know the pilot episode for the new CBS TV show Supergirl has leaked online.

Supergirl stars Meliss Benoist as the title character of this series, for the unfamiliar this young actress rose to fame as a series regular on the hit show Glee.

Melissa Benoist in Glee
Melissa Benoist in Glee

But she is about to step into an entirely different and arguably more critically judged role as Kara Zor-El the cousin of Kal El who is better known as Superman. The show starts off in a very similar tone as Arrow and the Flash by give the opening monologue that describes briefly who the main character of the series is and their motivations for what is to come. How ever this story differs slightly because if you know anything of Supergirls origins she takes a bit of a nap and turns her world upside down.

The show has some superstar cameos for hardcore fans of the various Superman TV shows and movies like Helen Slater (Lara El on Smallville, and Supergirl herself in the 1984 movie), and Dean Cain (Dr. Curtis Knox Smallville, and Superman in Lois and Clark) which add a feeling of nostalgia to the show as well as giving fans a little nod along the way. Superman (although not Henry Carvill) even makes a brief appearance.

As Kara goes through her daily routine of living life she makes it know that she doesn't have all the powers that her world famous cousin does, but she isn't powerless. She shows off her super hearing ability early on to make sure she was prepared for her bosses arrival. Her boss Cat Grant is played by Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal and Full Circle) and in this reimagined version of the character she gives off this super posh, fashion forward, I'm the boss deal with it persona that reminds me a mix between E from the Incredible's and Posh Spice that in my opinion is very well played and counters the more bubbly personality of Benoist's Kara very nicely.

The Addition of Mehcad Brooks (True Blood and Necessary Roughness) as James Olsen is another sold casting choice for this series. The instant chemistry between James and Kara is very well played and not overly forced like I expected it to be, it came off as two people who genuinely find each other attractive and although they don't jump right into it there is plenty of time to workout details for a potential romance story. He also plays a kind of mentor role as he makes off handed references to things that Superman would do or has done in the past to motivate and push Kara to become Supergirl.

For me the first real hiccup the show makes is when Kara flies into action to rescue her sister. I understand this is the pilot episode and they have a lot of ground to cover to bring a hero of Supergirls caliber to life in an hour time slot, but the way she jumps into action and is introduced to the world seemed a bit clunky and thrown together just to get her name out their. I don't know how or if the show will ever connect to the DC movie universe but with the tone of BvS being aimed at Superman being held responsible for his actions good and bad, how will CBS's Supergirl deal with some of the same issues albeit on a smaller scale.

They also do a pretty interesting thins with a classic Superman Villain in that Winslow Schott better known as Toy Man is re-imaged as Winn Schott played by Jeremy Jordan (Smash) and starts off as a friend/coworker for Kara, and a potential love interest. She not only trust him enough to reveal her secret to him but she also brings him on as somewhat of a sidekick, he even ends up running the gambit of creating and recreating various versions of her super costume.

Another Interesting character from the Superman pages of old is the introduction of Vartox the Valeronian played by Owain Yeoman (Kitchen Confidential, and American Sniper) who is described as an on again off again ally and rival to Superman. Its nice to see that this show isn't just going off half-cocked and doing a bunch of random stories along the way, it is bringing a since of history from the glory days of DC comics.

The shows Trailer made me think this was gonna be Gilmore Girls with super powers but after watching the pilot it is so much more, there is the prototypical romance angle, story of self discovery, and some pretty good action coupled with some solid acting from the cast as a whole. The fight scenes need a bit of work, and and the super powered effects could use a bit of polishing, but this is a TV budget so I can't complain too much about that.

The dialogue got a little elementary at times and some fights looked life they were choreographed for a high school play but as the cast and crew grow as a team that is something that can be easily overcome. All in all this show has promise and is worth giving a chance to shine in the ever growing DC TV Universe.

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