It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's not a man. It's Supergirl.
It should come as no surprise that in the 21st century, there would eventually be a female superhero taking the spotlight, and 'Supergirl' nails this in a big way. What else would you expect from the writers that brought you the other amazing superhero shows like 'Arrow' and 'The Flash'? She may not be as resolved as the 'Emerald Archer' or as fast as the 'Scarlet Speedster', but that doesn't make her any less of a hero. She is the biological Kryptonian cousin to Superman after all. In what is a great origin story of self discovery and worth, we find that Supergirl does have something to prove, not just to her world, but also to us the audience. Ultimately, she succeeds in doing this in yet another great imagining of a comic book hero; and all while looking good too.
As one of the last surviving Kryptonians, Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13 after being sent away from Krypton and 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 event, setting her on her journey of heroism.
As you probably know, the above trailer for the show was released not that long ago and it wasn't received that well. Therefore, to counteract this, the actual pilot was 'leaked' to give a better idea of the show as a whole rather than a 6 minute highlight as well as being revealed at SDCC 2015, hence why I am able to give this review before its November 2015 debut on CBS.
I'll admit, when I watched this trailer I was a little disappointed and even shocked that they would ruin a perfectly good female character and show by falling into numerous stereotypes. Fortunately, there is more to it than that which the trailer doesn't cover for some reason. This is a shame because it is in all respects a really good pilot episode. It translates the outdated (late 50's) comic book source material to TV and revives the loved character in a modern setting showing real depth to the character.
I can assure you the show is significantly better than that. It still has some of the same issues, but it’s far more charming than problematic.
I actually couldn't agree more. I'm tempted to give it the solid 7, respectable 8, and maybe even the outstanding 9 rating it deserves, but the only reason I'm not giving it higher is because the pilot is only a small indicator of what could be great potential. It's just an introduction and doesn't give much, just as it should... it is a pilot after all and there is a time frame to work within to show all of this whilst still making it interesting.
Every superhero at one point has had an an inferiority complex about themselves: Arrow has "failed this city", Flash "wasn't fast enough" and Supergirl in the show is underestimated by her alien status and gender. However, like all heroes they rise to the occasion and the pilot reveals that it's actually her strongest quality. I thought the feminist message was going to be too much, and for me it was at certain points, but this is just from one male's point of view. What do I know? Though, maybe it is needed as a reminder that the quality of a hero is genderless and that other superhero shows and TV shows in general should follow suit.
'Supergirl' stands as a good superhero show so far and Melissa Benoist's portrayal of Kara as one of the few female leads on TV. There's finally a female (superhero) protagonist and role model for women (setting the bar even before the release of the 'Wonder Woman' movie in 2017). It's good enough to give me hope and the 'S' on her costume is a symbol of this.