One thing we are definitely not having a shortage of is comic book-based TV series. Having seen how successful the movies belonging to the genre could be on the big screen, TV networks and On Demand networks alike are ready to take chances with a comic book show that has the slightest of potential. As of this moment, and with plenty more in production/development, we have 4 Marvel live-action series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter Season 2, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. We also have 7 DC live-action series in Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Lucifer, iZombie and Supergirl.
But Supergirl is one show that quite frankly I never thought would make it to screens. Not mainly because there is a Supergirl already in the DC Extended (Movie) Universe, but because of fear of emulating the ill-fated DC project Constantine, which was cancelled after just one season of weak ratings on NBC shortly before Supergirl's release. However, CBS decided to go forward with the show, even despite it being in a separate (so far) universe than that of its sister DC shows.
But cutting to the chase: Is Supergirl good or not? What could you be missing not tuning in every week? Here is why you SHOULD be tuning in to watch Supergirl...
It finally started hitting the right notes
Supergirl didn't start out very super, but the same could be said for other shows that went on to have excellent seasons afterwards, like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow in its second season. Trying to find its rhythm, Supergirl started the first few episodes by affirming its lighter tone, clearly stating this is no Arrow or Gotham, but something closer to the more successful The Flash. The storyline didn't seem so very solid at first, but starting episode 7, things started to pay off. Supergirl is easily at its best when it utilizes the character material under its possession. Exploring Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant emotionally is one of the highlights, showing that a character that might seem immune to emotion and compassion could after all be interesting to explore as role model, a business woman, and, most importantly, a mother.
Also the Hank Henshaw character didn't fall in the seemingly-good-guy-but-he's-really-bad cliché, but turned out to be one of the most interesting aspects about the show, and gave DC fans a character that they have been aching to see on screen for years.
It keeps the female empowerment going
2015 was the year of women, not that women needed a year to be showcase their power, but still, in 2015 we had heroines headlining many beloved movies and series more than the usual. Supergirl does exactly the same. Melissa Benoist simply excels in portraying Kara Zor-El! Along with other talented actresses, the show doesn't only make sure that females are not out-shined by their male counterparts, but does it in a well-balanced way too. Not all male characters on the show are bad or evil, but the good ones definitely don't get most of the glamour.
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It introduces/reintroduces many CB characters
Other than a very good, spoilery surprise appearance, it's logical that we get plenty of new appearances by characters from the books as the show goes. Examples include Livewire ( who made one appearance on Smallville), Red Tornado (which wasn't any good really, but his presence is a fact), Maxwell Lord (who also made just one appearance on Smallville), and many others.
They didn't go cheap with the VFX
One thing I personally like about Supergirl is how joyous its CGI is to the eyes. The best CGI we've seen in a CB show was arguably in The Flash and maybe even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Supergirl takes it to another level, especially when you remember that it does it on a TV budget.
It doesn't shy away from Superman
Superman is definitely not the center the show, but he's a reason why a great deal of the events take place. Supergirl should be commended on not tweaking Kara's origin or ignoring the presence of a major character like Superman just like Arrow and The Flash do. The fact that you know that Superman is out there helps bring to mind parallels that are healthy to Kara's character development.
There is a slight chance it could crossover with Arrow and The Flash
Although Supergirl definitely aims to stand on its own feet, a crossover with the other DC shows belonging to the CW network would make fans extremely grateful! Sure it's a long shot, and sure it might not even be needed at the moment, but Supergirl was created by the same people behind The Flash, which happens to be toying with parallel dimensions and alternate Earths, so never let your hopes die.
If you're a comic book fan, you should watch it anyway
You probably wouldn't want to miss Supergirl's first solo outing in any case. And I assume you would check the show sooner or later, if not with the intention to stick around then at least to judge its quality yourself.
So, did you change your mind about Supergirl? Or were you a viewer already and found some valid points in this article? Sound off in the comments.
Tune in for Supergirl, Mondays at 8pm on CBS.