A Super Premiere for Supergirl

imageUnlike, I believe, most of the Internet, I did not watch the pilot of Supergirl when it leaked. I waited until last night, and apparently, I wasn’t alone. According to Variety.com, almost 13 million people tuned in last night. The pilot featured Supergirl, or Kara Danvers, played by Melissa Benoist, being sent to Earth to protect Superman, and getting there to find he’s already a hero. Feeling that neither Kent nor humanity needs her protection, she decides to blend in. That is, until her adopted sister is put in danger. It’s up to Kara to become a hero, and take on threats directed at her and her city.

Musical episode, maybe?
Musical episode, maybe?

The cast for this show is spot on. Calista Flockhart, Kara’s boss, is probably the most well known mainstream actor on the show. As a musical theater nerd, I loved seeing Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti get some mainstream attention. Most of the cast have done TV but aren’t big names, yet. Benoist’s Kara manages to be awkward and adorable without being insincere. At the same time, she is incredibly tough when she needs to be. Chyler Leigh, as Kara’s adoptive human sister, excels at being a character Kara can love, but the audience can mistrust. All of the women on this show are realistic, stubborn, and passionate. They may not all agree, but they make for great television.

imageSpeaking of the women, I think a huge fear with this show is that it’d turn into SNL‘s Black Widow movie sketch. No joke, some of the trailers made it look like this was going to be a superhero show “for girls.” It wasn’t. There were equal parts action and drama. The show even took some of the anticipated criticisms head on. There is a scene where Kara’s sister, Alex, tells her she’s really good at being cute and fetching coffee. Kara responds by kicking her out.

The one thing about this episode that was not impressive were the bizarre sideways references to Superman. He was barely mentioned in the show, and when he was, it was “He does this” or “It’s His blanket.” The not-mentioning became more distracting than if they had just said the word Superman.

I have high hopes for this series. Obviously there’s going to be romance (like in Arrow, The Flash, Smallville, etc.) but this show is not a rom-com. This is a superhero show, and like other superhero shows, a romance exists, but takes a backseat to kicking villains’ butts. I’m so excited for what’s in store for Kara, and I have my fingers crossed!

Did you watch last nights premiere? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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