Finally got a chance to watch the #Supergirl  premiere last night. I agree with opinions I’ve read that it was bumpy but shows promise. Melissa Benoit is a very likable lead, and I was happy to see David Harewood, who I really enjoyed in Robin Hood (though his American accent is a bit rough).

I also love that there are lots of women and POC in important roles, and that its really Mehcad Brooks who’s the eye-candy (my wife was a big Necessary Roughness fan, so she was happy to see him, for various reasons /cough pecs).

Not to mention, I give the show HUGE credit for quickly revealing Kara’s identity to most of the important characters. Seriously, Buffy did this, and it’s the best way to go for an ensemble superhero show. Dancing around secret identities is, for me, one the least interesting topics ever, at least among the primary cast (I’m looking at you, Smallville).

I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

16 thoughts on “Finally got a chance to watch the #Supergirl  premiere last night. I agree with opinions I’ve read that it was…

  1. I think secret IDs can be handled well — see Netflix’s Daredevil — but simply aren’t most of the time. That’s why I call out Smallville, because it was basically a Buffy rip-off in every way, except for that one aspect, and there was no good reason for it at all. I.e., they did absolutely nothing interesting with the concept. It was just an annoyance.

  2. Daredevil — but simply aren’t most of the time. That’s why I call out Smallville, because it was basically a Buffy rip-off in every way, except for that one aspect, and there was no good reason for it at all. I.e., they did absolutely nothing interesting with the concept. It was just an annoyance.]]>

  3. I enjoyed the pilot. It’s bumpy but it’s got heart and I actually like Kara/Supergirl as a character and hero, which is more than I can say about a lot of DC’s live action stuff. It’s probably telling that I also really enjoyed The Flash all last season.

  4. She did not enjoy being Supergirl, she did not use her powers in any way for years (there was no need for anybody to save people in all the world, after all, Superman could save everybody…). But now suddenly she use them and she enjoy them and she is necessary.

    Caveat: I have seen the plot that leaked months ago. I am not sure they didn’t make changes to the one that was aired this week, someone that has seen both can confirm that they are the same version?

    But the pilot I saw was full, totally full with nonsense and “wtf” things like that.

    “OK, well… so what? Moreno, did you never saw shows with even worse nonsense? Why that pilot made you so angry?”
    Because the show could have been so much better. The actress playing Supergirl is perfect for the part. And because much of that nonsense was totally gratuitous. Useless bits that had to be justified somehow and they didn’t bother to come up with a good explanation. When they could have simply avoided putting that nonsense in in the first place.

  5. I realized I put up with way more dumb on these Berlanti shows (this, The Flash, and Arrow) than I ordinarily would. I guess there are enough elements pleasing me (except for Arrow) that I wind up with a net-positive opinion most of the time.

  6. Meredith is having posting problems, but this is what she says:

    “we don’t watch a lot of the shows mentioned here for some of the same reasons (the tone is just a little too corny for our taste), but the white women also were such cardboard stereotypes (the good girl with gumption, the bitch, the jealous sister) that it left me super uninspired (and happy to flip over to Simmons’ epic journey on Shield). Will say very happy to see two black men (where are the women of color?!) but I’d say they were pretty much paper thin in development.”

    Like she says, the DC shows have never really worked for us.

  7. I have the same opinion of the characters as Meredith Reitman so far, except for Kara and Jimmy, who I like quite a bit.

    I thought the structure of the pilot was brilliant, though. They set everything up with the characters and the metaplot and did THREE action set pieces in 42 minutes. It’s a really great example of TV pilot formatting. Plus, the super-powered action is soooooo good. The way they edit on the hits and cut to the target crashing into something far away — it gives it all this wonderful power and snappy rhythm.

    (I also liked the obligatory bank robbery scene, which was this cute throwaway moment — pow! done, moving on to the actual Supergirl stuff)

    I’ll keep watching, but I hope the characters get a lot better.