Supergirl’s “World’s Finest”
I finally got around to watching the Supergirl/Flash team-up/crossover episode, and I thought it was a hoot. Seriously, camaraderie between popular characters is so much more fun for me than discord.
That said, the episode reminded me why I like The Flash so much and why I gave up on Supergirl about four episodes in.
When Melissa Benoit and Grant Gustin are on screen, it’s pure joy. They have great chemistry, and seeing them compare notes and use their shared superhero-ness as a means to bond is just great; I feel just as giddy as they do. But when it’s anyone else, my enthusiasm wanes. I’m reminded that Benoit, and perhaps Flockhart, are the main pillars upholding the series, and everyone else is, to me, largely uninteresting.
I also have to say that I just don’t enjoy Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy as confident, professional, and hunkier-than-Supes just doesn’t really sit right with me (seriously, Brooks is probably taller and more ripped than any actor yet to play Superman). I also feel like he’s not given much to do other than be man-candy. Honestly, I think they could have merged Jimmy and Winn into a single character and not lost anything.
Which also leads me to mentioning that I think the show is overflowing with unnecessary characters. I’ve been away for a while, but it seems like pretty much everyone on the show can come and go at the DOE now? And Kara has, what, two or three sanctums?
I dunno. I feel like Supergirl is getting wrong everything that The Flash gets right: tight cast, focused locales, and interesting villains (as well as uninteresting villains which with we intentionally spend little time, unlike Silver BanshZzzzz…).
Which is sad, because I think Benoit is a perfect fit for Supergirl, and deserves a better show built around her. I’d really like them to do some serious housecleaning for season two and re-think their approach to the series.
But, who knows, maybe I’ll give the show another chance and catch up on the episodes I’ve missed.
Oh, hot damn do I want to see Kara do a guest spot on The Flash.