Thoughts on Supergirl

Last May I wrote about how, despite being a life long and self-labeled comic book geek, I might not be in the target demographic for the new CBS show Supergirl.

I've now had the opportunity to watch the first two episodes. I'm not going to go into a full review, there are plenty of websites that will do that in a more timely, and better, manner than I can. But I wanted to say some brief thoughts. The first episode showed tons of promise. Sure there were some odd quarks as the actors settled into their new rolls, but as a whole, it was a really solid pilot episode. I believe that it's never fair to fully judge a show after only seeing the pilot, because they are often made separate from the rest of the series and primarily just serve as a proof of concept to the networks.

After two episodes I love how they quickly explained the similarities and differences to Superman, and how, despite not really being in the show, his presence is felt as an inspiration to Supergirl. At the same time I appreciated that Supergirl is not some infallible hero either, and is shown making mistakes as she learns and struggles with her choice to follow in her cousin's footsteps.

More often than not in comics women are depicted as overly-sexualized, whose purpose is to merely serve as eye candy. When Kara was designing her costume, she tried on and quickly dismissed a version that could be described in this way. As a potential role model, especially for young girls, it was wonderful to see her select something much more tasteful.

Overall, the show knows it's a comic book adaptation, and doesn't shy away from that. While not without its more serious elements, it focuses on the fun first and has already had more than one great action scene while showcasing great special effects. As I said last May, I can't wait to show this series to my daughter when she's a little older.

I'll leave it with this one line that Supergirl said in the second episode. This really stuck out to me as such a positive message.

Back on Krypton no one was their own man. Growing up I was taught that to accept help from people is not a shame, it's an honor.