ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Television & TV Shows

TV Show Review: Supergirl (2015)

Updated on November 15, 2015
Source

With the superhero genre being hotter than sunburn at the moment, movies have received so much publicity, but both DC and Marvel have been rocking the TV world. Marvel has Daredevil and Agents of SHIELD, with Jessica Jones on the way. DC has been putting on solid products with Arrow and The Flash. So once again DC is throwing its hat into the ring with Supergirl.

Supergirl is Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El. Like her cousin, Kara was sent to earth during the destruction of Krypton. On Earth, she takes a job for a major magazine in National City. She has kept her identity secret, but when problems start rising up, she decides it is time to act and don the cape to become Supergirl. Supergirl has all of Superman's powers - super strength, flight, heat vision, whathaveyou. Her powers become particularly necessary when villains from Krypton find their way to Earth. She reveals her identity to a few friends and confides in a group of government scientists while she gets used to using her powers.

Source

Many of these superhero shows have an identity outside of the superhero element. Daredevil takes after gritty crime dramas. The Flash mixes in elements of cop dramas and teen dramas. Super girl seems to take after shows like Just Shoot Me. And that is not a compliment. Much of the series feels like a dated 90's sitcom. At her day job, Kara is a single career woman working for a magazine with a quirky, overbearing boss. The pilot featured less-than-groundbreaking scenes such as Kara going on a lousy blind date and someone asking her if she is gay when she reveals her secret identity. Moments like these make the show feel like it is missing a laugh track and the Seinfeld music.

Supergirl unfortunately seems to ride the coattails of a lot of other shows... Ironic because one of the running themes is how Kara does not want to live in the shadow of her more famous cousin. For a show about someone who does not want to be second banana to the Last Son of Krypton, the fact sure comes up a lot. I would recommend making a drinking game of how many times Kara talks about Superman, or how she does not want to live in the shadow of someone else, but I can not condone anything that might lead to alcohol poisoning. Without Superman's actual presence, this comes off as extremely sanctimonious. I understand the whole female empowerment thing, but this is the sort of thing that might hurt the cause more than help: Just let Supergirl be strong and allow her actions to speak for themselves.

In the first season, Supergirl is getting used to her powers, but she is getting assistance from a government agency. On the surface, giving Supergirl a team of specialists to help her kind of makes sense. After all she is using her powers for the first time and may need some guidance. However, it is irksome because it feels like the people behind the scenes are trying to ride Arrow and the Flash's coat tails. Look, I DESPISE playing the rip-off card, but this is the THIRD SHOW where a superhero has a team of scientists helping them. Arrow having a team of specialists made sense. The Flash felt like it was treading familiar ground, but the third time is not the charm for Supergirl - especially since Supergirl feels like the last one who would need it. The bandwagon feeling is not helped by the fact that - once again - there is an opening monologue where the lead character explains the origin story.

Admittedly, I know little about Supergirl comics so I can not verify if these things are accurate to the source material. However, I know little about the Flash and Green Arrow comics, and I enjoy those shows. Besides, the show has been making changes. Instead of the "gee-golly" wimp he has been known for, Jimmy Olson is now James Olson, a suave black man. This change does in fact work in the show's favor. So if they are making changes from the source material, it is fair to expect them to make changes for the better.

Source

For all of these problems, there are things to enjoy about Supergirl. First of all, the eponymous character is a likable protagonist. Even if there are times where she feels as though she belongs in an entirely different show, her goofball personality is an entertaining counterbalance to her heroic persona. She has a joy of discovery for her powers and enthusiasm for being a hero. Granted, much of her personality feels a little canned and cloying, she is enjoyable in her own way. Her rogues gallery of former Kryptonians are colorful enough to be spice up the show.

Another positive is that action scenes deliver on the thrills. The show creators cut no corners and show off all of Supergirl's powers and abilities, creating some of the more spectacular action scenes on any superhero show. These scenes - as well as many others - are highlighted by a cinematic score - a score so good that it rivals what you may hear in movies. While a score may not seem like the sort of thing that would make a show good or bad, the music does help elevate the show into having a grandiose tone, making episodes feel like an event. So technically, the show does deliver on what people will most likely be watching for.


So, that is Supergirl - warts and all. Is it good? Is it bad? Well, the show has enough good points that I recommend at least giving it a shot. However, I personally could not get over the flaws to make a full commitment. Supergirl borrows a few too many pages from Arrow and The Flash. The temptation is to say if you have not seen those shows, you might enjoy this a little more. However, if you really have not seen The Flash or Arrow, either one of those will be a more rewarding experience.

Favorite DC Show

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)