So, last week, I talked about the art of shipping and how some television shows, movies and books appear to encourage it to drum up interest in the show and how some shows just don’t seem to know how to execute it properly. One of those shows, in my opinion, is the current Supergirl series. In actuality, while I’m still mildly interested in the show, there’s just something lacking with the entire Supergirl show.
Now, I was very skeptical with the show ever since CBS released the first trailer. Of course, everyone absolutely hated that trailer. You know the one. It’s the one where it looks more like a Devil Meets Prada ripoff that just so happens to have a superpowered secretary. It certainly didn’t look particularly heroic or… super.
But I had to admit, it made me want to see how bad it really was. So, when the first episode leaked out onto the Internet, I was one of the people that illegally obtained the episode just to see if it was worth watching. After watching the (illegally obtained) first episode of Supergirl, I remember the first words that came out of my mouth:
“Well, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.”
At least it made me kind of curious to see where the show was going. It didn’t seem as terrible as the first trailer made it out to be. But now that were around 6 episodes in, I have to say Supergirl is… pretty boring.
There are a lot of parts I like about Supergirl. My favorite has to be Melissa Benoist who plays Kara Danvers/Supergirl. I don’t know what it is about her but I really like the way she gives off this aura of positivity all the time. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten so used to heroes being all mopey, sad and brooding all the time (thanks, Batman), but I do think it’s very refreshing to see a hero be enthusiastic about doing good, even if it is kind of naive. Also, I can actually believe people not figuring out Kara Danvers and Supergirl are the same person!
But everything else seems so… I like to say “vapid” so I’m using it. Nothing really happens in Supergirl. Or, if there is something happening, I just don’t feel it being of any consequence. Right now, that’s the biggest problem with Supergirl. For a girl that has all of these powers and abilities, it doesn’t seem like she’s doing anything that has a purpose. Sure, she can say she’s off saving National City or whatever. But the events seem like small isolated events and nothing that will really change the world or anything.
I mentioned that I like the main character, Kara Danvers/Supergirl. And I really do. But the rest of the cast? Well, I just don’t seem to care for them at the least. I want to like Cat Grant, Kara Danvers’ employer but I just can’t because it’s like she’s trying too hard to be an emotionless mogul. Kara’s sister, Alex, tries to be the tough, big sister but, once again, I just don’t see it.
And then we have the two “love interests” of the show, Will and Jimmy… oh, I’m sorry, James.
I just don’t care for them! I desperately want to like them and want Kara to be tormented with whom to pick. But, once again, I just don’t seem to care!
Ultimately, I think the biggest problem with the entire Supergirl series is that it never tries to take any big risks. If you look at the DC Universe they’ve been doing on the CW, they focused on the characters and gave each of the characters, well, character! Even the most inconsequential character in the first season of Arrow, Felicity Smoak, became such a fixture on the series that, not only did she become a main cast member, she also started having her own plot lines! You can say the same thing with The Flash with some of their minor characters, such as Linda Park.
I feel Supergirl could be a better show but they’re too wrapped up on what would be the most inoffensive thing they can do with the character. The CW took a lot of risks and liberties with Arrow and The Flash and those two shows have become much better because of it. CBS seems to be too busy figuring out what to do with the character instead of trying to make the viewer care for the characters.
I do hope CBS does finally figure it out in the near future. I do feel Supergirl has a lot of great potential but it’s just being wasted because they have no idea of what a gold mine of potential they have with the character. Oh, and while they’re at it, maybe they can strike a deal with CW and have Supergirl join CW’s DC Universe. It would be a risky proposition… but it has to be a risk that may put the show over the top.
Anyway, since I’ve mentioned how good The Flash and Arrow shows are, I might as well delve into more detail next week! See you then!
What’s your take on Supergirl so far? Let me know in the comments section below!