CBS’ upcoming DC comic book TV show Supergirl hasn’t debut on the network just yet, though a number of people already have opinions on the series’ pilot since it leaked (or “leaked,” whichever you believe) online. The Supergirl pilot was also shown at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con – debuting to mostly positive reviews, with many arguing the pilot has problems that it could easily grow out of.
If you don’t already know, Supergirl follows the other Krypton survivor Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) as she forges her own path on Earth – becoming the hero she knows she can be, in the process. That also means Kara must create a name for herself under the shadow of her famous cousin: Superman. As the October 26th premiere date looms closer, more information about the series continues to make its way online.
The synopsis for Supergirl episode 2, titled “Stronger Together”, along with a teaser image has been released online. Check them out, below:
“When Kara’s attempts to help National City don’t go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she — and the city’s media — has about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison, Fort Rozz. Also, Cat pressures James to use his connection to Superman to get her an interview with Supergirl.”
Even if the pilot is slow to start, the second episode description suggests that Supergirl flies right into the over-the-top villain action. We also delve into classic secret identity antics -Kara’s boss wants to interview Supergirl aka Kara. This can be positive or negative depending on how you like to take your Superhero shows – bright and cheesy like The Flash (which CBS does want to emulate), or dark and brooding like DC’s movies. From additional early reactions coming out it looks like people fall solidly on either side.
According to Deadline, which has an overall glowing review, the Supergirl pilot has some kinks it needs worked out but is overall a ton of fun. As the site’s review puts it:
“[Supergirl’s pilot] adroitly handles issues of contemporary feminism, family dynamics – which already are pretty complicated when your technically younger cousin is Superman – and a cascade of villains.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum comes this review from IBT, calling Supergirl, “a female superhero show and not much else”. The biggest concern, says IBT, is that the pilot is heavy handed on the feminism side, and they are making too big a deal out of the lead being female. To quote:
“There’s nothing particularly female (or male for that matter) about being a superhero. Gender just doesn’t factor in enough for a series to hang its hat on the concept. “
You can’t please everyone but these Supergirl pilot treactions are diametrically opposed instead of lukewarm. A fun show reminiscent of the tone of the original Superman movies (i.e. those starring the late Christopher Reeve) would be great – and that is what this is supposed to grow into. And though I do agree it’s sad that it is such a big deal to have a female hero – so far fans have this one lead on TV and none in movies, so they are pretty male right now. Although with it that obvious maybe we don’t need it pointed out too much.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30 p.m. EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8 p.m. EST on Mondays thereafter.