Like today wasn’t going to be about the Supergirl pilot?
What, have you not been paying attention?
OK, so let’s get this out of the way.
It was not the most transcendentally amazing hour of television ever made.
OMG whattashock right?
It is most certainly the pilot episode of a superhero television show. Which means that it was a little bit clunky, a little bit overstuffed with mythology and a lot of bit ridiculous.
I knew all of that going in, because I was like, one of the last people on earth who hadn’t watched the pilot yet. I’ve been watching TV long enough to know that a pilot isn’t always indicative to how a show is going to be overall.
Need we rehash things like Glee and Smash? Or in the opposite direction, 30 Rock?
But let’s not focus on the negative. (Clunky writing, tell don’t show all over the place), and let’s focus on the good. We get a quick crash course in Supergirl lore, that is, Kara is sent as a protector and companion to her cousin, Kal-El. She is delayed (cryo sleep in the Phantom Zone), and when she arrives on Earth, the already adult Kal-El sets her up with a family, scientists named The Danvers.
Literally, all you need to know about her origins and we knock it out in the first five minutes. Great.
Now all grown up, Kara is working for Cat Grant (yay!) and not using her powers until her sister Alex is on a plane that’s going down and she decides to save the plane. Now she’s Supergirl, and her friend Winn is helping her. Oh, also James Olsen (seriously, only Superman is allowed to call him Jimmy), is around and he’s going to mentor her.
That’s the show. She’s also going to be tracking down a bunch of escaped Phantom Zone prisoners, because, believe it or not, a superhero show does require a plot engine and this is a good one for this.
The show has a lot of promise, shown especially in the really great cast, and the way they click. Melissa Benoist was a brilliant choice for Kara. She’s immediately appealing, and has the hard to pin down it factor that makes for a good lead. Calista Flockhart seems to be having the time of her life with Cat, which is great, (I thought she was the perfect choice for this character.) Jeremy Jordan brings his trademark sweetened smarm to Winn. Mehcad Brooks is dreamy and perfect as James.
And I think we really need to talk about Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers. I figured from even the previews that the relationship between Kara and Alex was going to be the show’s heart. I love the prospect of it and I like that they delivered it here. These two feel like family. It’s not an easy dynamic to sell, but it’s still pretty great.
The show did more right than it did wrong and didn’t shy away from girl power, though, even I was starting to feel like, “maybe we back off after this, we get it.” It’s already won the numbers game. The ladies on this show outnumber the dude folks. (Oh, and two of the dude folks are black!)
I’m really excited to see where this goes, and the implications for my little sequined corner of nerd-dom are huge, to the point where I can’t even begin to verbalize it. The hastags last night of #Supergirl and #SupGurl will fill you in in ways that I never can.