Supergirl S2E1 – An Adventure Worth Watching
When Season 1 ended with a cliffhanger, I’ll admit I was little worried. CBS hadn’t renewed Supergirl for second season and rumors were swirling that the show was too expensive. But then The CW swooped in like the proverbial Girl Of Steel and renewed it for a second season. Thank you god.
The season 2 premiere aptly titled – ‘The Adventures of Supergirl’ – picks up right where we left off. Team Supergirl is celebrating their latest victory over the Kryptonians when they hear ship flying through National City. Supergirl and the Martian Manhunter fly after it making sure it doesn’t cause any damage. The ship crash lands and we learn that it’s a young male; presumably Kryptonian, completely comatose. He’s taken to the new swanky DEO headquarters so they can run tests and figure out who this mystery man is.
As the episode progresses, a test launch for a new ship called Venture malfunctions and begins plummeting back to Earth. This is where Supergirl’s adventure really begins. Kara’s cousin Clark Kent sees the news in Metropolis and flies out to rescue the ship only to find Supergirl there first. He offers to lend a hand and the two have their first official rescue together. The two were completely in sync and saved everyone with out missing a beat.
Firstly, let’s talk about newcomer Tyler Hoechlin. He was fantastic. He has the same great charm and down-to-earthiness that Superman has always had. What’s even more impressive is he didn’t outshine Melissa Benoist, which I think speaks volumes of her talent. She possesses those same qualities yet still be her own person. The two had excellent chemistry together and it showed. You genuinely felt they were family. Speaking of chemistry.
I’m so glad Kara and Jimmy isn’t going to be a thing. I’ve never felt they had that kind of chemistry together. Their relationship always felt forced. Thankfully Cat Grant was in full force to give Kara the push she needed to find her calling.
Cat Grant has always been fantastic on the series mainly because Calista Flockhart is so damn good. She’s tough when she needs to be, like when she yelled “Miss Tessmacher” reminiscent of Gene Hackman. Which was a nice touch. Or when she shows warmth and vulnerability like when she got flustered over seeing Clark Kent.
Another thing the fans I’m sure noticed is the introduction of Lex Luthor’s sister Lena Luthor. Whether she’ll be friend or foe only time will tell. However, the one foe I’m sure everyone recognized was John Corbin a.k.a. Metallo. How he’ll play into the series only time will tell.
I’ll admit that it always bothered me that Superman never made a formal appearance in the first season. Since Superman came first, it’s natural to think that he was needed to introduce Supergirl like in the comics. However, I sort of understand now why the creators held off on it. Superman casts a big shadow and has a powerful presence. When he showed up to the DEO it seemed as if the people were in awe of him. They parted like the Red Sea parted for Moses. By holding off on Superman, it allowed Supergirl to find her footing and stand on her own. They may share the same crest but they aren’t partners. They’re equals who work independently. I also found interesting that while Kara willingly works side-by-side with the Hank Henshaw, Clark is uneasy around him for hoarding Kryptonite.
Overall I loved the episode. The transition from CBS to CW was flawless. If I were to nitpick, my only gripe is Superman’s clunky belt and those ugly clasps on his cape. Other than that I loved it and can’t wait until next week.
I give this episode a 9/10.