After months and months of waiting, ‘Supergirl’ is finally here and the Oct. 26 premiere exceeded our expectations! Not only is Melissa Benoist perfect as Supergirl, but the series has heart, which is something not a lot of superhero shows possess. With a stellar cast, engaging plot, and solid pilot, the series is off to an amazing start!
Forget all the lackluster series premieres you’ve watched over the last few months — Supergirl is the new show of the season we’ve been waiting for, and the Oct. 26 premiere blew its competition out of the water! The series has energy, it’s charming, and Melissa Benoist‘s performance as Kara Jor-El (or Kara Danvers/Supergirl) is pure magic.
In the pilot episode of Supergirl, Kara tells the story of how she was sent to Earth from an exploding Krypton, got caught in the Phantom zone for 13 years — where time stood still — and then landed on our planet, where she was adopted by humans Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers (Lois & Clark’s Dean Cain and from the 1984 movie Supergirl, Helen Slater). Presently, Kara is in her twenties and working for CatCo in National City, which is managed by her Devil Wears Prada-like boss and media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart).
Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Chyler Leigh), but at 25, she’s ready to break out of her shell and do something more with her life. And when Alex’s flight to Geneva experiences engine failure, Kara finds it to be the perfect opportunity to make use of her special powers. She, of course, saves the day, and gets exposed, much to Alex’s dismay. At first, it seems odd that Alex would be so upset with her sister for saving her life, but we later learn that Alex works for a super-secret agency that was created to protect Earth from the universe’s “aliens.” And in the eyes of the super-secret agency, Kara is one of those aliens. But she and her cousin, Clark Kent (aka Superman), aren’t the only “aliens” who have invaded Earth. It turns out that when Kara’s rocket flew towards Earth, it also brought along a Kryptonian maximum security prison full of criminals who are now looking to seek vengeance on Supergirl, as her mom was the one who imprisoned them.
One of those prisoners, Lumberjack, actually comes after Kara in the very first episode. At one point, he nearly kills her, but Alex and her agency save the day. But once they discover Lumberjack’s weakness — the extreme temperate of his ax — Kara figures out that she can just heat it up with her eyes and make it explode. She does just that, but before she can take him prisoner, Lumberjack kills himself. And Supergirl saves the day! Unfortunately, there are many threats ahead, as Lumberjack wasn’t the only villain to escape the maximum security prison. But the scariest aspect of all? Kara’s aunt seems to be in charge of these criminals, and she doesn’t care if she has to kill her niece in order to get what she wants.
On top of all that, Kara also befriends James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), who’s super hot and seems to be a love interest for her. Even though he was hired by Cat, he later admits that he came to National City, knowing Kara’s true identity. He was actually sent by Superman to look after her. And then there’s Winn (Jeremy Jordan), who is head over heels in love with Kara, but she doesn’t seem to realize it. They also work together.
So not only does the show have action, and special effects, but it definitely has heart, and it’s that combination that’s going to be bringing us back week after week.
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— Chris Rogers