Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Supergirl Review: Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot"

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 1

When a potential accident threatens the life of her sister, Kara Danvers (aka Kara Zor-El) decides to use her powers to be the hero she was sent to Earth to be. But it is going to take some time for her to learn the ins and outs of the superhuman abilities that her cousin has mastered. When a powerful enemy named Vartox threatens National City, it's up to Kara to stop him.
Finally the first episode of Supergirl is here. When we are introduced to Kara its with her parents are sending her to earth to help protect her cousin Kal-El. Kara’s ship is launched at the same time only to be lost in the Phantom zone. When she finally is freed its 24 years after Superman arrives; however Kara is still the 13 year old girl she was before getting trapped. This take is obviously from the most recent reboot of the comic book in 2004.

The first episode had a lot to cover, with the introduction of some familiar character from the DC Universe like Jimmy Olsen and establishing her family connections. In my opinion the best part of the episode was the fast introduction to some of the main villains we will see through out the season, these villains will come from a prison within the Phantom Zone, this will give the fans a believable realistic reason why so many villains will have superpowers. The creators also did a great job of not making us sit through a traditional origin story as Kara already knows her powers. This allowed a quick transition into seeing her in action.

Like many pilot episode there was some ups and downs which should have been expected. One of my concerns with the season will be the constant fight to want to be a hero. It seemed to be the center of the entire episode leaving many storylines to be forced and rushed. In many ways we were rushed into the story of her Kara’s adoptive sister Alex working for the Department of Extranormal Operations. This was a little disappointing and could have been drawn out for a few more episodes.

Obviously being from the same team that created The Flash and Arrow, we will all be looking to find similarities. Supergirl will be different, but also have some similarities to The Flash just don’t try to tie this into the movies. One thing is for sure, Greg Berlanti is creating this show which means expect everyone to know who Kara really is. Secret Identies mean nothing to this creative team. It also seems as we will be treated to the same "must see" last scene of the episode we have all come to love about The Flash.

I give the first Episode of Supergirl one Thumbs up; however i do expect great things to come. Let us know what you thought of the show below.

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