First Aired: July 26, 2015- Season One
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
The adventures of Superman’s cousin in her own superhero career.
My husband and I binged the first two seasons to bring us current so we could watch on-going episodes with our daughter, Audrey. She really enjoyed the series and between the snippets we caught while she was watching and The CW’s promotional spots we caught, we were intrigued too.
I enjoy many of the characters in this series. Since we also watch all the other DC superhero shows on the CW (Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), we all feel pretty connected to each of these characters and their cities, villains, and plights. I do appreciate the cross-over events that have aired in the past, they are just too fun.
Supergirl has much of the same feel as The Flash. The story is amusing, but not overly severe and usually incorporates some cheesy element along the way. While I do like Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers aka Supergirl, for me the supporting cast really holds up the entire show. My favorite of Kara’s friends and ‘all-around good guys’ are Winn and James Olsen. Katie McGrath, who plays Lena Luthor is perfect for this role! Chris Wood who portrays Mon-El is satisfying as a fellow alien (although I thoroughly enjoyed him as the evil big brother in a coven of witches on The Vampire Diaries. One of my very favorite supporting characters in this cast is Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, chieftain of CatCo Worldwide Media and independent, opinionated, eccentric and tenacious authority. Cat Grant’s dynamic confidence is a drastic contrast to timid Kara Danvers, reporter.
Kara’s sister, Alex, adds an interesting perspective to Supergirl’s story. Human and yet a highly trained agent for the D.E.O., Alex has multiple points in her life that intersect with her little sister, Kara. I really like Alex. She is independent, strong and kicks serious ass! She is pretty, has a super cute haircut (shorter in Season 3, and still adorable) and she gives solid advice and is a great sounding board for Kara. My only problem with Alex was the way her relationship with Maggie played out. The two met while investigating overlapping cases from the Police Department and the D.E.O. They developed a friendship, grew closer and Alex discovered her attraction to another female. There was a brief time of Alex accepting her newly discovered feelings, which felt normal. The two went from a first date to all of a sudden being in a committed relationship, moving in together and hang on…engaged! Wow! Wait! What??? They were ‘so in love’ and yet in almost every episode they were still learning about each other’s past, ideals and feelings. I think what bugged me the most was both Alex and Maggie, who up to this point had been represented as independent, strong, smart and successful women were now acting like immature adolescents, not honestly communicating with their partner in their personal lives. I think the concept of their love story is sweet, but the way it actually played out on screen was annoying! Their interactions felt forced and rushed! Personally, I blame the writers for this blunder. I think they should have given more time for the couple to develop an understanding and build trust between them and then maybe I could have believed it. So, no joking, I was not a fan of the progression of Alex’s on-screen relationship, but the show has since focused in a different direction and I am enjoying it again! Yay!