|Melissa Benoist is Supergirl. (CBS) To see more photos, click here.|
TV SERIES REVIEWAs comic book TV shows have spread throughout just about every television network that there is, the variety and stylings of each has grown as well. Just look the DC comic branded shows for an example: The Flash is fairly appropriate for all ages, Gotham is NOT and Arrow lies somewhere in between. CBS’s new entry into the genre lies closest to The Flash, which is good news for parents of little girls who have been pining for a show just for them.
Supergirl is pretty much what you would think it is: a female version of Superman. The backstory is that Kara Zor-El is Superman’s older cousin who was sent from her planet Krypton to look after the infant. However, because of some sort sci fi mumbo jumbo, Kara got stuck in time and didn’t arrive on Earth until many years later where she is now actually younger than Clark Kent.
The show follows a similar look to the Man of Steel movie and Superman makes a brief appearance in the beginning of the show, but we never get a good look at his face. Unlike the movie though, the backstory is told in about three minutes and the tone is much lighter. Kara (Melissa Benoist) is delightfully refreshing as the would-be superhero who at the age of 24 decides that it is time to stop hiding and use her powers for good. She’s good, innocent and is easily offended being called a “girl” instead of a woman, a point that is squashed pretty quick by her boss, Cat Grant. But I am getting ahead of myself.
In so many ways, Supergirl is just a carbon copy of her cousin’s story changing out National City for Metropolis. Like Clark, Kara was raised by the Danver family out in the boonies. As an adult, she too works in the publishing field, wears glasses and works for a taskmaster. (Calista Flockhart may seem like an unlikely choice for the Devil Wears Prada-like boss, Cat Grant, but she is perfect for the role and it is great to see her on TV once again.)
|Calista Flockhart is wonderful as Cat Grant.|
|Kara (Melissa Benoist) and James Olsen (David Harewood)|
Finally, the pilot features a fun cameo (blink and you’ll miss it) by Dean Cain who also sported the blue suit in the former TV show, Lois and Clark. It is not clear if he will be featured in future episodes, but he would be a welcomed addition.
Although Supergirl premiere's tonight at 8:30 p.m., it's regular time will be 8:00 p.m. on Mondays on CBS.