Editorial – Why Supergirl works

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After a long holiday season we are patiently waiting the return of our favorite shows. Gotham and the CW shows have just gotten underway while The Walking Dead and others are still some time away. Until then, let’s talk about a show that we have yet to feature, Supergirl.

I was slow, very slow, to get onboard with Supergirl. I have always been lured towards the tonally darker side of comics, films, etc. Supergirl is anything but. After Supergirl appeared on Netflix I finally decided to give it a chance and to my surprise I found it to be both enjoyable and with a valuable voice.

I became intrigued at what Supergirl had to offer when learning of the inclusion of Martian Manhunter, and that interest piqued when it was announced The Flash would appear in a season 1 episode.

The first thing Supergirl does right, which isn’t unique to a comic based show, is its cast. From Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant to Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers (Supergirl) the dynamics between characters create some fun back-and-forth friendly and/or contentious banter. Cat and Kara’s relationship may be the most interesting in a show of this kind since the early Oliver-Quinton Lance relationship on Arrow.

Where Supergirl establishes itself as a unique entity from The Flash, or other programs of its kind, is its underlying messages. There is no secret nor should it be surprising that there is a female empowerment tone that exists consistently on this show, but there is much more beyond this. Supergirl also speaks to complicated family dynamics, loyalty, and the vast grey area between good and evil.

Supergirl has and will undoubtedly play off of some Superman characters much like Arrow has dipped into Batman’s rogues’ gallery. More than that, Supergirl has brought the Man of Steel into the mix as well!

If you haven’t given this show a chance, I recommend you give it a couple of episodes. I found it to be refreshingly optimistic, funny, and fun in general. The special effects are solid for TV, maybe slightly weaker than The Flash but still good. I can’t wait to catch up and see what else is possible with the children of Krypton existing on the small screen.

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