Thursday, October 29, 2015

MY THOUGHTS: Supergirl Season 1 Episode 1 - "Pilot" (2015)


About the Show
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman's (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities, and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents' help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. 

Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photgrapher James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve as her new art director. However, Kara's days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret ageny where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.

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Cast
Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood





Episode 1 - "Pilot"
Synopsis:
After 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

My Thoughts

So...I finally got a chance to watch this first episode of Supergirl! I have been looking forward to this since I heard the news about it! Now that I have watched the premiere episode, I am absolutely floored at how much I loved it! It seriously brought some Superman nostalgia! I loved how there were some cameo appearances by past actors that portrayed favorite superheroes.

The episode opens with a sort of Kara history to the point when she reaches earth and grows up. Now, twenty-something Kara is similar to Clark's personality as in both are somewhat socially awkward...all the while keeping their true identity a secret. Events then start falling into place in which Kara soon has to decide on who she really wants to be...and assimilates herself as the new hero for National City. These events, good and bad, helps Kara decide on what she wants to do and believe.

Of course, Supergirl's story is similar, yet separate, from Superman's story. Well...yah! They both are from Krypton, and will go through the similar cycles in regards to learning how to live on Earth. I really enjoyed the tie-in with Superman's appearance...although shadowed, it helped bring the story together. This is definitely a good start on following the adventures of Kara Zor-El...be it as Supergirl or as Kara Danvers.

The cast is amazing! They definitely brought substance to the characters, especialy Melissa Benoist as Supergirl/Kara Danvers. The whole set up of all the characters was well in terms that their places in Kara/Supergirl's life was well defined and explained. The story slowed evenly in which it didn't leave me with questions or doubts, but wanting to watch more of Kara's growth as Supergirl as she embraces who she is...and all the adventures that lie ahead of her.

Of course, I'm speaking as a fangirl as I review this episode...haha! While watching the premiere of this new Fall series on CBS, it brought about that nostalgia of when I was a kid watching Christopher Reeve as Superman. I sure hope there is more cameo roles to appear in this series...maybe even a crossover with other DC adapted shows and/or a Superman appearance. Now, that would be awesome...to see the cousins together...at last! Well, we will have to see! I know I will keep watching!


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