And I get it, the show needed to find its footing, establish a fan base and grow the character. This is Greg Berlanti’s style and it worked for Arrow and Flash. My one criticism is that the showrunners haven’t allowed Supergirl to grow to be the badass that she is. I’m all for the female empowerment metaphor prominent throughout the series, my criticism is lets actually empower her.
Her character development is so incredibly slow that even at the start of Season Two, Kara Danvers still is unsure of herself and her goals. The episode ended with her supposedly establishing her convictions, but we’ll have to wait and see how things pan out. My hope is that Supergirl starts facing some real challenges (political, moral, ethical) and becomes more dynamic as a result. Imagine if Kara dealt with similar issues to that of Superman in Batman vs Superman. Maybe not as depressing but rather a better balance between “Zach Snyder” and “Saturday cartoon.”
As for the Season Two Premiere, I worry about the overshadowing of Superman. I wrote about this before, in brief. To expand my point: I’ve been chomping at the bit to make Kara/Supergirl stronger and more dynamic of a character, if Supes is taking up screen time, it will be hard for the show to develop Supergirl. Character growth comes from struggle and overcoming obstacles, if Superman is there to help her, we might not see that growth.
Don’t get me wrong, the episode itself was actually awesome! Despite my reservations about Kara’s character development, the episode was really fun to watch. I’m a huge sucker for team-ups, as are many, and I think the showrunners know that. Also, it’s hard for Clark to be MIA for a whole season without explanation. Now the CW will get a ratings boost and cover that question. I’m actually pretty satisfied with Superman’s line of reasoning for avoiding the DEO.
Whoever was in charge of casting Superman nailed it. Tyler Hoechilin perfectly captured both Clark Kent, the lovable goof, and Superman the symbol of truth, justice and the American Way. The two Kryptonians had great screen chemistry with funny banter and charming moments throughout. It’s going to be fun to watch the family reunion this season. The space plane scene was a great moment in the show.
To Recap: The show needs to develop and grow Kara Danvers, give her better challenges much like Arrow. The depiction of Superman was spot on and the team ups were fun to watch. However, there is a risk that Superman will overshadow Kara’s growth.
I have a much better feeling about this season and I will be watching for sure. The potential of Flashpoint and all of the crossovers/team-ups make this a season to remember. Also, if the Berlanti formula holds true, we’ll be seeing some better, more complicated stories soon. I give Season Two my seal of approval and recommend you should tune in.
Till next time!