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TV Review: Supergirl S1E13 For the Girl Who Has Everything

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1A parasitic alien attaches itself to Kara and traps her in a world where Krypton was never destroyed, leaving Alex, Hank and the DEO to fend off a Kryptonian attack without her.

CBSSupergirl takes tonight’s story from a classic story from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic, Superman Annual #11 from 1985.

Supergirl is trapped in her mind by a plant sent to take her out of action. She believes she’s living on Krypton with her family, when in reality is she was dying.

This leads to DEO and her friends to scramble to save her. The story is solid in that it really focuses on everyone else and really nails down the fact this is her new family. It’s rather touching.

But, it’s all part of a bigger plot by the Kryptonians on Earth to attack, and I’m not quite sure what their actual goal was. They just kind of attacked.

The episode did result in the death of a pretty high profile character, something I wasn’t expecting.

The episode is a great bounce back from last week’s disappointing adaptation of the classic character Bizarro. It shows they can do it right, which only emphasized how bad last week was.

The bad of the episode is that the fight at the end felt a little forced, and could have been part of a second episode, but it was a good one overall, that shows how good the series can be.

Overall rating: 8.6

TV Review: Supergirl S1E12 Bizarro

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1A twisted version of Supergirl, one who’s the mirror image of the Kryptonian hero, sets out to destroy her national city counterpart. Meanwhile, Kara grows closer to Cat’s son Adam.

CBSSupergirl has some good and some bad in this episode which revolves around a different version of the classic character Bizarro than we’re used to.

And the episode really fails with the concept of Bizarro who isn’t the opposite of Supergirl at all. She just talks in a stilted speech pattern. That’s part of the charm of the actual character. Instead of saying he hates someone, he says he loves them. And that can create some pretty funny moments. Here, we get none of that, just really bad makeup and horrible writing that misses the point.

If you’re not going to go all the way, why would you even give a nod to the character? It raises the bar for fans of Superman and Supergirl, and I’d imagine many will be disappointed for similar reasons that I am.

The rest of the episode is dealing with Kara and her personal relationship, and all of that is very predictable plotwise.

The acting, some of the action, it’s all pretty decent otherwise and rather entertaining. There’s just some big opportunities here that were ignored and thrown to the side. This is an example of why giving nods to the source material can backfire.

I will say that the turn with Maxwell Lord is welcome and nips the worry I had that he’d be dragged along as a younger hipper version of Lex Luthor. That’s not the case, which is a good thing.

I had high hopes for the episode. I expected Bizarro, we just got Supergirl in bad makeup.

Overall rating: 6.1

TV Review: Supergirl S1E11 Strange Visitor from Another Planet

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Hank is confronted by his painful past when a member of the alien race that wiped out his people kidnaps Senator Miranda Crane. Meanwhile, Cat’s estranged son arrives in National City.

CBSSupergirl has an interesting spin this episode. The majority of the episode doesn’t focus on Supergirl, but instead it splits its story between Cat and her estranged son and Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz.

Both stories really are one in the same in that they are focused on family and dealing with your past decisions or events.

In Cat’s case it’s letting her son go to pursue her career. Through some meddling they’re reunited and it’s rather awkward at times. It’s an attempt to probably make Cat a bit more human, and there’s some tender moments, but something doesn’t quite sit right about it all.

The majority of the episode involves a new threat, a White Alien which we learn is from Mars and at war with J’onn J’onzz Green aliens. We learn his people were enslaved and murdered by the alien. This has him seeking both revenge against the White Alien and at times wanting for things to end so he can return to his family in the afterlife.

This is a bit better as far as the plot, but again, something is off. The story is a but predictable in how it ends and the lines and acting is a bit cheesy.

While the idea of the episode is cool, and it’s great to see other characters fleshed out, the acting, tone, and even some of the special fx, just aren’t quite up to snuff compared to previous episodes. Not all will be winners, and this one is a bit of a clunker.

Overall rating: 6.7

TV Review: Supergirl S1E10 Childish Things

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara does her best to support Winn when he hears that his father Winslow Schott Sr. breaks out of prison. His father looks for Winn for a reason to become like him. Cat offers Lucy a job working at CatCo and Alex asks Hank to use his powers to find out and uncover Maxwell Lord’s plans.

CBSSupergirl takes a bit of a darker turn this episode. The coloring and vibe reminded me much more of The Flash series from the 90s which had a darker palate and vibe.

The episode does a solid job expanding on a lot of the characters that haven’t gotten a ton as the show pivots a bit more to focus on Maxwell Lord’s plan (which you know will be evil).

The may thrust of the story is Winn’s father who turns out to be Toyman. There’s some nice nods to the character in comics and we learn a lot more about Winn. There’s also some solid moments where we reflect on Kara’s family situation. Of course Winn’s crush on Kara is addressed and the series goes where I was hoping it did.

Then there’s J’onn who we learn a bit more about his powers and what he is and isn’t willing to do with them. That’s clearly building and gives us more of the great power comes great responsibility aspect of having super powers.

The final thing is Lucy Lane being offered a job. There’s some solid exploration of women and jobs, with some really fascinating back and forth between her and James. I want more of this in many ways. It’s great in that in gives a lot more depth to the characters and also explores real world issues.

The episode brings the series back with what’s hopefully a long uninterrupted run. There was an episode two weeks ago after a break, then another break, now this. It’s a good episode to set up what’s to come in the second half of the season.

Overall rating: 8.1

TV Review: Supergirl S1E9 Blood Bonds

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1A standoff ensues between the DEO and Astra’s forces also Non kidnaps Hank, while Kara tries to refute Cat’s allegations that she’s Supergirl.

CBSSupergirl returns from its holiday break with a brand new episode that has the DEO and Kara figuring out what to do when Hank is kidnapped.

The episode is a mix bag with Kara talking to her aunt a lot in a boring, predictable way. It has the warm and fuzzy boringness and feels really anticlimactic. The whole situation could have built into something much more, but it just seems to fizzle leading in a direction that’s somewhat predictable.

What is actually good is Kara dealing with Cat thinking she’s Supergirl. We get some solid insight as to what someone like her would keep a job like that. It’s always a good question considering how powerful she is, not like she really needs work, or can’t work for the DEO. The end of that situation is handled really well with a nice twist that makes sense.

What’s really solid is the build of Maxwell Lord which the series has been slowly progressing into a worthy bad guy. It hasn’t been obvious, and what he’s up to isn’t obvious at all. But, this episode gives us more in that storyline than any episode before.

This wasn’t the best episode of the series, but a welcome return to the small screen that has me excited for the latter half of the first season.

Overall rating: 7.8

TV Review: Supergirl S1E8 Hostile Takeover

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara faces off with Astra after her aunt challenges Kara’s beliefs about her mother; and Cat is threatened with being removed as CEO of CatCo after a hacker exposes her private and damaging emails.

CBSSupergirl goes a different route this episode. While there’s movement in the Supergirl/Astra storyline but really the focus is Cat and her being threatened with being fired.

Not only does the episode reveal that Cat has another son, but as she says herself she’s dealing with the “walking personification of white male privilege.”

The episode takes on its girl power theme through this storyline focusing on Cat this go around. It addresses the issues of a woman being the CEO of a corporation. It’s something we don’t see often in a drama, let alone an action series like this one.

The story also feels right at home and natural for the series.

It’s also clear there’s a bigger plot concerning Astra, and we get a taste of some of what that is. Also on tap is Henshaw/J’onn mentioning his powers in a nice wink and smile for comic fans.

Overall, the episode is solid in that while there was action and adventure, it also is very personal in many ways in its focus on Cat addressing a real world issue.

But, with all of that, we also finally get someone being smart when it comes to secret identities instead of everyone being an idiot about it all.

The end fight scene had some good and some bad, but overall much more good than bad.

Treating characters intelligently. Addressing real world issues. Lots of action. This is a solid episode, especially after last week’s excellent reveal.

Overall rating: 8.1

TV Review: Supergirl S1E7 Human for a Day

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara and her friends are forced to rely on their inner strength and courage when an earthquake strikes National City, while Alex’s mistrust of Hank reaches its breaking point when the earthquake traps them in the DEO with an alien escapee called Jemm.

CBSSupergirl adds another familiar face in a big payoff episode that runs a story that’s been done over and over, but, it’s done really well here.

Supergirl has lost her powers after last episode which saw her go against the Red Tornado. Unfortunately an earthquake has hit the city and everyone is looking towards Supergirl to save them which she can’t. That has the stereotypical story of people realizing the superhero within them. We’ve seen this story before and here it’s done decently. It’s very cute and there’s some moments that definitely gave me feels.

But really the bigger story is the D.E.O. and and reveal of who Hank Henshaw really is. We’ve been teased that he’s not human and we finally get the reveal.

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Henshaw is in fact the Martian Manhunter! J’onn J’onzz is now on television and the outfit and look is reminiscent of the New 52 version, but it actually looked really good!

This feels like a great payoff and reveal, one that was well worth the teasing and the time it took to reveal it was solid, not too long, not too short.

It may be that reveal that saved the episode from being cheese, but overall, it pumped me up excited to see what comes next.

Overall rating: 9

TV Review: Supergirl S1E6 Red Faced

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Stress makes Kara go too far during a training exercise against a military cyborg commissioned by General Sam Lane, while Cat’s mother comes to visit and Winn helps Alex investigate her father’s death.

CBSSupergirl adds a familiar faces for fans of DC Comics as Red Tornado makes its debut on the series along with General Lane.

While the introduction of those characters may have kept the comic fans focused, really the episode is about women and expectations of how they react in public. Coming up a few times, there’s talk of Supergirl/Kara not keeping her cool and how that is a societal faux pas. It’s nice for the episode to really just put that out there as it has danced around the “lady like” subject for some bit.

We also get to see Supergirl have a lot of issues taking on the Red Tornado. With its strength and ability the character really gives her a run for her money.

The episode in many ways takes on the ending of Man of Steel. How the ending is shot mimics the anger Superman had on his face facing Zod. Both touch upon how these two beings are supposed to be so much better than us all, but like every person they too have anger underneath it all that some times just needs to come out in cathartic rage. It’s interesting the television show can make you think of that film in a different way.

The ending gets really interesting in that it grows the mystery of Alex’s father and Cat’s reaction to her mother. Plus…. Supergirl bleeding!?

Overall rating: 8.2

Supergirl Gets a Full Season Pickup by CBS

Supergirl has been picked up for a full season by CBS. The network has ordered seven additional episodes bringing its first season to 20 total episodes. The series is one of television’s top-rated new shows averaging 11.24 million viewers a week.

The series stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl along with Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan and David Harewood.

The series has had some trust by CBS as it was the first new series to get the greenlight for this season. It’s produced by Greg Berlanti who also produces Arrow and The Flash, two other successful television series based on DC Comics.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm going against another television series based on a DC Comics property, Gotham.

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TV Review: Supergirl S1E5 How Does She Do It?

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat’s son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.

CBSSupergirl finally gets us to a bigger story, as it’s revealed there’s a big bad on the horizon, or at least in front of us. The episode has Kara balancing her life, and doing what she can to do her job too.

The episode is cute in many ways, revolving around Jimmy’s love life and the rather complicated matter than it is.

But, as usual, the episode really revolves around Kara/Supergirl and what she does and what she says. The episode portrays her in a relaistic way as a hero who can’t do it all, and does mess up, and have to make choices. It’s a solid episode in many ways because of that.

I’m not a fan of Kara and Jimmy getting together, which is teased as usual, but not gone through with. It’s cute, but Jimmy should be her mentor and friend.

There’s also some solid moments of a young boy looking up at Supergirl as his hero, a nice nod that her fans go across gender.

The episode isn’t deep at all, but a very cute and entertaining hour.

Overall rating: 7.9

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