“Look up in the sky, and on a different network, its a bird, its a plane its Supergirl!!!!” Yes my friends, CBS might have let go of the “Supergirl” live action series but now its a part of The CW and I think in a much better place since its in the company of “The Flash”, “Arrow” and “Legends Of Tomorrow”. Check out the shows premise recap and some cast and then I’ll return with some thoughts.
Kara Zor-El was sent to Earth from the doomed planet Krypton as a 12-year-old by her parents Zor-El (Robert Gant) and Alura (Laura Benanti). Alura gave her instructions to protect her infant cousin Kal-El, and informed her that she, like her cousin, would have extraordinary powers under Earth’s yellow sun. En route to Earth, Kara’s spacecraft was diverted by a shock wave from Krypton’s explosion and forced into the Phantom Zone, where it stayed for 24 years. During this period, time stopped for Kara so, when the spacecraft eventually escaped the Phantom Zone, she still appeared to be a 13-year-old girl. By the time the spacecraft crash landed on Earth, Kal-El had grown up and become Superman. After helping her out of the craft, Superman took Kara to be adopted by his friends, the Danvers family. The main series begins eleven years later when the now 24-year-old Kara is learning to embrace her powers after previously hiding them.
Kara hid her powers for more than a decade, believing that Earth didn’t need another hero. However, she has to reveal her powers to thwart an unexpected disaster, setting her on her own journey of heroism as National City’s protector. Kara discovers that hundreds of the criminals her mother prosecuted as a judge on Krypton are hiding on Earth, including her mother’s twin sister Astra (also played by Benanti) and Astra’s husband Non (Chris Vance), who seek to rule the world. After briefly becoming suspicious of the true agenda of her boss, Hank Henshaw, she and her adoptive sister, Alex Danvers, secretly discover that Henshaw is actually a benevolent alien refugee, J’onn J’onzz, who has resided on Earth for over fifty years after escaping a holocaust on his homeworld of Mars. J’onn infiltrated the DEO to reform the organization as well as to watch over both Alex and Kara in addition to guiding the latter in the use of her powers due to his experience with his own abilities. Kara is also being targeted by Earth’s criminals as the result of her being related to Superman, and later on encounters an emerging community of metahumans and individuals from parallel universes. In the process, Kara accumulates her own rogues gallery who seeks to defeat and destroy her. She is aided by a few close friends and family who guard her secrets—most notably her cousin’s longtime friend, James Olsen —which also serves as a major plot in high tech mogul Maxwell Lord’s scheme to expose Kara’s identity. (thanks Wiki)
The Cast and Characters:
Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers/Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen
Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers
Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, Jr.
David Harewood as Hank Henshaw and J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter
Calista Flockhart as Cat
Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord
Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer
Chris Wood as Mon-El
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Last week I mentioned that “The Flash” was my favorite of the DC Comics television series that are currently airing and I have to share that “Supergirl” is my second favorite. Benoist is INSTANTLY likeable as Kara and Supergirl and I watched from the beginning on CBS but felt the show was having trouble setting up shop amidst all of the crime procedural programs that aired on the network. When they dropped the show I was glad for the immediate pickup by The CW. Yeah some issues here and there with character liberties like how they used Jemm and even Silver Banshee but otherwise there were some great introductions and use for the DC Universe heroes. Supergirl will fit nicely among those in the Arrowverse even though she is from another Earth. Yeah that one I didn’t like either but DC has to have a million different Earths no matter what. Let’s keep the fun pace going and the writing strong and oh yeah, give us Krypto since he will fit perfectly on this show. What do you readers think of “Supergirl”? Were you watching before? Will you catch up On Demand and give it a go this time? Let me know in the comments section down below.
Official Show Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supergirl_(TV_series)