I wanted to touch base about the Supergirl TV series airing Mondays on CBS. The El family continues to enjoy the adventures of my 5th cousin Zara Zore-El from the humble comfort of our Fortress of Ineptitude. However, it does seem that not as many others seem to be tuning in with us. After the dizzying heights of the pilot’s super high ratings, Supergirl has experienced a 2nd week of decline.
Supergirl is up against two competition shows, The Voice on NBC and Dancing With the Stars on ABC. Typically, successful competition programs tend to skew more towards live viewing as results are made known in the media immediately after the show airs. It may be hard to avoid a plot twist on a scripted show but it’s even harder to avoid spoilers about who won a competition the night before. And NBC’s The Voice is particularly hot right now what with the real life drama of judges Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton being a couple. And following up The Voice is Blindspot, NBC’s own female led adventure show which launched weeks before, getting the jump on Supergirl. Blindspot has gotten great ratings which has already earned it a 2nd season renewal from NBC.
Summoned by James Olsen, Superman saves his cousin. And yes, we get to see that and no we don't. Anyway, this ticks off Supergirl but good as she wants to establish herself as a superhero on her own, not some girl needing to be saved by someone else. Later Supergirl does something that Superman was never able to do: she defeats Reactron. The text conversation between Kara and Clark at the end of the episode sums it up quite nicely.
- Maxwell Lord is established as some kind of Tony Stark wannabe. Oh, just what we need: another super smart scientist businessman with a super ego. I’m not really enamored with this character.
- The use of a human super villain instead of another alien refugee from Ft. Ra’azz was a good choice. The former Phantom Zone prison makes a great plot device to generate super menaces for Supergirl to fight but nice to see it won’t be the only game in town.
- If you’re wondering how can Kara Danvers get away with not being connected to Supergirl, there is a scene in the last third of the episode where Kara is standing next to a life sized cut off of Supergirl in a crowded room filled with partygoers. And no one makes the connection.
Another post coming up tomorrow. Until then, remember to be good to one another.
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