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After the success of DC Comics Arrow and The Flash, Warner Bros. Television’s next super show features some much needed girl power.
Melissa Benoist plays Kara Danvers, a survivor from the planet Krypton. With the powers of flight, super speed, super strength, and, well... super pretty much everything, she's a natural born hero. When Kara saves a falling plane from the sky, the National City news quickly picks up on the mysterious new heroine. Soon adopting a trademark red and blue costume, Supergirl is born.
During the day, Kara works for CatCo Worldwide Media as an assistant for Cat Grant. Played by Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Cat has a delightfully devious Devil Wears Prada vibe about her and is constantly seeking to learn more about Supergirl. Sharing Kara’s secret is adoptive sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), who works at the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations) alongside Hank Henshaw (David Harewood). James Olson (Mehcad Brooks) used to work for the Daily Planet, and is tasked with keeping an eye on CatCo’s undercover hero. There’s also a sizzling will they, won’t they dynamic between James and Kara. Also vying for her attention is tech expert Winslow Schott, Jr (Jeremy Jordan).
Like most superhero shows, it follows the freak of the week formula, giving Supergirl a different adversary or challenge to overcome. There’s an overall arc to the series too, which builds upon the mythology and sets up lots of potential storylines to explore in the future.
There are some great cameos for long-time fans including Dean Cain (The New Adventures of Superman) and Helen Slater (1984’s Supergirl). Episode 18 (Worlds Finest) also includes the first crossover with The Flash / Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), where he arrives from an alternate universe.
One criticism is that the show doesn't quite feel confident enough in Supergirl to stand on her own merits, so mentions Superman at the beginning of each episode, and often throughout the series. Anyone that ever saw Smallville will know that his female cousin was rarely afforded the same privilege. But Supergirl more than escapes the man of steel's shadow. Which is actually rather easy as Tyler Hoechlin isn’t planned to appear onscreen as Clark Kent / Superman until Season 2.
Supergirl: Season 1 is action-packed, rewatchable and a lot of fun. Melissa Benoist is perfectly cast as Kara Danvers and Supergirl, and has great chemistry with the endearing cast. The show is also refreshingly light, and the perfect tonic to the dark and joyless DC movies of late. This Extras packed, 5-disc set should keep you entertained until Season 2 debuts in October.
Extras include deleted scenes, the 2015 Comic-Con panel, The Man from Mars and A World left behind: Krypton featurettes, and a gag real.
By Sarah O'Connell on 25th July 2016