I know this post may bring some negative responses but well.
Here in Poland pilot of Supergirl got really bad reviews like grades between 4/10 - 5/10 and only because of Melissa Benoist who is awesome. I agree with them but let's get from the beginning.
When this show was announced and main role was cast I wasn't sure if I'm gonna watch it. I didn't know who Melissa was, and trailers looked Smallville s01-weak. Then leaked pilot came out and with so many negative reviews I planned to pass, even if I watch pretty much every superhero show with crappy Arrow (I loved s02 with Deathshot but season 03 was very bad). But then I watched "Whiplash" (awesome movie btw.) and I really like Melissa part. She was pretty, had some acting skills and she was really natural. So when pilot finally out officially I gave a shot even if I kinda expected to be bad.
So for pros, as as expected Melissa nailed it. She is absolutely great even if I still prefer Laura Vandervoort from Smallville as Supergirl. She is cute sweet, and funny when she is in shy-ckumsy mode. Maybe character was little to teeny for my taste but I liked it. Black Jimmy "James" Olsen was suprisingly good and had some chemistry with Melissa. It worked for most part. Still Jimmy was always shown as some geeky young guy with glasses and here we have a guy who look like black Russel Crowe.... Calista Flockhart as Kara's boss was also great but I expected that from former Ally McBeal (anyone remember that show ?)
As for everything else, well story have major flaws. I know we supposed to believe that Superman is out there but come on... He's like fastest guy on planet and he in all those years didn't have time to meet his cousin even for a brief moment ? He is so busy saving the world so he needs to send his human friends to watch over Kara ? Really ? It would been so much better if Superman would just gone from the planet (misterious dissapearing like in Superman returns) and Kara would pick up the mantle... Oh and "let's tell the first guy we know, about our secret identity, no matter the fact it might get him in danger... eventually" move was meh ? I can understand whole thing was meant to show how inexperienced Kara is about these things but still...
Action scenes were kinda amateurishy made... I thought for a second this show was made in 90's... Melissa clearly doesn't have experiences in fighting stuff and it shows. As for special effects they also weren't that great. I really felt like I was watching beginning of Smallville and that's not compliment. For example Flash had much better special effects, just look at s01 finale... And blue Heat Vision ? Seriously ? And there is a cliche peep talk during fight like "You can do it Kara!" I didn't know if I was supposed to laugh or feel ashamed because it was pathethic. Main villain was also big cliche. "I'm gonna rule of all earth" how original. And of course she had to be from Kara family and on top of that her mother's twin sister. Seriously who write this shit ? Once again Flash is example of making great believable villain. Monster of the week format also don't help but I understand this is most common way to set up continuous story.
Overall this show is made for teens and kids so I''m maybe too old for that show. After watching Daredevil and Agents of SHIELD (which I enjoy very much), my superhero tv shows standards went up high. I can't help but compare and Supergirl looks just plainy bad compared tho these two even though Agents were also bad in season one. And even if we don't compare or pretend they don't exist, there is Flash who also have this teeny funny feel and style like Supergirl, similar budget and tv channel and so on, yet it's so much better in almost every aspect.
I will continue to watch it because of Melissa and who knows maybe it will improve over time like Agents but this is my opinion so far. It's harsh but i've seen worse reviews of pilot in my country. I don't know maybe my opinion would been different if I'v been comc book/supergirl fan but sadly I'm not so yeah.
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Last Edit: October 30, 2015, 09:11:08 pm
by Jarek Bachanek