Review: ‘Supergirl’ Soars !

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After watching the Supergirl pilot, the only conclusion that can possibly be reached is we need to make room for another hero in our lives. Not every viewer will agree with this because, as it seems right now, we are besieged on the big and small screen with every superhero imaginable.  Yet, just a few minutes into the Supergirl pilot, it was obvious that CBS has a hit on its hands. Maybe it has something to do with Greg Berlanti (who already has launched Arrow and the Flash for the CW network) being behind this series? Truthfully, the messages of self discovery and female empowerment were the most eye opening aspecs of this series debut. What held it together was the completely wonderful performance of Melissa Benoist. Who ever made the decision to cast her in the lead role for this series deserves kudos; it was her infectious charm that was clincher.

Kara Zor-EL, known on earth as Kara Danvers, was sent on a mission from Krypton to protect her baby cousin (Superman), but her ship got side tracked. By the time she reached Earth, Superman had grownup and no longer needed help. She tries to fit in by working at a newspaper conglomerate (sound familiar), while ignoring the romantic overtures of her friend Winn ( Jeremy Jordan) and possibly having a mad crush on her bosses latest hire, James Olsen (yes… it’s that James Olsen), who’s played by Mehcad Brooks. Even with everything going on, Kara feels hallow and wants to be something more, and when her sister (Chyler Leigh) is facing doom, she seizes the opportunity.

The plot of the pilot is simple, and justly so. The most important job this pilot has to do is establish Kara’s background story and set up who she’ll be facing. This was executed seamlessly and done in such a way that it will leave the viewers ready for episode two.

The cast was spot on, top to bottom. The audience will need to keep an eye out for a couple of cameos in the first ten minutes that will bring a smile to any Superhero fans’ face. Mechad Brooks and Jeremy Jordan are perfect in supporting roles, but again all of this would be one big one dumpster fire if it wasn’t for the performance of Melissa Benoist. In order for this show to work, it needed to have the right person in the title role or Supergirl would be gone faster than a speeding bullet. She is the reason why the pilot was successful and why this show will be around for the foreseeable future. Supergirl is a show that families and super fans around the world will love.

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