Supergirl Season 2 Episode 1: The Adventures of Supergirl
Kara and Clark team up to investigate an apparent plot against Lena Luthor. Kara tries to discover what her role is outside of being Supergirl. We learn why Superman and the DEO parted ways.
I have been so excited to see the return of Supergirl on the CW. I did not hide how disappointed I was in how CBS handled the show. The move to CW has helped the show hold on to the fun feeling you got from some of the season 1 episodes while refocusing the show on it's comic nature. The move has brought an improved special effects budget, improved fight choreography (KICK ASS ALEX!), and a nice blending of the superhero element of Kara's story with her personal life.
We are introduced to Lena Luther, played by Katie McGrath (Merlin). I get the sense Ms. Luthor is not all she appears to be. Adopted into the Luthor family, she states her aim is to rehabilitate her family's legacy. I think something else is afoot. Either way, Katie is a great addition to the cast and I hope we get more of her.
- Superman finally makes a real appearance. Played by Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf, Road to Perdition), Clark is every bit the good guy we know him to be from the classic Superman series. He and Kara together are an adorable pairing. I was worried his appearance would distract the show from Kara. Fortunately, the showrunners, and the writer for this episode handled his introduction and presence beautifully, acknowledging the elephant in the room without allowing said elephant to become the focal point.
- Alex is much more tolerable this episode than she was last season. She was reasonable, rationale, and written in a way that has her behaving appropriately in relation to the individuals around her. There was even a cute acknowledgement of her overbearing ways in the form of J'onn simply walking off and leaving her talking to herself. She also got to shine in a kick ass hand to hand battle with the episode's antagonist.
- Cadmus has not been forgotten and we get a taste of what they are up to. More specifically, they are recruiting "volunteers" for their experiments and presenting them with the opportunity of a lifetime-literally.
- Winn has been hired by the DEO, and while his career change is a bit convoluted, it made me wonder why this wasn't where he was all along. His skills were not suited for work at National City's version of Vogue, and this is where the show should have initially placed him. Oh CBS-we will not miss you. At all.
- I really need all of the DC shows to STOP allowing folks to call our heroes by their government names in every given PUBLIC situation. Folks yelling Clark's name at the DEO while he's dressed as Superman. Folks yelling J'onn's name at the DEO. Folks yelling Kara's name while dressed as Supergirl in front of citizens. Just STAHP!
- The one-liners were a bit over the top. Having Cat call Ms. Tessmacher the way Lex did worked the first time. After that it was a cheesy. The going back to Gotham line by the family saved by Superman was cute...but not needed. We know what universe you are in. We don't need to be hit over the head with it.
- Kara attempting to discover her purpose as Kara Danvers was a bit forced, but I appreciate what they are attempting to do in rectifying the poor way she was written in season 1. She was (and in some ways still is) emotionally stunted. This season appears to be poised to help her mature as a young woman, which is needed for the life she desires.
- This is a small pet peeve, but Katie McGrath is a fantastic actress. She's wonderfully Irish as well. They could have written her character as being adopted by the Luthors, but raised overseas, allowing her to use her Irish accent. She was trying to perform an American accent and that Irish brogue kept slipping through. It wasn't distracting, but I just feel bad that they won't let her just be free with it.
This episode was a light, fun return for our series. I am looking forward to how the storylines will play out, how Kara will grow in her identity outside of Supergirl, and how the new threats to National City play out on screen.