Warning: this review contains spoilers. You can find all of my Supergirl reviews here.
Supergirl‘s first season was flawed and uneven, but you couldn’t help rooting for it. The show was endearing, genuinely well-meaning, and did so many things so very right. Heading into Season 2 and the move to The CW, my hope was for Supergirl to find its footing. To hone in on the strengths and shed the weaknesses. To live up to its potential and truly soar.
Judging by the Season 2 premiere, that’s exactly what happened.
So what strengths did “The Adventures of Supergirl” hone in on? Well first, there’s the wonderful sense of fun, adventure, and optimism that has always permeated this show. Not even The Flash can match Supergirl on that front. And the Season 2 premiere doubled down on it. The humour was ever-present. Melissa Benoist was as adorkable as ever.
And Superman? Superman was perfect. It’s almost a cliché to say it, but Supergirl‘s Clark Kent puts Zack Snyder’s version to shame. He was cheerful, charming, and optimistic, much like the show itself. And Tyler Hoechlin truly exceeded expectations in the role.
I won’t dwell on him too much, because it seems wrong to take the spotlight away from Kara and focus too much on the big name male guest star in a show that’s brazenly feminist. Which, incidentally, I hope is something the writers keep in mind. In my perfect version of Supergirl, I would never have included Superman to begin with. But he’s here, and I’m so glad he works so well.
Characters were Supergirl‘s other main strength last year, and another area where “The Adventures of Supergirl” succeeded. For instance, you can’t ask for a better character dynamic than that between Kara and Cat Grant. In this episode, Cat pushed Kara to finally pursue the potential she always saw in her—as a journalist.
A relationship that was sadly underutilized this week was the strong bond between Kara and her sister Alex. With the introduction of several new characters and elements, it’s understandable. But I hope the writers don’t lose sight of the relationship between the sisters—and J’onn—going forward.
The action in this episode was top-notch as well. What better way to kick off the season than with Supergirl and Superman teaming up for a spectacular spaceship crash rescue? “The Adventures of Supergirl” put any doubts about a weaker special effects on The CW to rest. Either that, or they blew the whole budget on that sequence.
A major flaw that the Season 2 premiere did away with was the romantic relationship between Kara and James. Audiences can tell when a character is being groomed as a love interest, and that was a big reason the romance didn’t hit home last year. Having them break up was a wise move, allowing them to potentially build back to it in a natural way.
Plus, “The Adventures of Supergirl” in general just felt tighter than last year. It was a fun, engrossing hour of television without any lulls in the pacing, distracting subplots, or glaring issues. I hope this marked improvement on an already enjoyable show is a sign of things to come.
Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
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