Superhero shows have taken over the airwaves. They’ve become such a hit with comic book fans and general viewers, television networks are searching for their next Flash or Arrow. Even comic books that fans never thought would ever make it to the screen, such as Preacher, are finally getting their due. But with a large amount comic book based entertainment to choose from, one show in particular has struggled to connect with what they consider an untapped audience; female comic book fans.
Supergirl came to the party late like an out of touch adult surrounded by the hippest kids in school. It tried to tackle feminism by taking one of the strongest women in the DC universe and turning her in to a stereotypical version of the very thing it was trying to voice against in the first place. And even worse, it relied more on the Man of Steel than the actual main character of the show. But after an extremely rough start, I can honestly say that Supergirl finally found her voice. The show finally found its footing, and the character can now stand on her own. The only problem is it took six episodes for the show to do so.
The first two episodes, “Pilot” and “Stronger Together”, suffered from the writers approaching the character as the next best thing to Superman. Filled with enough clichéd moments to make any female comic book fan rage quit and smash their TV, Supergirl’s “girl power” approach is completely laughable. And just after you realize that Superman is mentioned enough within the series to base a drinking game around, the Man of Steel shows up out of nowhere to save Supergirl in “Fight or Flight” as if she’s a damsel in distress on her own show. With all of that taking place within the first three episodes of the series, it’s understandable why the new show quickly suffered from a temporary ratings drop. Talk about a rough start.
The next two episodes to follow leaned closer to being forgettable than awful. Livewire shows up to help push a minor storyline along in the forth episode. And the fifth episode was so forgettable, I couldn’t tell you what it was about even if you held a gun to my head. I’d just have to take the bullet. But one thing I noticed about episodes four and five was the decrease of Superman mentions. The show moves away from the comparisons and finally allows Supergirl to be the star of her own show; for better or worse.
But after growing from being absolutely awful to boringly tolerable, Supergirl surprised a lot of fans whom have held out hope of improvement with its last two episodes. “Red Faced” and “Human For a Day” invested time in to actual character development. And after sitting through five episodes of Supergirl’s show runners wishing they had the rights to the Man of Steel instead, fans were finally introduced to the main character legitimately. Kara, as well as the rest of the cast, have a lot of layers that are barely being explored. We’re shown a few flaws within the characters that make it easier for the audience to connect with them. Even the feminist views the show tried to shove down our throats are written in a more logical and acceptable way. The improvement the show has shown is probably a response to the reaction the leaked pilot received. I’m pretty sure Supergirl was well in to filming the first few episodes when it leaked, so the sudden shift in tone from the pilot makes sense. It means that the show runners took the feedback and actually adjusted the show in order to use the character properly.
Supergirl had an extremely rocky start. And with all of the improvements the show has made, it still lacks in some of the effects and outfits. And that’s coming from a fan of classic Doctor Who. But if the story and characters continue to improve, the show could entice even the most judgmental fan to give it another try. But so far, Supergirl has only delivered two good episodes within its first season. Not the best way to start the show off, but it was ordered in to a full season. So the show doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. So if you’re a fan of the Arrowverse, then you might as well prepare yourself for the inevitable crossover by giving the show a chance. Just remember that it takes six episodes for the show to embrace the potential it has. Whether you skip directly to where the show improves, or throw a party in order to play the “Superman mention drinking game” with the first five episodes, Supergirl is worth the view. So let’s give the Girl of Steel a fair shot. She just might surprise us in the end.