Supergirl Season 2 Episode 1 “The Adventures of Supergirl”

8.5 Overall Score
Acting: 9/10
Writing : 8/10
Directing: 8/10

The Cast|Refreshingly non-cynical

John Corben aka Metallo doesn't really work

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 1 “The Adventures of Supergirl”
Starring
Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl
Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers
Mechad Brooks as James Olsen
Jeremey Jordan as Winn Schott
David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter
Chris Wood as Mon-El
Calista Flockart as Cat Grant
Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman
Katie McGarth as Lena Luthor
Frederick Schmidt as John Corben/Metallo
Andrea Brooks as Eve Teschmacher

Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

TV Show Developed by
Greg Berlanti and Andrew Keisberg

Written by Jessica Queller
Directed by Glen Winter
2016

After saving the world from being enslaved by her evil uncle, Non, Supergirl is trying to settle down her life. Things seemingly begin to look up as the D.E.O.(The Department of Extra-Normal Operations) is back up and running under the leadership of her mentor, Hank Henshaw/Martian Manhunter, where together they explore the survivor  of a mysterious Kryptonian pod that crashed to earth at the end of last season. Kara is taking her first tentative steps in dating longtime crush James Olsen. She is also on the verge of a job promotion from her boss, Cat Grant. Even her famous and beloved cousin, Clark Kent/Superman is in town for a family visit. However disaster soon once again strikes National City, and it will take the combined might of  Supergirl, Superman, and the D.E.O.  to deal with this new terrible threat.

Season two of Supergirl certainly wastes no time. After a quick opening that recaps the final minutes of last season’s finale, we are quickly drawn into a fast-paced and fun comic book story. Much, like The Flash, Supergirl has always been a show to joyfully embrace its silver-age roots. It’s light and charming, yet still manages to be exciting. A lot of this can be credited to Melissa Benoist, who continues to carry and sell the character of Kara wholeheartedly. Again ,much like Grant Gustin on The Flash, they are so likable that you can’t help but be drawn in. It’s probably going to be an asset to both shows that they are now on the same network, and can crossover more often (like last season’s episode “Words Finest” ; a highlight for both.)

But this season has given Benoist a little help. Tyler Hoechlin is actually great as Clark Kent/Superman. In less than 40 minutes of screen time, Hoechlin does more with the character than Henry Cavell did in his now two movie portrayal of an overly dour and stiff Man of Steel. He gets the duality of Clark Kent’s country boy charm and Superman’s confident charisma. It’s the right amount of fun and lightheartedness that is severely lacking in the movie DCEU.

The rest of the players continue to embody their characters well. In particular, David Harewood is still exceptional as Hank Henshaw/Maritan Manhunter, who happens to be my favorite character on the show. He layers J’onn J’onzz with enough conflicted feelings to make him probably the most well-developed character outside of the titular heroine. Calista Flockhart continues to deepen what could have been, and sort of started as, a thinly created cardboard caricature.

So what about the story? Well, I guess due to the network change, they writers must have felt that a re-introduction was needed, as the episodes beats, like the malfunctioning space shuttle and action-packed climax in the city square, could have served as parts of a pilot episode. But that’s not bad at all really, as foundations are laid for greater world building than season one ever did. We get shout outs to Gotham City and Lex Luthor. The man in the pod is rumored to be Mon-El. Hell, Eve Teschmacher is introduced There are a hints at an uneasy past between Superman and Martian Manhunter involving prior missions and the discovery of kryptonite.

About the only weak link in the episode is the character of John Corben, who comic fans will know as the human name of the eventual supervillain, Metallo. In the Superman rogues gallery, he has never really been a favorite of mine, and he seems like too much of a filler here. His transformation ending is also a bit on the melodramatic side, and a bit too on the nose with its way obvious Frankenstein vibe. Still, it’s not enough to ruin the episode and I’d say Supergirl is off to a pretty good start on its new home at the CW. Now bring on the crossover with the other DC shows and give us some Crisis on Infinite Earths, or at least some Zero Hour!

 

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