October 13, 2016: “Supergirl” Episode Review – S02E01 “The Adventures of Supergirl”

The Adventures of SupergirlSuperman Homepage reviewer T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao) reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the 1st episode of Season 2 in which, when a new threat emerges in National City, Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) teams up with her cousin, Clark Kent/Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin), to stop it. Kara is thrilled to have family in town but it leaves Alex (Chyler Leigh) feeling a bit left out. Meanwhile, Hank (David Harewood) and Supergirl are stunned by the pod that came crashing to Earth.

The sophomore season of Supergirl begins with tying off threads from the last season, albeit without much satisfaction. The surprise in the spaceship, which was thoroughly spoiled over the summer, turned out be an unconscious lad (Mon-El!), though little was learned about him after hinging the close of season on his arrival. Jimmy “James” Olsen and Kara’s romance fizzled completely, after a full season of cat and mouse… and Cat Grant’s unsolicited advice for the lovelorn. Both decisions are understandable, as Mon-El was planned before the appearance of another character was given the green light. Kara and James, however, which started off with some appeal, were sapped of what spark they possessed by a season of indecisiveness. The fact their relationship would have been a mixed one, and that isn’t a coy reference to Terran/Kryptonian relations, appeared to weigh more heavily than the creators expected, and there was no easy way to win. Still, these criticisms aside, Supergirl is back, with a little more swagger, all of the sweetness, and best of all, Superman.

Click here to read the complete review of this “Supergirl” episode.

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MattComics
Member
The actual character stuff between Clark and Kara was great for me because they had the kind of scenes I’d been wanting to see ever since being a kid and imagining Reeve and Slater in a movie together. Clark giving her a hug and telling her to trust herself was in a way just as awesome for me as seeing them in action together as superheroes. His asking to hear more stories about Krypton and his birth parents really hit the feels. With Jimmy and Kara’s romance I just think maybe a little build up would have been better rather… Read more »
Clarkerman
Guest
I found this episode to be pretty bad. Every time I give this show a chance it comes back to bite. There’s just too many things that bother me with it to enjoy it (namely, how awful it is just as a SHOW, let alone one featuring the world’s greatest superhero!). I can’t get past what they’ve done to Jimmy Olsen and Toyman…. every time those “characters” enter the screen I can’t even call them their supposed names. Why the show just didn’t make up new names to go with these new characters they’ve created instead of slapping old names… Read more »
redcape
Member

See thumbs down on your comments!

SuperFunTime
Member
I am only going to respond to 2 things: 1) “they gave him blue “Bizarro ice vision” for heat vision” The hottest stars are blue. The coolest stars are red. In between, you have other colors, like orange, yellow, white and combinations. Supergirl’s and Superman’s heat vision is derived from absorbed solar radiation from stars. I guess you could ask, why is their heat vision blue if our sun is yellow. The only response I can think of is that they can control the heat vision, by raising or lowering the temperature. However, by raising it to blue, it would… Read more »
MattComics
Member
For Clark it’s really the difference between reading a history book and getting to talk to someone who was actually there. Add to that the simple fact that it is totally natural for any person who was adopted to want to know more about where they came from and to be curious to know what their birth parents were like especially if he’s getting to talk with a member of his biological family. IMO neither represents an “over-emphasis” on the alien aspect or negating the idea that he primarily thinks of himself as human. While Byrne was right in saying… Read more »
Kal-Ed
Member

An enjoyable episode with great action and interaction between charachters. You can already tell that Hoechlin fits the TV role of Superman perfectly and feels very comfortable and confidant in both his heroic alter ego and his Clark Kent. Should a new TV Superman series be commissioned, I strongly agree that they have found their Big Blue Boyscout who brings a humanity and heroism to the role. There were a few eyebrow raising moments, but it was worth it.
And yes…It was cool to see Superman wink and smile. :-)

Lois
Member

A SUPER start to the second season of Supergirl. Loved the interaction between Kara and Clark. The scene where the super cousins saved the plane was also SUPER.
Always wanted to see Reeve and Slater in a movie together too as Superman and Supergirl. And this SUPER episode of Supergirl made that wish for me come true. Both the actor who portray Supergirl and Superman get the characters just right. Am looking forward to the next episode of this SUPER series! “Up! Up! and Away!” ;)

NeoRanger
Member

It was fun. After the trainwreck that was the season premiere of The Flash, this was a sigh of relief. A few problems here and there and I don’t like the notion of making Kara a reporter, but okay, I’ll live with it.

Now, go ahead and spin-off Superman, already! Tyler’s got it.

MattComics
Member

I almost wonder if maybe they’re doing that because Calista Flockhart can no longer do the show on a regular basis and they figured the assistant gig would be less fun without having that dynamic and trying to re-manufacture it with someone else probably wouldn’t work either. I can kind of appreciate their position because I’m not entirely sure offhand what other dayjob you could give Kara that would also help the show function but still offer a normal life contrast to her superhero one.

NeoRanger
Member
I think Kara stopped being an assistant before it was decided the show would move to The CW. Regardless, my problem with Kara being a reporter is pretty much part of my primary issue with the entire show: it’s Superman with a skirt. I like it, I love Benoist, I enjoy Kara’s personality and character, but as a super-hero she’s not changing those preconceptions of mine dating back to the Silver Age and, in the long term, I’m afraid the non-comic-book-savvy mainstream audience will forget about her as well. I do get the point about the job/super-hero thing though. Haaaaving… Read more »
LarGand
Member

Hear hear, T.A., on pretty much everything. This was a really fun opening to the new season, but they really, really have to take a second look at that suit …

But, yeah, as I’ve often said here, I enjoy the “dour” movie Superman as well … Keep Cavill, keep Hoechlin, get Hoechlin a new costume, give another director a shot at the movies and otherwise just keep it coming.

redcape
Member

The costume pretty much follows the way the CW tweaks things. It will stay!

BArbArA
Member

Really enjoyed this episode. Want to see a Superman TV series too.

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