“Supergirl” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” aired last Monday, October 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, Kara Danvers, or Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), stepped up her game and embraced her true potential as she started doing heroic acts as Supergirl, which led her to discover a shocking truth about her family. Read on to learn more about the rest of the episode.
The episode began with Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) explaining to the viewers that she had actually been sent away from Krypton before its destruction, in order to be her baby cousin Kal-El’s guardian. However, things went a little bit different as planned, as the shockwave from the planet’s destruction sent her to the Phantom Zone, where she slept for twenty four years before her pod came loose and landed on Earth as a thirteen year old girl, where she discovered that her cousin didn’t need to be protected anymore, and who set her up with the Danvers family, where she grew up with her foster sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh).
At the age of twenty four, Kara, now known as Kara Danvers, became a seemingly normal girl, who works as the personal assistant of Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), a tough as nails media mogul, who owns CatCo, the company that owns the Tribune, which she is planning to get rid of soon, as it hadn’t been selling any papers as National City doesn’t have a hero just as Metropolis does.
Kara then met James “Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), whom she fangirls over, as he is a good friend of her cousin.
Later that night, after being ditched by a date that she had met online, she discovered that her sister, Alex, was in trouble as her plane to Geneva was malfunctioning.
Kara, who had already been feeling bad about the fact that she couldn’t make a difference, then decided to use her powers to save the plane and her sister, which she successfully did.
However, Alex wasn’t thrilled, and told her that doing that had exposed her to the world. However, as Cat was ecstatic over this, Kara decided to continue to do heroic acts, with the help of Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan), a friend of hers, who helped her come up with her costume. Cat also came up with the label “Supergirl” for the city’s new hero.
However, at one point, she was intercepted by the Department of Extra- Normal Operations, an organization that monitors all alien activity, and discovered that not only was Alex working with them, but that she had accidentally helped a Kryptonian fort full of alien prisoners escape and run wild on Earth.
She then encountered one of them, in the form of Vartox (Owain Yeoman), an alien bent on hurting her since she was the daughter of Alura Zor-El (Laura Benanti), who had locked them all up in the first place. She then got rescued by Alex, and after being patched up, decided not to do any heroics anymore. However, after a pep talk from Alex, who admitted that she had been jealous of Kara before, the two decided to team up with the DEO in order to defeat Vartox, which they were successful in doing.
The next day, Jimmy revealed to her that he knew who she was, and told her that her cousin had sent him to National City, when he decided to expand his work opportunities, to look after her, and gave her part of her old baby blanket.
Afterwards, it was revealed that Alura’s sister, Astra (Laura Benanti) was organizing the escaped criminals as she is planning to conquer the entire planet.
With this, the first female driven DC superhero property has taken flight, which, according to both the review posted on The Hollywood Reporter and on Entertainment Weekly, is a very nice change, as most of the superhero properties on television are mostly male driven.
Both also commend Melissa Benoist’s portrayal of Kara, as she is able to be bright and optimistic, and is also able to nicely pull everything together.
Both reviews also mention that the series has a definite tinge of brightness, something that viewers also see in the CW’s “The Flash,” but is more apparent in this show.
The show also loses no time in highlighting one of its major messages- that women can just be as amazing as their male counterparts.
Entertainment Weekly also mentioned that the show will hit close to home for most millenials, as Kara has the same insecurities, optimism and hopes that millenials have; while The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that the show also highlights how one can become unhappy by trying to “mask” what makes one unique and excellent.
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