‘Supergirl: Season 1’ Recap
On Krypton, the “S” means “hope.” In this article the “S” means SPOILERS AHEAD!
Watching the first season of Supergirl has been a joyful experience. While the first episode may have felt like a superhero meets romantic comedy straight out of a Saturday Night Live sketch, the series quickly evolved into a vibrant, dramatic, and incredibly fun adventure.
Melissa Benoist, who plays the show’s titular protagonist, Supergirl (a.k.a. Kara Danvers), showed off a range of acting chops that far surpassed any actor who has donned The Big Red S in the past 30 years. Over the course of the season we see Kara Danvers evolve from a shy and timid assistant, who is terrified of using her powers and revealing herself to the world, into someone who embraces those powers and obtains a sense of confidence in both herself as an individual and as a superhero.
Supergirl can also be incredibly well timed in its dramatic moments, and Benoist is able to capture those moments beautifully. Her range of acting ability in playing this character shocked me in episode 16, Falling. Where previously she’s played Supergirl as a silly, quirky character, in this episode Benoist showed a sense of heartbreak and despair rarely seen on network television. It broke my heart watching it, but the show never dwells too long on the bad, and by the end it was able to regain the feeling of hope that has carried through the season.
In addition to great casting in Melissa Benoist, the strong cast of supporting characters also makes this show incredibly engaging. Each of our heroes was given time to develop and reveal startling secrets about themselves.
Playing Kara Danvers adoptive sister, Alex, is Chyler Leigh. At the beginning of the series we learn she is a doctor and a scientist secretly working for the DEO (Department of Extranormal Operations). Alex’s employment at the DEO is soon revealed to Kara as they begin to work together to track, fight and capture a group of alien convicts, previously banned to the Forbidden Zone in a prison called Fort Rozz. These guys escaped when Kara’s ship lead the prison to Earth.
Another major character that works with them at the DEO is Director Hank Henshaw, who is wonderfully portrayed by David Harewood. Henshaw is later revealed to be none other than Cyborg Superman! Just kidding! In this series he plays J’onn J’onzz a.k.a. Martian Manhunter. Kara, Alex, Hank, and the DEO work together to bring the escaped convicts to justice.
At Kara’s day job, she works as an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant (played by Calista Flockhart) at CatCo. Kara also works beside her best friend Winn (played by Jeremy Jordan), and is soon introduced to CatCo’s new Art Director, James Olson (played by Mehcad Brooks).
Calista Flockhart nails Cat Grant’s ferocious attitude. Her role as a mentor is apparent in the development of Kara Danvers, but I also really enjoyed seeing her character evolve too. Each episode, you see new layers from this catty and selfish businesswoman who at first glance appears to be made out of sarcastic quips; however, as the series goes on she proves to be a heartwarming mentor to both Kara and Supergirl alike. Cat Grant soon deduces that Kara is Supergirl, but through some Martian doppelgänger magic is tricked into believing that Kara and Supergirl are two different people. On the other hand, the show often hints that Cat actually knows Kara Danvers is Supergirl (source).
The series concludes with the episode Better Angels, which took us through dramatic parting scenes between Kara and her friends in anticipation of an epic battle from which Kara did not expect to return. This epic battle concluded as Kara floats out into space, with no ability to return to Earth–only to be rescued by her sister Alex in the same pod in which Kara landed to Earth. Ending on the heartening high note the series deserved, we are reminded this is what the series is really about; this optimistic, fun-filled series reminds us that, at the end of it all, the “S” stands for “Hope.” It is my hope that Supergirl is renewed for a second season.
- J’onn. J’onnz. *Drops mic* Seriously, this has to be the absolute best live-action version of Martian Manhunter to date.
- The fact that they have the original Supergirl, Helen Slater (from TriStar‘s 1984 film Supergirl) playing her adopted mom, and none other than Superman himself, Dean Cain (from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) playing the adopted father. That was a fantastic way to give a wink to the fans of superseries past.
- As a huge fan of The Flash, I was especially excited to see these two hopeful and funny characters cross paths in episode 18, World’s Finest. In a lot of ways Supergirl’s first season reminds me of the first season of The Flash, which is likely why the crossover between the two series was so successful and beloved by fans of both shows.
- In the last episode they referred to the President of the United States as a “she,” which definitely opens the door for the rumors that Linda Carter could be cast in that role should Supergirl get picked up for a second season (schedule permitting).
- Lastly, If you’ve seen the series finale, you’ll know it ended by a pod, similar to Kara’s, landing in National City, and Kara opening the lid to reveal… I guess that’s for season two.
Who is in the pod? Could it be Power Girl? Could it be another random Kryptonian, like Kara’s mom?
My vote is for Krypto! Picture this: Season two of Supergirl is just Kara being super adorable with her SuperPup, Krypto!
My next article will be a list of ideas for 22 episodes of puppy story lines. #WhoOrWhatIsInThePod