This past Monday evening I spent way too much time wondering if I had watched the new Supergirl Pilot or a tacky Devil Wears Prada knock off. Between the awesome action sequences, weird chemistry, hot black Jimmy Olsen and strangely aggressive information dumps of dialogue I really had a hard time understanding what the hell I just watched.
I'm a huge Supergirl fan and was pretty excited to see her in a high powered office environment with Ally McBeal channeling her inner Anna Wintour. Who doesn't love a simple good girl/bad bitch/power of friendship story wrapped in red thigh high boots? Clearly DC & CBS.
I get it, TV pilots are often rocky at best and perhaps my fangurl rage is getting a little too touchy. However, if this shines any light on the season to come then my viewership will also be rocky at best.
Because the writers were so set on having that Devil Wears Prada theme, here's my breakdown of the Supergirl pilot with the help of my inner Miranda Priestly.
I really liked that they kept Kara older when she's sent to look after her baby cousin. One of the elements that drew me to her character in the comics was the fact that she didn't have the complete immersion of 'murican earth culture the way Clark did. She was always a little arrogant compared to her human brethren and could get stuck between cultures.
The fact that she was a teenager in the comics also played on those feelings of captivity that we all experience before setting out on our own. It's even more humiliating to be parented by a guy whose diapers you probably changed. That being said, I was actually okay with her being a 20 something assistant. Unfortunately, being an assistant to the head honcho of a failing newspaper doesn't necessarily invoke originality.
If we are trying to establish Kara as a separate entity from superman with her own identity- how are you gonna give her Superman's identity?!
Let's talk about her relationship with her sister and all of that constant need for approval. Kara wants to be who she truly is. Her sister wants her to hide. Kara wants to help people. Her sister wants to have a secret government job based on her own merits.
By ignoring the writers 101 rule of "show, don't tell" they cram all of this information and life changing revelations in their dialogue, keeping all of us from what the show REALLY has going for it...
Awesome action sequences and hot black Jimmy Olsen.
I'll stick around for more episodes in hopes that the show really gets it's legs. I'm not the type of nerd that will stick around for a couple of seasons with that hope. We live in a world with Game of Thrones- bitches need to step it up.