“Manhunter” is a strong transitional episode that gives interesting character backstory along with promising new development that will be continue the streak of good and fun episodes, as we head closer towards the season finale.
With “Falling” the show presents the dark side of Kara with great performances and promising development that poises Supergirl to make amends for her actions that resulted in significant penalties to her image and relationships with her allies in another solid well-crafted episode.
“Solitude” broadens the mythology and the world of the series by introducing a new character, visiting a place of note, and closing an arc of secrecy that had been tearing Team Supergirl apart with an emotional confession of truth that in the end mended fences.
“Truth, Justice, and the American Way” is an episode that focuses on the themes of truth and justice and handles them well while still progressing the season with steady precision.
“For the Girl Who Has Everything” could have easily been a season finale as it served as a smart reminder of the series progress, reinforced the reoccurring themes of family and what makes a hero, had a significant death, and reset the status quo to some key relationships.
“Bizarro” functions well as a standalone episode but it’s still not reflective of the best Supergirl has to offer.
“Strange Visitor from Another Planet” keeps it simple with streamlined storytelling, attention to character, and strong setpieces.
A mostly-strong episode hones in on relationships and character development.
The presence of several storylines causes some to be handled poorly and not given the time they warrant, but the character motivations of two of Supergirl’s key antagonists are further fleshed out, leading to potentially exciting developments.
How a show with such a clearly drawn main character fails so greatly in focusing on a specific theme or story every week is truly baffling. It’s a telling sign about how badly Supergirl needs to work on its focus that an episode objectively about how Kara deals with not having powers on a day when National City goes through a massive crisis barely deals with that subject at all. “Human For A Day” is instead content to look towards a plethora of other action that barely has to do with Kara, if at all. “Hostile Takeover” too is more focused on the titular hero for only a fraction of the time, making the B-plot more of a co-A-plot for no real reason. What’s the fun in bringing back Astra if the episode is only going to commit more than half the time to a ripped-from-the-headlines Sony hack storyline? There is a way to balance a big bad enacting her master plan while she tries to once again convince the hero to come to her side with a more personal story for one of the tertiary players, and this isn’t it.
What is most frustrating now, six episodes in to Supergirl, is that so many of the show’s issues and foibles could be fixed with small tweaks. It is almost as if the show doesn’t care to pay attention to the small details that would immediately make it a much easier watch with more storytelling heft.
Supergirl, Season 1, Episode 5, “How Does She Do It?” Written by Yahlin Chang & Ted Sullivan Directed by Thor Freudenthal Airs Mondays at 8pm (ET) on CBS It is becoming increasingly clear that Supergirl quite simply doesn’t know what kind of story it wants to tell. It has the tone of a superhero procedural down, and the airiness …
Supergirl finally seems to be settling into its general week-to-week plan after three uneven installments of table setting and character background for Kara, Alex, and the whole superhero situation. Whether the episode is actually good at executing what will be the show’s long term plan as a procedural is an entirely different discussion.
It is only a matter of time with any new series before an episode loses the sheen of some of the early efforts, but with any luck promising new shows will still maintain the general aura of what makes them great. In the case of “Fight or Flight”, not so much.
Supergirl doesn’t shy away from this method in the least, as “Stronger Together” is an almost exact replica in many ways to the pilot. Some slight advances in the story, and one big advance that could have been saved for at least another cluster of episodes without issue, but the main emotional beats are more or less in sync with the pilot.
Warner Bros. and producer, Jerry Bruckheimer (best known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and the U.S. version of The Amazing Race), are taking on the DC Entertainment property titled Global Frequency, a comic book series written by Warren Ellis. The high-profile television project which has landed a pilot production commitment at …
Marvel may have and continue to dominate DC at the movies in terms of both box office and quality, but DC will always have the edge at TV. Deadline reports that co-creator of The CW’s Arrow and The Flash, Greg Berlanti, will be teaming with Chuck and No Ordinary Family producer Ali Adlerto to develop Supergirl …
Action Comics #32 Written by Greg Pak Art by Aaron Kuder, Colours by Will Quintania Published by DC Comics Superman is now public enemy no.1. Having been infected with the Doomsday virus in his last battle, the Man of Steel flees the authorities and heads into space. There, he hopes he can get a grip …