Supergirl (2015) Premiere
A Super Disappointment
Warning: this review does contain a few vague spoilers.
I don't normally review TV series anymore after my sudden departure from that media last year, but it doesn't mean I haven't stopped watching them. Although, lately I have noticed that I am being pushed further away from this media by plots and new tropes that have soured so many series for me. I really hoped that Supergirl was going to be as good as Arrow and the Flash, especially since they share creators, but, if this first episode is any indication, this series is nowhere near as fun as I hoped.
Normally I try to steer away from ranting about something, thus many of my feelings are never published, but this premiere nails so many of my disgusts and fears that it needed to be said. I really disliked Supergirl. Why? Well... I guess I'll start at the beginning.
When it all started, I had high hopes. The intro sequence set things up nicely, even if it was full of monologue, and it felt like we might get another great series full of fantastic plots, and character building. Instead, we suddenly go from normal girl to Supergirl in just a few minutes. No learning how to use her powers, no time spent figuring out what she could or couldn't do, and no believable character development. The whole, "If my cousin can do it, so can I" mentality was just so reckless and foolish that it left any possibility of taking her character seriously in the dark alley from whence she leapt from.
Then came the awful woman who would be queen. I understand the American way is money-money-money, but it really comes across badly in this series. I firmly believe that cruel people have managed to make their way to the top and are the cause of the awful conditions we have in today's workforce, but do we really need a snobby Prada queen as her boss? How about a boss that's a bit more understandable and treats their employees like human beings, or at least one that at least doesn't let money be the main focus for everything they do.
Then came the fear. Apparently everyone is afraid of aliens in the United States of America.
Oh, look at that person who just saved hundreds of lives! She's terrifying! Look at the damage she caused by saving them! How do we know she isn't to blame for the whole thing? If we can't control her kind, she must be an enemy, even if she saved people.
Is this really how bad it is in that country? Are people really that terrified that they fear everyone who is different? If so, I really feel sorry for everyone who suffers so. The fact that they can't get past that fear and live their lives freely is just awful! I would offer to send thousands of therapists from Canada to help that epidemic, but they would likely get turned away by the uncaring and/or fearful border guards who need therapy themselves. Yeah, everyone has fears and phobias, but having them manifest in the way Supergirl does is awful.
I know I have fears of my own, too, and those fears make me extremely nervous at times, but I know those fears should never turn to hatred. Instead, for me, I feel ashamed of myself and my fear, and sorry to the others for the effect it may have on their lives. Maybe I'm just an optimist at heart, but I would think that there would be enough kinder people to offset the fearmongering that runs rampant in this episode.
On top of it all, the action wasn't entertaining. I really enjoy properly choreographed action scenes, but the fights in the Supergirl premiere was full of extremely short and choppy sequences which made it difficult to follow. Plus, the fighting looked so fake and unrealistic that it was full of "yeah, right" moments. Sure, these are aliens with extreme strength, but the way they fought just would never have worked. Super strength would work just like it does with regular people, only harder; they wouldn't defy physics!
Also, what was up with her suit? Why was her cape the only thing that got damaged? Why didn't the rest of her uniform get shredded or full of holes in her fights. She may a woman-of-steel, but her clothing certainly isn't. It just felt really, really lazy.
Then, (yes, there's even more) we get the awful conversations that seemed to exist only to tell the audience what is going on. If they were afraid we couldn't figure out what was happening, why not give us the conversation that the characters obviously had? And, is she able to hear what her "allies" are saying? If so, how? It is never explained that she can, which makes a certain "you can do it" scene feel even more awkward.
Maybe if the acting was better it would have felt more natural, but all the lines felt so emotionless and fake. This is a problem in so many TV series, but Supergirl's cast just felt like they didn't care enough to make their character their own. You can say the lines and swing your arms as well as you can, but if you can't act the role, it's not going to sell.
And what was up with her emotion-swings. One minute she is happy, then sad, then happy, then "screw this emotion-stuff, let's kick some butt!" Talk about awful character design.
Honestly, there isn't anything that I would say I liked in this premiere. Nothing at all. Talk about a huge disappointment! Maybe this series will get better over time, but I know I, and probably many other viewers, are going to pretend this series doesn't exist. I just hope this isn't a sign of things to come in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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