Warning: This Article Contains SPOILERS For Supergirl Season Two, Episode 1! Read At Your Own Risk!
When Supergirl first premiered on CBS, fans were worried that the show would not hold up against other series like Gotham, Arrow, and The Flash on different networks. Sure enough, after the first season concluded, the show switched networks to join the ‘Arrowverse’ on the CW. While all the shows do not exist on the same Earth, thanks to the Flash’s ability to travel the multiverse, we know that Supergirl and all of her friends and family aren’t far from the Emerald Archer and the Scarlet Speedster. Now, as Supergirl begins its second season on a new network, we take a look at the first episode, titled “The Adventures of Supergirl”.
When you change networks in the middle of the show, you have to make a splash to ensure fans switch stations with you. Supergirl did this by introducing the Man of Steel himself, Superman. Fans became worried that this version of Clark Kent (played by Tyler Hoechlin) would fall flat amongst legends like Christopher Reeve and even Henry Cavill’s performance. However, this very of Superman soared, impressing fans everywhere. This version of the character is funny, lovable, and very comic book accurate. The show makes him feel a lot like the Christopher Reeve version, coming off as very humble and seasoned as opposed to the DCEU’s hardened and unseasoned version. This episode even teased characters such as Perry White, Lois Lane, and even Lex Luthor. While it is almost impossible to compare TV and film versions of the characters, if fans are looking for a more comic book accurate Superman, this version is the one to check out.
As for the rest of the episode, we begin right where Season 1 left off, with Supergirl and Martian Manhunter discovering the crashed Kryptonian pod. Within the first five minutes of the episode, we learn that it is Chris Wood’s character that is contained inside the alien spacecraft. Wood has already been confirmed to be playing Mon-El, another Kryptonian from the planet Daxam. The character was unconscious when found in the pod, and remained unconscious throughout the episode.
Speaking of Martian Manhunter, he is still in charge of the D.E.O. alongside Alex Danvers. The D.E.O. now operates out of a smaller facility at the top of a skyscraper in National City. Winn is officially part of the team now, and will be working on the Mon-El case personally. As for Jimmy Olsen, he is attempting to form a romantic relationship with Kara, however by the end of the episode she realizes that they are currently better off as friends. Another good note about Jimmy was that his friendship with Superman felt classic but also had an interesting twist. The two felt more like bros than buddies, which was refreshing.
The majority of the episode centered around the assassination attempts on Lena Luthor, Lex Luthor’s adopted younger sister. Lex is currently serving “32 life sentences” and it is up to Lena to save her family’s company, changing the name from Luthor Corp. to L Corp. The man trying to assassinate her is John Corben, a.k.a. Metallo. In the comics, Metallo is one of Superman’s most feared enemies due to the large amount of Kryptonite stored in his chest. While Corben did not have his Kryptonite yet, it is teased at the end of the episode we will see a fully formed Metallo thanks to Cadmus, who will be a major threat to Supergirl and the D.E.O. throughout the season.
This episode, while still being very action heavy, focused a lot on building new relationships between characters. We got to see new interactions between Cat Grant and Kara, Kara and Jimmy, Kara and Superman, and even some bad blood between Superman and Martian Manhunter. That final dynamic will be an issue that I’m sure will not get resolved quickly. The most impressive part of this episode to me was Hoechlin as Superman and how well the CW handled the character. They made him the way fans wanted, and it will be a major selling point for the show.
However, with good comes some bad, and there were some things in this episode that I didn’t enjoy. The first being that the show had some occasions where they lowered Superman so that it didn’t appear that he could handle the job by himself. When you bring in one of the most powerful characters of all time as a guest role, they sometimes overshadow the main hero. While the show adverted this, it came at a cost. The sequence when Superman took out the drones and saved the family, Supergirl was knocked down and I felt like that Superman could have done it all by himself. However, in other moments, such as the other times the two teamed up, I thought they handled it very well. Another issue I had was with Lena Luthor. They are trying to sell her as this kind soul trying to save her families fortune, but we all know that she is no good. The show could have handled it much better, and made it more interesting and unexpected when we find out she’s a villain later in the season. Other than that, the episode was very solid.
Overall, I think that this is the best premiere so far out of the CW DC shows. With a disappointing introduction to Flashpoint on The Flash and Arrow still not quite up to par, Supergirl stole the show this week. From fans’ reactions on Twitter, I’d say they agree. The introduction to TV Superman was handled with respect and care and I’m looking forward to seeing him again soon. Some fans are even calling for his own solo series now, and after shows like Smallville and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman did so well before, if fans really like this character, we could see a solo series somewhere down the road.
What did you all think of the premiere of Supergirl? Was it all you were expecting? What did you think about the new Superman? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
Supergirl soars into your TV every Monday at 8pm EST on the CW.