Supergirl Is Pretty Dope!
Recently I watched the complete crossover event on CW involving Arrow(Non powered heroes), Flash(Hero with super speed), Legends of Tomorrow(Group of heroes who travel through time), and Supergirl(An alien who gains incredible powers with exposure to our sun) and enjoyed it. Without spoiling much, it gave fans a fight between aliens and super heroes, leaving the fate of the world hanging in the balance. As expected, I gushed to my friends about the crossover and somehow we came across the topic of Supergirl and how much they loathed it. I was blown away by this because I’ve been one of the few folks who have stuck by the series and enjoyed a lot of their content and when I asked them if they ever watched any of it, they merely shrugged at the notion.
So I thought it’ll be a great idea to throw together the reasons why I enjoy Supergirl!
One of the reasons I enjoy the Superman comics is due to the large scale fights he finds himself in and in Supergirl, it is no different. In season one she fought fellow kryptonians, an android made by the government, a series of giant aliens, and so much more. Her home of National City is constantly under the threat of some major force that has terrifying killing potential and she has to deal with many of them alone.
In season two we are introduced to the concept that many aliens have taken refuge on earth and with these extraterrestrial immigrants comes more unique threats which only adds to the list of threats Supergirl must face. She has fought in the air, in space, aboard spaceships, on the ground, and so much more. Her abilities are super strength, super speed, heat vision, ice breath, and sass.
While Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow are all in a single universe, Supergirl remains in her own this allows for some incredible world building! The Supergirl universe contains Martian Manhunter, Red Tornado, Lex Luthor, Maxwell Lord, Kryptonians, and so much more. As I mentioned briefly in the combat section, this universe contains alien immigrants looking to start a new life on the planet whether it be for better or for worse.
It is such an issue that the US government has an entire department dedicated to extraterrestrial threats. While this does add for fun enemies, it’s the relatable feeling of having people who left their homeland in search of a new beginning that strikes a very real chord. They look different, act different, and have unique customs that not everyone understands just like in our real life. At first Supergirl and her friends were not a fan of these visitors but after a few situations they came to accept everyone as equals and even began joining them for drinks! It was such a great side story!
Let’s get this out of the way right now, Supergirl season 1 romance was pretty awful. I mean it wasn’t Olicity(Season 4 Arrow romance between liver and Felicity) awful but it was pretty bad. They had Supergirl literally walk into a room and two characters automatically fall in love with her, not to mention they added the whole “Good girl falls for bad guy! Will it work out? No. No it won’t.”. Thankfully those storylines got resolved and I’m pretty content with what they have now.
In season two however, they had a romance plot that blew me away. A character in the show meets another character of the same gender and they begin working together. Eventually this character falls for them and wrestles with the notion of being gay, which is already an intense situation. The part that hit me the hardest was when the character finds it in themselves to conquer their fears and finally go after what they want and then is met with rejection followed by a request of friendship. This character was wrecked for building herself up enough to the idea of trusting that they would be accepted by the person they adored and then it backfired.
That scene hit me so hard that I was wiping tears from my face. Although I am a straight male, I can completely relate to being different and then feeling lame because of it but then gather myself to go after what I want and then get shut down. No happy ending, I just learn life lessons and carry on. It completely came out of left field and did a number on me! I think a lot of folks would enjoy this story line as much as I did!
Kara Danvers is cheerful, goofy, optimistic, and all around good hearted and this is a great mix up from the ever brooding Oliver Queen or the guilt ridden Barry Allen. Watching Supergirl is such a refreshing experience because it involved a good amount of laughs, charm, and ends in a pretty cheerful way. When Supergirl faced off against Bizzaro, she felt sympathy for the creature and did her best to save her until the end rather than being completely cold hearted.
Even during the cross over her presence was great to have since her humbleness countered the confidence of so many others and she was by far the most powerful warrior they had!
I really enjoy Supergirl, I like the cheesy moments they have and the combat gets me on the edge of my seat every time. It’s a gem of a show hidden in plain sight. I urge anyone who has not given it a chance or dropped off in Season one to pick it up again! There is so much to love and I can promise a great experience! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to binge watch Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow to catch up!