The rise (and fall?) of “Supergirl”

Hello, little Ducklings! I´m back with a new post about the latest newcomer in the world of superhero-TV-series: “Supergirl”. Airing mondays on CBS, the show tells the story of Superman´s cousin, Kara Zor-El who – when danger threathens the life of her sister – becomes Supergirl.

What you might expect from a show produced in the 21st century about a grown woman being a superhero is probably not the personification of a barbie doll in a short skirt and over-knee-boots. But, as it is very well explained in the pilot by Kara´s boss: A woman can be powerful and simultaneously a girl (what? Did anyone actually get that absolutly non-sense explanation of why Supergirl is not called Superwoman?). This example precisely shows the lack of quality in the dialogue of “Supergirl”, as Kara constantly oscilliates between overenthusiasm and euphoria or self-consciousness and depression.

As the is based on the comic books, the producers might not have been able to change the name or costume of “Supergirl”, though they could have done a better job integrating the very stereotypical portrayal of women in supertight clothes in today´s societal and cultural structures. Maybe skirts are better for flying. Or being called a girl instead of a woman is conntected with Kara´s young and sligthly rebellious character. Anyway, there are many ways to have better persuaded the viewers of “Supergirl”´s earnestness.

So, my tip for you: If you like superheroes and don´t mind the whole 1950s comic book-portrayal of women, then go for it! Though, I hope that a few things get better along the season such as 1. the dialogue (I kind of have enough of Kara´s childish arguments with her sis´), 2. the plotline (which is kind of repetitive, see arguments!) and 3. the special effects (which are pretty good but compared to “The Flash” a little bit weak!).

 

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