With the Supergirl midseason premiere upon us, I am still thoroughly in love with Kara Danvers and everything she stands for, but I do have some concerns about where this character is headed.
(Almost) every episode has had Kara, or someone else, comparing Supergirl to Superman. When will this end? The repeated mention of Superman is distracting and takes away some of Kara’s story, discrediting what she’s done, as if it isn’t as great as her cousin. And I understand not involving Superman in the show, but have they really stuck to that premise? The repeated mentioning, the few times we’ve seen the Man of Steel on the show, but with no face, and with many of the main characters comparing these superheroes, Kara can’t seem to catch a break and neither can the audience.
“No hero can save everyone, not even Superman. But a real hero never stops trying.”
I do have to give credit where it’s due: at least Cat Grant figured out who Kara is after eight episodes. Glasses are not good at concealing your secret identity anymore! But Cat Grant has flip-flopped so much over the last few episodes. How are we supposed to believe that Cat has a growing respect for Kara, her assistant, but she doesn’t bother to learn her name? She figured out who Supergirl’s alter ego really is in the winter finale, as seen when she insisted Kara take off her glasses, but still addresses her as Keira?
And lastly, I understand that they’re trying to make Supergirl a relatable hero, but why did they choose this path? The clumsy girl in love routine? By dumbing her down to fit this romantic comedy theme, with the hero drooling over some guy, while another guy is drooling over her, it’s taking away from the credibility of the show. This is a superhero show. The protagonist’s main problem in an episode should not be her love life, but the evil alien she’s facing. The writers are trying to make her too dorky and relatable and crossed a line.
“What do you think is so bad about girl? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So if you perceive Supergirl as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem, you?”
Kara Danvers has the potential to be a great superhero: even in eight episodes, she’s grown so much and faced many different threats. While it’s always nice to see Henry Cavill in, well… anything, mentioning Superman and all he’s accomplished needs to stop, to give Kara her credibility back and create space between them. The option to have Superman come save the day if Supergirl fails shouldn’t exist, if anyone is supposed to consider Supergirl as a hero. Supergirl should be their only hope, the pressure all on her.
In the latter half of this season, I would hope to see Kara evolve from the super dorky, adorable girl that they’ve made her out to be. These personality traits are extremely important to who Kara Danvers is, but watching our hero shower Jimmy (James) Olson with love, while he’s in a serious relationship with Lucy Lane, is disturbing compared with the strong, independent character she’s supposed to be. The story seems to be headed toward cheating, something that would be very, very disappointing.
Supergirl returns Monday, January 4th at 8/7c on CBS!