‘Supergirl’ soars with a light touch

Melissa Benoist plays Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl, with a kind of perky panache that is at once appealing and funny at the same time. The pilot episode provides the backstory. Kara Zor-El is sent on her own space ship from the doomed Krypton to help out and protect her baby cousin, Kal-El when they both get to Earth. However, thanks to an accidental detour to the Phantom Zone, Kara’s arrival to Earth is delayed 24 years. So it is Kal-El, now Superman, who helps out his teenage cousin, getting her adopted into an Earth family.


Review and recap Supergirl Pilot

Fast forward 12 years later, and Kara is concealing her powers, trying to fit in as the put-upon employee of a media conglomerate ruled over with an iron hand by the bitchy boss from hell, Cat Grant, played with authority by Calista Flockhart. Her best friends at work are Winn Schott, a nerdy but handsome computer expert, and James Olson, newly transferred from the Daily Planet and grown up from a curly haired, dorky white boy to a hunky, self-confident African American man.

The whole thing about not using her powers goes by the wayside when Kara finds out that an airliner, with her Earth sister on board, is going down. She finds out that flying through the air and carrying a plane on her back is not only exhilarating but pretty empowering. If her cousin can save people and fight crime, why not she?

Of course, there is a wrinkle. Kara’s sister Alex is actually a secret agent for an organization called the Department of Extra-Normal Operations, which handles alien threats to Earth. The alien threat, in this case, consists of Kryptonian criminals escaped from the Phantom Zone who are now hiding out on Earth getting ready for world domination and general mayhem. Supergirl has to prove to her sister and her bosses at the DEO that she can be an asset in dealing with this criminal group of supervillains. She helps to put down one of the group, a bad man named Vartox who had sabotaged the plane Alex was on. But others remain and their leader has a personal vendetta against Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl.

Other episodes of Supergirl reviewed on TV Eskimo:

Myriad (Episode 19)

Worlds Finest (Episode 18)

Manhunter (Episode 17)

Falling (Episode 16)

Solitude (Episode 15)

Truth Justice and the American Way (Episode 14)

For the Girl Who Has Everything (Episode 13)

Bizarro (Episode 12)

Strange Visitor from Another Planet (Episode 11)

Childish Things (Episode 10)

Blood Bonds (Episode 9)

Hostile Takeover (Episode 8)

Human for a Day (Episode 7)

Characters and cast of Supergirl include:

Kara Danvers/Supergirl – Melissa Benoist (Whiplash, The Longest Ride, Glee, Danny Collins, Homeland)

James Olsen – Mehcad Brooks (In the Valley of Elah, Glory Road, Necessary, Creature, My Generation, True Blood)

Alex Danvers – Chyler Leigh (Not Another Teen Movie, Grey’s Anatomy, Brake, Window Wonderland, The Practice)

Winn Schott – Jeremy Jordan (The Last Five Years, Joyful Noise, Smash, Big Cheat)

Cat Grant – Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters, The Birdcage, Web Therapy)

Hank Henshaw – David Harewood (Blood Diamond, Homeland, MI-5, The Merchant of Venice)

Lucy Lane – Jenna Dewan Tatum (Step Up, 10 Years, American Horror Story, American Virgin)

Non – Chris Vance (Transporter: The Series, All Saints, Prison Break, Mental, Rizzoli & Isles, Dexter)

Maxwell Lord – Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, Twilight, The Scorpion King, Damages)

Alura Zor-El – Laura Benanti (Nurse Jackie, Nashville, Take the Lead Go On, Meskada)

Eliza Danvers – Helen Slater (City Slickers, Ruthless People, Gigantic, The Lying Game)

Indigo – Laura Vandervoot (Ted, This Means War, Bitten, Smallville, The Lookout)

Gen. Sam Lane – Glenn Morshower (X-Men: First Class, Moneybag, Bloodline, Friday Night Lights, 24)