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Monday, October 26, 2015

CBS's "Supergirl"

The premiere of Supergirl on CBS ended a little while ago.

I thought the show went well with plenty of action and humor. Thankfully, it is not campy.

Actress Melissa Benoist (Supergirl/Kara Danvers) is very eye-pleasing and she played the duo roles pretty well.

Calista Flockhart played her bitchy boss quite convincingly.

The special effects for a television show are sometimes a hit or miss. For Supergirl, they more hit than miss.

In the show's scenario, Kara is Kal-El's older cousin sent to Earth after him in a separate rocket from Krypton when the planet was about to explode to protect Kal-El. But, the shock wave from Krypton's explosion sent Kara's rocket into the Phantom Zone. She remained there for years until (and it's unclear how) she broke free of the Zone

Now on Earth, Kara finds herself younger than Kal-El (there's no aging in the Phantom Zone) and she is put into the care of the Danvers, who happen to be former Superman Dean Cain (Lois and Clark) and former Supergirl Helen Slater. Having Cain and Slater was a nice touch.

Unfortunately, criminals from the Phantom Zone were also freed when Kara was and are now on Earth.

The original Supergirl of the Silver Age was Kal-El's younger cousin Kara, who was born and grew up in Argo City, a Kryptonian city that was blown away intact from Krypton's explosion with an air bubble. The ground below Argo City was turned into Kryptonite and Kara' father, Zor-El, saved the city by covering the surface with lead sheeting.

Kara was sent to Earth as Argo City was being hit by meteors that destroyed the protective lead sheeting while she was a teen.

My grade for tonight's show: A.

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