I’ve always thought of leaked pilots a long time before a TV series officially goes on air would serve some specific purpose and would most probably, if not a 100% chance, be leaked by those responsible for the show itself. Such a controlled leak, due to the quality and lack of watermarks, seems to have been released as a counteraction towards the initial negative impact caused by Supergirl’s sneak peek. That being said, there are spoilers ahead.
I usually avoid watching leaked pilots, but curiosity spoke louder in this case… So, I needed to check out for myself how good or bad it might possibly be. And I have to say it seems pretty decent and has a lot of potential, as well presenting some qualities that dismiss a little of that initial impression.
I didn’t travel 2,000 light years just to be an assistant.
If in that sneak peek it seems that Kara is quirky and awkward and comfortable being the girl who brings the latte to her The-Devil-Wears-Prada-kind-of-boss, this is not exactly the case, as we get to know after watching the Pilot. And, surprise, surprise, the show is feminist!
Of course I’ve already came across reviews stating that the feminism in the show is pathetic. I have to completely disagree with that. I am totally against the men bashing and men belittling that, unfortunately, try to pass for feminism, and after watching and analyzing this pilot, I can say this is not the case.
Obviously there were some issues with the trailer/sneak peek, which led a lot of people to twist their noses to this upcoming show, and it seems to me, now that I’ve watched the pilot, that it was the opposite instance in which the show is actually better than the preview-trailer. Don’t you sometimes think a movie failed to deliver what the trailer promised? It seems the Pilot for Supergirl did the opposite, and did a very good job.
The visuals are pretty decent, the acting is good and if some find themselves forced to question things like men belittling Supergirl because she is a girl and were not happy with that, they are nitpicking. A lot of shows use some sort of preaching speeches to set a message and it is not unreal at all that a woman mentions that her daughter needs a female hero for a role model. It reflects our world’s new vision of things and it makes the new show score points in its contemporary-ness. Even Mark Ruffalo recently approached this subject on Twitter!
Are there romantic situations in the pilot? Yes. Are there cringe-worthy situations? Yes… Like that one we saw in the trailer when her friend thinks she is not interested in him because she is a lesbian. Unfortunately, said situations do happen in real life… People’s lives include love and hate and friendship: that is, feelings. Nothing wrong with that, and it is not the main point of the pilot. We are introduced to how Kara came to Earth, to how people see The Man of Steel and what he represents, and she finally decides to do something besides being “an assistant.”
I just have to point out that Supergirl was at first created as an accessory to the Superman, and she was supposed to be his counterpart. At that time, equality of genders and races did not have the same importance as nowadays. So, I see nothing wrong with her seeming to be more quirky and awkward and dorky than she really is. She is all this, but she is also strong. Vulnerability is not an exact synonym of weakness.
She even uses the fact that the bad guy is underestimating her for being a girl to serve her own purposes.
Also, Clark, who is a man, actually pretends to be quirky and awkward. It reminds me of Bill’s speech in Kill Bill about Clark being Superman’s alter ego and façade and not the other way around. Why would that be a problem with Kara?
In Superman’s first story in the comics, he did not even fly, but that changed in the second installment of his origin. In Smallville, it took ten years for that to happen. It takes a little more than ten minutes for Supergirl to fly in this pilot.
Despite all the rage against what some consider “pathetic feminism,” this pilot, leaked faster than a speeding bullet, did have good acceptance on the part of other reviewers, who agree that the trailer did not do any justice for the upcoming series.
Some might perceive saving a plane as a cliché, but it is more of a nod to Superman, and Jimmy Olsen even points that out. And I’ve also seen people complaining that Jimmy-call-me-James Olsen is not blond, and even that Supergirl is not a real blonde herself. I mean, seriously? Again, it’s an adaptation, and different portrayals of the characters meet and serve different times. Also, Olsen is much more confident than his character in the comics, and I don’t see a problem with that either. They discarded this trope! Plus, Mehcad Brooks and Melissa Benoist have great chemistry on screen. Kara is not over sexualized and she is incredibly charming!
Are there tropes that we have seen over and over on the big and small screen? Yes, but that’s what they are: tropes. Like the famous speech of the megasupervillain stating his plans is a trope, which was recently mocked by Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, and common shoujo manga tropes are mocked all over the shonen manga/anime Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun. If the writing is consistent and the acting and the whole story are good, there is no point in nitpicking tropes and totally spoil the fun of the story being told and shown on screen.
I will not delve further into the more spoilerish parts of the pilot, just want to point out that the series looks really promising and can be actually good after having watched the pilot, and I can’t wait for it to officially air! Also, from photos on the Internet, it seems that there will be a crossover between Supergirl and Flash, which would be awesome!
So, up up and away for Supergirl!