When the first trailers for Supergirl arrived, they didn’t sell me on the show. In fact, they turned me off. The Devil Wears Prada vibe combined with the in-your-face “OMG, it’s a female superhero!” message made me doubt the show’s quality and direction. The trailers made me worry the show was going to drown in female stereotypes, tropes, and the misguided conceptions entertainment execs seem to have when it comes to understanding what female audiences want.
It wasn’t until after the fourth episode of season one aired that I gave in and decided to actually give the show a chance. My love for superheroes and my innate nerdiness won out, and I resolved to at least give the Maiden of Might a shot. Since the show was on CBS, I had to boot up my computer and watch the episodes via the CBS website. That day, I binged the first four episodes of season one. Those beginning episodes may not have made me fall in love with the show right then and there, but they were enough to convince me to start watching weekly.
It wasn’t really until episodes six and seven (“Red Faced” and “Human for a Day”) that I started appreciating all that the show was bringing to the superhero TV landscape. And I rode that wave of appreciation until episode thirteen, “For the Girl Who Has Everything.” Still my favorite episode of the series to date, “For the Girl Who Has Everything” made me a true Supergirl fan. To me, it demonstrated the very best of Supergirl and made me love the characters all the more.
From that point on, Supergirl was the show I looked forward to the most, surpassing what was then my current favorite, The Flash. The show spoke to me in a way the other superhero shows did not. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I exclaimed, I felt the light, I felt the hope. Maybe it was just good timing. Maybe the show gave me something I needed at the time. But whatever it was, the light and hope Supergirl season one exuded affected me in a way only a handful of shows and movies ever have.
When season two came around, I couldn’t wait to dive back into the world with the characters I had grown to appreciate and love. I was even excited for the move to The CW because I saw the possibilities it presented. But as season two has gone on, however, I cannot help but feel that Supergirl has lost its way. Since The CW move, Supergirl has fallen into the trappings of the other CW DCTV shows. The difference is that Supergirl did not originate on The CW like The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow did. It had a life – an entire season – outside the confines of The CW and slowly worked its way toward being the show I most looked forward to every week.
Now, it’s largely thrown away much of what the first season offered and become something else entirely: mediocre, disjointed, and lacking focus. I used to get excited when Supergirl came on. Not anymore. Click Next to discover 8 reasons Supergirl has lost its way and 2 ways it can find it again.