So Supergirl premiered to a lot of buzz last year on CBS. And it was a pretty good show. Melissa Benoit was convincing enough as Kara Danvers aka Supergirl and the supporting cast, namely Jeremy Jordan and the incomparable Calista Flockhart, really kept audiences interested. Those audiences weren’t big enough for CBS though so the show was not renewed. But The CW, with its own stable of DC adaptations was interested in adding a female superhero to the fold and picked the show up to run alongside the likes of The Flash and Arrow. It debuted on the new network in the same time slot Monday night.
The show opened with a brief recap of how Supergirl came to be before panning to the cast in Kara’s apartment, toasting to family, but all is not calm in National City and Supergirl is soon hot on the trail of something falling from the sky. It turns out to be a man.
Kara is convinced that the man that fell from the sky is from her home planet of Krypton so the DEO assembles a team, headed by her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) and the tech savvy Winn Schott (the aforementioned Jordan). Spaceman’s skin is impenetrable though so more work needs to be done.
Kara was offered “the keys to the kingdom” to pick her new position at CatCo by none other than Cat Grant (Flockhart) herself and uses the internet to come up with marketing. Grant doesn’t approve. She points out that you shouldn’t pick a career based on how it reads on paper but on what you feel called to do.
Kara has passed up the chance to go to the launch of the new Venture rocket and opted instead to have her long awaited first date with James “Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and goes to his apartment to eat and watch on tv instead but naturally trouble ensues and there seems to be an explosion on the craft.
The moment many comic book fans have been waiting since the series’ debut follows. The first look at Superman himself Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) on the streets of Metropolis. He is on the phone with his editor at The Daily Planet when he sees a broadcast about the Venture.
Both Superman and his “cuz” Supergirl respond and help the craft land safely in a field. She then brings him back to DEO headquarters where it becomes apparent that things are… tense between Superman and the head of the DEO Hank Henshaw (David Harewood).
After much research, Alex discovers that Lena Luthor, sister to Superman nemesis Lex Luthor booked a seat for the Venture but didn’t go. Kent and Kara visit her at her new office in National City but nothing seems amiss.
Alex discovers that the reason for the hostility between Henshaw and Superman is because of a long ago mission that ended with Henshaw possessing and keeping Kryptonite. But that’s not all. Schott interrupts their heart to heart to tell them that he figured out who the target of the Venture bombing was. Lena Luthor.
Kara tells Olsen that she doesn’t know how she feels anymore. That her feelings might have changed but after a remarkably insightful chat with Grant, who implores not to stay in her comfort zone and instead points out that “in order to live we must keep daring, keep diving.”
Luthor holds a press conference to rename her company to ensure a brighter future for all of those that her brother hurt, but naturally things don’t go as planned and the LuthorCorp building is under siege. We find out that Lex hired assassins to take out his sister.
The episode ends with Kara telling Grant that she has decided what she wants to do. She wants to be a reporter, which is something Grant has recognized from the moment they met. “I can see the hero within you,” Grant tells Kara.
Schott is officially offered a position within the DEO and Superman decides to stick around for a bit because “it’s nice to be near family.” John Corben, the perpetrator of the attack on Luthor, is seen being treated in a hidden lab transformed into Metallo.
This was a pretty good season premiere overall. It caught us up to speed with what all the characters have been up to since we last saw them and lays the groundwork well for the new character, Superman.
Supergirl airs Monday at 8 p.m.