Supergirl: “Stronger Together” Season 1 Episode 2 Review

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Supergirl is a test in many ways. Can “America’s #1 Network” sustain an optimistic, back-to-the-basics superhero show? Will audiences want to watch a female superhero? Well, if you saw the ratings for last week’s premiere, it’s clear we live in a time where the gender of our heroes doesn’t matter so much to the masses. That’s great news for this show and fans everywhere. But can Supergirl be great? “Stronger Together” amped up the differences between this show and its CW cousins, Arrow and The Flash. Differences that point to possibilities of greatness.

After the pilot rightfully focused almost entirely on Kara, the second episode took steps to flesh out the rest of the cast. Not only were all the DEO characters involved in the final battle against the episode’s villains, but James and Winn are also behind the scenes giving her problems around the city to solve.

But the standout of the supporting cast continues to be Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant. She spends most of “Stronger Together” finding increasingly creative insults and threats to throw at James for an interview with Supergirl. She’s just so much fun to watch that I can’t wait for the show to find a way to work her into not just Kara’s everyday life, but Supergirl’s as well.

But the meat and potatoes of the episode had Kara evolving into the hero she’s meant to be. Her failures in the beginning of the hour highlight a superhero in training. It leads to a great montage of all the small problems she solves once James and Winn are behind her. The whimsical tone is what will keep this superhero tale apart from many of the others (though it is still a little too close to being The Flash).

Just when things are going a little too well, we got two very different villains. Hellgrammite, an insect like foe from another world with a Predator mouth, was first to show up. He was your run-of-the-mill monster of the week. But then, as teased last week, General Astra, Kara’s aunt, showed up to present a much larger danger. Supergirl going big with its villains in just the second episode already sets it apart from the other superheroes on TV right now. The final fight is a little clunky, but a few awesome moments sneak through. The episode ends with Kara and Astra escaping in their separate directions. This family rivalry already has sparks.

For a second episode, Supergirl went surprisingly big. It still has some kinks to work out, like some heavy expository dialogue and finding chemistry between its leads, but this show is well on its way to becoming something super (sorry). Grade: B+

Some Other Thought Bubbles:

  • This episode has no problem name-dropping Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Perry White. There’s also mention of a “supervillain war” in Metropolis since Superman showed up. At some point, the stakes on Supergirl are going to get so large that it would be ridiculous for Superman to not show up. When the time comes, I hope the writers find a way to incorporate him but still have this be Kara’s show.
  • James tries to explain to Kara how Clark Kent hides his identity during the day. Sorry, it just didn’t work. It looks like Supergirl might confront this very problem next week when Cat interviews her.
  • So far, I’m really digging Laura Benanti as both Alura and Astra.
  • IMDB tells me that the news anchor in the very beginning is in fact Perd Hapley from Parks and Recreation. Let’s keep him around forever please. Supergirl has my official stamp of approval for non sequiturs to Ya Heard? With Perd!

By Matt Dougherty


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