Supergirl continues to deliver light thrills and frolics, once again showing that superheroes (and even superheroines) can be fun in the 21st Century.
Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El (aka Kara Danvers aka Supergirl) is a spirited heroine and she’s endearing in and out of the red and blue. She adds a bit of klutz to the super heroics, playing up the character’s quirks to make her Kryptonian a little human. Kara works for Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), a government organisation that fight super villains in National City.
This second season kicks-off with the introduction of of Supergirl’s cousin, Jor-El (aka Clark Kent aka Superman) in the form of Tyler Hoechlin. Hoechline strips back the character to the big, blue boy scout of yore giving us a very different interpretation to the version that Henry Cavill plays on the big screen – although he might be a bit too bushy in the eyebrow department though! You could argue that the introduction of Supergirl’s cousin is only there for the ratings, but you can’t really have a Superman spin-off without the Man Of Steel.
When I reviewed season one of Supergirl, I said that it was “ cracking viewing for a 13 year old girl who is eager for a hero to aspire to’’ – it continues to be that – but it might have a whole now level of importance (or competition) now that Wonder Woman has opened up the door for female superheroes.
Echoes of Richard Donner’s Superman (1978) continue to ring through Supergirl. From the playfulness of the tone to the brassy notes of Blake Neely’s John Williams-influenced score. Older fans will appreciate the riffs on the past history of DC comics. This second season has more of an assured tone and the actors have grown into their roles and the show continues to get better, upping the scope and the concepts to make it feel fresh and unique.
The blu-ray of Supergirl – The Complete Second Season comes with a selection of featurettes – a well presented package. Like the show, they’re a wee but fluffy but entertaining.