Just finished. Calista, indeed, kicked ass. She was hilarious and a blast to watch. Good acting over all. Benoist was great, going back and forth in pretty much any order from adoable-mouse, strong justice-y with the straight back and square shoulders, and raging overpowering f-u warrior, and badly injured. Harewood is always fun in almost anything. The crossover was particularly fun, I’ve loved The Flash since I was a kid, and I like the show, too. I’m also glad they worked one of my most favorite characters ever, The Martian Manhunter, into any show at all, and in such a prominent part.
The cinematography and art direction is noticeably better than the other DC shows.
Although dialogue is generally very well written, the arc writing, though, is about on par with Arrow and Flash, a mix of generic soap opera sci-fi tropes, and very formulaic. RANT WARNING:
I get a little annoyed with the constant plot formulas of, “No one can know my secret identity. OK, this guy. OK, now you can, too. Oh wait, you totally need to let this person…” etc.
Or, the irritating love quadrangles/triangles/tug-of-wars that always play out as never ending. Everyone who is in love with each other ends up rejecting that other person eventually “for reasons.” Can’t anyone just fall in love with each other and stay that way? It’s like watching anime.
Or every single episode starting about the hero’s needing to learn a lesson in heroing, and learning that lesson by the end after almost being defeated.
Or, a guy who looks like a bad guy ends up being a good guy until they’re the bad guy again. And a good guy then bad guy who was always a good guy after all… these DC plots have more face-heel/heel-face turns than pro-wrestling.
And finally: character bloat. Actually, Supergirl does that one pretty well. I was just reminded of this when, during the crossover ep Barry goes through a whole list of known, named heroes, while this world only has two, and he becomes #3.
(I think that may be the reason the only DC show I really like is one most other people don’t: Gotham. Yeah, there is a bit of that formula there, but not quite the formulaic flailing about. There’s more development, and it’s more down-to-earth. Literally, in fact!)
I know I’ve been critical, but I still like them all.
I loved Arrow’s first season, I stuck with The Flash for quite a while because of Barry (I can’t abandon Barry!), but Supergirl is my favorite of all three at the moment.