All right, Supergirl, here we go again.
While I know some people were totally into the first season of the show, for me — and many others— Supergirl Season 1 was one huge disappointment after another. From the cheap-looking (I say "cheap-looking" because I know in reality the show had a huge budget) special effects to the heavily pushed faux-feminism, the series left a sour taste in my mouth, especially since the program initially had so much promise.
Week after week, I hung in there watching each episode and then promptly taking to my computer to air the grievances of fellow viewers, as well as my own. I'm not gonna lie, I absolutely rooted for CBS to cancel Supergirl.
When it didn't get canceled, but instead made the move from CBS to The CW, it sparked a little optimism in me. Maybe, just maybe, the jump could amp up the action, add some oomph to the pathetic storylines and live up to the feminist hype the show had marketed itself with.
But with one short promo video, that optimism has been dashed. Yes, my friends, I'm now convinced that Supergirl — though on a new network — will still be plagued with the same old problems.
The usual offenders from Season 1, like the cheesy flying special effects and the forced dialogue, are there, but there's one culprit that stands out from the rest.
Take a look.
The real problem here is glaring. The addition of the Superman character might just be the straw the breaks the camel's back with the show.
How can a series that is supposedly about female empowerment continue to infantilize their central character? They spent the first season turning Kara into a whining mess, and now it almost seems like they are hell-bent on implying that she can't handle things on her own. I mean, I'm all for Superman making an appearance (heck, I think it's better than him just constantly flying over Supergirl's head), but they are turning him into someone that Supergirl needs to lean on. And they are certainly pumping him up to be a central character. It renders the entire premise of the show pointless.
Why not just name the show The Adventures of Superman & Supergirl?
I get it. Not every series is going to be a feminist anthem, but Supergirl just seems like it's forcing feminism down viewers' throats to cash in on the latest PC wave. It doesn't feel genuine.
In Season 1, we suffered through Kara being overshadowed and manhandled by male characters like James Olsen, Winn Schott and even Superman's shadow. From the look of things, Season 2 will be more of the same.
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