Supergirl Season 2 Premiere Review

Supergirl Season 2

Tyler Hoechlin as Clark/Superman and Melissa Benoist Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW

Supergirl Season 2 premieres on The CW on October 10 at 8 PM with a few changes that only improve the already excellent superhero show. While the CatCo offices have been recreated in Vancouver, there is a new DEO set explained away with irreverent annoyance. It’s cute that it totally writes off the first season’s set, like they’re making fun of retooling but keeping it canon. That monitor-filled op center was my least favorite part of Supergirl. The DEO is still a big exposition center, but it looks warmer and well lit now. It’s the other workplace for the workplace portion of the show.

We also learn that Winn has learned Kryptonian, so he’s got that going for him now. It’s sudden, but we can imagine how that will make him more integral to the plots.

Supergirl Season 2

Tyler Hoechlin as Clark and Melissa Benoist Kara — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW

Tyler Hoechlin is introduced as Clark Kent first, and he is wonderfully bumbling and endearing. Man, when he does a certain iconic Superman move, he owns it. Clark and Kara’s teamwork is playful and heartwarming. They save more people in a single episode than Superman did in all of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The mutual warmth both Hoechlin and Melissa Benoist emit is contagious.

Franchise Fred believes this Supergirl is now post-Donner Superman: The Movie since Winn refers to an event from the film. That would make Eve Tessmacher (Andrea Brooks) Eve Tessmacher Jr. so my theory might not hold up. Speaking of Eve, Calista Flockhart screams “Miss Tessmacherrrrrrr!” like she’s throwing the gauntlet straight in Gene Hackman’s face.

Supergirl Season 2

Melissa Benoist as Kara and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW

We also learn Lex Luthor’s whereabouts which keeps things open for casting him at a future time. Meanwhile, Lena (Katie McGrath) is his sister, though we learn it’s a tad more complicated than just having the same parents. She is rebranding LexCorp into LCorp and trying to make good. I’m with Kara, I believe Lena. That might just be McGrath being a brilliant actor, but there’s more drama in trying to redeem such a criminal name, so I’m on the side of drama.

Lois Lane is off camera but clearly part of Clark’s life. Now, does Lois still not know he’s Superman or is she just playing along at this point? If my Donner theory is correct, she’s still under the magic kiss. There’s another reference to the larger DC world that connects Superman and Supergirl to a world not specifically part of their show. Franchise Fred approves the shared universe.

Supergirl Season 2

Tyler Hoechlin as Clark/Superman and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW

The conflict between Clark and Hank is solid ethical territory too.

Some of the other romantic threads are sort of dismissed away and I can’t say I’m going to miss them terribly. I would have celebrated the coupling, but if it was just going to be an extended “will they or won’t they” anyway, we don’t need that distraction. I want Kara to be happy and find love but I trust the writers to decide when that’s the most dramatically viable.

Supergirl is back and it seems like she’s where she belongs on The CW. I hope the cast didn’t mind relocating too much. I want them to know the effort they made to continue the show is noticed and appreciated.

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