When the world is kind of falling apart, hope is what bonds us together. Through the fear, anger, and despair that can come with day to day life, hope keeps us alive. Hope that things will get better, hope that you can make a difference, hope that you can make it through whatever it is that may be getting you down that the time. No matter what you hope for, having that hope inspires and drives.
It’s that hope that makes the ‘S’ that Supergirl (and her cousin) wears so important. It’s a symbol that shows us that no matter how bad things may be, tomorrow just may be better. Kara Zor El made her debut on the CW Network today, and she did it with a bang.
5. Jimmy and Kara
Ok, bear with me. I am so torn on this. On the one hand, I ship it SO. HARD. Jimmy and Kara have exceptional chemistry together, and they make each other better. On the other… Kara’s reasoning is 100% on the money. She is juggling so much right now, and the past year of her life has been such a whirlwind. I’m desperately hoping that her ‘just friends’ assessment doesn’t stick around forever, but I am also very pleased that they’re giving her time to figure herself out.
If you’re broken up about it, worry not! Lois Lane makes Clark Kent better. When the time comes, someone will be that for Kara as well. I’m definitely with you in hoping that it’s Jimmy Olson, but let’s watch Kara be Kara on her own first.
4. Cat Grant
“In order to live, we must keep daring.”
Cat grant is a cold, callous, demanding, stubborn, firecracker of a woman, and she’s everything I hope to be when I grow up. It’s unfortunate we won’t be getting more of her this season due to location issues, because her constant presence will be missed. At the same time, we’re going to see Kara start growing into her own, so the constant presence of a mentor will no longer be a needed comfort.
Despite the lack of need, it’s definitely a want. Her fervent demands that Kara be as great as she can be are a refreshing contrast to the soft encouragement of the majority of the other characters. Those strong demands are only so strong because she believes in her just as fiercely. She knew what Kara was meant to do, and she never let her take the easy way to get there, because she knows that she is worth more than that.
3. Lena Luthor
“You wouldn’t ask me that if my name was Smith.” Ok, so, she was right, and so was Clark to question her, because her last name isn’t Smith. I’m still a little torn, but I’m about 80% sure that Ms. Luthor is on our team. That strong percentage comes with a deep hope that I’m correct. Lena brings a soft yet commanding lead to the new ‘L Corp’, which contrasts Cat’s frigid leadership style nicely. One of Supergirl’s biggest strengths is the illustration of so many different personalities. No one dimensional ‘strong female characters’ here. All of these badass women bring their own thing to the table, and it’s beautiful.
2. Superman is Superman
I’ve never made my feelings of the DCEU depiction of Superman a secret. That acknowledged, Kal El’s Kansas boy charm hit me right in the gut immediately. Superman is kind. He saves kittens out of trees, he says hello to the people he saves, he smiles, he laughs, he loves, he even feels. The thing about Superman is that it’s not his invincibility that makes him strong. It is his humanity that makes him the hero that he is. Supergirl managed to nail that down in IM’s last season, so seeing it in action was exceptional. Watching him shake the hands of the DEO agents and thank them for their service meant so much to me. It meant so much to me because it meant so much to them, and he knew that. Big heroics are great, but Superman understands that small kindnesses can be just as important.
1. TEAM UP!
I only cried twice in this episode, and both times were when Superman and Supergirl were doing their thing. Growing up, DC embodied so much hope for me, even Batman, who definitely isn’t known for his sunny disposition. Lately though, it’s been so much of heroes against heroes that it leaves me feeling a little down sometimes. DCTV acts as a great balm for that, but never has it made my heart as happy as seeing Kara and Kal take to the skies and defend National City together.
There was so much worry about Clark flying in and taking the spotlight from Kara. While there was a lot of hype surrounding him from fans like me, who just wanted to see the ‘S’ done justice, he didn’t do that at all. Superman didn’t save the day, Supergirl did, and even better, it wasn’t made weird.
Clark’s stay on the show will be brief, but I can’t wait to see the Kryptonian cousins taking on anyone who dares threaten Kara’s city.
BONUS: Kara Finds her Calling
As a floundering, goofy, struggling, sometimes confused writer who is still trying to find her footing in the world, this reveal, though not a surprise, was everything to me. Though most people won’t have an ‘aha’ moment the way Kara did, there’s something so deeply inspiring about watching someone who staggers just like the rest of us decide where they want to go. This direction is going to be filled with challenges, and she’ll fail sometimes, but she has a direction, and it was an absolute joy to watch her find it.