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The move away from so much time spent with Linda Danvers, the secret identity of Supergirl, chatting with Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) helped move this series from being a soap opera with a female hero to a much better action series.
Alright, so this is a show about Supergirl, but let's make this thing clear from the start: Tyler Hoechlin is the best live-action Man of Steel since the sorely underrated Dean Cain hung up his tights.
Hoechlin excels both as the superhero and the middle-mannered Clark Kent, bringing an element of the Christopher Reeve version of the character to the modern era. He's a wonderful addition to this world, playing perfectly off of Melissa Benoist...
Given how many stories we already have that focus on women fighting for respect, it's nice to see Supergirl switch things up a bit. It's no small gesture to have arguably the most famous male superhero of all time model feminism in action.
While Hoechlin easily steps into the role of Clark, and Superman arrives in National City to much fanfare in order to help his cousin, neither the actor nor the Man of Steel steal the focus from Benoist or Kara/Supergirl.
We don't necessarily need Kal-El around when Kara does a fine job carrying the truth, justice, and tolerance flag every week, but the Superman we're presented with here is like an old friend we haven't seen in awhile.
The point is/was that it's nice that Supergirl doesn't lament about no boys in her life and doesn't fall into the traps of her running into battles on tilt because a boy that she could throw into the stratosphere forgot her birthday.
Kara is more in line with other female lead characters on CW shows, such as the acclaimed shows Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. However, Supergirl as a superhero protagonist is a smooth fit with the CW's bigger hits, The Flash and Arrow.
The hour shines most when it focuses on Kara's struggle. Benoist, as vibrant as ever, conveys both Kara's pleasure at being who she is and the pain of having that responsibility -- a challenging line to walk.