Feminism’s superhero

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Feminism’s superhero

photo courtesy MCT Campus

photo courtesy MCT Campus

photo courtesy MCT Campus

She’s flying in and helping Superman out. Her name is Supergirl, and she is making her mark on the small screen.

In the weeks leading up to Supergirl’s premiere, I was bombarded with ads for the new TV series on CBS. Not to mention lead actress Melissa Benoist was featured on The Ellen Show. Finally, after weeks of waiting, the premiere was here: 8:30 p.m., Oct. 26.

When I sat down to watch it, I was optimistic that Supergirl would become one of my regular shows. I’m not usually one for movies and TV shows based on comic books, but I was willing to give Supergirl a shot. It also helped that this time the superhero was a girl.

The lead actress, Melissa Benoist, also happens to be one of my favorite characters from FOX’s Glee, so I already knew who she was. As the premiere began, I sat down on my couch, turned on the TV and watched Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl, rescue a plane with engine failure. I soon realized that Supergirl is a show about girl power. And I was impressed.

The opening scene of the pilot took place on Krypton, and the CGI was fantastic. The plot was engaging, and I liked how the superhero terminology was dumbed down to the point where I could easily understand.

In short, the pilot was a success. Melissa Benoist was captivating and the cast surrounding her was well put together. One notable character was Kara’s hard-core, merciless boss Kat Grant, played by Calista Flockhart, who played the title role in Ally McBeal. Though Supergirl’s pilot was impressive, I wondered how the show would progress.

All too often, a show puts a lot of work into a smashing pilot, and the rest of the series drags until the viewers just stop watching because they’re bored. However, now that Supergirl is well into the 13-episode season, I’ll admit I am still in love with the show. Supergirl is evolving from a naïve girl with powers to one who actually knows how to use them. The characters are multi-dimensional. Feminism seems to be an overarching theme. Supergirl regularly battles other aliens, many of them male.

Supergirl feels fresh. Perhaps that’s because after decades of male superheroes, a female superhero is finally saving the day. In the world of Metropolis and National City, the latter being where the show is set, women are allowed to succeed, which is inspiring because Supergirl sticks to its feministic theme in more ways than one.

For instance, Superman isn’t the one always saving the day. Kara’s adoptive sister, Alex, is both an engineer and a highly trained agent. Kara’s boss is a woman who regularly reminds both Kara and the audience about feminism and the fight for equal consideration. Supergirl even complains when Superman saves the day. Even though he is her cousin, and they have the same powers, she wants to make a name for herself, and to be considered equal to Superman.

Supergirl’s desire to be considered equal to Superman seems all too similar to the fight for equal pay between genders, a prominent problem in the world without superheroes.