What You Need To Know:
The pilot episode of SUPERGIRL, CBS-TV’s new superhero series, is a modern twist of the classic DC Comic book character. Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, arrives on Earth 24 years later than planned. Superman places Kara with the Danvers family. Cut to present day, where Kara finally accepts her superpowers and starts saving people as Supergirl. She joins forces with a secret government agency to stop a plan by an elite advance force from General Zod to destroy National City. Her sister and the agency’s head agent are concerned that Supergirl isn’t strong enough to stop the male villains from Krypton, who also have some superpowers.
The SUPERGIRL pilot episode is loads of fun and moves briskly from beginning to end. The cast is likable and witty, especially Melissa Benoist as Supergirl. There’s also a strong family component. The special effects are fantastic, especially for broadcast television standards. The pilot episode has a strong moral worldview, mitigated by some Romantic, feminist elements. It also has lots of action violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for the pilot episode of CBS-TV’s SUPERGIRL.
(BB, C, RoRo, Fe, Ho, L, VV, S, N, A, M) Strong moral worldview of good vs. evil where female superhero seeks to thwart the evil alien criminals, extols sacrifice, and fighting for family, with strong Romantic elements where mother tells daughter to stay true to herself instead of extolling tangible virtues, plus some light feminist elements and a young woman is falsely thought to be a lesbian; five light profanities (OMG’s); moderate action violence with multiple fight scenes as Supergirl is strangled, punched, kicked, shot at, and set on fire, though she’s impervious to much of it, villain kills himself by stabbing himself in the chest; no depicted sex, but man thinks his friend is coming out as a lesbian when in fact she’s explaining she’s an alien; no explicit nudity except for the first choice of superhero suit baring Supergirl’s midrift and then settling on a tight fitting top and short skirt with leggings; light alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, alien criminals seek revenge not only on Supergirl but on National City for her mother’s role in their imprisonment, and greed as aliens seek to dominate planet Earth, though both are rebuked by the heroine.