Supergirl: Badly-written, Badly-acted Dreck

I wanted to like the CBS series “Supergirl” so much! I really did. I am kind of a dork, so I will watch “Arrow,” “the Flash,” and all the comic book movies. So when I saw previews of this new series, I actually cleared my Monday night to give the show a chance. I expected a heroine – albeit a very young one – one that has a lot to learn about her powers and her mission in life – one that is still trying to find herself – but still a heroine.

supergirlWhat I got was a mealy-mouthed, badly-acted, awkward, badly-written trainwreck that was more concerned with the “feminist” message than it was with an actual story. I was bored about 20 minutes into the show. The acting was so horrible, I wanted to stab myself in the jugular with a spork!

Melissa Benoist, who was whiny and irritating in Glee, was whiny and irritating as the title character in this show. “If we call her Supergirl,” she pouts to her overbearing shrew of a boss after the latter names the new superhero, “something less than what she is, doesn’t that make us guilty of being anti-feminist?”

*headdesk*

Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen… oh, excuse me, James Olsen – the love interest. Yeah, no. He’s way too hot, masculine, and sexy for the innocent young girl that Supergirl is supposed to be! I’m not a purist, so to me, he doesn’t have to be a complete and utter dork, but he looks more like her older uncle and mentor, rather than a romance. And even though the show tried to create this spark between them, he’s just too sexy for her! No!

Calista Flockhart as the media mogul boss is just a screeching harpy. You seriously want to smack her in the face. Why is it that the most financially successful female on the show, the only one who has ostensibly broken through the glass ceiling in her chosen career field, is a raging uber bitch? Is the implication that the only way you can be a career success as a woman is if you treat people like something slimy on the bottom of your shoe?

Quite the message to send girls aspiring for career success!

The sister… What a whining, sniveling mess! Oh, she didn’t want Kara to find her super self, because she was jealous, despite her intellectual prowess, but now she knows better! Since when are superior intellect and mental acuity inferior to physical strength? And why the hell would a scientist and a kickass government agent feel all deficient? And let’s not even talk about the bad acting! SO. MUCH. FAIL.

The reactions to “Supergirl” are interesting. The Washington Post loves it. It “leans into its feminism,” the Post drools. You know who wrote that review? Their pop-culture blogger.

That bastion of cultural Marxist thought (if you can call the brain droppings it emits that) Vox claims that the show is the “start of something great.”

Is it the awkward, fretting Kara, allowing her boss to stomp all over her, while whimpering about being “anti-feminist?”

Is it the jealous sister, who despite her supposedly superior intellect, is so insecure, that she actually works to prevent her younger sibling from realizing her hero potential until the end of the episode?

Is it the dictatorial Miranda Priestley wannabe Cat Grant, who just comes across as a barely competent, but oh-so-egotistical and despotic (and irritating)?

Or is it the contrived dialogue that makes one think that it was specifically written to push the feministy message? “On my planet, females bow before males,” says the villain, to which Supergirl replies, “This is not your planet.” Wow. Original! I literally talked along with her reply as she said it.

The Hollywood Reporter is drooling with adoration as well, because the character apparently comes “weighted with significance.” Someone kill me. PLEASE!!

Know what many viewers are saying on IMDB? (The atrocious grammar and spelling are theirs, not mine!)

…STEREOTYPES!! so many stereotypes that have been going on since EVERY TV SHOW EVER! Even Smallville delivered better content then this. You’d think they would move on to new things. It just makes you cringe, you know? It’s possible you might like this show… if you don’t ask questions and just pretend everything makes sense, or if you think the actress is cute, but don’t go looking for a “good” TV show. Just try to get past the pilot if you can! But with so many “fails” in one episode, it’s too disappointing to carry on.

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The lead actress CAN”T act, she was terrible in Glee and even worse in this. The show is just one long crap-fest. She does looks at the camera and make a dumb face for everything, everyone is one dimensional and they have so much makeup on them you could hold a candle to their face and it would melt. Gross!

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Calista Flockhart as the “Boss” is incredibly horrible. She pouts her way through every scene — so horribly BAD you want to run screaming from the room. Flockhart is not strong enough as an Actor to pull off this role. She lacks the personal gravitas to be a convincing Leader. I would send her immediately off to the Phantom Zone.

Melissa Benoist lacks the charisma to play a Super Hero. Her scenes with Jeremy Jordan are totally lacking in any chemistry.

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Meh. I was hoping for more kick ass entertainment. We get Amy McBeal recast as a ball busting b$tch. Jimmy Olsen is mixed African. Supergirl is a knock kneed girl that gets excited and can’t make up her mind. Supergirl fights like an, um, girl. She gives up her identity to some smuck in the office that wants to, um, date her. In the fight with the mutant from outer space with a nuclear axe she almost gets killed. I was hoping he would slip his hand up her short little skirt and give her a little goose. I ended up flipping between this and DWTS.

How can they improve this. Get better writing. More spandex (or less). I’m not into the whole feminista thing, but maybe that is the audience they are looking for. At least they waited for the game to be over before showing it.

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after watching all i can say is that this show has done nothing but disappointed me. the characters were so ‘unreliable’. the story and the dialogues of the characters of the episode were as if an immature high school teenager has written them. acting was ‘eh’, so unconvincing. if this is how the rest of the show is going to be then i don’t think i would want to see it. there was no spark, no ‘kick’ in it that make people gluing themselves to the screen. the costumes and weapons look more like that from power rangers i.e., childish and laughable.

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This show is HORRIBLE. Bad writing, unappealing characters, and CGI that looks like it was done in film school.

Calista Flockhart’s character makes my skin crawl. Yes, yes, she’s a female Donald Trump, but she’s also uninspired and a complete cliché. The Devil Wears Prada anyone?

Melissa Benoist is Super-cute, but that doesn’t make her Supergirl either. Though I cannot blame that on her, as the writing was terrible. They tried to smash so much into one episode that any chance at a meaningful story was lost in the mad rush to get all of the info out the door.

Get it yet?

The critics, SJWs, and other self-anointed cognoscenti once again don’t give a crap about the acting, the plot, the execution, or anything else that makes entertainment… well… entertaining.

Sound familiar?

No, they want the feminist message, and they don’t care that it comes wrapped in used toilet paper.

26 responses

  1. mamaliberty2014

    Wrapped in used toilet paper… So much of that being offered as news, or commentary, or “entertainment” these days. Makes me glad I’m too deaf to bother with TV or movies. Meh indeed.

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    1. I had high hopes. Unfortunately, they were dashed! Good to have you here, Mama Liberty!

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  2. That’s okay. You have made supergirl entertaining and spared me the dangers of trying to watch it.
    Really, just too funny.

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    1. I’m here to watch the crap so you don’t have to just one of the services I provide!

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      1. I do like the Flash so far. I’m 2or 3 episodes in, on netflix. I started watching Arrow, which I actually used to read, some.
        I must have lost interest, though I seem to remember it wasn’t too bad.

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  3. Having pretty much divined all that just from the promos, I didn’t have to suffer through the actual show. Still, Nicki, thanks for once more being our crap filter.🙂

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    1. I like the shredder part, makes me laugh, but the filter is good.

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  4. Can’t say that I disagree with anything, Sarah! I was looking forward to it as well–so much so that I set my DVR to record the series. Well, THAT’S no longer the case after this train-wreck of a “pilot.”

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  5. Sorry! Nicki…not Sarah. This monstrosity so disappointed me that I STILL can’t think straight!

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  6. this is why I don’t have any outside connection to my television; I only use it to watch DVDs that I care enough to buy or rent. Or borrow. Or steal.

    Other than that, I read books.

    No commercial interventions, and if I don’t like the book I can get rid of it without having to go through all the bother of unsubscribing to .. something.

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  7. Thanks for taking one for the team, Nikki. I do have to say, I saw this stinker coming a mile away. I just didn’t know it was an ad for feminism and the left movement into the crapper.

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  8. The “Supergirl is a feminist” is something that boggles my mind. The heroes of the House of El are egalitarians.

    Want to do something “fun”? Hit Twitter and search for #Supergirl. The results will either make you laugh, or cry. Maybe both.

    I’m gonna keep watching for a few more episodes to see if it gets better.

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    1. “I’m gonna keep watching for a few more episodes to see if it gets better.”

      Isn’t that pretty much like hitting yourself in the head with a hammer because it feels so much better when you stop? LOL

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      1. Or bad gross food being an “acquired taste.” Nooooo!

        Do let me know if it gets any better. I have my doubts, but who knows.

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      2. Not really. For example, the first couple episodes of Arrow, and Supernatural, were rather rough, but now I like them a lot.
        I’m willing to give Greg Berlanti and crew a chance.

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        1. I actually loved the first episode of Arrow. Totally hooked. Never saw Supernatural. This, however, was a shit show.

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    2. Man… I did. The Twittergasm over that vapid show is absolutely nauseating! WHY????

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      1. It pushed the right buttons. It may have used a club but it pushed ’em.
        zombie activation buttons.

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      2. Grrrl Power! lol

        I pissed off a lot of fools who were saying “Can Supergirl rescue a generation who grew up without a female superhero,” with, “I don’t know: Are the WWI generation into tv? #WonderWomanCreated1941”

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  9. When I saw an ad for Supergirl I turned to my wife and offered that there would be no less than 5 instances of ‘girls can do anything boys can’ in the pilot. Neither of us had any intention of watching it, but apparently I was overly cautious in my estimate of just how bad it would be. At least that’s not an hour of my life that I want to get back.

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  10. Bad food being an acquired taste? My wife actually says to me ” this tastes terrible, here, taste it!”. Uh, I think I will take your word for it.

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    1. LOL That and, “Does this smell bad?”

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      1. My wife does that to me all the time.  “Tell me, has this pitcher of tea (or carton of milk) turned?  Taste it!”

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  11. Come on people. Supergirl is a comic book hero. You were expecting serious literature? Kant? Sartre?
    Stereotypes? Of course it is filled with them, again, this is a comic book. Sure, Flockhart is over the top, how is that different than Jonah Jameson in Spiderman? This is supposed to be fun. Good girl, bad guys. The kind of TV we used to have. Remember Wonder Woman? Been a while since girls had a decent role model on TV. No stereotypes or bad acting on that show!
    There was a short diversion while they discussed the name supergirl. Ok, yeah, it was lame. But the show was not all about rabid feminism.
    My grandkids love it. As I said, they could use a good female hero/role model.

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    1. I was expecting at the very least good writing and acting.

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