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Meet Kara Danvers , aka Kara Zor-El, who escaped the doomed planet Krypton at age 12 and was raised by her foster family, the Danvers, on Earth. There, she learned to conceal her superpowers and keep her identity a secret. Years later, Kara lives in National City working for fierce taskmaster Cat Grant alongside her friends, IT technician Winslow “Winn” Schott and photographer Jimmy Olsen. But Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency where Kara’s older sister, Alex, works, enlists her to help them protect the world from sinister threats. Though Kara struggles to balance her extraordinary skills with her human emotions, her heart soars when she takes to the skies as the DC Comics character Supergirl. (from CBS’ official synopsis)

Supergirl: The Complete First Season
Say what you will about what’s going on with DC Comics adaptations when it comes to film, but things have been turning out pretty well when it comes to the ever-growing DC TV Universe. A brainchild birthed by a cadre of producers (including Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, etc.), this miniature expanded universe of adaptations now encompasses SEVEN shows. For those counting from home, those seven are The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, CW Seed’s animated Vixen series, the now-cancelled NBC series Constantine, and this series. Since Supergirl is actually moving to The CW this fall, all will now be under one roof as well.

So where does Supergirl fall in terms of quality? To keep things short, right near the top. Much like Arrow, The Flash, and Legends in their inaugural seasons, the ride was a little rocky at the start, but the series soon found its own rhythm. Once the show stopped constantly comparing Supergirl’s deeds to those of (a basically unseen) Superman, it finally clicked with me. After that point (about  five episodes or so), the show and its characters were finally able to become their own thing.

Speaking of characters, all of the above-mentioned shows have generally been on point when it comes to casting. Supergirl is no different. Once again, DC TV has found a wonderful lead, this time with Melissa Benoist in the titular role. Be it as the hopeful, perseverant heroine Supergirl or the happy-go-lucky, friendly Kara Danvers, Benoist excels in the role.

Supergirl: The Complete First Season
Backing her up is an equally capable supporting cast on both fronts. Jimmy Olsen and Winn Schott form her support group/partners-in-crimefighting and both Mehcad Brooks and Jeremy Jordan, respectively, balance out that equation. Calista Flockhart is a godsend as the feisty Cat Grant. If anyone other than Benoist is the MVP of this series, it’s Flockhart’s own vicious (but still caring) take on the modern news/entertainment entrepreneur.

On the Supergirl side of the equation, the majority of the season sees our Kryptonian heroine fighting alongside the shadowy DEO (Department of Extra-normal Operations). There she works alongside her foster sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) and director Hank Henshaw (David Harewood). The former is basically her best friend and confidant, with Leigh shining brightly in the role. Harewood also makes for a great cantankerous mentor with a few secrets of his own. All in all, a stellar main cast.

The series is also no slouch in the recurring and guest roles department. Peter Facinelli is the clear standout as shady billionaire industrialist/scientist Maxwell Lord. Facinelli pretty much plays the part as “Tom Cruise as Lex Luthor” and it works like gangbusters. He’s an absolute treat every moment he is on screen, which is thankfully frequently as the season goes on.

Supergirl: The Complete First Season
You’ve also got Laura Benant as Astra In-Ze and Chris Vance as Non; both Kryptonian supervillains and our capable primary antagonists for the season. Then there’s the assortment of fun guests. Dean Cain ( Lois & Clark’s Superman) and Helen Slater (the original theatrical Supergirl) as Kara’s adoptive parents? Check. Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Jimmy’s ex/JAG Corps Major Lucy Lane? Check. Glenn Morshower as General Sam Lane? Check. Laura Vandervoort ( Smallville’s Supergirl) as Indigo? Check. Henry Czerny as Toyman? Check. This list goes on.

The series, like its DC TV Universe brethren (particularly The Flash), never shies away from including copious amounts of fun supervillains each week. Toyman, Indigo, Livewire, Bizarro, Silver Banshee, Red Tornado, Reactron, Master Jailer, Maxima, Hellgrammite, Vartox, etc. On the hero front, we also have Martian Manhunter and even The Flash! The former is a regular from the midpoint of the season onward and the latter sees actor Grant Gustin reprising his role from the current CW series. Even with its flaws, it’s nigh impossible to say that the series isn’t jam-packed with comic book characters, elements, and the right tone throughout.

Supergirl: The Complete First Season
Video
While this inaugural season hails from CBS, it still has that trademark Berlanti series polish. Simply put, Supergirl: The Complete First Season looks great in high definition. Aside from the occasion dodgy visual effect, there’s barely an issue in sight. It’s much brighter palette than most of the other DC TV Universe shows helps to not only make it standout, but pop on home video. It’s certainly the best-looking Superman-related thing to come along this year, that’s for sure.

Audio
Once again, a good presentation across the board. The mix is evenly balanced across all channels and isn’t frontloaded, as some TV shows tend to be. The dialogue, the sound effects, the music…everything is clear and sounds great.

Supergirl: The Complete First Season
Extras
Lookin’ good under the hood (or cape, I guess)…
  • Featurette: The Man From Mars
  • Featurette: The World Left Behind: Krypton
  • Featurette: Supergirl: Comic-Con 2015 Panel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel


Supergirl: The Complete First Season
Overall
Supergirl is only a season in and is already a very entertaining series. It still has the usual first season growing pains and shares some of the same problems as its sister shows, but it’s a winner overall. If you’re a fan of the character or just superheroes in general, I think you’ll find a lot to like within this series. If you’re a series fan, it’s never looked or sounded better than it does here and the set contains some nice extras.

* Note: The above images are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.


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