Fall 2015: What’s on Monday? Supergirl, Blindspot & Minority Report
BY Jennifer Griffin
Published 6 years ago
With a slew of new shows to consider this Fall, it can be hard to know what to DVR, what to ditch, and what to invest your time watching live. And with a huge number of often nebulous, or worse, blandly praise-worthy online reviews popping up ahead of the Fall schedule the decision only becomes more difficult.
That's where ScreenSpy comes in. We've put together a series of brief and concise thoughts on everything on offer, structured according to the day each new show airs. What's more, our reviews are written by people who have watched and analyzed in advance almost every pilot episode of every new show premiering this TV season.
Is Blindspot worth the hype? Is Supergirl The Flash light? Will Minority Report turn out to be another Almost Human? We can't predict the future, but we can help you make an informed viewing choice. And because we're not owned or affiliated with any TV Network, unlike some of our industry peers, you can be sure our criticism is genuine, and not a marketing maneuver in disguise.
The various Networks sent us a slew of pilot episodes over the summer on a 'not for review' basis. This means that they don't want us to offer a full critique just yet. That's ok with us because this series of articles isn't intended to be another lengthy online review. (We can discuss all those character insights later, right?) Sometimes, the Network will decide to recast an actor, alter a scene, or make a change to any number of little details that might spell big changes for the show as a whole. For that reason they don't want us to review their product before it's finished, which is understandable. We wouldn't like someone reading an early first draft of this article either. What you will find below, therefore, are our first impressions, or a 'preview' of what's around the corner.
And yes, our full 'for review' analysis will follow in due course.
Here's what's new on Monday night this Fall.
What CBS Says: Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
What We Say: Supergirl is so gosh darn enthusiastic that we’re happy to forgive a slightly meh first villain for the pilot episode, and Kara’s tendency to break into a smile as a knee-jerk reaction to almost every situation. (We get it. She’s charming. She’s kookie. We like her. Let’s get on with it.) The Flash has paved the way (at least on the CW) for upbeat, likable, and for the most part well-adjusted superheroes. Even Arrow is going ‘lighter’ this season. Get your smile on.
Who’s In It: Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan, and David Harewood.
Points of Note: Ok, let’s talk about that moment, before we put this issue to bed forever. We totally get that Superwoman and Supergirl are two different characters, but we have issues with that whole “I’m a girl” pilot episode speech by Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant. You know the one that’s supposed to definitively squash any future discussion as to whether the term ‘super girl‘ is non PC? In case anyone is in any doubt, referring to a woman as a girl is an affront to her maturity, authority and sexuality, and you shouldn’t do it, regardless of how it’s packaged on TV. Point of reference? Just ask yourself, would any man be happy to identify as a boy under the same circumstances? Probably not.
Ok, we’re done. can we all just enjoy Supergirl now?
Supergirl premieres Monday October 26 at 8:30 pm (ET/PT) on CBS