Why Is Supergirl (CBS, Sky 1) So Terrible?

When the trailer for Supergirl first appeared, Twitter got itself into quite the frenzy. It looked really bloody awful, but oh my goodness, people weren’t allowed to say so. The Twitter Police were out in force to decry any who dared question. And you could sort of see why – there are so few TV programmes with female leads that aren’t romcoms, and aside from Agent Carter, none that have a woman in a superheroic role. (Jessica Jones appeared soon after, so wasn’t part of the discussion at the time.)

Here, finally, was a show which looked like it was going to have a dominantly female cast, with women in dominant roles, and yet here was a trailer that featured not just scene after scene of “Wah wah, I have feelings,” but even an “Ew, thank goodness you don’t mean gay!” moment almost worthy of Teen Wolf. There were some cool explosions, some fights, but they were drowning in simpering awfulness.

Waiting and seeing was obviously the best course of action. And, rather devastatingly, the result is far, far worse than anything the trailer could have implied. This is the most saccharine, feeble, self-hating crap imaginable, and nine episodes deep, it’s showing only signs of getting worse.

The set-up, for those uninitiated in the life of Superman’s cousin, is that moments after baby Kal-El is fired off of a disintegrating Krypton toward Earth, so too is the adolescent Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist). She’s tasked with looking after the wee super-baby until he can hold his own. Except her pod gets accidentally sucked into the Phantom Zone, wouldn’t you know it, and remains there for 24 Earth years. By the time she inexplicably pops back out, Supes is the man we know and… well, know, and her purpose on Earth is rendered moot. She gets adopted by a family of Clarklikes, with an older sister to boot, and is convinced to keep her powers a secret because OF THE NO REASON WHATSOEVER.

But wouldn’t you know it, moments after she tells big sis she fancies letting her powers out, a passenger jet her sibling’s on falls out of the sky. She has no choice but to carry it down to National City’s convenient city-enwrapped lake, and now has the bug for it. TWIST! Her sister works for a secret organisation that fights against alien menaces on Earth, and hasn’t told her.

Kara has taken on an ordinary job like an ordinary 20-something human woman, working as the PA for Calista Flockhart, the CEO of an enormous media empire. Ooh, she has trouble remembering to get coffee! Ooh, what a clutz! Flockhart is all mean and growly, and yet beautiful and full of womanly charms, and yet business-like and powerful and her sex is irrelevant, and yet a family-woman who loves her son, and yet distant and cruel, and yet close and caring, and yet whatever the script writers want her to be on a scene-by-scene basis.

She always has a cruel/kind word for Kara, reminding her how hideously difficult it is to be an astonishingly wealthy and powerful straight white woman in America. “I, a woman, couldn’t get away with behaving like Perry White!” (I paraphrase) she opines to Cara in one episode, in between scenes of acting like a petulant self-important bully. It is she who gives Supergirl the name “Supergirl” via her network of television stations, newspapers, magazines, skywriters and so on, and then in the most confusing mess of a soliloquy, explains how it’s not sexist to call her a girl, while Metropolis’s hero gets to be a man. No, it is sexist. It’s just sexist. The attempts to wriggle out of it, to justify a name they were clearly always stuck with, are embarrassing.

But even this “Oh it’s so hard to be so beautiful” bullshit isn’t enough for the show, it manages to find ways to be even more undermining of its characters. Not least because the idea of powerful women was always an illusion. Not only is Cara at the behest of a male boss (she quickly ends up working with her sister for the anti-bad-aliens squad), but she has her every decision made for her by her best-friend-who’s-in-love-with-her Winslow (Jeremy Jordan), and James Olsen (yes, that one, here played by Mehcad Brooks). And that doesn’t even touch on the show’s weird, self-destructive obsession with pointing out that Supergirl, and the show itself, isn’t as good as or as interesting as Superman.

Every single week it finds a way to crowbar in a reference to the one name it desperately needs to leave alone, in a self-effacing way that only serves to help the viewer nod and agree that it would be a lot better if he were around. He might get on with saving some desperate people, rather than worrying that a latte is the wrong temperature.

The show seems to positively resent the notion that Supergirl should occasionally do anything vaguely super. But it also falls down in all the worst ways any Supersomething tale can. It’s less than fifteen minutes into the first episode before sodding Kryptonite makes an appearance. Dear God – if there was anything that should have been a day one rule, it was, “Don’t mention Kryptonite until we’re utterly desperate in season 3.” It also entirely chickens out of the most interesting aspect of the Supermyth: how do you make a programme about an invincible god involve any sense of peril?

Rather than using an iota of imagination or ingenuity, they instead opt for saying that somehow when Kara fell out the Phantom Zone, so did an unlimited supply of equally powerful super-villains, who all wait in turn to try to attack… a tree or something. None seems to have any ambition beyond knocking something over, or wanting Supergirl dead because her mum put them in prison. All of them is as powered by our pesky yellow Sun as the central hero, meaning it’s rendered as just two ordinary people having an ordinary fight, apart from a bit of flying.

This becomes absolutely batshit crazy by episode 9, where Cara’s angry aunt is suddenly supported by about 20 flying Kryptonite superheroes, and you realise that at any point they could take over the world if they just bloody tried. But it’s also clear that the writers couldn’t give a crap about anything making any sense at all here.

For some reason I feel okay when Arrow’s Felicity Smoke is capable of hacking anything. It’s sort of her character’s superpower (apart from snarks), and you accept she’s the best hacker there is. But when Kara’s pathetic lovelorn idiot friend hacks the computers of the most sophisticated and rich technology developer in the world, you realise how little anyone cares. “Oh, fuck it, he can hack now.”

Occasionally there are little cries for help hidden in the scripts. In one episode, Kara is deep into yet another whinge about how incredibly hard it is to be a superpowered rich, white, straight, beautiful goddess in America, and Brook’s Olsen replies, “Er, try being black.” It’s coughed over, and then everything carries on as it was. It felt like the series’ only moment of clarity.

And it’s a crying shame. Supergirl doesn’t meet the needs of any market, beyond the empty of head. It doesn’t have the wit or insight of a Gilmore Girls, nor the energy and enthusiasm of something daft like The Flash. It doesn’t speak to anything of modern life, the fear of regret and of a life mis-lived like Canada’s lovely Being Erica. There’s no pathos, no attempt to say anything, no sympathetic characters, no notion of peril, and the only arcing story is whether her evil/not evil aunt will be cross with her that week.

Instead it’s about a priggish collection of vacuous idiots all fussing about nothing, while confused super-villains walk around in the background, waving at the camera trying to get the plot’s attention. Oh, it could say so much, speak to so many, mean something. Or if none of that, at least be a show about a woman with superpowers. Right now I’m harking back to the glory days of that trailer.

63 Comments

  1. Aphrion says:

    I smell a flamewar brewing.

    • N1kolas says:

      You do? You actually expect people to defend “Supergirl” en masse?

      Or maybe you expect that some people will try to flame about the social justice angle of some of the critisism. But “Supergirl” commits the worst possible sin for something that’s in the entertainment business, it is boring – not flawed, not controversial, not even so bad it’s good. Plain old boring, and as such I believe that few could muster the enthusiasm for a good old flame war around it.

      • Blackcompany says:

        N1kolas nailed it. There really isnt anything controversial about not liking idiotic dialogue, underfunded key special effects, poor character chemistry or a cheesy, meaningless villain of the week format. Its just, well…boring.

        • Aphrion says:

          Fair enough, both of you. I just expected strong dissent from what John wrote about angry people on Twitter. Clearly, that’s not the case here.

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    Bruski says:

    Well now you have me all sad, because Wondergirl in the style of Gilmore Girls sounds like it would be Amazing!

  3. Darth Gangrel says:

    It’s funny that you write a lot about Supergirl being terribly uninteresting and not putting the “super” in Supergirl at all, while choosing a header image that looks quite cool and interesting (it’s why I clicked on this article).

    Hmm, Superman’s laser eye beams are red and her’s are blue? How interesting, I wonder what’s behind the difference in colour?

    I couldn’t handle Smallville’s characters trying to deal with their personal issues, it just felt empty and yet-another-high-school-drama-ish. I stopped watching before the first season had ended. That show made me want to watch the earlier Superboy show (1988-92) I watched as a kid. I guess Supergirl is even worse than Smallville.

    • Blackcompany says:

      If the only two candidates were Supergirl and Smallville, Smallville would win the emmy awards…easily. Supergirl is exponentially worse in every regard.

  4. Blackcompany says:

    The show is absolutely awful. Promised a female hero, and instead we get a whiny female teen who needs government handlers to tell her when to blast meaningless baddies Superman is conveniently too busy to handle with her eye lasers because apparently, she cant even make that decision without consulting with someone.

    Those are, by the way, my fiance’s words on the show. She absolutely loathes it. In fact, she watches Skorpion some nights, but will change the channel when Supergirl starts and change it back when its over.

    She likes Jessica Jones though. We both do. And honestly, having watched the pilot of Supergirl and half of the second episode before we mercifully called it quits, I completely agree with her.

    Our problem isnt the female Superhero. We love Jessica Jones. And both of us would like to see a solo Black Widow movie to boot (we both think Johanssen AND the character deserve it at this point. And we are rooting for a decent Wonderwoman next year as as well.

    No, our problem is the writing. The show is really, really awful. The dialogue is cheesy; the villain of the week flavor structure is sad and renders any bad guy meaningless. Changing Jimmy Olsen the way they did also irked me, personally – not because they made him black – I could care less about the skin color of the actor – but because apparently, the bespectacled, somewhat clumsy yet lovable Jimmy Olsen somehow wasn’t good enough for this cast.

    I could go on but I shant. The show is absolutely awful and frankly John is being overly kind in his review for crediting the writers with even attempting to do something meaningful or rewarding.

    • Blackcompany says:

      Oh, and one last thing: After watching Daredevil on Netflix and seeing the clever tie-in to the Marvel Universe used to explain his uniform, and how he went about getting, the lets-play-dressup method for the two person committee who designed Supergirl’s costume in the pilot was laughably pathetic. It was, once more, my fiance who first pointed this out and I agreed with her immediately.

      Honestly, I dont even know any women who like the show. The few men I have mentioned it too are all too busy watching something more entertaining as well, of course. Like the grass growing. In winter.

    • Arglebargle says:

      John’s commentary does take a higher ground than the show deserves. I only watched the pilot, and gave up. It reeked of that ‘Don’t show you’re smart, you’re a girl’ mentality. Really felt it was aimed at the 10-12 year old Twilight fan demographic. Just awful.

  5. heretic says:

    The trailer does look terrible, kudos to John for taking one for the team in watching it and giving us an entertaining review :P

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      Andy_Panthro says:

      John also watches Under The Dome too, so he enjoys watching terrible TV shows.

      (So do I, to a certain extent, and I am watching Supergirl, but quit after Season 2 of Under the Dome because of how awful it was).

      • Fnord73 says:

        You must see scandinavian Big Brother, season 4 sometime. Revenge of the agressive sexual girls. :-)

      • Malibu Stacey says:

        I watched series one of Under the Dome on channel 5 & completely missed them showing the second series mainly because I thought it was so bad there wouldn’t be a second series. Imagine my surprise when series 3 was on last summer.

        Then again I stopped watching Marvel’s Agents of Shield on Channel 4 when it went on mid-season break during the first season & never looked back but apparently it’s third season premiered on Sunday so it shows what I know about the quality of TV shows.

  6. gabrielonuris says:

    Let’s not forget all that talking about FRIENDZONE…. Seriously? Can this show be more immature than that? I’m not against memes, sometimes they can be fun, but to see grown ups talking about friendzone in the work place makes me think if the script for this show isn’t actually being made by teens, who can’t even read aloud what they’re writing (for christ sakes, I read even my comments again just to double check if there is nothing wrong).

    Now about the female example of strong and independent woman, I think Supergirl isn’t even trying. I would watch a show about Felicity Smoak alone, instead of Supergirl. She has the character, the presence and personality you hope to see in a fictional being, everything needed to make her more believable, while Kara – althought I really like the actress herself – has even less personality than the heroes from Teen Titans cartoon.

  7. ansionnach says:

    I grew up with three sisters and I don’t know how many times we watched the Supergirl film from 1984. Probably haven’t seen it in over twenty-five years but I’d imagine it might sit in so-bad-it’s-good territory. I may have liked it when very young but I never did like the witless himbo that Supergirl and the baddie woman fought over. Perhaps an example of shifting the bad writing to the other gender… although, the writing was pretty bad all-round. I wonder what John would think of the film, especially compared to the series, which sounds worse.

  8. GWOP says:

    Meanwhile, CBS cancels Person of Interest.

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      Andy_Panthro says:

      Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? Why? Criminally unfair.

      • GWOP says:

        Well, not cancelled per se, but we are getting only one more 13-episode season.

        • Malibu Stacey says:

          I’m still waiting for Season 4 to show up on TV in the UK.
          I’m not surprised though. J.J. Abrams shows seem to get 5 or 6 series at most which is annoying as I think there’s a lot of story in Person of Interest.

          • pepperfez says:

            I feel like the real story only began after the surveillance apocalypse. But maybe audiences/executives just wanted Jesus Christ Supercop rather than dystopian Donna Haraway?

  9. Minglefingler says:

    There will be spoilers ahed for Arrow and the Flash. It’s interesting that this is executive produced by Greg Berlanti who is one of the gentlemen behind Arrow and the Flash. Arrow was a show that had a great run, particularly in its second series but then devolved into an illogical mess where characters behave in ways that the plot requires, this usually involves keeping a massively stupid secret (Laurel not telling her father that her sister is dead being a prime example.) The Flash does the same with Iris (in series one at least, I’ve not watched beyond the finale.) Both these shows have idiotic gaps in logic when it comes to plotting (Malcolm walking freely around the city he tried to destroy, Barry honouring his deal to free the Reverse Flash when his mother’s murdered has already given him what he needed, Eddie shooting himself instead of shooting his descendant or simply deciding to have a vascectomy.) The Flash is also a show that has a character who has a PHD and who helped build a particle accelerator ask the question “What’s a singularity?”
    In both these shows the weakest characters are female (Laurel and Iris,) the Arrow writers had no idea what to do with Thea for ages, Felicity spent a large portion of series three snivelling or worrying about Ray or Oliver and in the Flash Caitlin’s defining characteristic was that her fiance died. It seems to me that Supergirl’s problem are a continuation of these two shows weak points and that Mr Berlanti may be spreading himself too thinly which has resulted in piss poor nonsense like Supergirl.

  10. somnolentsurfer says:

    My housemate loves it. He’s been telling me to watch it ever since it started. Made episode five today. Did anyone else notice that the super train station is totally London Charing Cross?

  11. HegemonyCricket says:

    The nine-year-old girl I watch it with loves it. I think we’re not the target demographic.

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      Sinomatic says:

      This. I’ve watched up to episode 8 or so, hoping it would get better, and so far all I could think was ‘if this had been made back in the 80s (when I *was* still 8), then I’d think this was great’. It feels like something that would have gone over well if it had been made in a time pre- shows like Xena, Buffy et al.

      Maybe it’ll develop into something a bit more interesting, a bit more mature (I doubt it), but as it stands it very much feels like a wee kiddie show. Christ, Dr Who is looking pretty grimdark next to Supergirl at the moment. Nothing wrong with it being a wee kiddie show of course, but I didn’t get the impression that’s who it was actually intended for by the creators.

      • somnolentsurfer says:

        It feels like something that would have gone over well if it had been made in a time pre- shows like Xena, Buffy et al.

        Alongside Lois and Clark, for example.

    • Shinard says:

      Fair enough. Ah well, at least there’s Jessica Jones.

  12. Rhodokasaurus says:

    I thought people liked Supergirl. Polygon (pro-social justice at any cost) seems to like it. Haven’t seen it myself because I don’t think it was intended for mid-30’s males.

    • bonuswavepilot says:

      What’s with the social justice disclaimer? Do you just add that every time you mention Polygon?

      • Cinek says:

        He hates social justice? The less of it the better? I bet that when he’s choosing a country to move to he looks for one with the highest inequality.

    • DORKSMAN says:

      Like John points out in the article, Supergirl is hardly doing much for social justice. ‘Has a female lead’ is most all it has on that front, and even that it handles poorly.

      Benoist’s occasional actually-quite-good performance is one thing the show has going for it, though.

      • Rhodokasaurus says:

        The only thing I said about social justice is that Polygon leans that way.

  13. Sin Vega says:

    This was the first I’d even read of Supergirl, having precisely zero interest in boring spin offs of the most boring, idiotic incarnation of the most boring superhero, and, well. I assumed you were exaggerating, but jesus christ, that trailer is abysmal. I think I sprained something cringing so often and so hard. Good lord.

    • JuergenDurden says:

      “having precisely zero interest in boring spin offs of the most boring, idiotic incarnation of the most boring superhero”

      THANK YOU!i’d even go a step further and extend this to the entire DC universe….. but they have Batman. I love Batman.
      Literally every other hero in the DC roster is awful, tacky and seems like some anachronistic left-over from the golden age.

  14. Haldurson says:

    Part of the problem is, imho, that it says the same things over and over again ‘I’m a GIRL’, ‘I’m Strong’, etc. The effect of that is that it seems patronizing and is guilty of one of the worst things you can do, and that is to treat your audience as if they are dumber than dirt.

    Do they expect that a viewer won’t notice that Supergirl is a ‘Girl’, or that Supergirl is ‘Strong’ unless they repeat that in almost every damned episode? It’s lazy writing.

    That said, I do think that Melissa Benoist as an actress does kind of rise above the material. And she’s really the only reason why I still watch the show (though I don’t know for how long). But yeah, the writing is bad.

  15. C0llic says:

    That trailer makes her looks like the ditzy ‘pixie girl’ we see all the time in rom-coms, only she’s … a superhero. But don’t worry! Shes still a little bit kooky, and cute, and teeny bit insecure.. even though she can fly!

    I don’t think I should ever watch this.

    Jessica Jones was brilliant though, so maybe I should watch that again.

  16. cpt_freakout says:

    Jessica Jones and Agent Carter are way, way better than this, as far as women superhero shows go. Exponentially better, in fact (yes, fact!). I started watching the DC shows because I liked The Flash a lot, even with all its faults – it’s just very entertaining to me. I still watch Arrow, even though it’s getting more stupid by the day, and Supergirl has yet to bore me, even though it’s evidently a show for 15 year-olds.

    And that’s the thing – Supergirl seems to be written for the early (white, middle class) teen audience, which is fine. I mean, Gotham seems to be for adults and it’s much worse than this, which is saying something. Jessica Jones really filled that smart, adult, superhero show hole in the TV landscape, even more so than Daredevil, so stuff like Supergirl feels like the kind of thing to watch while having breakfast Sunday morning. If you actually like teenage shows, that is.

    • Anonymous says:

      Gotham is another of those shows I’m amazed got more than one series. I watched the first 4 or 5 episodes of season 1 when it was shown on TV here in the UK & it was dismal. However I think trying to stand in the shadow of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy does it no favours.

      • pepperfez says:

        Gotham seems like an experiment in making the worst show people will still watch out of brand loyalty.

      • LaurieCheers says:

        For what it’s worth, I just finished watching Gotham last night; I thought it was a decent series, particularly towards the end. Jim Gordon and his was the stand-out for me.

        And no, I’m not particularly invested in Batman – maybe that’s why it worked for me, I was able to respond to the characters as presented, rather than being uncomfortably aware of the source material.

        • LaurieCheers says:

          Ech, meant to say “Jim Gordon and his conflicted relationship with Harvey was the standout for me.”

    • Cinek says:

      IMHO: Jessica Jones is much better show than Agent Carter. I watched like… 4 episodes of Agent Carter and couldn’t stand it any more. Jessica Jones on the other hand… I watched entire season in a weekend and demand more of it. Good writing, good acting, involving plot, very few forced moral dilemmas, and some of them resolved in a really good way. I truly enjoyed it.

      As for Flash vs Arrow – Arrow is fine, I don’t find it to get any more stupid than it was initially. Flash is like a little bit better version of the Super Girl – though still crap.

      • Haldurson says:

        Jessica Jones is for adults — everything about it screams ‘adult’, especially the disturbing subject matter. It’s good, but it’s dark and it doesn’t bear up to more viewings because it can be painful to watch — that’s not bad, just a comment on how disturbing it is at times.

        On the other hand, “Agent Carter” is more family-oriented. It’s light. It certainly doesn’t have the substance of Jessica Jones, but it also is light enough that you can watch it as a casual viewer and take it that seriously.

        I don’t think I invented this method of talking about movies or television shows (I don’t remember where I heard it from first). But I do like comparing them to food. Some shows are like popcorn or cotton candy. They are light, they are unsophisticated, and you may forget about them shortly thereafter. Other shows are more like a gourmet meal — they can be complex, and deep, and filling, and leave you thinking about them long after you’ve consumed them. You can like Popcorn or Cotton Candy. And you can also like a gourmet meal or a steak. You may even prefer one to the other. But that doesn’t mean that don’t want both at different times.

        Jessica Jones is steak to Agent Carter’s Popcorn. I like them both, but not for the same reasons.

  17. Shazbut says:

    Why would you watch 9 episodes of something you hate?

    • Donkeyfumbler says:

      Well she is quite easy on the eye, especially in that short red skirt….

      I do agree that RPS readers (and writers) are probably not the target demographic for this series, despite it featuring superheroes.

    • Sin Vega says:

      Because being a writer is hell

      • magogjack says:

        Nothing like the back breaking labour of watching TV and then typing about it afterwards.

  18. Nicodemus says:

    While it’s not the best TV in the world it certainly isn’t the worst either. I have to agree though that I don’t think we are the target audience and I do agree that Supergirl comes across more as Mundanegirl than anything Heroic. This is all down to the garbage that the writers have been pumping out for this series. However, the last episode before Christmas did have a spark of something that I hope they work on. Most of the kudos for that scene has to go to Benoist for suddenly showing a spark of rage that an otherwise utterly forgettable character didn’t have. IF they can work that spark into something to give the character some more depth then it could potentially improve. As it currently stands, it needs something more, but it is still better than 75% of the TV rubbish we get bombarded with daily.

    • Nicodemus says:

      Oh and as an addendum: Agent Carter IS the best female orientated “Super” show we’ve had in a long long while, and I really do love it.

  19. Cinek says:

    I seen only the first episode. It was awful.

    Perhaps not the worst one ever, but quite close to it. Horrible writing, bad acting, even special effects were mediocre. I don’t know why the heck various feminist groups were trying to build so much hype around this shit.

    • Josh W says:

      Because if there’s an audience for this, even though it’s not that great, people might finally believe that other things with female leads can get money too. It’s a weird kind of “pushing back” by paying people money.

      That’s the ridiculous situation we’re in at the moment, there’s no capacity for the various campaigns and petitions to have any influence on the commissioning process for shows; no kickstarted pilots or equivalent public process, so instead people find the scraps at the edge of that process, the experiments that may be good or bad, but nevertheless are closer to what they want.

      Supergirl does three things; it’s cheery in visual tone (not gloomy like the films), the main character/actor is charming, and it has a female lead and large amounts of female characters.

      That ticks off what various people would want to see in either a superman series or a general TV series. To many people, they might be enough to hold onto, if you’re committed to watching TV. “Finally we have x/y/z, I’m watching this, as a show of support.”

      Of course, ideally, people could chuck things back to pilot, or get the series or it’s creative team retooled, and be able to share why they didn’t like it, and then not worry about networks learning the same wrong lessons they learned before. “Ok, this is not the kind of genre/concept combination where we can get away with reasonable ratings for simple writing and a cheap effects budget, let’s find another easier kind of show to make.”/”make it grittier”/”make it more masculine”/”change the lead”.

  20. JuergenDurden says:

    okay, i’ll say it even though people won’t like it:

    all the current DC shows suck. arrow, flash, gotham and supergirl are all freaking terrible.

    • magogjack says:

      No, your 100% right.

      • JuergenDurden says:

        yeah, but both arrow and flash have huge fan bases and some kinda ‘ohmygod it’s so true to the comic books’ cred even though that basically means ‘ludicrous plots featuring ludicrous villains and pseudoscientific parallel dimensions garbage’, so i was expecting some backlash. but the simple fact is that both shows have awful visual styles, mediocre acting, cheap looking fx and bloated clichee’d plots. i have no idea why people like them.

        • cpt_freakout says:

          I’d salvage The Flash and Arrow from the ‘terrible’ category. I wouldn’t say they’re great, but many, including myself, enjoy them because of the things you just listed as negative. It’s ‘easy watching’ at its best, something entertaining because it’s banal and conventional. There’s only so many times you can watch The Wire, you know.

          • magogjack says:

            I have never heard a show being defended because it is boring….

  21. LaurieCheers says:

    Obligatory SNL parody. link to youtube.com

  22. Abaleth says:

    Having watched Supergirl I think it’s pretty hard to describe that as particularly good or bad series, it’s alright. I quite enjoyed it, but it’s clearly nothing special.

    It’s not Jessica Jones ground-breaking and awesome, not Heroes season 3 ohmygod incoherent and awful. I’m very surprised something so middle of the road has attracted such utter hatred and adoration.

  23. bill says:

    I’m weirdly addicted to it.

    I mean, it’s far from well written. But it’s kinda nice to have a simple fun action tv series along the lines of Xena or The A-Team, when everything else I watch is some kind of grimdark serious brooding (and usually very well made) drama.

    I can’t honestly say why I kinda like it, except it’s fun, the action is well done, and I think the main actress is just charming.

    It does seem to have trouble keeping anything back… they are burning through big plot points and reveals at a rate of about 3 per episode.

    The fight with her against her aunt recently was pretty good, I thought.

    It’s totally lightweight undemanding fast-food entertainment, and most of the supporting cast are cut-outs, but I’d give it a 7/10.

    I’m surprised to see it get such hate though…

  24. freedomispopular says:

    Not to dredge up an old post…I just happened to see this off to the side…but when did RPS start revieweing shows?