And, much as I’d hoped, this second episode spends far more time building up the characters of those around Kara/Supergirl, rather than concentrating on some cool fight sequences (although, to be fair, there are quite a few of those as well – only one mid-air part looking as if it had simply been shot from the waist up). Even Jimmy Olsen gets some shade added, with his comments about his relationship with Superman, while we definitely get to know more about Cat Grant… and some intriguing insights into DEO boss Hank!
Whereas the pilot was quite coy about using the name Superman, it turns up a number of times here – although on many occasions it’s being used to make a point about the differences between him and his cousin. Hopefully it’s not going to be bandied about quite so much down the line, once National City’s own superheroine has started developing sufficiently. This looks as if it’s going to be more of an ensemble show – in line with Berlanti’s other DC adaptations – than a gender-swapped version of Lois & Clark (although that’s certainly the version of Superman it’s most resembling at present).
Verdict: A good extrapolation from the pilot. 8/10