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Supergirl - S01 E16

Science Fiction . Drama . Adventure . Action

Kara turns on her friends and the citizens of National City after being exposed to Red Kryptonite makes her malicious and dangerous. Also, Cat appears on THE TALK to discuss Supergirl.

Episode Title: Falling
Airs: 2016-03-14 at 20:00
  • Glenn Garvin

    As the hour progresses and it flaunts its comic-book side (naturally, some supervillains have followed her to Earth, and even more naturally, there's a secret anti-extraterrestrial police force that wants to shut her up, because "nothing says 'covert operation' like a flying woman in a red skirty"), its essential nerdiness—the preferred PC synonym for "juvenile stupidity"—becomes overwhelming. Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The series is fairly lightweight, closer to Berlanti’s “The Flash” than the darker “Arrow,” but Benoist makes an appealing heroine, and there’s definite chemistry in her scenes with Brooks.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ned Ehrbar

    An intriguing debut is marred by silly missteps, rough dialogue.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The show sometimes goes too far with Kara’s rom-com-style personal life, but it never undermines her superheroics, and she holds her own against a nasty villain in the first episode.... It’s a promising--if a bit overly familiar--start.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It’s a competent and cute drama that benefits from being served up after a fall of horse meat.

    Slate Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    The pilot episode for CBS' Supergirl does manage to get off the ground, yet it never really soars to the heights of the supercharged "Gotham" and "The Flash." Nor is it as immediately intriguing as those two DC-inspired shows.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Supergirl is an average action show thus far, but its star is engaging.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    It works cleverly within a borrowed premise and restrictive parameters to create allegory, but the premise and parameters also work against the allegory, too.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    This isn't a workplace drama with flying, though; a dark back story soon surfaces that could raise the stakes.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Supergirl pretty much hits the beats you expect it to hit. There are rollicking battles enhanced by lots of digital trickery. There are hints of sinister threats to come, and some plot twists probably aren't as surprising as the writers think. Still, Supergirl is made with style and assurance, and it does enough to keep things interesting.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Tim O'Neil

    Even if it’s dangerously overstuffed, and a bit too familiar in places, the Supergirl pilot still does such a nice job of establishing its protagonist that viewers will want to forgive the show its (numerous) clunky bits.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There are some heavy messages entangled there, but the pilot treads lightly and moves swiftly, quickly establishing the evil force Kara will have to fight and the team she'll have by her side. Yet it also leaves room for a little ambiguity about the wisdom of depending on superheroes. The cast (which includes myth-appropriate cameos from Dean Cain and Helen Slater) is good throughout, with Brooks and Jordan suitably supportive and Flockhart seemingly relishing her Devil Wears Prada role.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    The script, by Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, is a by-the-numbers affair that offers the character’s origin story up front, introduces the villain at just the right moment, throws in the requisite unexpected complication at the three-quarter mark and saves one twist for the final moment. Yet, there are some redeeming, clever touches, primarily whenever Kara (Melissa Benoist) has a scene with Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), her obnoxious media-mogul boss.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mark Redfern

    Part of what makes Supergirl work is the tone. Those who found Man of Steel too dark won't find much traction leveling similar complaints here, as Supergirl is full of light and hope, but not so much so that it doesn't have weight and drama.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    There are some bumps in the road as the show lays out its premise, but Supergirl has a number of things going for it: Melissa Benoist is convincing and charming in the lead role; the supporting cast, which features the likes of Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks and David Harewood, is very good; and the leaders of the writing team behind it.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Good casting (including Mehcad Brooks as Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen--now hunky, African-American and going by the grown-up moniker James) and Benoist’s deft handling of her dual role create hope for the show going forward.... finding the right star, and constructing a credible pilot, are big parts of the battle. Thanks to those strengths, if the producers can sustain the playfulness and action without going overboard on Flockhart’s character, there’s reason to believe this “girl” can fly.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Come for the top notch production values and the budgetary polish that being on CBS allows. Come for Benoist, who brings a sort of heroic decency you might call Christopher Reeve-esque. Come for Flockhart chewing scenery. I'd say to stay for the uplifting and progressive message, but that's up to you.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Although that female-focused message doesn’t have much to say right now other than “girls can kick but, too!”, its simplistic delivery ties in with the show’s overall straight-forward storytelling to culminate in an unexpectedly affecting premiere.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    There could be a precipitous drop in quality in the next few weeks, for all we know. But what’s onscreen here is intelligent, sensitive, and sure-footed, and altogether promising.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Supergirl charms through its strong casting and earnest storytelling.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Best of all, Supergirl is just great television. Even those suffering from mild-to-severe super-hero fatigue will be instantly charmed by Benoist's initially uncertain Kara Zor-El and the slick and witty world Greg Berlanti has created for her.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    It’s got the sunny colors and optimistic energy of The Flash, a bright streak of feminism coursing through its storyline, and charming, star-making performance by Melissa Benoist as Kara Jor-El, aka Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    There's so much fun stuff going on in Supergirl, from cameos by Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark") and Helen Slater (1984's "Supergirl"), as Kara's adoptive parents, to the introduction of a sizzling hot James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), that it seems churlish to complain about a subplot that threatens to spoil the fun by making a federal issue out of Supergirl.... Benoist's Kara is a joyful heroine and a tough one.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The show, from busy TV producer Greg Berlanti, who is also responsible for “Arrow” and “The Flash,” is filled with such bits of self-awareness, most of it conveyed light-heartedly, cleverly, and charmingly.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Sims

    Overall, Supergirl is visually impressive (the special-effects budget can’t have been small), and it has just the right amount of self-awareness.... With CBS’s slick production and Benoist’s likable performance, [it] makes Supergirl an easy show to cheer for.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Alex Abad-Santos

    There are spots where it's too overbuilt for its own good. Some might find that it lacks sophistication and is occasionally unseemly. But for comics fans (like me), who've watched superheroes slowly trade their joy for popularity, there are moments that will leave you with an irrational grin on your face. Supergirl isn't the best show on television right now, but it's one you might love the most. Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Benoist is appealing enough, and the action sequences impressive enough, that the show gets away with the lack of subtlety. It's a competent superhero show made by people who've been doing this a while and have gotten better at it with each new stage of things.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    As always, though, it’s all in the execution. And Supergirl’s plucky central character, very winningly played by Benoist, looks good to go for this season and beyond.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Move past the word, and images (fortunately fleeting in the pilot), and Supergirl obviously has a major plus: Benoist.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    Only the first episode was available for review, but the writing and direction is assured enough that easy to see where this show headed: an uplifting thrill ride that isn't a heavy lift like so many dark superhero dramas.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Benoist is just so winning in this role.... As he did with CW’s “Arrow” and “Flash,” executive producer Greg Berlanti has managed to take a familiar superhero story and spin it into a TV show readers and new­comers can love.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Supergirl is a cheerful and spot-on adaptation, skillfully accomplishing the difficult task of making a corny comic-book story seem not only believable but also welcoming to those who’ve tired (or never enjoyed) the genre.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The series is well made and features a fine performance by Melissa Benoist (Glee, Danny Collins) as Kara Danvers, a Kryptonian woman who drops to earth a few years after her more famous cousin, Clark Kent. But it also has a patronizing, paternalistic--if not downright reactionary--attitude to gender equality.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
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