Now Geek This Reviews Supergirl and Ash Vs. Evil Dead

nowgeekthisIn this edition of Now Geek This, I will review two more televisions shows that have recently debuted, the superhero show Supergirl, and the horror/comedy series Ash vs. Evil Dead.  While these two shows are vastly different in themes, both are very important shows for the geek community for different reasons.  However, is either show worth investing your time in?  Read on to find out the answer faithful reader.Supergirl

Let’s start off with a review of the CBS show Supergirl, which stars Mellissa Benoist as the titular character Supergirl, along with Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, and Colista Flockhart as media mogul Catherine Grant.  Supergirl is important because it is a show based around a female superhero, which we have not really seen since the ill-fated show Birds of Prey back in the early two thousands.

As a female led superhero show, I was very excited to see Supergirl give us a refreshing take on the superhero genre show.  However, when I saw the initial preview of the show over the summer, I was concerned that it make Supergirl look like it would basically be The Devil Wears Prada with superpowers.  The initial preview gave me the feeling that the show would focus a bit too much on the role of Kara Danvers, Supergirl’s alter ego, as an assistant to a ruthless and overbearing media mogul boss, Flockhart’s role in the show, and not enough on her life as a superhero.  I am happy to say that my original concerns were incorrect, and the show seems to actually balance both sides of Supergirl properly.

Supergirl, as it turns out, is a fun, lighter show, when compared to Flash and Arrow, that is actually pretty entertaining.  Melissa Benoist does an excellent job as Supergirl, and it is very obvious in her performance that she enjoys playing the role.  Benoist plays the part with a charm and liveliness that really makes you want to  root for the character as you watch the show.  I found myself smiling several times at the giddiness and pure joy that Benoist brought to the role.  The rest of the cast does a great job as well, particularly Jeremy Jordan as Kara’s friend and confidant Winn Schott.

I did notice a few flaws with Supergirl, but these flaws were minor, and did not affect my enjoyment of the show.  One of the flaws I noticed is the fact that the dialogue can at times seem borderline cheesy, not cheesy enough to detract from the show, but just enough to occasionally make me wince at the occasional line or two.  Another thing that bothered me about the show was Calista Flockhart’s character, media mogul Cat Grant.  What bothered me about the character is that she seemed rather generic, and only seemed to be there to make Kara’s civilian life difficult as she struggles between her two identities.  I really did not see the point of Flockhart’s character, and I don’t feel that she really added that much to the show.  One more thing that bothered me during the episode, and this is really just me being nitpicky, is the fact that no character on the episode would say the name Superman.  I understand the reasons why Warner Brothers would not want the show to directly reference Superman by name, but it began to become annoying after a while listening to the characters try to bring up Superman without mentioning his moniker.  By the end of the episode, I was screaming at the TV in my mind for them to either say his name, or stop mentioning Superman all together.  Honestly, Supergirl is s a strong enough character in her own right that she does not need to ride on Superman’s coattails, so I do hope that they will not continue to bring Superman up too often during the series.  This Superman issue brings up one more thing that nags at my mind, and that is the fact that I am not completely sure where Supergirl fits in the DC cinematic universe.  Does Supergirl take place in the same universe as the CW shows Flash and Arrow, or is this show more in line with the DC movies like Man of Steel and Batman VS. Superman?  I think this questions signals an over all issue with Warner Brothers/DC’s plans for their movies and television shows that can be confusing at times.

Despite these minor flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot episode of Supergirl, and I look forward to seeing more from this series.  Supergirl is highly fun, and very entertaining, and I think it will prove to be a great show with a strong female superhero that we have not seen in far too long.

Supergirl airs on the CBS network on Mondays at 8PM.

Ash vs. Evil Dead

Ash vs. Evil Dead stars Bruce Campbell returning to the role that made him famous, Ash Williams from the Evil Dead series of movies.  Ash vs. Evil Dead is a direct sequel to the original Evil Dead movies, forget about the recent remake/reboot, and is a welcome return to the classic series.  Watching Ash vs. Evil Dead was like seeing  and old friend that has been away for a long time, and left me feeling happy and content after watching.  The show featured all the action, humor, and horror elements that made the original movies so great, and Bruce Campbell slipped back into his role as Ash like it was an old pair of comfortable pants that still fit after so many years.

If you are a fan of the Evil Dead movies, then you simply have to watch Ash vs. Evil Dead.  Believe me, you will not regret watching this show at all.  From the opening scene to the end credits, Ash vs. Evil Dead perfectly captured every emotion and nuance of the the originals, and felt as if no time had passed, even though the show does actually take place thirty years after the movies.  I fell in love with Ash vs. Evil Dead from the moment it started, and I am very excited to continue this ride.

I am slightly concerned to see how the show will be once other directors besides Sam Raimi take the helm, but I am confident that the foundation of the show is strong enough to keep the series on course.

If you are a fan of the Evil Dead movies, then you NEED to watch Ash vs. Evil Dead.  Do not question, do not doubt, just watch the show and revel in the greatness.  Even if you are not a fan of the originals, there is plenty to love about this show.  In fact, I would wager that watching this series might even make you want to go back and watch the original Evil Dead movies, and that is a very good thing.

Ash vs. Evil Dead airs Saturdays at 9PM on the Starz network.

That’s all for this edition of Now Geek This.  Tune in next time for our next exciting episode.

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