Hey Supergirl fans! Our favorite Girl of Steel is returning tonight. We couldn’t be more excited for her return.
So the two biggest Supergirl fans on the 4 Your Excitement team, Catherine and Bec, are going to name their favorite episodes of season one.
My top five episodes are in a particular order! This isn’t a best to worst thing. More of a favorite to really good based on personal preference.
1) “Human for a Day” (episode 7)
What can I say about this episode? “Human for a Day” is, for me, when Supergirl really found its identity. It’s charming. It challenges our heroes. At the end, it’s a story about maintaining hope. How this hope can help people find their true strength. Superman did a similar story in the comics, with a similar moment of talking down a gunman. It didn’t hit quite like seeing Kara, still new and a little afraid, talk down a gunman. Kara Danvers may be from Krypton, but this episode shows that her boundless compassion is the best parts of her humanity.
2) “Falling” (episode 16)
This episode was gut-wrenching for me. Kara’s “fall from grace” was brilliantly played by Benoist. Watching Kara embrace every dark urge, every feeling of anger, it was slow and against her. Yet, the anger is also so understandable. For someone who has lost her whole planet, Kara always seemed so well-adjusted. This just shows that underneath, there are those darker feelings that come from intense pain. Seeing her break down at the end of the episode, it just shows how her “better angels” are really her strongest feature. The whole episode was beautifully acted but the triangle between Benoist and Leigh prove why they’re the show’s emotional core.
3) “Worlds Finest” (episode 18)
This episode was just flat-out fun. It would probably be in the one or two spot if not for the villain parts of the episode, which just kind of felt drawn-out and boring. And the fact that you can feel the panic of Kara and James not being together, so there is a lot of ham-fisted shoving them together. Also have you see Silver Banshee’s costume? Just because it works in comics doesn’t mean it works here. Still, the scenes between Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin are the highlight of the episode. Those two are just having a ball in each and every scene they share. They’re charming and cute. They’re so cute that I feel like barfing rainbows every time they share the screen. This is also the episode where I realized that ohmyGod I actually liked Winn (Jeremy Jordan) after being indifferent to him.
4) “Bizarro” (episode 12)
This episode was oddly touching. Mainly because Bizarro was probably the most interesting antagonist in the first season. You just felt for this poor girl, who didn’t ask for any of this. This definitely made Maxwell Lord one of the most sickening villains in the DC TV universe in my eyes. How come no one has brought up, again, that this guy is a serial killer? Whatever happened to those other girls? I guess we’ll never know. But the way Kara truly did care for Bizarro and comfort her when she was scared? It was one of the saddest yet sweetest moments of the season.
5) “For the Girl Who Has Everything” (episode 13)
I won’t lie. This episode has a lot of problems. Truthfully, much like “For the Man Who Has Everything”, I wish the writers focused more on the fantasy then following what was going on in the real world. I actually think it would be more interesting that way. I want to see the culture and how Kara’s dreamed life could have been. Especially since she has memories of Krypton and grew up there. While I could take or leave some of the stuff going on outside of Kara for the first half of the episode, I really did love the sense of loss. Kara lost Krypton all over again and her anger at Non was scary and justified. Her grief at Astra’s death was so real. It was the emotional moments of the episode that really makes this one rank high.
My top five are in the order they were shown because there are so many good episodes in the first season.
1. Episode 1: “Pilot”
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched the pilot, it just makes my heart sing. The episode did such a good job of setting a tone and telling us who these characters are. I love that once Kara starts using her powers, she doesn’t try to keep it from her best friend. I love that they took the criticisms and comparisons to Superman and shot them down as part of a plot point. I love the ICONIC shirt rip on the roof. The episode hits me in the feels every time I watch and I still get the biggest smile when Kara first takes off.
2. Episode 7: “Human for a Day”
It was honestly a tossup between “Human for a Day” and “Red Faced” for this list. “Red Faced” is SUCH a good episode about what it’s like to be a woman and having to deal with your anger in a different way and the acknowledgement that you can be a hero and still get angry and what not. “Human for a Day” was one of the best glimpses into who Kara is. Kara Zor-El is the kind of person who will stand in front of a an agitated person pointing a loaded gun at her and try to talk them down, knowing that if she fails, she’s probably not surviving it. Kara is a hero regardless of her powers, she’s not a hero because of them.
3. Episode 16: “Falling”
I’m a sucker for the really emotional episodes and the ones that show us who the hero is. The most important scenes in the episode are not Kara at the club (as enjoyable as it is), Kara telling Alex off, or Kara throwing Cat off the CatCo balcony. The most important scenes in the episode are the ones that show Kara’s reactions after the Red K leaves her system and she’s left dealing with what she did. Kara is immediately heartbroken realizing that people are scared of her, realizing the terrible things she said and did, because even though the Red K brought out some deep down thoughts and feelings, she’s still a good person. Kara wants to help people and views it as her reason for being there and the Red K takes it away (temporarily) and it’s heartbreaking. The episode also allowed us to see what Melissa Benoist can do and she killed it.
4. Episode 18: “World’s Finest”
I’m gonna be honest, when I first saw that they were doing a crossover with The Flash, I wasn’t super excited about it because I don’t watch The Flash, but it ended up being one of my favorite episodes. Gustin and Benoist have such great chemistry and by the end of it, I was wishing we could keep Barry for a while. It’s just a fun team up episode, but also has a few solid punches in the feels. Every time I watch the scene at the end where the onlookers get in front of Supergirl to protect her, I cry. It was an excellent way to teach Kara that she needs to slow down and that sometimes it takes time to win back trust, but that it’s possible. It was a really nice episode to go along with the underlying hope theme the series has.
5. Episode 20: “Better Angels”
This episode did everything that it should have as a finale and did it extremely well. Once again, we are shown who Kara is, and we are even shown that Alex is on the same level, although let’s be honest, we knew that Alex was a badass. It’s hard to choose a favorite moment in the episode, the fight between Alex and Kara, Kara’s hope speech, Kara’s willingness to sacrifice her life for the world, and Alex jumping into Kara’s pod without hesitation to save her sister are all such great moments. Even the scene where Cat packs up Kara’s desk is noteworthy, because Kara’s relationship with Cat is one of the most important in the show. The most important relationships Kara has are with the women in her life and the audience is reminded of that in every single episode, especially this one, and it is so important. Episode after episode, we are shown women supporting each other instead of tearing each other down and it (unfortunately) feels so rare. It’s not Max Lord’s plan that saves the day, it’s Cat Grant’s. It’s not Superman who swoops in and saves the world. It’s Supergirl and her sister. Women who embraced the idea that they’re stronger together saved the world.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8/7c on the CW.
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