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I think Supergirl moving to the CW is a great move. I've loved the series since it began, and personally feel it's every bit as good as the CW's Flash series, if not better.
The move to the CW is smart for several reasons. Of the CW superhero shows it joins, Supergirl has the strongest character storytelling. The entire supporting cast is well developed, unlike, say The Flash, or Arrow, which only seems to focus on key players and then keeps the supporting characters on the fringe, only using them when need be.
This habit of underdeveloped characters often forces the writers to write themselves into corners and then only by the grace of God, so to speak, by pulling out a deus ex machina get back out.
Although it seems to work in comic book stories, to a degree, since the audience already suspends their disbelief. But I was surprised as how much The Flash and the Arrow do this. It's way too much. The biggest example would be in season two of The Flash where the big reveal of who the man in the mask really was is one of the biggest deus ex machina's you're likely to ever see on television..
Instead of using it as a tool to throw off the viewer's expectations, they rely on it more as a crutch to counter what is genuinely cases of bad storytelling and poor plotting. Case in point, do you think they really had a plan on using that big character reveal beyond the shock value of it? Obviously not, since, (spoiler alert) at the end of season two The Flash goes back in time and saves his mother, thus erasing the timeline.
So the character reveal has no impact on the story line, and again its a case of an underdeveloped character, or more accurately, introducing a character as a deus ex machina just for the fan service, but then taking it right back. But I get it, writing a weekly show isn't easy, and writing ones self into a corner is bound to happen.
Which is why the whole man in the mask things was fun, but ultimately anti-climactic as it served absolutely no purpose in the overall story, which it seemed they might have been going for originally because they were building up to such a massive reveal. The amount of foreshadowing they had done with the character suggested we had a game changing character, and it might have been, if they didn't go and erase that character from the timeline in the very next instance.
Being The Flash though, they could potentially bring that character back. But then what purpose would he serve since it would be an alternate timeline? New stories present themselves, but the story they were going for never materialized into anything meaningful, which is the biggest problem I have with The Flash, as entertaining as it is.
This bodes well for Suergirl, because it means it will stand out in terms of storytelling as well as character development. Supergirl's use of deus ex machina's playout within the confines of her narrative and don't supersede it like the man in the mask example on season two of The Flash. This means they are minor and therefore more forgivable, and they don't detract or distract from the overarching story line.
Also, the CW superhero shows will benefit great from having to incorporate the Supergirl universe. The Supergirl villains are alien based, rather than meta-human based, minus a few exceptions (Livewire, Black Banshee for example), which will bring a new dynamic to the CW superhero universe once the big crossover happens mid-year and the DC universes hybridize. (They already laid the groundwork to this with the Flash / Supergirl crossover episode).
Another thing that will set the show apart is that it was a much bigger production over at CBS. While the show will take a pay cut from about 1 million per episode to about 300K-500K per episode, the sets and costumes and CGI models were already made. Meaning Supergirl's world is already well established and so the show can hit the ground running over at the CW. I doubt the budget cuts will even be all that noticeable. If anything, they'll only effect the amount of CGI you see per episode, but not the quality, luckily for us fans of the show.
I am really looking forward to Supergirl joining the CW and expanding the DC television universe. It seems to be doing things right, unlike the cinematic universe which is a sloppy mess right now.
Any Supergirl fans out there? What are your thoughts on the series move to the CW?
By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.