7 October 2019 | NDbportmanfan
My early thoughts on this show are positive. Having given all the CW/DC shows their fair one season shot; I would say this pilot reminds me of Arrow for better or worst. It is mainly just a quick episode of self discovery. The problem I have, like I have with all these shows is that they quickly try to convey their characters intentions and personality so they can show references and action for the most part. This show isn't as guilty as others but those issues still show up. You know what really fails with this approach, showing that Kate is a lesbian. I felt it came across too heavy handed, like they did with Alex Danvers on Supergirl. I shouldn't leave a pilot only knowing that my main character is unapologetic and is gay. I know she will become a deeper character as the show progresses but as an episode that is supposed to hook in the audience; I think it failed at making Kate as likable/sympathetic as they could have.
Character arcs aside now, I did enjoy the story in this episode as it is set up well and lacked any cringe that I have been seeing on most of these shows. The main reason for this I believe is that this show appears to only be scheduled for 8 episodes compared to the usual 18-23. This is refreshing as the other shows have a lot of useless filler and one off villain, which is why I only watch the Flash now. The story can now focus on one villain and hopefully focus on Kate to develop her properly.
This shows is not as bad as the review score says as users voted on this way before the episode concluded. My thinking is that they saw the trailer months ago and where angered by a key line being "The suit (Batman's suit) is perfect" (Fox) "It will be, when it fits a women" (Kane). If that doesn't set off fanboys I dont know what will. I liked the line as it captures her personality perfectly. If the line bothered you; I doubt the show is for you. Otherwise this show seems to be far more grounded like Arrow/Black Lightning than the others. Will it be ruined by the crossovers, time will tell but looking at Arrow's current state I lean on yes. I hope to be wrong as this show looks to have my attention.
Also if the current 3.9 score sways you away just watch an episode from season 3 of Riverdale (same network) which currently sets at 7.2 and tell me which shows deserves the 3.9.