I am writing this as my wife and I watch the pilot.
I remembered seeing some previews for this back in 2002. At that point I couldn’t get a WB channel so I never was able to watch the show. Being familiar with Chuck Dixon and Gail Simone’s comic series I know what I would like to expect but I see what I am not going to be getting. I almost expected to see an Earth 2 (classic) interpretation of the comic series until Selina Kyle was killed off. One of my favorite female characters is Black Canary, it seems they retooled her onto a teenage psychic. Oracle, Barbara Gordon, seems to be one of the few characters, along with the stalwart Alfred Pennyworth, that has been untouched. Helena Kyle, the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, seems to have some sort of super-power.
The worst thing I can say about the pilot episode is that Huntress’ outfit is rubbish. Other than that, the show isn’t too bad. It has a good “Girls Kick Ass” vibe to it. If they could remake the show using the same feel but with Arrow’s edge then, I’ll wager, they would have another hit on their hands.
There is a fine line between good superhero shows and great ones. Television has had its fair share of lousy cape series like Nightman, Lois & Clark, M.A.N.T.I.S. and many more. As a matter of fact there were more bombs than hits. Very few shows of that genre even attracted my geeky interests. When I was younger I grew up on The Adventures of Superman (1952) and Bat-Man (1966), had a huge crush on Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman (1978) and I liked the Flash (1990) Right now I really dig Arrow (2012), it could be a bit less soap-operaish but if that is what it takes to stay on the air then I’ll deal with it. My list of shows is pretty Marvel light, right? Well, I am looking forward to Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. I could list all of the shows that have gone horribly wrong or were just barely entertaining but I don’t have that kind of time and I would rather focus on the shows I’ve enjoyed.
Anyways… back to Birds of Prey. We have the first four episodes and we are now on the second. I think we’ll be adding the other three discs to our NetFlix queue. I will be giving this series at least a 3 out of 5 stars. More importantly, my wife seems to be enjoying the show 🙂