When I heard they were turning Birds of Prey into a TV series, I wasn’t sure what to think, having never picked up the comic book (although I do follow various comics news sites). Having seen 3 episodes, I’m still not sure. The premiere episode was pretty good, for a pilot. In fact, most of the things I disliked about it were, as another review termed it, “pilot-itis” – excessive exposition, cast not quite settled in, etc.
I quite liked the second episode. Some good dialog, interesting plot and characterization, decent acting – showing definite promise. And I figured out why Barbara’s wheelchair is motorized: it places her higher than a self-propelled chair would, making it easier to frame shots with everyone’s faces visible.
But tonight’s episode seemed a bit too much like a “very special episode” of Birds of Prey, and the plot just didn’t grab me. That and the fact that Helena was being just as bigoted as the villain, if the other way around: the metas-only bar, the repeated references to “our kind,” etc. One of the things I like about the DC universe vs. the Marvel universe is that it doesn’t have this anti-mutant hysteria underlying everything, and I’m concerned that it’ll turn into X-Men style everyone-hates-the-mutants – er, metahumans.
Anyway, I’ll stick around for at least a few more episodes.