Melissa Benoist

I touched on her in my Glee post, since she was in at least one of the first videos of Glee songs I discovered, and was known to me from watching a little Supergirl when it first aired. I’ve started watching that as my next series following Glee.

They really wasted her talent, especially in season 5. You could make a case for the focus being on the original cast as they pursued careers and angst post-McKinley. That case would include a relatively short, discrete run for the show, as happened. You could make an alternate case for there to have been less of that and more focus on the Glee club and the high school hijinks. The latter might not have worked with Sue’s continued appetite for destruction of Glee, and all things arts (perhaps the other political agenda of the show: importance of arts in schools).

At any rate, it struck me when I saw her in Glee that she didn’t look that much like the Melissa playing Supergirl. But then during the course of her time on Glee, you could see her completely disappear into a look. When she played a Spice Girl, for instance, she didn’t look at all like herself. There were some serious acting chops, and malleability of look, along with her amazing singing ability. It was almost a shame she went to something where that saw so much less (albeit some) use. Speaking of Flash, even though I saw him as Flash first, it is so hard now to see Barry Allen without seeing that smarmy asshole Sebastian from Glee. Unlike Melissa, he really doesn’t look different.

Lea Michelle may have a bad reputation, but she sure can sing. It wasn’t misplaced to bring Melissa in as “the new Rachel.” The topper is Melissa having done a great job playing Carole King on Broadway, home of Rachel.

Back to the look thing, it’s worth remembering that on Glee she was playing 16 years old or so, rather than early to mid twenties as Supergirl. Of course she seems different. But that’s helped by versatility.

She did get a great storyline with Jake, arguably an underused character, and one who could have returned even though Marley had good reason to go. This intertwined with a storyline with Ryder, and the competition between them. It’s a shame the latter actor ended up with her in real life and turned out to be… not ideal. Shades of Rachel and Finn being together in real life, until he self-destructed. Kitty got to be evil centered around her, and then reform. Speaking of underused people later, Kitty was one. Glad she did come back.

I’m still baffled by Melissa not returning for the finale. Just for that one bit, the dedication. Other commitments, sure, butthat obstructive? The timing seems wrong for it to have been to avoid being in the same place as Blake Jenner.

Anyway, she is my favorite part of Glee, closely followed by most of Brittany, and then probably Quinn, who is arguably underrated as a singer and who got weirdly left out at times. It was her show, essentially, but I’ll never be that keen on most of Rachel.

I look forward to getting into Supergirl extensively. I don’t remember them well, but so far I am on episodes I watched when it was new.

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