This week, Mxyzptlk, a fifth dimensional being, invades Kara's life because he has fallen in love with her by watching her from afar. We’ve all been there, Mxy.
This brings him into immediate conflict with “tall, dark, and blandsome” Mon-El. As Mxy struggles to win Kara’s heart, Mon-El becomes increasingly protective of Kara. Eventually Kara manages to trick Mxy into saying (or, rather, writing) his name backwards which sends him back to his own world. Meanwhile, Alex and Maggie come into conflict over how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Unsurprisingly, this was my favorite part of the episode. Alex is trying to connect to Maggie unaware that Maggie has lied to her to try to protect her. Maggie’s story of being forced out of the closet was both heartbreaking and utterly believable. The two finally come together at the end as they create their own special day free from Maggie’s past. Aw.
That was sweet and I have to admit that Mxy was fun. Even if it is really weird how he pretended to be Superman to attempt to win Kara’s heart. Like…she’s supposed to be attracted to someone pretending to be her cousin? That’s weird and borderline creepy. I like the way they showed Mxy’s antics as a combination of fun (fills Kara’s apartment with roses and poofs her into a wedding dress!) and seriously dangerous (brings Parasite back to life!). It was also cute, if a little obvious, the way Kara tricked him.
What wasn’t cute was Mon-El’s behavior throughout the episode. I’m sorry, I know he has fans among our readers and if you want to stop reading this review right here that’s fine but there’s nothing romantic or attractive about Mon-El’s possessiveness over Kara. He was worried and that’s fine but his worry manifested itself as controlling behavior. Their fight in the DEO wasn’t cute it was horrifying, the way he thinks he should have control over Kara’s actions. I can’t express how much I hate the way he’s been written in the show. This is supposed to be a show about Supergirl. About a sunny, happy girl who just so happens to have superpowers that let her save the day and rescue everyone in the end. Instead it’s become about Supergirl’s relationship with a hard-partying, womanizing, LITERAL SLAVE OWNER who thinks that “Things were easier on Daxam when I objectified women and didn't care about anyone.” WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SHOW?!
Okay. Okay, calming down. This is a hard review to write because I know a lot of you are going to disagree with me and if we’re being honest that’s a huge part of the reason I’ve put this off for a week. But I can’t help it. I hate Mon-El. Or, rather, I hate the direction the writers chose to take the show. I’m not trying to tell you that if you don’t hate Mon-El you’re wrong. Chris Wood is an attractive human and I’m not going to deny the fact that he has chemistry with Melissa Benoist or a certain charm but the message this show is sending is, in my opinion, a bad one, and they should stop. From here on in, I’m going to stop complaining about Mon-El and his relationship with Kara. In future reviews, I will try to contain myself. I know from experience how annoying it is to keep seeing your favorite character bashed week after week by some anonymous reviewer on the internet. The review for this week’s episode, which I should have done hopefully some time this week will be much more focused on what is actually happening in the show and less on my own salty opinions. While we’re at it, I’d like to apologize for having these reviews be so late recently. I’ve started grad school and I’m having trouble keeping up with everything plus my life plus my reviewing duties. I’m going to try to do better.
Bits and Pieces
How beautiful did Kara look in that wedding dress?
J’onn sent M'gann a valentine!!
Is this our first “Look up in the sky?”
Whatever this episodes flaws, it gets major points for the Hamilton references.
Kara: “What kind of stuff does she like”
Alex: “I don’t know, guns?”
Kara: “…Anything else?”
Mxyzptlk: “Don’t throw away your shot.”
Kara: “Love is putting someone else’s needs above your own.”
three? out of four awesome Hamilton references