Supergirl Recap and Review: “Mr. and & Mrs. Mxyzptlk”
Holidays in National City never seem to be quite normal. Flash turned up last Thanksgiving from an alternate Earth, so why should Valentine’s Day be any different? Just when you think #Karamel will finally sneak that first kiss, a 5th dimensional trickster with no vowels in his name, Mr. Mxyzptlk, or Mxy for short, shows up just before they lock lips and declares his eternal love for Kara. Kara of course has no idea who he is. Mxy begins to wreak all sorts of havoc across National City to woo his love including turning guns in midair on a group of bank robbers, saving the day from a previously dead Parasite while dressed like Superman, sending Mon-El back to the DEO dressed only in his underwear, and filling Kara’s apartment to the brim with roses.
A jealous Mon-El tries to compete with Mxy in pretty much the only way he knows how: through constant physical threats. He challenges Mxy to a duel with a little help from a 5th dimensional alien artifact dug up by Winn at the DEO. Mxy transports Mon-El to a more fitting arena – a theater – where they conduct the duel a la Hamilton – more the Broadway show than the real life scenario. Although there is no rap duel, only pistols.
Meanwhile, Alex’s excitement for Valentine’s Day goes over like a lead balloon with Maggie, who says “It makes me want to puke.” Alex goes along with Maggie, while trying to hide her disappointment.
Winn drowns his sorrow at the bar and is threatened by a couple of alien thugs, until he is rescued by the new badass alien woman on the block, Lyra, from Starhaven. Yes, that Starhaven. The one that smells like cinnamon. Or, according to Lyra, SMELLED like cinnamon. This leads to a great first date and what I think is an incredibly promising, complex relationship possibility for Winn, which is long overdue.
Kara comes up with an incredibly clever way to trick Mxy into saying his name backwards, which is the only way to get him to go back to the 5th dimension. Which of course Mon-El knew but chose not to share with anyone else. She does this after agreeing to marry Mxy. This throws a wrench into the budding Karamel love story.
Sanvers. Ah Sanvers. I cried and smiled at the same time. We get a bit of backstory about the reality of her coming out which wasn’t as happy as she made it out to be. Hence the Valentine’s Day hate. She makes it up to Alex. In a BIG way. The payoff is completely worth it. Trust me. Check out this picture. Then watch the episode.
I have to say that this is one of my favorite episodes of the season so far. I’ve watched it three times already. And I have a ridiculous schedule. Kara gets to hold her own, turning the dueling suitor trope upside down. We got a lot of the wonderful witty banter that makes this show so fun, a villain which created some new and different challenges which was really refreshing, and it changed the tone a bit which I appreciated. Check this one out. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!
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