Valentines Day came to National City about a week late on this week’s SUPERGIRL entry titled “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk.” And nothing like a V-Day themed episode to make one, as the kids say, feel some type of way. It’s not that I hate the holiday, it’s that I really hate it. So maybe that influenced my reading. Nonetheless I tried to sit down and watch with an open mind and, um, heart.
To recap, at the end of last week’s episode, Kara and Mon-El were about to share their first kiss when, as usual, some outside force came in and dropped a nuke on their plans. This time, it’s a fifth dimensional magical imp named Mxyzptlk, who from now on in this review shall be referred to as Mxy. The relentless imp arrives on the scene and declares his love for Kara. Mxy has graced the Superman universe before and while I’ve always felt that the spritely individual had some interesting abilities, he’s also pretty darn creepy. Isn’t this what we call a stalker?
Supergirl’s take on the hopeless romantic Mxy ups the camp to 10 as the British accented imp feels straight out of a television musical. In fact, a pivotal scene takes place in an empty theater where Mon-El and Mxy duel it out like Hamilton and Burr. You never know what magical trick Mxy has up his sleeve or what pop culture reference he’ll volley at his love or those who might stand in the way.
Mxy has traveled through space and time to marry Kara and he won’t take no for an answer. This spells trouble not just for Kara but for National City at large. At one point, he unleashes Parasite on the city to get Kara’s attention. This is a big bummer for Mon-El, who’s spent a good portion of his time trying to win over Kara. And just as he finally does, this happens. Our reformed Daxamite reacts with a mix of forgivable jealousy and vengeance. It’s the latter that starts to irk Kara, who doesn’t like that Mon-El doesn’t trust that she can handle Mxy using her own approach. Kara doesn’t need her honor defended, if you will.
How does one get rid of Mxy the stalker, I mean imp? Well, one has to get the guy to say his name backwards, which then teleports him back to his own dimension. Before I’m a little more critical of Mxy and this episode, let me just say that to Supergirl’s credit, Mxy feels much more cunning than he has in previous iterations. The task of actually fooling this guy seems pretty tough this time around and the eventual solve is pretty clever. Kara agrees to marry Mxy but then traps him in the Fortress of Solitude which is set to detonate. Kara says that love can never be forced, but that if Mxy won’t accept that she’ll have to kill herself. Talk about a new take on death by chocolate.
Ultimately, my problem with Mxy and this episode overall is that the guy is just creepy and for a show that I think has been pretty smart when it comes to portrayals of gender, sexuality, and even race, this feels like a step back. Mxy’s hopeless romanticism is mostly just painted as misguided rather than sinister, even though his ways have terrible consequences. Why did it take so long for Kara to directly come out and say that her feelings and wishes should be respected full stop? I kind of get that she wanted to spare his feelings, but that should have gone out of the window the moment Mxy unleashed a giant monster on the city. Heck, much sooner than that.
Away from the imp drama, Alex tries to get Maggie to celebrate Valentines Day and eventually discovers that all of Maggie’s talk about her family being comfortable with her sexuality was actually a lie. Maggie’s family actually rejected her. I thought this was a pretty good twist. In the end, the two grow closer having found out more about each other. Winn, meanwhile, connects with an alien woman who saves him from a bar fight. The two go on a date and discover they have much in common.
OK, V-Day is officially over now.
Season 2, Episode 13(S02E13)
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8PM on CW
Ade Adeniji | Contributor