Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What I’m Watching: Supergirl

Supergirl: Season 2, Episode 13 “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk” (B)

There are times that this show feels right on-point and like it’s headed somewhere, and there are other times when it just feels completely random, inserting some bizarre plotline right in the middle of other action (or when there’s nothing else going on). While I don’t feel that a superhero show needs to have a Valentine’s Day episode at all, it didn’t help that I watched this episode nearly two full weeks after the romantic holiday. I found Mxyzptlk to be thoroughly annoying – which I know he’s supposed to be – and I think he was only really there to help foster the romance between Kara and Mon-El, which was on full display in a very intense final scene in which Kara was very surprisingly not wearing her glasses and was speaking volumes with her eyes as she and Mon-El finally got to take action on their feelings. Mon-El’s eagerness for a duel with his fifth-dimensional rival turned far too literal, and playing Alexander Hamilton was about to turn very bad for him. Kara was uncharacteristically combative and angry in her takedown of her would-be suitor, and it’s good to see her get a happy ending for the moment. Maggie responded very poorly to Alex’s attempt at a romantic gesture, and fortunately they made up just fine. Winn was in for quite a ride with his aggressive alien mate, and even Hank got sentimental for the holiday and penned his own version of a valentine to the closest thing he has left to family a whole planet away.