Supergirl: Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk Review
The CW’s Supergirl Season 2, Episode 13: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk’ has managed to pull off an amazing episode just a week after Valentine’s Day. The show tends to focus on the two main relationships of the season while at the same time, adding a classic Superman villain in the form of Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot). There’s certainly a lot of love to go around in this week’s installment.
It was a great seeing an episode where a villain became much more of an important character as the rest of the cast. Supergirl hasn’t been it’s best when it comes to their villains, but the writers really managed to use Mr. Mxyzptlk to be the catalyst for the episode’s funny and emotional moments. The show went towards the tradional fifth-dimensional imp from the source material with his backstory still intact. At the same time, the writers attempted to make him more grounded and good-looking than his comic book counterpart but all of his personality is still there.
Out of all the other super villains on this show, Mr. Mxyzptlk came out as a very amusing and witty bad guy. It’s not difficult to portray a guy who can do anything with a snap of his fingers and do it with such finesse. It’s a good thing that this version wasn’t an evil and maniacal antagonist. He was treated as a powerful being who is after love and affection who enjoys messing with the Superman clan. Mxy’s desire to marry Kara (Melissa Benoist) made so much sense for the show and fits into the character he’s supposed to be. We also got to see Mxy use some of his abilities, which came out to be some very memorable action scenes. It was even more fun to see the hero outsmart the trickster into going back to his homeworld. Kara’s way of getting rid of Mr. Mxyzptlk took some fine acting from the Girl of Steel.
The appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk was also a great way to get into the relationship between Kara and Mon-El (Chris Wood). It always appears as if Kara’s romances fall apart after confessing her feelings. Luckily, Mon-El got to avoid the same fate that James (Mehcad Brooks) fell into at the start of the season. Hopefully we this relationship last much longer than the last one.
Mon-El has certainly come a long way from the first time was saw him in the beginning of the season after watching this episode. He’s trying his hardest to impress Kara by following her example of becoming a selfless hero. However, you can’t take the jerk out of him every time he disagrees with something. Mon-El’s challenge this week was trying to make sure his ego didn’t get the better of him and knowing fully well that Kara can handle herself. So even though these two people land in the same area as last week’s episode, that kiss was a moment that felt it was well deserved.
This special Valentine’s Day installment also put the spotlight on Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie’s (Floriana Lima) romance. The best parts of the episode were the scenes that these two share as they experience the ups and downs in their new relationship. The episode came out as a great piece of character development while also exploring the themes of interaction and trust. Both couples wrapped the episode pretty nicely with a kiss and a romantic gesture that suits the annual holiday.
The weakest link in this episode was the romance between Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and Lynn. Their relationship felt a bit rushed and casual. Their encounter with Lynn saving Winn from a bar fight didn’t feel like something that would be the fire to build up their chemistry. At least Winn is finally getting a shot at love after Kara turned him down. Also, the references to Starhaven and the Blight was great so hopefully we get to see more of this human/alien romance play out for a bit.
Even though it’s a bit too late for a Valentine’s Day episode on Supergirl, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk’ was definitely one of the better episodes we’ve had this season. It offered a fun villain to play around with and it really helped develop two of the show’s key relationships. The episode truly captured the lightness and charm that this show has to offer.
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