Supergirl: Season 2 Episode 13 review – Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk
This review contains spoilers.
While last week presented itself as a romantic episode (and aired one day before Valentine’s Day), this week took elevated the romance, marking this episode out as perhaps the intended Valentine’s Day episode. This seems like it might have been a scheduling issue gone awry; perhaps the show got knocked off of schedule by one week, or perhaps it was simply by curious design.
Either way, the word “Valentine” was chucked around a lot this week. From Mon El’s mispronounced “day of Valentine” (and Kara’s adorable decision to not correct him and to repeat the phrase instead), to Alex and Maggie’s fall out over whether the day should be celebrated or not, to courting games from Mr. Mxyzptlk, this was very clearly always intended to be the Valentine’s episode.
I’d been looking forward to this episode intensely, all due to Mr. Mxyzptlk’s presence and he didn’t disappoint. Peter Gadiot played him with a relentless charm and cheeky mirth that is perfect for this impish trickster from the 5th dimension. As is true to the comics, Mr. Mxyzptlk can alter reality and here we saw that this can be everything from spawning a monster from Kara’s past to teleporting them to Krypton (which we never got to see, due to Kara halting his command).
It’s also worth noting that once he was banished back to the 5th dimension, his final act of reality-bending (making the ice structure of Jor El come alive) reverted back to its original form (whole and intact), as though this had never happened. You have to assume too then that everything from the band that he spawned in Kara’s apartment to the guns that he spawned for the duel also vanished or were returned to their place of origin.
Also pulled straight from the comics was his method of defeat (saying his name backwards), including the rule that getting him to spell his name backwards also applies. Kara’s utilisation of Kryptonian runes to fool him was smart and I liked that the writers used a method that is believable (Mr. Mxyzptlk not knowing Krytonian), rather than some hollow method of getting him to undertake his own ruin that Mr. Mxyzptlk would easily have seen through.
Mr. Mxyzptlk’s presence also brought a a superb rivalry. This was Mon El and Mr. Mxyzptlk competing for Kara’s affections, in charmingly ludicrous ways such as an old fashioned pistol duel. This brought out the very best in Mon El (“kill the imp” was a great phrase), from a viewers’ point of view (even if probably the worst in Mon El, from Kara’s point of view). It turned him from a backseat love interest to someone championing Mr. Mxyzptlk’s exile and actively fighting for Kara’s affections.
To lay on the romance even thicker, Winn found a prospective love interest in the form of alien Lyra (Tamzin Merchant), which I really hope lasts, as Winn deserves something special. Also present was the sub-plot about Maggie loathing Valentine’s Day due to her past and Alex not navigating that terribly well (until she learned the true reason behind it). Maggie’s knee-jerk reaction during these confrontations is to up and leave and Alex was right to call her out on this, and implore her to stay and talk it out.
This was one of the very best episodes of Season 2 for me. Mr. Mxyzptlk brought a lot to the show; humour, charm, playfulness, high romantic stakes and more. It’s a shame that he’s been banished already, but what we do now have is a superb character who can rear his head and cause havoc whenever the writers decide that he has broken his way out of the 5th dimension once more.
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