Spoilers may take the stage and sing.
This week, Supergirl and Mon-El have the most awkward family dinner with the ruling class of Daxam in Star-Crossed. After that, everything goes light and cute as Kara drops in for a Duet with The Flash. Then we end up in the darkest pit of hell with Arrow for Kapiushon.
Supergirl‘s Mon-El has never been a well fleshed-out character. He’s supposed to be a fratboy-type that somehow revindicates himself to be with Kara, something he’s initially only willing to do to be with her. Now, we’re supposed that believe that he eventually will choose the path without ulterior reasons.
That was supposed to happen in today’s episode, and you might want to argue that it does. I just don’t quite see his motivation to not run back to the life he once knew once that Kara has broken up with him. Yes, Mon-El is the Prince of Daxam, something that explains a little why he started as someone who didn’t know how to fight and couldn’t think about putting anybody before himself. So, obviously a royal and not a bodyguard. We finally get to see his true escape.
Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo play the King and Queen of Daxam. They don’t do anything with their roles to be honest. Teri is given an extra scene in which she convinces Supergirl to convince Mon-El to return with them to rebuild their world. He doesn’t really care, and I’m not sure that’s necessarily good. Yes, he could say that he doesn’t want to be a prince anymore, but it’s still his entire planet. He should care about trying to help them, wouldn’t he? Is he really better because he turns down a crown that means going back and rebuild a society in ruins and stay on Earth hoping to rekindle things with Kara? Not quite sure which is the most noble pursuit here.
In a super-quick finale, Supergirl meets Music Meister (Darren Criss) who puts the whammy on her and uses Cisco’s portal thingamajig to escape. Looks like it’s time to visit Central City.
The Flash unites with Kara for the second part of a two-parter where Darren Criss plays the Music Meister. I still say they could’ve work this one using the Mxyzptlk episode. I am not recapping the episode, since this is not what I do, but it’s Barry and Kara trapped in a musical, the power of love, yada yada – it’s cute but a bit cheesy. Very cheesy. It’s cheese city, let’s be honest.
I did love Kara’s singing at the start. I wasn’t too crazy of their actual duet number. The fathers singing a song of accepting their kids was just pure cringe and I wish that would’ve been cut for an extra number of Barry and Kara, because I did wanted to try one more song for kicks. Suffice to say, Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin sing and dance all the way to several cute factors but as Flash episode…
Okey, let’s be honest. This was a little bit of a Glee-like parenthesis to see them dressed up, put on some funny faces and just have a laugh. I understand that. Unfortunately it leaves a weird mark as somehow something has to make each power couple get together again. The fact that it has to be, and get ready for this one, the power of love (cue Huey Lewis and the News) and a kiss was just a little too tacky. Worst crimes of silliness have been committed in comic books, but at least nothing critical was resolved by one. In this case, we’re supposed to accept Kara and Mon-El are back while Barry is not quite back with Iris. He just needs to sing one more time before he gets to pull the question again.
Darkness. No parents. Arrow embraces his hood persona in Kapiushon for the flashback Bratva tale, but in present time Oliver spends the whole episode being tortured by Prometheus/Adrian Chase/Simon Morrison. He demands that Oliver confess to his darkest secret. This was perhaps a cathartic episode, but it’s not a nice one to witness.
We’re spared some of the tense scenes by another Bratva flashback with two guest appearances. Dolph Lundgren is back as Konstantin Kovar and John Barrowman cameos as Malcolm Merlin. He doesn’t cross paths with Oliver, so continuity is somehow respected. The flashbacks take centre stage for this episode. We just go back to the torture from time to time. The almost forgotten Evelyn Sharp returns briefly for one more psych-out scene with Prometheus.
It’s not a nice episode, but it does have a slow burn cliffhanger. After admitting he likes to kill and suffering one more torture, Oliver gets to go free. And he doesn’t want to be Green Arrow anymore.
- Yes, we all knew that Mon-El was the prince. I just don’t buy how Mon-El choosing to stay on Earth rather than going to rebuild the nation of Daxam (and possibly even overthrowing the royal regime) is a sacrifice. Rebuilding Daxam and showing them how a true leader should put his subjects before himself would have been the best thing to do.
- I wish Teri Hatcher would have a semi-recurring role. Let me dream up something… Kara decides to re-educate herself and study journalism. Her toughest teacher is Teri Hatcher, who shows her how a true reporter chases the story. There.
- Darren Criss as Music Meister is a thinly veiled excuse for a musical, but I was glad it just turned that he was sort of a fourth dimension imp. Again, this would’ve worked better added to the Mxyzptlk plot. However, the fact that he wanted them to follow explains why he threw back the portal generator and mentioned “the fastest man alive.”
- I did love Melissa Benoist’s rendition of “Moonriver”.
- You can’t help but love Melissa and Gustin together putting on their best funny faces and stretching their musical talent. It was like watching Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it was before your time. I’m trying to come up with a modern equivalent of a comedic and musically talented couple from this era and I’m coming up blank, I’m sorry.
- I didn’t like the Superfriend song as a song, although I did enjoy the comedy of Kara and Barry. I never saw them as a couple, but they do have musical chemistry.
- The father song by Jesse Martin, Victor Garber and John Barrowman just fell flat for me. It was also cringy as hell. Yes, they can sing but the motif was just a bit off for me. If they could have sang something darker like a song about pretending to accept their children’s decision but with an ulterior motive of killing their counterparts in a funny dark way, that would have worked so much better here.
- As an episode of The Flash, it had little to no value but at least there was some lighthearted moments.
- Arrow… went to such a dark place that I’m not sure I want to follow. I just hope the Bratva flashbacks are done.
- The Prometheus/Adrian Chase/Simon Morrison character has ended up with a much more interesting agenda and demeanor than when he started.
- The outcome, however, is a catharsis that the show has been keeping in the wings for a long time. What if Oliver doesn’t want to be a vigilante anymore? And that finally brings a new light to the show. I hope the idea doesn’t get erased by a quick pep talk from Diggle. This is something that does need to be explored.
That will do for now.