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I vaguely remember the character of Mr. Mxyzptlk, that mischievous sprite who would terrorize Superman during my afternoon cartoons as a child. This week, the character made his live television debut with a new look and romance on his mind. Of course, an inter-dimensional being has some warped ideas on love. Overall, this episode was what I expected — comedy on top of a layer of emotional drama that has become the staple of these latest chapters of Supergirl. 

Rather than appearing as a small imp (that would be silly), Mr. Mxylptlk is given a much needed makeover. He has been updated to a charming and dashing all powerful being. The annoying aspects of the character are still there as well as the means of dispatching him (he has to say his name backwards). He arrives from the fifth dimension in order to charm Supergirl with whom he has fallen in love from afar. Apparently, Mxylptlk has been watching Supergirl through the dimensional void (creepy).His attempts at wooing our heroine involve creating havoc so he can play the dashing hero. This includes such feats as trying to kill some bank robbers and resurrecting the monster Parasite. Remember that creature from earlier this season? Because I barely did. In fact, I had to think about it for a minute before I remembered. Watching

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Q-Less in Love

His attempts at wooing our heroine involve creating havoc so he can play the dashing hero. This includes such feats as trying to kill some bank robbers and resurrecting the monster Parasite. Remember that creature from earlier this season? Because I barely did. In fact, I had to think about it for a minute before I remembered. Watching Mxy work his magic was fun to see and reminded me of why the character of Q from the Star Trek franchise is one of my favorite villains.

Fortunately, the limitations of the character are outlined right at the beginning, such as he can’t make Kara fall in love with him nor can he just snap his fingers and destroy her. There are some humorous scenes with the character, such as his donning of a Superman costume complete with a giant “M” and also transporting Mon-El to the DEO in his underwear. OK, so nothing laugh out loud funny, but I found the scenes amusing.

However, this wouldn’t be Supergirl if there weren’t some important relationship messages being conveyed underneath the ridiculousness. Kara is upset with Mon-El over his jealousy and his refusal to let her handle Mxy on her own. Mon-El tries to handle things his way, through brute force, while Kara would rather show that she can handle the problem herself. I think this is an important message and points to the inner strength of Supergirl not needing the strong man to take care of business.

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