Cupid's Arrow Gets An Assist From Deadlier Weapons On Supergirl
Are the Girl of Steel and her sister becoming girls who steal hearts?
Unsurprisingly, there have been indications of Supergirl's move from CBS to the CW that even the most committed cord-cutters couldn't miss. So far we're seeing a) cheaper special effects, b) a four-show crossover that happens this week between this and the network's other DC properties, and c) a lot more kissing.
This week's Supergirl had not one but two first kisses (I'm counting Maggie kissing Alex as a first because previously it was Alex who kissed Maggie). Each lip-lock featured one Danvers sister and a new character introduced this season. They were both associated with a near-death experience. They were both fairly hot. But the similarities seem to end there.
Let's start with Kara and Mon-El. He was an obvious potential love interest for Kara from the moment he came blazing out of the sky. Think it was a coincidence that he showed up seconds after James and Kara's first kiss fizzled? Probably not. We now know that James and Kara were never going to happen anyway, but the cosmic cockblocking was a final nail in that particular coffin.
Still, Mon-El had some obstacles to surmount to be considered a viable match for Kara. From her perspective, his Daxomite origins were a deal-breaker from the start, because it turns out that, ahem, Kara Zor-El is super-racist. Not that Mon-El helped himself much by playing into the stereotype somewhat. From my point of view, he's still got to overcome that terrible name (thanks for nothing, DC Comics) and knock off the dopey-ass Amelia Bedelia "jokes" that wouldn't have made it into the first draft of a Third Rock From The Sun script. I mean, showing up at Kara's Thanksgiving with stuffing that he tore out of his mattress? Waka waka waka!
But then the course of true love never did run smooth, especially on the CW. And I must confess that Mon-El has largely won me over, thanks to both some strong work from the writers on his character development and Chris Wood's relatable portrayal. Now the stage is set for the dance to begin between him and Kara. And begun it has. Not that either of them is particularly slick about it. On the one hand, we have Kara blurting, "You don't like me, do you?" and on the other we have Mon-El stammering a non-denial denial. I shouldn't be criticizing anyone for failing to pick up romantic signals, given that the last time I was single, the only Kryptonian on screens was Christopher Reeve. But I would like to think that if a woman in a short skirt is sitting criss-cross-applesauce in front of you, that can still be interpreted as an encouraging sign.
Alex and Maggie's romantic subplot started earlier on, but has already had its share of fits and starts. And since those included Alex having to come out to herself, Kara, Maggie, and now her mom, they were not minor hurdles. Throw in Maggie's reluctance to get mixed up with someone "fresh off the boat" and things didn't look good.
But both relationships were shaken up in this week's episode when both Mon-El and Maggie came close to dying. Catching a laser beam in the shoulder made Maggie realize that life is short, and the fact that Alex was the one who stitched her up probably didn't hurt Alex's chances. Brushes with death commonly force people to reorder their priorities and fears, especially on TV. So clearly Maggie decided she was less scared of dating a nouveau-lesbian than of missing out. Even showing up unannounced at Alex's door with an unsolicited large pizza showed a special kind of courage.
But maybe, like a reverse version of the alien-killing Medusa virus, mortality's effects on romance only works on Earthlings. Because the two regulars who landed on the show in Kryptonian pods seem less inclined to make a similar leap, at least for now. Mon-El may have been borderline delirious from the deadly effects of the Medusa virus when he kissed Kara. And Kara may have been disinclined to protest because of her late Krypto-dad's role in creating said virus. But both of those possibilities seem a bit less likely than the two aliens just being lame. Later, when Mon-El recovered, Kara came awfully close to bringing it up again, but backed away when it seemed like he didn't remember. But the longing look he gave her seems to suggest that he does. And yet these 1.5 superheroes ran away from dealing with it. So I guess Kara's going to let Mon-El go on thinking he drooled on himself instead of on her. Or at least she's going to go on thinking that he thinks that, whether he thinks she thinks he thinks that or not. I think.
So now we know that neither Danvers sister really has super-speed when it comes to relationships, but one of them has proven to be faster than the other. On a related note, we'll still have to deal with the fallout from Barry and Cisco's fractured bromance on The Flash -- some of which Kara witnessed when they showed up in tonight's last scene -- but maybe we'll get to that tomorrow. Because crossover, remember?