Robert Falconer/The CW
March 20, 2017 at 11:49 PM EDT


TV Show
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
run date
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
The CW
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B+

Doesn’t Kara Danvers, Earth’s hero, deserve a prince? Yeah, that answer turns out to be Mon-oh-El-no.

Kara’s using her funemployment from CatCo to work through her Netflix queue and snuggle with Mon-El, who requests one of those movies where everyone breaks into song for no reason. Patience, my friend! Kara recommends Funny Face, although I would’ve bet the entire contents of my wallet that she’s more of a Pitch Perfect gal.

She and Mon-El are all dopey grins and stomach butterflies and blanket cuddles until a transmission crackles across the TV, demanding that Mon-El’s “captors” relinquish him by dawn or be met with force.

Everyone but the CW’s viewing audience is confused about why the mysterious star cruiser would go to all this trouble for a low-level Daxam guard, particularly when the cruiser opens fire on Supergirl as she’s flying up to negotiate. After she narrowly escapes a bubble-trap that plummets her to Earth, Mon-El’s had enough, announcing that he’ll relinquish himself. He promises Kara that he’ll be okay, but as the ship’s transportation beam encircles him, she throws herself into his arms to be transported, too.

Mon-El’s displeased; he wanted to make this trip solo, and it’s immediately apparent why: Everyone on board the ship kneels except for the two people he introduces to Kara as his parents, Queen Rhea and King Lar Gand.

“Which makes you…” Kara trails off, and yep, confirming what most of us have suspected since his earliest appearances, Mon-El is the prince of Daxam. Kara is… not pleased.

Now that their planet’s safe to inhabit again, the king and queen set out to locate Mon-El to “make Daxam great again.” (Ha! Seriously, Hollywood, this joke will never get old.) However, they’re concerned about the pernicious influence of Kryptonian Kara, particularly in light of Mon-El’s heroics on Slaver’s Moon. They’re condescendingly amused that he freed the prisoners there and have a less-than-friendly exchange with Kara about the ethics of selling people.

At this point, they’re sitting down to dinner. Kara shovels food into her mouth with a fancy Daxamite two-pronged fork and asks for details about Mon-El’s escape from Daxam. (As you’ll recall, he told Kara that the kindly prince insisted he be the one to escape.)

Now, Mon-El reluctantly recounts being hustled out of his bed by his guard, leaving a terrified woman behind but stopping to change into a red turtleneck (which is an odd choice, both symbolically and sartorially). The guard uses lethal force to commandeer the Kryptonian emissary’s ship, and Mon-El escapes, leaving his people behind to perish in the fires.

By this point, Kara’s heard enough and icily excuses herself. Back on Earth, Mon-El tries to joke, “So you survived the first dinner with the fam.” But Kara. is. steamed. Mon-El tries to defend himself, saying that he knew how she felt about Daxamites — and the crown prince in particular. Would she even have talked to him if she’d known? He says it doesn’t change how he feels about her, but for Kara, this revelation changes everything. “I thought you were just born on a cruel planet, but you led it.”

Know who else is having relationship trouble? Wynn, whose hot alien girlfriend talked him into breaking into the National City Art Museum to engage in… well, let’s just say the aesthetics he was appreciating were the three-dimensional kind. Unfortunately, that same night, Van Gogh’s Starry Night disappeared, and security footage shows Wynn wandering around alone.

Maggie brings him in for questioning, and Alex (with Jimmy in tow) shows up as soon as she learns he’s in custody, displeased that her squeeze didn’t give her a heads up that she was arresting a buddy. Wynn admits that Lyra’s been ghosting him hard since their museum encounter. Maggie gives them 24 hours to come up with proof of a frame job, then sends Alex on her way with a kiss.

Turns out, Valerians can’t be seen in photos or videos, and two other men over the last few months claimed their girlfriends had set them up for the thefts of a Warhol in Metropolis and a Rodin from another museum. “She femme fataled me!” Wynn yelps. But Kara, just a teensy bit making it all about herself, says it’s not his fault that you’ve sometimes got a blind spot about the person you’re closest to.

NEXT: The DEO takes down an intergalactic art ring

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