This week’s Supergirl episode was the beginning of the two-part crossover between Supergirl and The Flash. And I have to say that both the Supergirl episode alone and its companion piece, The Flash episode titled “Duet”, were pretty awesome. So I thought I not only recap Supergirl season 2 episode 16 but also briefly review The Flash season 3 episode 17.
Warning, spoilers ahead!
Baddie of the week
You could say that Supergirl season 2 episode 16 was unique, since this episode Supergirl wasn’t the one chasing down this week’s villain. It was Winn with the help of James, Alex, and Maggie. And it was this way because of two reasons. Firstly, because they were chasing none other than Winn’s girlfriend Lyra. And secondly, because Kara was busy getting to know Mon-El’s parents.
Although it looked like everything was going good for Will and his new alien girlfriend Lyra, it turned out that Winn was actually her mark, who she used to steal artwork from a museum. And when he discovered that, after Maggie interrogated him about it, he enlisted his friends to help chase Lyra down. But all wasn’t as simple as it looked.
Lyra wasn’t just some common thief. She was doing it to save her brother Bastian, who was captured. So Winn tricked Lyra in taking him with her to her buyer, and with the help of Alex and DEO managed to save Lyra’s brother and even take down a major art trafficker. And although Lyra told Winn that she is moving on, based on the kiss they shared, there might still be a future for the two. I certainly hope so, because I love seeing Win happy and in love.
Meet the parents
Meanwhile, on Supergirl season 2 episode 16 Kara was dealing a whole different type of problem in itself. After someone broadcasted a message to release Mon-El, Supergirl went to confront the source of that broadcast. And a bad-ass fight later, Mon-El decided to go up to the ship, to see what the invaders want and why they tried to kill Supergirl. But Kara followed him, which lead to a very surprising discovery for her. Mon-El isn’t just the guard for Daxam’s royal family, he actually is the Prince of Daxam. And the ship who attacked Kara was led by his parents.
So finally Kara found out the truth about Mon-El’s true identity. And she was angry, to say the least. She didn’t even listen to Mon-El when he tried to explain to her why he lied, or to Alex, who had a valid point about why Mon-El did what he did. She wallowed in her anger and finally broke up with Mon-El at the end of the episode.
I have to say, I hate the moments when Kara can’t see other people’s point of views but her own. Sure, Mon-El lied, but there was also a reason for it. He was trying to change for Kara, be a better man. But unfortunately not even that or Mon-El’s declaration that he loves Kara stopped her from ending their relationship. The breakup scene was heartbreaking and raw with emotion. And it left both Kara and Mon-El miserable. Luckily, that didn’t last long. And we have Music Meister to thank for it.
Music Meister says hello
After all the drama with Lyra and Kara and Mon-El breaking up, you’d think that it was the end of the episode. But Supergirl season 2 episode 16 had more surprises in store. It was the first part of the two-way crossover with The Flash after all. So at the very end of the episode, we got to meet the villain of the crossover aka the Music Meister perfectly played by Darren Criss.
But Music Meister wasn’t your typical villain. He was clever, determined and just fun. Why? Well, he did send Kara and Barry to an alternate universe, where they where characters in a musical. Like I said, fun!
Supergirl/ The Flash musical crossover
The Flash part of the Supergirl /The Flash musical crossover started out with J’onn J’onzz and Mon-El arriving on The Flash’s Earth with unconscious Kara in Mon-El’s hands. And as quickly as the Music Meister had Kara under his spell, he got Barry, too, sending him to the same place Kara ended up. And as it turned out, it wasn’t some alternative universe, it was actually a world that Kara and Barry created because of their love for musicals.
So they danced and sang their way through the musical, meeting their friends, who really weren’t their friends. They even had to experience Mon-El aka Tommy and Iris aka Milly being in love. Meanwhile, J’onn and Mon-El were working together with The Flash team to help our heroes from the real world. And when Iris and Mon-El went to confront the newly captured Music Meister, he told them that Barry and Kara along with the two of them were the only ones who could get the super friends out of the musical world.
In the end, Barry and Kara almost died, after getting shot. But at the last minute, Cisco vibed Iris and Mon-El into the musical world and the two were able to save the heroes with a true love’s kiss. So both couples were reunited, and, most importantly, Kara forgave Mon-El. On top of that, Music Meister admitted that he did what he did to make the heroes realize that they loved their significant others.
I have to admit, I had my doubts about the musical crossover episode, but it turned out being even better than the four-way crossover was. It was not only fun to watch, with multiple laugh-out-loud moments, but it also served as a tool for the writers to get our favorite two couples together again.
Last thoughts on Supergirl season 2 episode 16
One of my favorite things about Supergirl season 2 episode 16 was to see how much Mon-El has grown since leaving Daxam and landing on Earth. Now he not only sees the errors in the way he and his parents ruled Daxam, but he also sees his own flaws. Moreover, he sees them and is also embracing them and really trying to do better, so he could be good enough for Kara. And I think that this evolution of the character is one of the best story arcs that Supergirl season 2 has had so far.
Hopefully, now that Mon-El’s parents are in the picture again that won’t stand in the way of Mon-El and Kara building a life together. Because they are good for each other, and Mon-El is a much better partner for Kara than James ever was.
• the opening scene with Kara and Mon-El
• Supergirl kicking ass while fighting the space ship
• Kara following Mon-El, because she didn’t want him to go alone
• Winn’s happy singing and stress eating
• Alex sticking up for Winn
• James, Alex, and Winn working together to find and then help Lyra
• Kara’s talk with Mon-El’s mother
• Mon-El trying to explain Kara why he lied and admitting that he loves Kara
• Maggie scaring Winn
• Kara’s talk with Winn
• Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood’s performance during Kara and Mon-El’s breakup
• Mon-El telling his parents that he won’t be their Prince
• Music Meister’s entrance
• the whole Flash episode
Episode low points:
• Kara not seeing the reasons behind Mon-El’s lies
• Lyra getting Winn in trouble
• Kara and Mon-El’s breakup
Quotes of the episodes:
Kara: “I’m ready to Nancy Drew the crap out of this.”
Alex: “Okay, enough with the overenthusiastic deflecting.”
Kara: “Although, if you lie to me again, I will drop a mountain on you.”
Mon-El: “Wow! You mean figuratively.”
Kara: “No, I mean geologically.”
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