Supergirl Just Had a Super Frigid Surprise Cameo

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It seems a little weird that a show about a bunch of aliens integrating on Earth would focus primarily on something as culturally specific as Valentine’s Day, but that’s what Supergirl did! But the show also used the opportunity to introduce on of Super-canon’s best villains: Mr. Mxyzptlk. But the fifth-dimensional imp/British man wasn’t the episodes best surprise guest.


It was a full on Silver Age affair with Mr. Mxyzptlk stalking Kara and Mon-El trying to murder Mr. Mxyzptlk and Hamilton-style duels and Parasite resurgences and a Vera Wang wedding dress.

While the Supergirl/Mon-El romance was weird—it’s still being told from Mon-El’s point of view and that is sort of like telling the Buffy and Angel saga exclusively from Angel’s point of view—a lot can be forgiven. Because the show didn’t just give us Mr. Mxyzptlk and Parasite (and sort of Mon-El) as villains.

It also gave us a familiar face.

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Why yes that is the giant ice sculpture version of Supergirl’s uncle Jor-El that Superman keeps locked away in the Fortress of Solitude.

Why yes he DOES come to life, thanks to an angry Mr. Mxyzptlk.


Why yes the ensuing battle between Kara and her ice giant uncle WAS everything you could hope for.

It’s enough to make up for the clunky old plot of two guys trying to murder each other over a woman whose actual desires were completely ignored.. Maybe next time Supergirl can do all the Silver Age goodness without all the Silver Age sexism.


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Agh I hated the episode. Not even a little Sanvers could save it. You can’t do a 5th Dimension trickster episode and fill it with bad drama! And every lesson of the episode was about why Kara shouldn’t date Mon cause he was a really shitty guy and yet it ended with them together.

I hope next time Myxzptlk comes back he won’t be in love with Kara and they can do a sillier hijinks episode. Maybe go back to his more traditional look and reveal the suave handsome look was just him trying to appeal to her.