Hello and welcome to this Supergirl 611 recap, “Mxy in the Middle” aka “The One I Thought Was a Musical Episode But Definitely Wasn’t”
Previously on Supergirl, Lena had a Phantom vision about her mother and decided to back “to where she was born” which was also “Back East” and we all assumed it was going to be Ireland because we’ve heard her speak…plus Nia released Nyxly from the dream realm to spend a day with her mom and Supergirl fell into Nyxly’s trap and summoned Mr. Mxyzptlk.
We open at the close (of last week’s episode) and Mxy is surprised to see Princess Nyxly and Supergirl going toe to toe. They both summoned him; Supergirl for help and Nyxly to get revenge for the time he testified that she was crazy after trying to destroy a few measly enemies.
Mxy snaps Supergirl out of the ice and she flies them to safety so Nyxly can’t track his magic. Kara tells the team about the imp she thought she left in the Phantom Zone and Mxy fills them in on her backstory and her father and how now she needs a crystal to control something called an allstone.
Also? He does it all in song. Which is how I wish all lore dumps were done. (That said, the description for this episode mentioned this song, so I thought Mxy was going to make everyone sing, and it seems like a crime to have a Broadway singer and professional rock star just sitting there watching this happen, but okay.)
Mxy says that the allstone was broken into totems, which gave me flashbacks to the Legends of Tomorrow season that was so convoluted my friends and I started using the term “totems shmotems” to explain the feeling of “let’s not think too hard about lore and get back to talking about characters and feelings.” The totems each represent different things, like love and dreams, and they can be disguised as anything. But also, Nyxly needs a descendent of the evil imp who made the allstone in a crystal to activate them, which just so happens to be Mxy.
Nia is stressed about how much all this is snowballing and Kara is blaming herself. Nia has an idea to depower her, and Kara promises her impish pal that nobody puts Mxy in a crystal.
Nia has a dream of the ice cage again, but this time she sees Mxy dead at the bottom of the cage. Brainy interrupts her and can tell she’s hiding something from him, so he prods her and she confesses to him about bringing Nyxly here from the dream realm. She feels so, so bad. She really thought this was just going to be another trash monster they could defeat with teamwork.
But Brainy understands. He spent practically a whole season working with L*x because he was manipulated into thinking it was the right thing to do. Brainy encourages her to tell Kara, but Nia is afraid Kara will lose respect for her as a hero if she does, so she says they can fix it without Kara ever having to find out.
In her fancy car with the invisible driver, Lena finally approaches her destination: Newfoundland. And while I did confirm (via Google) that some areas of Newfoundland have people with Irish-esque accents, it still boggles the mind why they didn’t just say she was going to Ireland.
Lena gets a call from Andrea, who compliments her on how happy she sounds.
Lena asks for Andrea’s help finding someone in a picture she found of her mom and her two best friends. She found one woman, Margaret, but she can’t seem to find out what became of Florence. Andrea agrees to use her worldwide media outlet to good use and help her out.
When Lena arrives at her B&B, at first the innkeeper Deedee is so delighted and welcoming, until Lena mentions her mother’s name, then suddenly there’s no room at the inn. Deedee not-so-subtly mumbles something about a “dirty witch” and fully turns Lena away. As if this poor lamb hasn’t already suffered enough at the hands of a family name.
Back at the Tower, the Superfriends make a plan. They have a re-engineered siphoning device and an extra sized power-dampening cuff and they’re ready to rumble. Mxy just wants to use the Phantom Zone projector, but Alex and Kara super do not.
And at first I thought it was very cute how tiny human Alex Danvers threw her body in front of her sister of steel, but then I realized that this is actually one thing she could really have protected her from. She was ready to take the nightmares from her sister.
Kara thinks Nyxly has just been wrongly prosecuted and that all she really needs is a friend, so she doesn’t want to do anything too drastic just yet. They need an amulet that is in Corto Maltese, so Kara flies off to fetch it, determined to save everyone. And to not have to send anyone – ANYONE – into the Phantom Zone.
Nyxly is sitting pretty in the glam rock spaceship when Mitch shows up, fresh off a prison escape, furious she didn’t help him. She says she is helping him, by teaching him that trust is a fool’s game and everyone will hurt you in the end.
She shoos him away; he thought he was the one using her to get his magical menagerie up and running, but it’s clear she’s the daddy in this situation now.
Up in the Tower, Alex is doing some science on the Amulet and does her regularly scheduled explanation of why Kelly isn’t here that isn’t just “we can’t afford Katie McGrath and Azie Tesfai in the same episode because of some CGI you’ll be seeing in a bit.” She says Kelly is dealing with the aftermath of the building collapse In the Heights, and Alex wants Mxy to keep an eye on the phone in case she calls, but Mxy wants to help. Sadly, without his magic, he’s pretty useless, and he overhears J’onn saying as much.
Back East, Lena goes to a local restaurant to find her mother’s friend Margaret. She orders a whiskey neat and some information from Margaret’s daughter Peggy, who is the one, the only, the Morrigan.
Similar to the innkeeper, at first Peggy is a twinkly picture of hospitality, and Lena is so thrilled to have found the woman she was looking for.
But as soon as Lena mentions her mother’s name, her smile turns to a glower and she accuses her mother of causing Margaret pain and being the reason she’s dead.
Lena is confused and Peggy says that Elizabeth caused trouble and then disappeared with a rich man, leaving Margaret to wither away, which sounds like a bit of a stretch as far as chain of responsibilities goes, but either way, she’s upset.
Lena promises she doesn’t want to cause more trouble, she just wants more information about her mom and friends. Then she’ll leave, go Out West and back to her found family since both her biological and step families provide her with nothing but pain. Peggy says the three women were a coven, and when Lena scoffs, she is like, “There’s a news clip of you being flown through the air in the arms of your bulletproof girlfriend but witches is where you draw the line?” And before Lena can remember that one of her friends uses something called DREAM ENERGY to create glowing whips, Peggy goes on to say that she watched Lena’s mother light a shed on fire with her mind while her father was inside.
Peggy tells her to let the dead lie and Lena is so sad. She really thought going off on a side quest was going to be more fun than this.
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I love your recaps, even more than the show!
I can’t remember all of what they said about the totems, but I think they mentioned courage, love, and destiny and had me wondering if any/all of the paragons could possibly be unknowingly involved down the line.
I remember one of them is “dreams” which is when I stopped clocking them because they’re not a 1 for 1 to the paragons. But I imagine Nia will play a big part in taking her down!
I feel that “Supergirl uses her heat vision as a laser pointer to distract a giant kitten” is exactly the vibe the show has at its best.
See also, “Supergirl drives a 1950’s convertible into a cave full of White Martians while playing Britney Spears”.
Something has been bugging me about the show for a while now… the fight choreography on Supergirl has become one note. Something knocks the Superfriends back, down, over, or through debris. That is the extent of the action lately. It’s came to a head when I watched Stargirl last night which had an all out brawl between the two teams with crazy stunts, plenty of wire work, and the danger violin.
But at least the costume department is well funded. Even when she’s in a guilt spiral from accidentally unleashing an evil imp on the universe, Nia’s outfits _slay_.
So… Astra and Lena are both fairly new to magic, and will be largely self taught. Fanfic writers, you know what to do.
Yeah, but like I said, it could have been the vibe of the show, but everyone reacted like it was just another day. No quippy one-liners about it, they treated it too seriously for it to be the right vibe.
And GREAT now I have a NEW crackship THANKS ;)
Happy to help :)
And you’re right, they played it too straight. Dreamer didn’t even make a “cat nap” pun!
– Stargirl is soooooooooooo good. And the Starcat is just delicious. Yolanda is so jealous, and Courtney is so protective. Please make it canon.
– I feel that in it’s last season that Supergirl has really gotten the shaft in a number ways. Most of which stems from a lack of money, ergo the bad fights, choreography, and stuntwork.
That was supposed to be a response to Am I Ginger.
“There’s a news clip of you being flown through the air in the arms of your bulletproof girlfriend”
Yes, ALL of Earth Prime is apparently bloody well familiar w/ Supercorp, but it’s us shippers on Worst-Timeline Earth who are the crazy ones?
“Andrea encourages her to stay with a series of phrases she found in the wrappers of the Dove candies she was eating alone in her office because her only friend is Back East”: Valerie, you SAVAGE! LOL
“Kara wishes aloud that she could dream up a better Mxy clone and Nia has an idea.” Other way around.
“just like her former best friend but with better hand”: was that supposed to be better HAIR? [Maybe Kara’s tragic S5 bangs brought back Misty, Water-Coloured Memories of Mum?] Or maybe you meant “better hand”…but that seems awfully personal! ;-)
“But where has all this [backstory] been for six/teen years?” Le Sigh.
Solid episode—and I’m glad we seem to have shamed them into giving us promos again. While I know the focus is going to be on Guardian next ep . . . can we PLEASE get Supercorp back *together* this week? Time is SHORT!
that “hand” was definitely a Freudian slip! that close up on Lena’s hands was a lot, emotionally, for me to handle. updated! haha thank you
Between Lena being a witch and dragons, I was half expecting to see Lena show up in National City tame the dragon, shrunk it and keep it as a pet.
Pretty sure Kate Kane, not “Batwoman”, was the Paragon of Courage. And since Kate is supposed to be heading to see Kara that would make since as a semi-cross over to me.
Let me dream! haha I just think Ryan would have such an amusing reaction to meeting the Superfriends and we’re running out of time to make it happen!
My friend Marcie does YouTube reaction videos and she called her “Lena Pendragon” in this episode and I spit water everywhere.
Lena ‘I’m a scientist’ Luthor, really as if the magic realm is any different to whatever alien realm / multiverses / … she has encountered so far. The laws of spacetime are a joke on this show :D
Wish she had actually/fake gone to Ireland. Would love for her to pick up even more spark before going back to help the superfriends.
Giant magic kitty cat! And no quippy one-liners, indeed. Supergirl was always more drama than camp, but it wouldn’t have hurt to lean more into the sillyness from time to time. Alas, not on this show.
Mxy breaking out into song was hilarious though!
So I guess, we’ll deal with one totem each in the next episodes.
Plus the old gang showing up at the end (and white bread, meh).
Let these peeps have some FUN/peace before it’s all over!