“Supergirl” Episode Review – S06E11 “Mxy in the Middle”

Mxy in the Middle

Superman Homepage writer Michael Bailey reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the 11th episode of Season 6 in which Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and team must stop Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) from vanquishing a familiar face from Supergirl’s past – Mr. Mxyzptlk (guest star Thomas Lennon). Mxy returns and explains Nyxly’s dark history to the super team in the best way he knows how – in song form. Meanwhile, Lena (Katie McGrath) visits her mother’s birthplace in Ireland, eager to dig into her past but is shocked by the small town’s icy reception towards her.

Originally Aired: September 14, 2021
WRITTEN BY: Elle Lipson and Chandler Smidt
DIRECTED BY: Glen Winter

REGULAR CAST:
Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Jesse Rath (Brainiac 5)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)
David Harewood (J’onn J’onnz)
Staz Nair (William Dey)

GUEST STARS:
Julie Gonzalo (Andrea Rojas)
Peta Sergeant (Nxylgsptinz)
Thomas Lennon (Mxyzptlk)
Emmanuelle Vaugier (Peggy Bishop)
Colleen Wheeler (Florence Abbott)
Bronwen Smith (Dee-Dee)
Matt Baram (Mitch)

4Rating – 4 (out of 5): Well, we now have an actual, factual pronunciation on the word “Khund”. Turns out the H isn’t silent. Probably for the best.

This episode rode the line between over the top and silly and, thankfully, never quite fell into the silly. The fact that Nxyly had a sympathetic background helped with that as did how they presented Mxyzptlk. Mxy was a likable, goofy imp with a fun sense of humor, but also a sense of honor. The musical number at the beginning was funny and went a long way of making me like this version of character more than I already did. Him making the “suicide” play at the end worked for how he had been played throughout the episode.

I will admit that the whole, “preventing the bad guy from gathering a certain number of artifacts before said bad guy gains total and complete power” has a kids’ cartoon feel to it, but it’s a solid premise to hang a storyline around. Again, it’s all in how the writers are going to play it out, but this all feels really weird, especially in the final season of the series.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about Lena’s mother being part of a coven. I have no problem with witches as characters, but this is a really weird twist to throw at Lena’s character. We’re early into this sub-plot, so I can’t judge it yet, but I will admit that this feels a bit weird. They are really going to have to stick the landing on wherever they are going with this. Trepidations aside, it was nice to see Lena again.

The one weak spot of the episode was Nia keeping the fact that she helped Nxly escape. It was the reason that Nia was hiding it that bugged me. We’re two seasons in to Nia being a part of the cast and the whole, “Kara will not understand and lose all respect for me,” felt really forced. These characters have been a team long enough that this sort of storytelling feels out of place, and it was only there to add drama to an episode that it really didn’t need.

Other than that, this was a solid episode. There were some goofy moments, like the heroes fighting a giant cat and Kara using her heat vision like a laser pointer, but it was fun and enjoyable. I’m on the fence about where things are heading, but I’m willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt that they will make it all work for me in the end.

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andramus
September 15, 2021 6:57 pm

“preventing the bad guy from gathering a certain number of artifacts before said bad guy gains total and complete power” has a kids’ cartoon feel to it

Isn’t that the basic plot of Avengers Infinity War? Did that movie have a kids’ cartoon feel to it?

On the topic of Nia I think she was projecting her own feelings of guilt onto everyone else rather than thinking about how they would really react to her confession.

MichaelBailey
September 16, 2021 8:42 pm
Reply to  andramus

To answer the question…yes, but they pulled it off. I’m hoping Supergirl can do the same.

lurker
September 15, 2021 7:06 pm

This show came back remarkably out of gas and has slipped into (bad) fan-fiction levels of writing. Clearly the budget is a fraction of what it once was, and I understand that provides limitations. But they had an opportunity to go out on a high note, do some character driven stuff based on the prior seasons but, instead, everything feels like mid-season filler episodes.

Last edited 1 month ago by lurker
redcape
September 19, 2021 1:00 pm
Reply to  lurker

Couldn’t agree more. It was a lesson in endurance to get through this episode. So far I find this final season as nothing more than a drama fest. Unrateable as well.

Superman2878
September 15, 2021 7:32 pm

Spoiler Alert! Don’t read my comments if you haven’t seen the latest episode of Supergirl yet! Spoiler Alert! Don’t read my comments if you haven’t seen the latest episode of Supergirl yet! Spoiler Alert! Don’t read my comments if you haven’t seen the latest episode of Supergirl yet! Ok, now that I’ve given fair enough spoiler warnings, here I go…… Go go Power Ran, uh I mean uh, Super Friends! Yeah another Power Rangers Super Friends episode. They had the whole team together again to face down another huge creature. This time it was a cat. Just like in the… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Superman2878