The two week hiatus from “Supergirl” has been a pretty tense one for fans of Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Mon-El (Chris Wood) — a.k.a. “Karamel,” which is never going to stop being the cutest ship name ever.
We’ve been suspecting for a while now that Mon-El was actually the Prince of Daxam instead of the lowly palace guard he claimed to be, and the arrival of his parents, the King and Queen of Daxam, pretty much confirms that. The awkward family dinner he and Kara will apparently attend also confirms that Kara will find out about this little secret, and she will not be pleased.
The fact that a lie that large exists between them is definitely cause for worry over this new relationship. Kara does not take kindly to liars, and Mon-El has already ended up on her naughty list several times this season. He continues to fall short of her lofty expectations of him. Now that he’s about to be outed as a liar and a coward — we can only guess he was probably one of the first to abandon his planet if he made it out alive — we’re just not sure that Kara will be able to look at him in the same light.
He’s no longer another devastated refugee like her; he’s a runaway prince hiding from mommy and daddy.
Still, we’ve got faith that these two kids can make it work.
So far, Mon-El hasn’t turned out to be evil, he’s just turned out to be ignorant, conceited and kind of lazy. He’s got the alien equivalent of white privilege tattooed across his forehead, sure, but he’s not outright malevolent like so many of “Supergirl’s” other alien visitors. His parents on the other hand … we’re not so sure about.
Everything Mon-El has said about them in passing leads us to believe that they’re some seriously bad people. They’ve been searching the galaxies for their son, with zero scruples about the devastation they leave in their wake. There’s also that small matter of a Dominator (and known slave trader) bowing to Mon-El earlier this year. If Daxam was an active participant in intergalactic slavery, its king and queen can’t exactly be paragons of virtue. Not to mention, we’ve been getting a seriously evil vibe off of them every time they’re on-screen. They practically emanate evil intent, which Mon-El is seriously lacking.
If they are terrible parents and terrible-r people, Kara might — might — be willing to forgive Mon-El for his lies. Hiding from your parents after your planet is destroyed is a serious no-no, but hiding from two tyrannical monarchs whose policies and practices he wants no part of? Not quite as bad.
We’re reserving judgement on Mon-El and his tenuous relationship with Kara until we get a better picture of what his life on Daxam was like. For all we know, he could have been complicit in whatever evils his parents committed, or he could be completely innocent.
In the meantime, we’ll focus on getting totally stoked for “The Flash”/”Supergirl” musical crossover, which will kick off at the end of Mon-El’s big family reunion episode.
“Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.