Kara x Mon-el S02 E16 Rant
Okay so this is gonna be my first rant ever, so bear with me. I’m gonna try to lay may thoughts in a logical way and try not to diverge much from the main point.
First of all, I’m extremely disappointed in the episode. I honestly had high hopes for it for some reason and they were completely shattered by the time I got to the end of it.
So this masterpiece of an episode starts out with the introduction of Mon-el’s parents that have come to earth in search for their son aka the prince of Daxam and, because Kara doesn’t know that mon-el is the prince, wants to fight them off for him because they might be dangerous. Mon-el, instead of owning up to it and finally telling Kara the truth, he lets Kara go fight his parents while he hides away at the DEO to then (when Kara comes back) say that he will go himself talk to the “people” (his parents) and Kara questions him as to how can he be sure they won’t hurt him and he pretends to act heroic saying the typical line of “I don’t, but they want me.” Just like a true hero would say right? Wrong. Because he knows damn well his people won’t touch the prince of Daxam.
Next, we have Kara finally learning that he is the prince of Daxam (shocker) and meet his parents, and she looks upset but it wasn’t the reaction, that at least, I, was expecting at this revelation. She didn’t snap, but she did look extremely hurt.
They all go on to have supper together and Mon-el’s parents start defending slavery and condemning Kara and mon-el for having freed a bunch of slaves (back in another episode). A conversation, btw, in which mon-el doesn’t even say a word to defend what he and Kara did.
Then we get to hear mon-el’s real story as to how he escaped Daxam, and it’s worse than you can imagine. He was in bed with a girl when it all started, his guard came in the room and urged him to leave the girl behind, which of course he did. People pleaded for his help on the streets, and he didn’t help ANYONE, remember, these are HIS people and yet he couldn’t find it in his heart to try and help anyone but himself. His guard literally shot a man in front of him (I didn’t see him do much to actually stop the guard), and then he jumped on the pod and flew away from his ending planet leaving EVERYONE behind.
I’m sorry, but everything about this story is disgusting and Kara deserves so much better than that honestly I can’t.
Then we get this shitty scene where Alex gives “advice” to Kara and we see Kara telling Alex about what’s going on, that mon-el took part in all the bad things happening at Daxam, lied to her about such a crucial thing in order to sleep with her (he fucking admitted it) and used those bad things to his personal gain, and then instead of Alex wanting what’s best for her sister and trying to protect her like it would be consistent with her character, because let’s be real, Alex Danvers would never, ever, approve of mon-el and she surely wouldn’t be pushing Kara to his arms after something this serious happened. So we get this extremely OOC Alex that literally goes: “relationships have their ups and downs Kara!” literally calling this massive betrayal of Kara’s trust a simple “down” like he forgot their one week anniversary or some shit and basically urging her to forgive him.
Can you spell disappointment?
Then we get Kara and mon-el talking and he confesses that he doesn’t know whether or not he would have told her about him being the prince of Daxam, which I mean, of course he would have never told her if it weren’t for his parents coming to earth. Let’s be real. Also the line “I love being a hero because it means that I get to spend every single day by your side” literally just shows that he is NOT selfless like subtract shagging Kara from the equation and he suddenly doesn’t give a shit about helping anyone but himself. Then he starts to try and manipulate Kara into forgiving him by dropping an “I love you” and by pretty much saying that he hopes that Kara can still sees the good in him and it’s just like no. Just no. It isn’t Kara’s job to see the good in him. And, repeat after me: It is NOT Kara’s job to make mon-el a better man. It just isn’t.
The only good thing I will have to point out about this episode though, is how Kara was the most in-character she has been in ages. She said to mon-el: “I deserve better than to be lied to.” and ended everything. So yeah, she was really the only one in the entire show facing this situation as it had to be faced and understanding the actual magnitude of it all.
Before finishing this off I would just like to point out that that “comparison” between Winn’s girlfriend, Lyra, who was literally forced to steal that painting or her brother would fucking die, and the actions of the prince of Daxam who owned slaves and was so selfish he couldn’t bring himself to raise an arm at his people, and was doing all of this with a clean conscience literally not giving a royal fuck about who suffered and who didn’t as long as he had some fun, was fucking bullshit. Like no. Lyra’s lie and Mon-el’s lie were completely different and incomparable. So, nice try, but no.
The episode closed with Mon-el’s parents wanting him to go back to Daxam and Kara literally telling him to go, only mon-el decided to stay saying he hated who he used to be to his parent’s face (Yeah big deal, Kara breaks up with him and know he hates his past self, fetch me some tissues please, cause I might cry) So he was back at the DEO.
Now, if mon-el is staying, that means that his character must still serve the story’s purpose somehow and we all know how, so I’m pretty sure that in upcoming episodes all will be forgotten and Kara will end up forgiving mon-el and guess what? they will probably be back together, so I wouldn’t hold to much hope on their “breakup”.
But, there is another option. And that is pretty much that the writers are saving him to kill him off, sacrificing himself for Kara, “redeeming” himself from his past mistakes. This, of course, would leave Kara heartbroken and she would probably find solace in Lena Luthor. I’m well aware of how biased I am, but it does make sense. How can this show get away with having its main character ending up with someone who used to OWN SLAVES? I don’t even know anymore tbh.
I’m finally done. Also, I hope that next week’s episode is better than this rubbish. Feel free to argue whether you disagree or not, and send me what you think of this rant or of the episode itself.