Supergirl: How Karamel Fell Victim To Bad TV Tropes And Weird Expectations

So that happened.

The Karamel reunion we had all been waiting for happened last night, and it’s safe to say that things did not go the way Kara — and all of us — had dreamed about. When Winn tracked down an unknown spaceship in National City, Kara and J’onn went down there to investigate.

What at first seemed to be a very advanced ship with several sleeping pods, soon revealed someone Kara thought she would never see again: Mon-El. Everyone was shocked, to say the least, and Mon-El was brought back to the DEO for tests. After all, he had just come out of hyper sleep and seemed to be a bit confused.

Back at the DEO, Mon-El seemed a bit distant with Kara — who obviously didn’t understand what was happening and why he was so different — but things took a turn for the worst when Mon-El tried to break out of the DEO and attacked two agents in the process. Long story short, he eventually convinced Winn to help him, saying it was in Kara’s best interest and that he needed to go back to the ship to do something that would protect her.

But the reason Mon-El really needed to return to the ship was something else entirely: He needed to save a woman.

And that right there was when I groaned and rolled my eyes so hard, they nearly fell out of my head.

I knew things wouldn’t be easy when Mon-El returned. This is a TV drama after all, and they just wouldn’t have the guy return to jump right back into a relationship with Kara as if all that pain and suffering never happened. That would be too easy. We all knew there was going to be some angst headed our way, and hey, I’m all for some good angst. If done right, it can be pretty amazing. It’s all about the journey and how you get to that happy ending that really matters.

My problem here is that the Supergirl writers decided to go with a TV trope that I particularly hate: a love triangle. Ugh.

There were so many ways the writers could have kept Kara and Mon-El apart here. So many possibilities that they could have explored — without using such a tired narrative tool. I honestly feel bad for Mon-El’s wife because that is going to be the most hated character this season.

And I know that things will be okay in the end — hopefully — but why go down that road? I honestly felt like I was watching Arrow season 4 all over again; and the writers were like, “hey, what’s the most cliché obstacle we could possibly throw in the way?”

It just feels like it’s drama for the sake of drama. So much so that, by the end of the episode, I was so mad that I couldn’t even enjoy Reign’s reveal, and that’s a character I actually really, really like this season.

That said, what’s done is done, and it’s no use crying about it now. Did I like that the writers decided to give Mon-El a wife? Hell no. Do I understand that it’s part of their arc this season? Yes, I do. I don’t have to like it, but I understand. Did they give us a suitable explanation for Mon-El being married? Yes, they did.

And that brings me to another point. Of course the fandom was divided about this. It’s obvious we’re not happy. Our ship was torn apart last season in the most tragic way, and just when we thought Karamel would be reunited at last, they just sucker punched us in the stomach with Mon-El’s new wife.

It wasn’t cool. At all.

What is also not cool is how some people are extremely pissed off that Mon-El went and got married. Hey, if the same amount of time that passed for Kara had passed for Mon-El (seven months, give or take), I would be pissed, too. After all, they had this epic love story and the dude goes and marries the first chick he sees after only a few months? Not cool.

But here’s the thing, guys: It’s only been seven months for Kara, but not for Mon-El. For him, it’s been seven years. When he was sucked into that wormhole, he traveled in time and ended up in the 31st century. Literally a thousand years from now. He obviously thought he would never see Kara again. After a thousand years, Kara Danvers was long gone, so of course he moved on with his life.

He was stuck in a completely different time, alone, and with no way of getting back home. Do I blame him for getting married? Of course not.

Had the roles been reversed, would you want Kara to suffer and mourn her lost love for all eternity, when she had no hope of ever seeing him again? I imagine you wouldn’t. So why would you even ask that of Mon-El?

He deserved to live his life because that’s what Kara would want — and that’s what he would want for her. It’s obvious he’s never forgotten her. The fact that he still wears her necklace is very telling, and I can’t even begin to imagine what he must be going through right now.

Am I heartbroken for Kara? Hell yes. I just want to give her a hug, offer her a pint of ice cream, and let her cry it out. I wish I could say that Mon-El’s a jerk or that he doesn’t deserve her, but they were thrown into an impossible situation here. This is no one’s fault. Actually, no, scratch that. This is Mon-El’s mom’s fault. This is all on her. But don’t you dare blame Mon-El for something that was out of his hands.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride from here on out. Again, I absolutely hate that they decided to go down this route because I know what contrived drama does to a show — yes, Arrow, I’m looking at you. But I also know that the journey may be hard and downright unbearable at times, but things usually work out in the end.

I really wish TV writers could find their creativity again when it comes to these things, but alas, here we are. We can only hope they know what they’re doing.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm on The CW.


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Luciana Mangas

30-something Brazilian journalist. Crazy about TV. Currently in love with DC and Marvel superheroes, that tattooed lady from NBC, clone conspiracies and dystopian futures. You can reach her at @lucianamangas on Twitter and talk about how much you love TV as well. Or puppies. Puppies are cool too.

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