Things might be heating up… or cooling off between Kara and Mon-El on ‘Supergirl’. One the most recent episode, we learned the long-suspected truth about Mon-El (Chris Wood) — that he was not the royal guard to the Prince of Daxam he professed to be, but the Prince himself.
The revelation came with the arrival of Mon-El’s parents, Rhea and Lar-Gand, the Queen and King of Daxam, played by Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo. Sorbo is best known for playing the lead on the syndicated 90s hit series ‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys’. His character’s name, Lar-Gand is the real name of Mon-El in the comic books.
But the real coup is the casting of Teri Hatcher as Rhea. Hatcher’s big break came from playing Lois Lane on the 90s series ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’. The Clark to Hatcher’s Lois was played by Dean Cain, who co-stars on ‘Supergirl’ as Kara’s adopted Earth dad Jeremiah. It remains to be seen if Hatcher and Cain will share any upcoming scenes… but it would be neat for nostalgia fans.
Their arrival comes at a pretty crappy time as Kara has just finally worked up the nerve to act on her growing attraction to Mon-El.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says:
“Kara’s always waiting for the other shoe to drop in terms of relationships. It took her such a long time to open herself up to Mon-El, and then was just starting to feel comfortable when she finds out that he’s been lying to her for these eight months.”
“It was one thing when she thought he was just a lowly guard on Daxam and was as much a victim of the tyrannical rule of the king and queen and prince. But then she finds out he was the prince, and that he was more of a perpetrator than a victim, and all of the great character strides he has made evaporate for her because she’s so put off by the truth.”
As viewers already know, Daxam and Krypton had a lousy relationship. Kryponians were seen as the snooty upper crust, while Daxamites were seen as thuggish punks. Kara and Mon-El’s budding relationship already had something of a Romeo & Juliet quality, but Rhea and Lar-Gand’s arrival makes things even worse.
Melissa Benoist (Kara/Supergirl) explains:
“They have an entirely different set of motives. They want their son back, and they have a completely different way of life on Daxam that wasn’t exactly morally sound. Cadmus has a very clear directive of what they want and how they’re going to do it, and it’s humans against aliens, and with Daxamites, it’s scary because it’s aliens against aliens, a lot like Non and Astra, and a powerful woman in Mon-El’s mother.”
“What’s interesting about Rhea is that she’s a calculating customer. She’s very bright and believes in her own right to authority and really believes in this second chance that she thinks her planet has in finding Mon-El. The Daxamites who survived the cataclysm from Krypton’s explosion were scattered to the far ends of the universe, and she really believes that bringing Mon-El back, signaling a continuation of the ruling family and the new blood of the return of the favorite son, can really unite the planet. So she’s torn between her desire to reclaim her throne and her love for her son.”
If the love scenes between Kara and Mon-El are especially romantically appealing, there may be an explanation. It appears that Benoist and Wood are a couple in real life. The pair were “spotted out together, smiling and talking while walking their dogs in the chilly Canadian weather.”
Benoist was previously married to her ‘Glee’ co-star Blake Jenner. They were married in 2015 and Jenner even guest-starred on two episodes of ‘Supergirl’ as Adam Foster, the estranged son of Cat Grant. However, the couple filed for divorce this past December. Will Benoist’s latest co-star romance work out better? We’ll have to wait and see.
We’ll also have to wait and see how Kara and Mon-El’s onscreen romance works out, now that his parents have entered the picture.
Are you still hoping that Kara and Mon-El make it happen? Or would you rather see Kara with someone else? Or with no one in particular?
Are you hoping they might introduce Brainiac 5? After all, we did spot a Legion of Super Heroes Flight Ring in the Fortress of Solitude. Is Kara’s green-skinned paramore out there somewhere, waiting to pop up on ‘Supergirl’?