After an emotionally heavy start in the season premiere, the second episode of Superman & Lois sets up where the season is headed. There are many different plot lines and threads getting airtime all at once. The episode tries to do this while still retaining a bit of tension. Unfortunately, the conflict never reaches the threat the episode hopes it will, but it was still enough to propel the story forward.
It seemed obvious, almost inevitable, that Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui) was going to enter the mayoral race in Smallville. Of course, that fact was solidified by the end of the episode and will no doubt play a part in the episodes to come. Also in the non-super category, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) is coming under fire for a previous article written during her days at The Daily Planet. To make it even more personal, this is all because of her estranged sister, Lucy — another plot line that will no doubt develop in future episodes.
But the super side of the season is still very much a mystery. I was surprised to see the return of Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner), who was decidedly defeated last season. I’m not sure what role he will play in episodes to come, but he was mainly used as this episode’s threat while engaging Jordan Kent (Alex Garfin) in a fight. Surprisingly, Jordan held his own, signaling that his growth as a Kryptonian will be explored later on.
The season’s main threat is still unknown, but the episode did a decent job shining just enough light on whatever it is to keep the plot moving. It’s also intrinsically linked to some type of psychic ailment Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) is facing. Add in the DoD’s own super team, and there is plenty for Superman to deal with. On its own, the episode wasn’t nearly as engaging as the premiere, but that’s kind of the point. The premiere is supposed to be a strong opening and it was. A season’s second episode is supposed to set the groundwork, and this accomplished that and then some.
Superman & Lois airs Tuesday nights on The CW.