‘Superman & Lois’ Slows Down To Catch Up With Itself

by Frank Martin

Since the season began it seemed as if Superman & Lois was in high gear. A mysterious villain emerged, Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan) was being sucked into a cult, Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) Kent were clashing over powers, and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) was at odds with his new government liaison (Ian Bohen). In between those plot threads, though, were other dramatic moments that needed to be fleshed out. This was the episode that slowed down the fast-moving plot and allowed some character growth as the ramifications of everything that happened was allowed to play out.
A big part of this episode was Clark coming to terms with dueling threats. Bizarro (also Hoechlin) had been out of control and killed two young government-employed super soldiers. But Bizarro wasn’t acting out of pure evil. He had motives and Clark felt conflicted about how to handle bringing this villain to justice and the threat of Ally Allston (Rya Kihlstedt) Bizarro had warned him about. This leads to a huge clash with the military that ultimately ends the episode on a great cliffhanger.
Furthermore, the non-superpowered drama surrounding Lana Lang’s (Emmanuelle Chriqui) life continues to unfold in typical fashion. It’s nothing that can’t be found on any other show The CW has to offer. But it’s surrounded by Superman mythos and adds a much needed grounded arc to this otherwise fantastical series.
There are plenty of other plot threads that continue to make the dynamic drama of this season even more complex involving Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) and her sister, as well as the two Kent boys. And this episode didn’t even touch on John Henry (Wolé Parks) and his comatose state! It might not be the most intense and action packed, but it was still a much needed breather and a chance for the characters to pace themselves as things will no doubt continue to ramp up as the season continues.
Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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