‘Superman & Lois’ Battles Its Status Quo

by Frank Martin

One of the worst things a television show can become is stale. This happens by playing things safe and not progressing the plot in difficult ways. It becomes easy for a show to take that route when a lack of ideas is presented. Change is messy and complicated, but when a show moves quickly, when the characters are constantly challenged from beginning to end, it makes for something truly special. That is the trajectory that Superman & Lois has been on for a while, making every episode a pleasure to watch.

Last week’s episode might have been the best yet, and this one certainly follows up on that plot line. The Bizarro Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) arriving on Clark’s (Tyler Hoechlin) world complicates things immensely. It challenges one of the very foundations of Superman’s entire philosophy: his secret identity. Bizarro Jonathan has such disregard for that concept, most likely because he grew up without a secret identity himself, that every step of this episode puts the entire fabric of the Kent family in jeopardy. The situation is resolved rather cleanly, but then Clark comes to the conclusion on his own to tell Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) the truth.

After a season and a half of the status quo, everything with Superman & Lois is about to change. But what’s more important than the act itself is how it came about. It wasn’t forced on Clark, mainly because he was able to stop Jonathan while John Henry Irons (Wolé Parks) and his daughter, Natalie (Tayler Buck), were able to stop Bizarro Lana. But because the threat still remains, Clark decided to tell “our” Lana the truth on his own. This represents a growth of character that the show has excelled at. And it’s not just Clark, it’s his entire family and the show’s supporting cast, too. All of this proves why Superman & Lois is arguably one of the best superhero show on TV.

Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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