The world has another superhero, but he doesn’t quite have a name yet.
On Superman & Lois Season 2 Episode 9, Jordan was activated to not only save Mr. Cushing from a burning fire, but also to protect his mother and grandad during their investigation into X-Kryptonite.
You would think that the former head of the DOD would be a little more cautious and not as easily caught while snooping around a drug facility, but here we are.
Superman’s absence spelled disaster for the world — now they see how much heavy-lifting Man of Steel actually does on a daily basis to keep them safe — but it made way for Jordan to step up and step into his powers in a way that he likely never would have if his father was around. The absence of one superhero called for another one.
Henry Irons was doing his best, but as he saw firsthand, it’s hard juggling the responsibilities of being a superhero and a parent.
Thankfully, Jordan has been training in secret with his grandfather this whole time, so while he was slightly out of his element, he was at least prepared for battle even if Lois Lane’s motherly instincts were to protect her baby boy at all costs.
Lois’ reaction to Jordan attempting to fill the void left by his father is understandable from a parenting standpoint, especially as she has no idea where her husband is or if he’s still alive after chasing Ally Allston into some portal/wormhole in an attempt to stop her.
However, it’s not a realistic reaction considering Jordan’s genetics and powers. He’s not just a normal teenager — he’s superhuman. And the son of Superman kind of has an obligation to protect.
Of course, he’s also a teen, so there’s definitely a need to keep him in line so he doesn’t get ahead of himself and get hurt. Jordan is still figuring out his powers, so he has to be cautious. Lois needs to support him stepping into this new phase in his life while also tip toeing the line of being his mother and keeping his out of harm’s way.
That being said, I’m really eager to see what Jordan’s abilities are moving forward, how he handles this huge responsibility, and what the fallout will be from his breakup with Sarah.
Even though it’s so easy to blame Sarah for being unreasonable, the truth is that she has no idea what Jordan is dealing with. She keeps asking him for honesty and transparency, and he keeps telling her that “he can’t,” so she just sees him being flakey and unsupportive.
It’s not a great to feel as though you are second-best, so Sarah has finally decided to put herself first.
It’s heartbreaking but also to be expected. Jordan has a lot on his plate now, but he’s not exactly at a point where it makes sense to tell Sarah the truth.
As they say, with great power comes great responsibility… and a lot of heartache.
Though, in your formative years, heartache is simply bottled up and fused to further motivate, so I think it might actually be a productive breakup in Jordan’s case.
We also have to remember that this is a small town, so I don’t think Jordan and Sarah’s storyline is over just yet.
Secrets have always caused some turmoil for the Kent family, and as the boys get older, it’s only becoming more complex.
Also, someone needs to get Jordan a proper suit. He cannot just be using his hood as a cover!
Speaking of secrets, Jonathan finally came clean about who the X-K dealer was but only because it almost killed Mr. Cushing.
Jonathan’s dedication to Candace is admirable. Lois might be annoyed by the fact that he won’t give someone up to protect himself, but when she realized it was his girlfriend, I think she began to understand that she actually raised a really decent and caring kid.
After promising Candace immunity, she came forward about everything she knew about X-K, which definitely came in handy, but I don’t think they are protecting her enough. Allowing her to walk home alone through the dark streets seems negligent considering how much information she possesses about the drug and its makers.
I really thought she was going to get attacked when she left Jonathan, so I’m glad that wasn’t the case.
As for Jonathan, his “headaches” were caused by the fact that his other verse doppelgänger arrived with some news about Clark: he was too late.
The other Jonathan, if you will, is much darker and rocks a leather jacket, which I’m totally digging.
Of course, his arrival spells trouble for this world’s Superman. Does he mean he was too late to stop Ally? And what happens now?
For a moment, I thought the high pitched ringing meant that Jonathan was also exhibiting delayed powers, but that’s just wishful thinking on my part because I really want Jonathan to be superhuman as well.
It was such an action-packed episode concerning the Kent family, but it was also really pivotal for the Lang-Cushing family as Lana won the race and became Smallville’s newest Mayor!
Finally, someone who has the people’s best interest at heart!
Lana is the perfect fit for Mayor, however, it makes me wonder whether or not she’ll be more clued into the happening’s at the Kent farm.
It was also heartbreaking that Kyle wasn’t by her side when she got the news, but the saying “you made your bed, now you have to sleep in it” comes to mind.
It’s clear that Lana still cares, but she cannot get invested or look after her husband anymore because it’s too hard; she has to keep moving forward.
However, nice that Sarah has found it in her to remove herself from the drama and simply be a daughter to them both.
Henry and Natalie also had a hard episode as they dealt with the anniversary of Lois’s death. Obviously, Natalie was hurt that it seemed as though her father completely forgot about her mother, but again, when you’re trying to move on, sitting and sulking isn’t productive.
Though I’m glad that he finally acknowledged that he would always love Lois regardless of how much time passed. Celebrating her memory with waffles was perfect.
Also, do you think a romance is brewing between Henry and Lana? Because if that’s the case, she’s definitely going to learn all about Superman’s inner circle!
Thoughts on the episode? What do you think Ally accomplished? Will Superman find his way back? Has no time passed in his world?
Are you digging Jordan’s powers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Superman & Lois Review – Tried and True (2×06)
Anderson is definitely going to regret that, right?
Who in their right mind thinks it’s a good idea to make an enemy out of Superman?
But that’s the problem with egos — they make you do some pretty non-sensical things to prove a point.
Anderson’s behavior never warranted Superman’s trust. Trust is something that needs to be earned, and at every turn, Anderson pushed back against Superman. And then he was surprised that Superman decided to operate on his own terms.
Anderson clearly has to be the problem considering Superman’s longstanding relationship with General Lane.
Of course, when Anderson felt like Superman was withholding information from him and not being forthcoming with Bizzaro’s location, he decided to try him for treason, which, again, seems like a poor decision.
It’s not like imprisoning Superman is going to make him crack. And time is running out to stop the real enemy – Ally Alston.
I love that Superman’s enemy is also his wife’s enemy. It’s really great when a husband and wife can put up a united front.
Ally is dangerous for all the reasons Lois listed in her expose, particularly, for being a cult leader, but if Bizzaro is to be believed, she’s also plotting something much more sinister.
Superman hoped to get the pendant from Anderson in order to destroy it so that Ally can’t use it. According to Bizzaro, the pendent elevates her to god status and allows her to merge with her other self, which, in turn, can send them all into oblivion.
It seems like a credible threat.
Never trust a lady who thinks it’s okay to drug people for the greater good.
If what Bizzaro is saying is true, Ally hasn’t lied to Lucy at all about the inverse, but she’s also not being completely honest about her plans either. And that means Lois is right — Lucy is definitely in danger. They all are.
It doesn’t seem like they’ll be able to stop Ally with Superman in custody, and I wonder if that means that the responsibility will fall squarely on Jordan’s shoulders.
There was plenty of sibling rivalry at the forefront of this episode.
Lucy and Lois tried to agree to disagree, but there’s just too much bad blood between them. Technically, they are both right, but they refuse to see the other side of the coin.
And, eventually, Lucy is either going to get dragged down with Ally, or she’s going to admit that Lois has had her back this whole time.
I hope it’s the latter because it was nice to see their sisterly bonding for the first time ever.
Meanwhile, Jordan and Jonathan butted heads over their powers. Jordan was geeked when he found out that Jon’s powers came in, but when his brother kept pushing him away at every turn, he realized something was definitely off.
When he saw the inhaler, he was suspicious, but the rumors about Timmy huffing X-Kryptonite confirmed his fears.
Jon turned into a worse version of himself when Jordan confronted him about it, which was deeply upsetting. Jordan never asked to be the “chosen one” with powers, and he simply wanted the best for his brother, yet Jon can’t accept feeling inferior.
The fact that Timmy was caught and the police are involved is concerning for Jonathan, especially since it seems like most people know he’s been using performance enhancing drugs.
And the fact that he basically cheated his way into a win takes away all the joy of actually winning. He didn’t “earn it” like his father pointed out, and that’s disappointing.
I strongly believe Jon is going to get him powers one of these days, so I’m hoping that happens!
There was no word about John Henry Lyons, but I’m hoping that he survives the whole ordeal and comes out stronger for the final battle against Ally.
Also, did anyone catch that in Bizzaro’s inverse, Lana was some kind of superhero?!
In real life, she’s also one but without the costume.
Lana dealt with the fallout of Kyle’s cheating, and while it was heartbreaking, she knew that this was the moment to really figure out how to move forward.
Should she forgive him? Can she forgive him? Can she move on and pretend like it never happened?
I definitely think that Lana likely would’ve given Kyle a second chance if she hadn’t spoken with Tonya. However, her chat with the “mistress” made her realize that Kyle only stopped the affair after Sarah’s accident.
If she hadn’t almost died, it’s likely that Kyle would’ve continued on with his cheating with zero regard for his family.
And he also did it to save his family but no necessarily his marriage.
It’s not something any woman wants to admit to herself, but it was important for Lana to finally make herself the main character in the narrative.
She has always put her daughters and her husband first, and clearly, it’s time that she becomes her own priority.
I liked Lana and Kyle together, but there’s no coming back from cheating. What’s done is done. If Lana finds it in her heart to forgive him somewhere down the line, that’s fine, but right now, I think she’s making the best decision for herself and for her girls. It was the scariest decision to make, but man, she took back so much of her power.
Kyle made his bed, now he has to lie in it. I always hated that phrase, but it is what it is.
Kyle started off as a pretty one-dimensional character, but it’ll be interesting to see him actually work on himself and find a way to fit himself into their lives.
As for Lana, I can’t wait to see what’s next for her. A part of me wants her to know the truth about Clark simply because it sucks that he’s her best friend yet she’s kept in the dark. It’s about time people started being honest to her — she’s the heart of Smallville.
What did you think about the episode? Let us know in the comments now!
Superman & Lois Review – The Ties That Bind (2×02)
Supermandug deeper into the creature triggering seismic activity in Smallville on Superman & Lois Season 2 Episode 2.
With debilitating visions that caused him to lose his super strength at the most inopportune times, Superman took drastic measures to figure out what was wrong with him.
Clark entrusted his brother, Tal, who said he was rendered powerless in captivity, to take him to the Fortress to “run some tests.”
Thankfully, he brought Jordan as a backup because while Tal followed through on providing his brother with some answers, he also tried to pull a fast one when his defenses were down.
Tal wasn’t powerless, and he broke free from his shackles and attempted to choke out Jordan, who used his increasing powers to go head-to-head with his villainous uncle.
As Lois and John Henry investigated the earthquakes for one of her investigative pieces, they realized that Superman’s visions aligned with whatever was creating the rumbles at the Shuster mines.
All of this is to say that relying on Tal and almost freeing him in order to talk to their mother’s hologram wasn’t totally necessary, but I guess it gave audiences a little update on Tal.
I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him.
Whatever is in the mines seems to be cosmically powerful as it has the ability to dull Superman’s powers. I’d say that’s the work of the X-Kryptonite, which is also what’s fueling many of Superman’s latest opponents, including the man he wasn’t able to take down in the airplane hangar.
Instead, Tag and the other heroes wearing the Superman crest saved him and brought him back to the DOD where Superman basically got an “if you’re not with us, you’re on your own scolding” from the new General.
It’s an odd choice to make an enemy out of the original Superman considering he always pulls through. The little army he’s building up can only take so much, but Superman’s abilities don’t just rely on strength, they rely on years of experience.
It seems like the General’s decision to freeze Superman out might come back to bite him.
The geologist hired at the Shuster Mines tried to play it off as though she didn’t know anything else, but Lois’s journalistic nose knew better.
Though, I don’t think she could’ve assumed that the woman was working with someone who wants to use the creature’s powers. If I had to guess, I’d say she’s there on behalf of the General!
Elsewhere. Daniel pulled out of the race for Mayor, and after wracking her brain to find a better replacement, Lana decided she was going to run.
Obviously, she’s going to smoke the current Mayor, who is a little too confident in the fact that he always runs unopposed.
Lana actually cares about progressing the town — there’s no one better for the job.
Let’s hope all the small-minded people agree as the Cushing family didn’t always have the public’s support after the whole Morgan Edge ordeal.
While Jordan was a total badass when he protected his father and stood up to Tal, his love life took a bit of a nosedive.
After spending an afternoon fixing a car with Natalie (that girl knows her stuff), Sarah was encouraged to just be honest with Jordan.
And we finally found out why she was acting so weird — she kissed someone at camp.
The guilt finally caught up with her, so she confided in Jordan.
He was definitely more hurt by the betrayal than the fact that she kissed a girl in the heat of the moment.
I think this might be the end of their relationship for the time being. He has always been in Sarah’s corner, so it must sting not to have those feelings reciprocated.
She said it didn’t mean anything, but her actions up until now have shown otherwise. Especially since Jordan kept putting himself out there for her.
There is also a controversy bubbling up to the surface with an old story Lois wrote to expose a cult leader.
A new viral podcast questioned alluded to the fact that she coerced her sources, and while she immediately explained to Chrissy that all of her sources were vetted properly, it definitely shot down her credibility.
When Chrissy pressed for the anonymous source that could potentially be retracting their story, Lois informed her about her sister, Lucy, who was part of the cult and was almost brainwashed into taking her own life.
The fact that Lucy and Lois haven’t spoken since the story broke is problematic, but I’m excited that this gives us the opportunity to explore Lois’s background and other family members!
What did you think of this episode? Are you enjoying the season so far? What do you think is under those mines?
Superman & Lois Season Premiere Review – What Lies Beneath (2×01)
After getting rid of Morgan Edge, you’d think that Smallville would catch a breather, but the premiere of Superman & Lois Season 2 proves that where the Kent family goes, trouble is sure to follow.
The small town did get a teeny, tiny three-month break where they capitalized on Superman’s glory and boosted the economy by becoming a tourist pit-stop, however, the silent nights were soon interrupted by an earthquake that seemingly blasted out of nowhere.
And, of course, it was connected to the Shuster Mines. What isn’t in Smallville?
Superman was able to keep the Smallville water reservoir at bay, and he managed to save a few miners, but he stumbled upon something disturbing at the mines — two heroes wearing the Superman crest. His Superman crest.
When he confronted General Anderson, he realized that their relationship was going to be a far cry from the arrangement he previously had with General Lane. (In case you forgot, he retired!)
Anderson isn’t as understanding as Lane because, well, he’s not privy to all the information Lane had.
Anderson thinks Superman’s sole focus should be on being America’s hero, whereas we know that Clark is dedicated to juggling his superhero job with his duties raising two teenage boys while also being a really great husband.
It’s a lot, even for a superhuman.
And there’s also the fact that Superman considers himself a hero of the world. He doesn’t care to get mixed up with geopolitics of it all; when someone needs saving, he’s there to save the day, no questions asked.
His decision to save the North Korean submarine didn’t sit well with Anderson, and he eventually made it clear that if Superman wouldn’t dedicate himself to saving America, his services wouldn’t be needed.
It’s a pretty stark change from how much the DOD relied on Superman in the first season.
Yes, they may have a handful of superhumans that they are willing to train to become an army of soldiers, but it seems premature and naive to completely push Superman aside.
He’s been nothing but helpful. And if there is an army in the shadows, why can’t he pick and choose which battles he wants to take on?
Any plan from a cocky general who is in way over his head is bound to backfire, so it’s only a matter of time before this plan blows up in his face and he’ll be beginning Superman to clean up his mess.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s bubbling underneath the surface at the mines.
In the final shot, we see a hand emerge from deeeep deeep deeeeep beneath the mines.
It’s unlikely that any regular human could survive being crushed by such a mass amount of rocks, so my guess is that whatever/whoever is under there likely caused the earthquake in the first place.
Wasn’t everyone in town oddly eager to dismiss the origin of the earthquake in the first place? Are earthquakes common in Smallville or has everyone just reached the “I’m over it” threshold?
Could it be Doomsday, Superman’s deadliest foe in the comics?
Time will only tell who the villain of season 2 will be, but if season 1 is any indication, the writing team knows exactly what they’re doing.
There was also the situation with Natalie Irons, Henry Irons’ daughter, who came crashing to Earth in the Superman & Lois Season 1 finale.
It’s been a tough transition for Natalie, who is a stranger in a world that’s all too familiar to her. She sees doppelgangers of her friends and even her mother, but they are a far cry from the people she knew on her now-destroyed planet.
It’s an intense adjustment not only for her but also for Lois, whose been walking around in frustration since Natalie’s arrival.
Clark is clearly struggling with not being able to have an honest conversation with his wife, and eventually, they have an explosive heart-to-heart that reveals she’s struggling with the fact that she felt nothing when she saw Natalie.
The situation finally allowed her to understand why her mother left her children years ago. She wasn’t remorseful because she had no emotional attachment to them.
Clark reminds her that this isn’t the same thing, and even though Lois is aware that she isn’t Natalie’s mother, she still feels terrible about it simply because she knows how Natalie must have felt at that moment wanting nothing more than to hug her mother but seeing her cold eyes instead.
It’s a heartbreaking situation, but thankfully, it’s not a lost cause entirely.
They might not be family by blood, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be there for each other.
Lois eventually arranges a meeting with Henry and Natalie and offers to be a friend to her. While she knows she can’t fill the void of her mother, she wants to get to know her, which is a good first step.
When it comes to “found families,” this one might just have the makings of one of the best in TV history.
There is so much potential here not only for Lois and Natalie, but also for Natalie and Jordan and Jonathan, and even for Clark and Henry.
They are now connected by something deeply personal; It’s a family of superheroes! Smallville doesn’t even understand the kind of protection it has right under its nose.
The Kent family might seem picture-perfect from the outside looking it, but remember, looks can be deceiving.
Lois had to deal with walking in on Jonathan hooking up with his girlfriend Candace. No mother wants to see that.
Clark’s approach to the situation was a bit more lax when it came to “the talk,” but it’s a good moment to remind these boys not to let their hormones get the best of them.
But while things were heating up between Jonathan and Candace, Jordan’s relationship with Sarah, who came home from camp, was on the fritz.
I don’t understand why the series wants to cause a rift between them, especially when they were so cute in the first season. It hasn’t even given them any time to find their footing as a couple.
However, dealing with the difficult issues that they have been handed so early in their relationship was bound to take its toll. They can have strong feelings for each other and still struggle to jump back into the cutesy stuff.
I just hope that Sarah follows her father’s advice and takes the honest road with Jordan, no matter how she’s feeling.
Regardless of how much it hurts, he deserves it.
I couldn’t help but chuckle when Kyle said that she’s the alpha in the relationship because everyone has such a misconstrued image of Jordan. Yes, he’s a sensitive soul, but he’s also superhuman, so it’s ironic.
Elsewhere, Lana was working on the mayoral campaign for Daniel Hart. It seems promising, but the last guy who wanted to run things in Smallville ended up being Superman’s evil brother, so excuse my trust issues.
It’s also abundantly clear that Lana shouldn’t just be the campaign manager, she should be running for office herself. She’s a local who cares about the people and knows what they want and need at any given moment. I can’t think of anyone more qualified, and I truly hope that this is where the narrative is headed.
Lana for Mayor!!! Who’s with me?
What did you think of the premiere of Superman & Lois?
Are you excited by all the possibilities introduced in the season 2 premiere? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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