Clark Kent was pulled in various directions on Superman Season 1 Episode 4.
He was conflicted between being Superman, a father, and a husband. The fact of the matter is, he can’t be all three things… not at once, at least.
Kent is very much aware that being a parent and having a career is quite the juggling act, and he’s proven that he’s up to the task.
Since moving to Smallville, he prioritized being a father and even got involved as a coach for the football team.
But there’s something to be said for trying to be all things at once — you end up falling short in every aspect.
Thaddeus Killgrave, a psycho killer, was able to plan a whole attack on Superman because he noticed that he’s been taking a bit of a break from Metropolis, which meant that he was not only distracted but vulnerable.
It’s not good when you’re enemies begin picking up on your weaknesses.
However, being a father also gave Superman the jolt of power and energy needed to overcome Killgrave. When he heard that his kids were in danger, he wasted no time mustering up the strength to defeat the villain who was keeping him away from his boys.
And while Kent couldn’t keep his promise to Lois and skipped out on the town hall meeting that gave Morgan Edge the rights to the mine, he did try to make it up to her by prioritizing date night.
But how long can Superman truly keep this up?
He may have neutralized Killgrave, but General Lane is right in warning him that there’s still another villain out there that wants him dead.
While Lane may have overstepped by informing Jordan and Jon not to waste their father’s time, I don’t think it’s completely out of bounds to expect them to understand that their father has other obligations and priorities.
It’s clear that Kent will be there for them as much as he can, but sometimes, the world needs him more.
He has to pick and choose his battles very carefully.
However, that inner struggle is one of the most human things about Kent, and it’s the heart of a series that aims to showcase him as more than just a superhero — he’s also a super dad.
Killgraves seemed like a promising villain, but the series seems to be falling into the trap of other Arrowverse shows that don’t give deserving foes an arc.
Maybe he’ll come into play at a later time, but for a scientific supergenius who was able to create two incredibly powerful devices, Superman took him down without breaking much of a sweat.
After being told to let Clark prioritize his duties as Superman, Jon and Jordan tried to take care of Tag themselves when he began exhibiting super-human powers. And it almost got them killed.
Jordan thought his heat vision explosion caused Tag’s spazzes, but apparently, there was another material present that activated his meta-human development. It’s unclear if that’s the end of that story or if we’ll see Tag again… maybe when Jordan gets enrolled in that special school (the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted from Legacies, anyone?)? It’s a strange thing to mention if there’s no intention of ever bringing it up again, don’t you think?
Lois Lane once again proved that she’s absolutely fearless with or without Clark by her side to offer protection.
Not only did she confront her father about his lackluster parenting skills and told him that he’ll no longer be welcome in their home if he keeps trying to interfere, but she also confronted Morgan Edge about trying to silence her.
She may not have been able to publish her scathing expose of Edge or stop him from getting control of the town, but she made sure he knew that she wouldn’t be intimidated into backing down.
Of course, Edge didn’t seem all that concerned because his plan is already in motion. After winning the people’s vote, Edge and his sidekick Lesla-Lar took to their newly acquired mine and revealed it contains enough X-Kryptonite to resurrect an army. X-Kryptonite is a variant of kryptonite that temporarily gives non-Kryptonians the power of a Kryptonian. In other words, Edge wants to build an army of Kryptonian soldiers to… do what exactly? Take on Superman? Destroy him? Gain control of the world?
Edge’s motivations become even more concerning when it comes to Lana. He took a vested interest in her at the football field and became even more enamored when he found out she was “one of his” aka she worked at his bank.
His attempts to woe her during dinner were borderline creepy and uncomfortable — and I’m glad she called out Kyle for not even batting an eyelash — but the comment he made to Lesla-Lar about there being “enough willing candidates” because he has an “eye for talent” seems to confirm the speculation that Lana was drugged while taking that shot during girl’s night with Lois.
Not only was the camera-angle telling, but Lana’s lovey-dovey attitude towards Kyle the next morning was questionable. This is a woman who has been pretty vocal feeling like she’s trapped in her marriage. She hasn’t been afraid to call out her husband at every turn, and Sarah has made plenty of comments about them sleeping in separate rooms. Why was she all of a sudden so smitten with him when he made pancakes? I mean, dinosaur pancakes are legit but come on. Even Sarah was weirded out by their unusual PDA. There’s something strange going on here, and Lana’s love is anything but “willing.”
And then there’s General Lane, who may not fully be in Clark and Lois’ corner after all. He’s seen mulling over what Captain Luthor told him about Superman’s future (aka dark Superman) and enacted a contingency plan called Project 7734. But the bigger question is — does he remember anything about 7734? His lack of loyalty is concerning, but it’s the only hope we have of getting answers about Luthor, who has been on the backburner for two of the four episodes this season! The search for Kryptonite is bound to bring him to Smallville though, right?
To sum it up: Morgan Edge is a creep who is planning to build a powerful army in Smallville and has blinded people with false hopes of a better future and more jobs, Superman/Clark Kent is juggling all of his responsibilities and unintentionally letting people down, Lana might be under some spell to do Edge’s bidding (which really puts a damper on a girl’s night that found two women connecting, discussing their love lives, and uplifting each other), General Lane’s personal and professional relationship with the Kent’s/Superman may be on thin ice, and Jon and Jordan are still just trying to find their groove in Smallville. Also, I have no choice but to agree with Jon that while it’s great Jordan is finally happy and feels like he fits in, it comes at the expense of all the other players who don’t have superpowers.
What did you think of the episode? Are you ready for the mini-season finale next week?
Sound off in the comments below, Cravers!
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Superman & Lois Review – Uncontrollable Forces (302)
Superman & Lois Season 3 Episode 2 delivered such an intense blow, revealing that the main villain this season would be less supernatural in nature and something that affects quite a lot of people—cancer.
Coming off of Lois’ pregnancy scare, the cancer diagnosis wasn’t entirely surprising, but it was heartbreaking to watch her try to come to terms with it first, then share it in such a bold way with Judge Regan (and Clark) before finally clueing in her family that everything would be changing.
Lois informed Clark of the inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and aggressive, and I can’t help but think that everything that happened in the mines is somehow to blame.
But that’s still my attempt at trying to deflect from the very real situation at hand, which will play a huge role this season. The “why” doesn’t matter, it’s the “how we fight it” that does.
As Clark mentioned, Lois is the strongest person he’s ever met—there’s no situation she isn’t equipped to handle—so there’s no doubt in my mind that she’s going to beat this. However, the road to the end likely won’t be pretty and will take a toll on her and her loved ones. She’s always been the source of support, but she’s going to need to rely on them more than ever.
Personal matters are made even worse when there’s a menacing threat looming large, with Mannheim’s zombie-like experimental trials that involve Onomatopoeia, who just took out the former mayor, George Dean, in a rather gruesome way. It was evident that Dean got into bed with some bad people and they came for him almost immediately following the change of hands.
Lana heard the whole thing go down, so it’s understandable that she was rattled. The jist of their deal or partnership was never made known to Lana, who took the reins as Mayor of Smallville, though Dean did give her a call right before his death to lead her to a mysterious USB hidden behind the seal in his office.
Take this as a reminder never to plug in random and unknown USB drives because they can wreak havoc—and apparently summon the former mayor’s murderer, who created an office nightmare with papers flying everyone and laptops shattered into pieces. She also stole the drive, so we’ll never know what was on there, but thankfully, Lana and John Henry Irons got away unscathed.
While not much is known about Mannheim and Onomatopoeia’s goals, the latter was pretty thrown off by the fact that John, who she recalls killing, was very much alive. I can understand how this would be confusing, but trust us, there’s a logical explanation!
In the Superman & Lois season premiere, things between Kyle and Chrissy heated up—and that spark is still there when they briefly meet up while working Dean’s crime scene—and now, Lana and John are giving me “soon-to-be” couple vibes.
And honestly, what’s stopping them? Lana signed the papers, so she’s officially divorced from Kyle, there’s an evident connection between her and John, and she’s in the know about all the super secrets so he can be totally open and transparent with her. I’ll be honest, this transparency is refreshing. Nothing is standing in the way of John and Lana, especially as they are both single and lonely people who could, frankly, use the company. Plus, Sarah and Natalie are already like sisters anyway.
Before Jonathan and Jordan’s worlds came tumbling down with Lois’ cancer news, they experienced one carefree high school day, traveling to Metropolis for a party. Turns out, those Metropolis kids kind of suck—and are super stuck up. Not to mention, they don’t stand a chance against Sarah and Jordan in beer pong. The fact that they were dominating everyone didn’t sit well with the birthday boy, who tried to exert some kind of power move over Jordan before Sarah, his ex-turned-best-friend, stepped up to the plate and doused him with beer.
The guy is lucky because Jordan is capable of so much more. People think it’s so fun to bully him because he’s different and quiet, which makes him an easy target, but Jordan could wipe the floor with that guy, and part of me wishes he did. Though, props to Jordan for having such a good grip on his powers and not losing his temper when it would have been totally valid. Plus, his payback idea was even more brilliant—icing the guy’s car seems like a pretty good use of superpowers.
As for Clark and Lois’ time in Metropolis, they were teaming up like in the good old days for a story that involved questioning Judge Regan about her decision to reverse her decision and free Henry from prison. She chalked it up to his tumor, but when Lois pressed for more information, she hit a nerve with a team of “fixers” coming to shut down the interview and relay a message to Regan, who then proceeded to attempt jumping off the building.
Lois was able to talk her down by simply finding a way to connect and empathize with her. She didn’t have to dig hard because she was all too aware of what it felt like to deal with a situation that felt impossible and as though it had no resolution in sight. The one thing that matters most is that they stay strong and face the danger headfirst.
Regan may be scared, and she has every right to be considering how things turned out for Dean, but she also has Superman on her side, who will do anything to protect her. She can tell her new superfriend everything she knows, and maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to stop Mannheim and whatever plan he has in motion that involves reviving dead people.
He says he’s just helping his community, but that’s far from the truth if he’s actively killing people.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Lois will beat cancer? Will Sarah and Jordan find a way to stay just friends? Will Kyle and Chrissy go back to the formalities? Will Lana and John spark a romance? And how will everyone who knows Clark’s secret rally together to stop the new enemies?
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Superman & Lois Season 3 Premiere Review – Closer
Superman & Lois made its grand return on Tuesday night, March 14, and season 3 wasted absolutely no time getting back into the action while also nailing the balancing act of throwing in plenty of emotional moments that resonated with the show’s family-first theme.
At the kickstart of Superman & Lois Season 3 Episode 1, Lois pointed out that it’s been 27 days since the world almost ended, which has brought everyone closer together. When you almost lose the people that matter most, you never take them for granted. For the Kent couple, that meant tapping into their romantic side, so much so that they had a pregnancy scare, though, I use the term scare very loosely because, by the end of the hour, both were in agreement that they would be open to welcoming another super baby shortly after celebrating Jonathan and Jordan’s 16th birthday with a very Smallville-like celebration.
A baby wasn’t in the cards for them at this point, and while it’s a bit of a bummer, it’s probably for the best since Clark’s plate is pretty full with two new villains, including Bruno Mannheim, the boss of Metropolis’ Intergang, responsible for killing this earth’s Johny Henry Lyons, who is also the brother of Lois’ doctor, who is still concerned/curious about what’s causing her pregnancy-like symptoms. And while that’s a lot to digest—also same. Is Lois going to be subject A and develop symptoms from the near-apocalyptic showdown of last season? Only time will tell.
Another realization stemming from the earth’s near destruction is the need to prioritize one’s own self-happiness. Despite Jordan’s feelings, Sarah knew that she simply needed to take time away from their relationship to find herself, and she asked him to respect it. It’s a tough situation to navigate for a teen boy, especially since she’s the only person that knows about his powers, but I believe that the time apart is good for both of them. Sarah needs to figure out who she is and what she wants, while Jordan needs to focus on his training right now. He doesn’t need any distractions, but a good friend is always welcome.
Good friends are the backbone of Smallville as the episode digs into the strong connections between Lana, Clark Lois, and Chrissy. Since Lana and Chrissy are both clued into Clark’s superhero identity, my guess is that they will play a huge role in the super events that will follow, which I’m also assuming involves former Mayor Dean. It’s nice to see Lana take charge and really go above and beyond for the town, trying to undo the mess that he left behind, but it’s a bit scary when his warning comes off as more menacing than just a threat about uncovering his cooked books. I’m going to go out on a limb and say he made a deal with some bad people like Mannheim, and so it’s a good thing she has Superman on her side. Did anyone also pick up on some romantic energy between Lana and John Henry? The moment was brief, but when he defended her, it was electric.
The end of Lana and Kyle’s relationship was also addressed, with the former finally signing the divorce papers after stalling for quite a bit. It’s heartbreaking to see the demise of this relationship, but it makes sense in terms of their characters. They weren’t serving each other anymore, held together only by memories and a fondness of what once was. Lana is in a different place in her life—and she’s thriving.
And while Kyle might not be there just yet, the next phase of his life is about to start. I truly didn’t expect for things between Kyle and Chrissy to take off, but I’m so glad it did because it just makes sense. Chrissy made it clear that this was a one-time occurrence, but we all know that’s not the case, and when Lana finds out, it’ll be, as Chrissy suggested, very messy but also a fun shakeup. Small towns, am I right?
While Jordan is training to become his father’s sidekick—and he has a long way to go because his desire to help with the tower in Malaysia was probably not his best moment)—Jonathan was also looking for his thing, which turned out to be as simple as passing his driving test. It might not be flying, but it’s his freedom, not to mention a right of passage. As the boys forge their own paths, the series really gets to underline their difference on a larger scale.
It was a bit of an adjustment to get used to the new Jonathan Kent. The recasting isn’t bad by any means—I’d actually say he fits in with the family more than the original actor–but even if pretty seamless, it’s an adjustment nonetheless.
And finally, the villains. As mentioned, Mannheim is on the radar along with a black-hooded figure that DC Comic fans may recognize as Onomatopoeia. There’s a big plan in motion in the Suicide Slums, and though it’s unclear how things will progress, I’ve heard the creative forces feel that Mannheim is a formidable foe for the super family. Spoiler alert—Lex Luthor will also be making his appearance with The Walking Dead alum Michael Cudlitz in the supervillain role.
I’d imagine John Henry Lyons, Superman’s other ally, will also be pulled in considering he’s fighting for justice for his doppelgänger on this earth. It’s deeply personal.
Another surprising yet wholesome moment during the episode involved Natalie and Sam Lane. It’s easy to forget that on her world, Sam was her grandfather, so it’s understandable that she’d be eager to forge a relationship. Though Sam expresses interest, she quickly learns that he’s nothing like the man she knew as he only seems interested in getting to know her to recruit her for the DOD Academy. Eventually, he realizes the error of his ways and makes a genuine interest in forming a bond, which is just sweet. He doesn’t always get it right the first time, as we’ve seen with his daughters, but he does get it right. I will say, however, that while John Henry wants Natalie to have a normal life, her life is far from it and it never will be. She’s smarter than anyone in this town, so not only would the DOD benefit from having her around, but she’d also benefit from it.
What did you think of the Superman & Lois Season 3 premiere episode? Are you as excited about this season as I am? Hitting refresh seemed to put things into perspective and allow the series—and the characters—to grow.
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‘Superman & Lois’ Season 3 Trailer Teases a Pregnancy and Reveals New Jonathan
Superman & Lois is gearing up for its third season to take flight.
It was previously announced that the season would land on The CW on March 14, but now, the network is giving fans a first look at what’s to come.
The most shocking development that’s revealed mere seconds into the trailer? Lois (Bitsie Tulloch) informs Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) that she might be pregnant. As you can imagine, he’s a little befuddled and overwhelmed, considering that he carries the weight of the world on his very strong and muscular shoulders. The teaser also reveals that Lois is taken hostage, with Superman leaving her behind because “lives were at stake.” Will she miscarry after going through a traumatic experience?
Elsewhere, fans are given the first look at the new Jonathan Kent played by Australian actor Michael Bishop, who is taking over the role following Jordan Elsass’ departure. Jonathan will seemingly help his brother, Jordan (Alex Garfin), explore his powers.
The official synopsis explains that season 3 kicks off “weeks after Superman’s blowout defeat of Ally Allston. Clark and Lois are now working at the Smallville Gazette together and enjoying small town life. But the Kents’ romantic bliss only shines a light on how isolating ‘the secret’ can be, as Chrissy struggles to balance a new love interest and her friendship with Lois. However, Lois’ own work-life balance is put to the test when an undercover assignment reveals a deadly foe that promises to change the Kent family forever. Superman would move heaven and earth for his family, but with a villain this merciless, even that might not be enough.
“Meanwhile, the Kent boys find themselves being pulled in opposite directions as Jordan discovers what a superhero-identity really means and Jonathan searches for purpose beyond the football field. Amid all this upheaval, John Henry is haunted by his doppelgänger’s past, leading to dangerous consequences for him and Natalie. Lana Lang and Kyle redefine their family post-separation, while Sarah explores what the future holds for her and Jordan now that she knows the truth about his powers. Having learned the hard way that no one else can be trusted to work with Superman, General Samuel Lane reclaims his post at the Department of Defense, only to face his own conflict in working with his grandson, Jordan.”
Superman & Lois Season 3 Episode 1 will be titled “Closer.”
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