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!
Superman & Lois Review – Fail Safe (1×13)
The aftermath of Morgan Edge’s plan to take over the world was felt throughout Superman & Lois Season 1 Episode 13.
The town was trying to slowly pick up the pieces and make sense of everything, and sadly, that meant that all the blame continued to be placed on Kyle and Lana.
It’s unfortunate that they are the target of the town’s wrath since he wasn’t the only one welcoming Edge with open arms; everyone trusted the billionaire to better the town.
Unfortunately, Kyle was the most spoken out about his support for Edge, which made him the perfect scapegoat.
It didn’t help that the Mayor was also egging on citizens and placing the blame on the Cushing family.
Something tells me that Lana is going to try to run for Mayor in the near future, and if she does, well, she has my vote.
The kiddos (okay, fine, teens) also felt that all eyes were on them, so it wasn’t surprising that they decided to skip assembly and play hooky.
The only thing disappointing about that is that Jordan has super hearing and still got caught. Come on!
His relationship with Sarah is so pure that I can’t help but root for them.
The same cannot be said for Tegan, however. I’m glad that Jonathan was perceptive and called her out for hanging out with him only to gain information about what happened with Edge and how he was able to mind control people.
She was using him for her own benefit and could care less how it affected him.
Hopefully, Tegan is just a mean girl at school looking to boost her popularity and not actually some villain trying to get intel.
I’m hoping Jonathan’s luck changes soon because it’s been a rough go for him in the small town.
Lois struggled with juggling her journalistic integrity and being the wife of Superman and the daughter of the General of the DOD.
There are times where her connections come in handy, but in this case, she couldn’t tell the truth about what happened with Edge without risking her family’s safety.
Chrissy caught her in the lie, which didn’t go over very well, and Lois searched near and far to find another story that could remedy the situation.
Eventually, Sam gave Lois a statement that allowed them to write a piece putting all the blame on Edge rather than the citizens of Smallville. Sadly, the town shouldn’t need some note from the DOD telling them Kyle isn’t to blame; they should’ve just trusted the man they knew their whole lives instead.
For that reason, I could understand Kyle’s frustration with the situation. These people were supposed to be his friends and family and the people who had his back rather than those who turned on him the moment the opportunity presented itself.
Lois also struggled to see eye-to-eye with Superman, who told Sam that he shouldn’t get rid of the 7743 weapons. It makes sense that there would be a fail-safe against Superman in the rare event that he was corrupted and manipulated.
Superman is the most powerful being, and the people of Earth should have a weapon that could stop him if it comes down to it. Nothing in this world should be indestructible.
Lois was approaching the situation as Clark’s wife, so she was obviously against anything that could harm him, but she wasn’t thinking of it from the point of view of every other human being on the planet who didn’t personally know Superman.
It was refreshing to see Superman acknowledge that he isn’t perfect and could potentially lose control.
He now knows what it’s like to go to the dark side, and while he’s going to fight it every single moment of every single day, there’s a war brewing that proves he shouldn’t be able to go unchecked.
Sam meant well by offering to get rid of all the weapons, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t a sound call.
It became personal, which is never good.
Instead, Sam should’ve been more focused on locking up the weapons so that they couldn’t get into the wrong hands.
And that’s why John Lyons will be the ideal gatekeeper for 7734.
He came to this planet with the sole purpose of stopping Superman.
It might not have been necessary, but it also makes him the right man for the job of keeping the only weapon that could destroy him.
John also has no stake in it — he doesn’t work for the DOD, and while he likes Clark, he’s also not going to hesitate to take him out if he poses a threat.
Plus, he already proved that he’s trustworthy as he knows Superman’s real identity.
Who knew John would become one of the Kent family’s closest confidants? Also, is anyone else really excited to meet his sister?
This is the second time they mentioned her, so she must be crucial to the story!
Edge was sitting in captivity for most of the episode and struggling to silence the voices in his head.
However, the flashbacks played a much bigger role as he eventually pulled the trigger and did what he promised his father he would — he became the one he was chosen to be.
Edge turned into the Eradicator and then began siphoning the powers of the sun.
All I’m going to say is good luck to Superman — he’s going to need it.
Is Leslie Larr going to help them defeat the Eradicator?
Is there anything on the planet that can destroy him since Kryptonite doesn’t seem to work anymore?
Hopefully, John has some insight here!
What did you think of the episode? Do you find Lois as relatable as I do? Do the Kent twins hold a special place in your heart? Are you terrified for Superman’s upcoming battle with his brother-turned-weapon? Let us know in the comments below!
Superman & Lois Review – Through the Valley of Death (1×12)
Morgan Edge isn’t out of the picture just yet, but he’s behind bars, so that’s at least comforting for the time being.
Evil Superman rose for a brief moment on Superman & Lois Season 1 Episode 12, but as Lois Lane told John Henry Lyons, this Earths Superman believed in humanity much more than his Earths hero-turned-villain did.
When everyone was willing to turn their backs on him, she (and the kids) was the only one that still believed in him.
And it’s a good thing she did.
Eliminating Superman would’ve been a disaster, but reminding him that he had something to fight for spared them all from global destruction.
It’s understandable that General Lane and even John wanted to have a weapon just in case. They’re dealing with superhuman beings who have the ability to destroy the world.
It’s always good to have a safeguard in place. Even Superman wanted it otherwise he wouldn’t have signaled to Lois to call John.
He knew John would do what needed to be done.
Lane’s job is to protect the citizens, which means that, despite his connection to Superman, if humanity is at risk, he has to what’s best for the masses.
John was willing to end Superman as he saw exactly what he was capable of on his planet — eradicating Metropolis in seven minutes.
But, again, this Superman had something to come home to. He had a family.
This was the first time Lois spilled Superman’s secret, but I don’t think he’d object in the slightest. It was necessary to help John understand just how much Superman meant to everyone and that he had something to fight for.
And fight, he did.
Superman endured a lot of pain before succumbing to the transformation into Evil Superman. And even then, he fought to find himself again and do the right thing.
Though it seemed like there was a happy ending, it’s never that easy when it comes to the fight against evil.
Morgan Edge has been locked up in a high-security prison, but he still set a plan in motion, and Smallville and the rest of the world are likely going to feel the after-effects of that plan.
It’s not clear what he did with that little orb thing, but Edge is being fueled by his desire not to let his father down.
He hasn’t made much out of his experiences on Earth the way Superman has, so he’s still holding onto the hope that he can turn this planet into Krypton.
He’ll go to great lengths in order not to let his father down.
Of course, there’s also the concern that Superman is changed. He’s had a taste of the dark side where he had no inhibitions, and it’s going to be tempting to go back to that.
He’ll have to consciously fight against the feeling of wanting to let go, which can be tempting.
Will we see Superman struggle with finding his footing?
How will he stop Edge? I’m hoping he teams up with John once again because they made a pretty kickass team.
And I can’t wait to see how Jordan begins to make sense of his powers. If it wasn’t for him — and Jonathan, his cheerleader — the DOD would’ve never located Superman.
They owe everything to Jordan, and I wish he got a little more praise for his heroic actions.
Clark has tried his best to teach his son how to use his powers, but for the most part, he’s been left to his own devices, so it’s not surprising that he hesitated to use them and felt like he was letting the family down.
Even the Fortress has been destroyed, so he can’t get any more help there!
I hope he’ll begin to understand himself more and come into his own.
The town of Smallville needs another hero after all that they’ve been through.
It’s extremely disappointing that the residents of the small town are turning on Lana and Kyle instead of acknowledging that they were victims just like the rest of them.
Why is everyone blaming Lana for what they got into with Edge when she was used in the very same way?
Kyle and Lana simply thought they were helping the people of their town. I mean, Kyle was mind-controlled just like the rest of them.
They should all be holding Edge and Leslie Larr accountale.
Speaking of, where is Leslie? Is she hiding or is she completely Morgan’s mission?
I’ll be the first to say that it was nice to see Kyle, Lana, and Sarah enjoy their time together as a family. Sometimes, the simplest moments are the ones that are the most beautiful.
Kyle has been made out to be such a villain since the series started, so it’s great that there’s another side to him as a loving father and husband.
John was also trying to find this world’s version of his sister. What purpose is she going to serve?
He might not be able to get Lois or Natalie back, but at least he has some kind of family left, even if it isn’t the person he remembers from his world.
And Arrow’s John Diggle is just hopping from show to show! First Batwoman, now Superman & Lois. It’s always nice to see a familiar face when the very existence of the planet is at risk.
What did you think of the episode? Are you glad Superman was saved?
What does Edge have up his sleeve?
Let us know in the comments below!
Superman & Lois Review – Fire and Ice (1×11)
John’s prophecy is coming true after all.
Episodes focused on origin stories are typically boring (especially since we know how they pan out), but there was nothing wasted about this one.
Not only was Clark and Lois’s meet-cute interesting in itself, but it also tied into the broader storyline involving Superman’s brother, Morgan Edge, and his desire for world domination.
On Superman & Lois Season 1 Episode 11, Edge followed a weekend Superman to the Fortress of Solitude where he tapped into his memories in hopes of understanding why he would turn his back on a Kryptonian brother.
What he found was that Superman had a family of his own… a human family.
And well, Edge wasn’t too fond of that.
In my previous Superman & Lois reviews, I stated that I didn’t think that this world’s Superman would ever turn into the Dark Superman that John warned about, but that was clearly before Edge threatened Clark’s family and to expose his secret to the world.
Clark would sacrifice himself before he’d let anything happen to his wife and children.
And right about now, it’s really good that the DOD has weapons that can neutralize Kryptonians because if what happened on John’s planet happens on this planet, they’re going to need some serious reinforcements.
Clark submitted to Edge and was taken to Edge’s Fortress — located in the desert rather than in the icy arctic (a clear tell of their polar opposite personalities) — where his father began the processing of breaking him down and essentially turning him into a soulless villain just like Edge.
A quick glimpse at Edge’s relationship with his father and it’s obvious he’s been conditioned to see the negative in everything since day one.
He believes that Superman had a chance to be a man of greatness and chose to be less, but his definition of less clearly differs widely from Clark’s.
And it does seem like there’s a part of him that envies all that Superman was able to achieve on this planet. They were both given the same opportunities, and while Superman chose to make the best of his new life while carrying on the legacy of Krypton to do good and become a champion of the humans, while Edge grew up and chose violence.
I would hope that Superman won’t be as easily broken as Edge and his father believe — after all, he has a link to his humanity in the twins and Lois, so I can see him clinging to that.
The DOD and John are going to play a huge role in stopping Dark Superman and Edge, but I also think this is where Jordan’s powers are going to come into play.
He’s going to need to step up and be the hero his family needs while his father is gone. Unfortunately, that means he’s going to have to hone in on his powers all on his own now that Edge destroyed the Fortress and Jor-El’s hologram.
All of this comes at a time when Smallville needs Superman more than ever as the locals are reeling from Edge’s attack.
If Kyle is any indication, the others who were “body-snatched” are likely very disoriented by recent events. And he actually knows the full extent of what happened.
This incident has rehabilitated Kyle’s character as he apologized to Lois for pushing her aside and deeming her the villain while putting Edge on a pedestal.
Kyle may be a solid guy after all.
Will he and Lana return the favor and help the Kent family in their time of need?
Also, how will everything affect Jordan and Sarah’s relationship? They finally made it official — Sarah made the first move! — but it came after she thanked the twins for being honest with her no matter what.
While Jonathan was honest with her about what was going on with her father, Jordan is still keeping his alien abilities a secret.
Will she find out about them with the emergence of Dark Superman?
What did you think of the episode? Are you excited to see what happens when Superman turns into the enemy? Will Clark be able to fight it?
Share your thoughts in the comments below! We’ll see you back here on July 13!
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