Metropolis is in danger, but it’s becoming quite unclear who the real threat is.
On Superman & Lois Season 1 Episode 7, we finally got more insight into the man known as Marcus Bridgewater, Captain Luthor, and finally, his real name, John Henry Jones.
Yep, turns out he’s not really a Luthor, and I can’t be the only one who isn’t a little bummed by that reveal.
To sum it all up, Jones came to this Earth to stop Superman from turning evil and destroying the planet. We get glimpses into what happened on his planet, and well, it’s not pretty.
Superman and his army — which we can only assume was created by Morgan Edge as Jones insists that Edge plays a role in the Earth’s demise and knows how it’ll happen (and it explains why he knows so much about Edge’s operation, to begin with) — is seen destroying buildings and hurting innocent people including Lois Lane.
On that Earth, Lois is Jones’s wife and the duo, who are madly in love, share a daughter.
That daughter, who Jones affectionately refers to as Nat-Bug, helps him build his super suit after her mother is killed on national television.
This explains why it’s so difficult for Jones to see this Earth’s Lois not only in cahoots with Superman but also married to him.
There’s just one little problem — the Clark Kent we know would never do what dark Superman did. At least not willingly and consciously.
Since we know Edge is involved and has his hands of X-Kryptonite, it’s safe to assume that the army he’s building will be programmed to kill and destroy. And the mineral will likely have an adverse effect on Clark that will make him fall in line and hurt others.
However, there’s also the possibility that Jones’s actions are contributing to the events that he’s trying to stop.
After all, he played right into Edge’s trap, which gave Leslie Larr the upper hand and allowed them to transport the batch of X-Kryptonite while no one was looking.
Speaking of traps, Superman walked right into Jones’s when he agreed to meet with him and then realized the man was actually the villain known as The Stranger, who was trying to kill him in the pilot.
Jones activated solar flares, which weakened Superman, and if it wasn’t for Jordan, Jonathan, and Lois, he likely wouldn’t have made it out alive.
It’s the first time we’ve seen someone return the favor and save Superman instead of the other way around.
Jordan’s superhearing kicked in, and though he struggled to control it, he figured it out just in time to help his father out.
Fans of Superman have always wondered how he can selectively hear everything and nothing at the same time, and it’s interesting to see Jordan get trained on isolating the sounds and not letting them overwhelm him.
However, I’m more impressed with Jonathan’s ability to pick up the hammer with such ease. There was a lot going on so maybe they didn’t realize that it was effortless for Jonathan, who only had one working hand.
If I were to guess, I’d say Jonathan has a different set of powers than his brother that will activate at any moment.
Jonathan has never shied away from the action, but it’ll be great if his role in the series is no longer to cover for his brother. How lame is that?
The whole incident convinced Lois that they need to be honest with the boys about what’s going on. I know they were trying to protect them by keeping secrets, but since there is an active threat against the family, they probably should be aware so that they can defend themselves in the future.
As Lois and Superman dealt with Jones, Lana started her first day working for Edge and tried her best to get Lois the scoop about his plans.
Lana’s heart is in the right place, but she has no idea who she’s messing with or what she’s getting herself into.
I don’t see this ending well for her at all.
Other Smallville Musings
- I’m not interested in a love triangle between the Kent boys and Sarah. Let’s stop that right now.
- Jonathan may have a new crush!
- Sarah is going to figure it out sooner rather than later, especially now that she knows Tag has powers.
- Will Nat-Bug come to this Earth to save her father, who is currently in captivity. He shouldn’t have promised her he’d be back soon… never make promises you can’t keep!
- Is Lois going to have to incorporate these new family members from a different reality into her life?
- Emily seems sweet, but she’s Edge’s top pick for the “Subjekts.” Will Lana blame herself?
What did you think of the episode? Will Jones be able to prevent a catastrophe?
Has Edge already gone too far? Let us know in the comments!
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!
Superman & Lois Review – O Mother, Where Art Thou? (1×10)
All I’m going to say is… Lois Lane tried to warn y’all.
But no one wanted to listen to the critically acclaimed journalist.
Thankfully, Superman’s sacrifice was willing to save the day, but the trouble isn’t over just yet for Smallville.
On Superman Season 1 Episode 10, Morgan Edge, who was revealed to be Kal-El’s brother from another father, Tal-Rho, set his plan for the small town in motion.
Edge gave Superman a chance to join his Kryptonian’s as they essentially colonized the planet to further their heritage.
And while the idea of having your own people around you again was enticing, it wasn’t enough to convince Superman to ditch his humanity and embrace a dark side.
Superman didn’t need a new family from his planet because he already had one of his own on this new planet.
John Henry didn’t know this world’s Superman in the slightest.
Tal-Rho even tried to lure Superman with the idea of getting his Kryptonian mother back, which didn’t work.
Though, Kal-El was able to reconnect with Lara Lor-Van thanks to Lana, who stepped as a host and allowed Lara’s consciousness to be put inside her so that they could figure out a way to reverse what Edge had been doing.
Lara admitted that resurrection was her life’s work but not at the cost of humans.
Therefore, she wasn’t supportive of her other son’s ventures.
It was great that Kal-El got to reconnect with his birth mother and reassure her that he was happy on Earth with his own family, including two sons, but I’m glad Lara didn’t overstay her welcome. The storyline had the potential to drag out unnecessarily.
Instead, the reunion convinced Kal-El that he was doing the right thing by standing up to his brother, and he put himself in the crossfire to protect all the innocent humans that have been put through The Eradicator by creating a solar flare.
Edge clearly underestimated his brother. But despite putting a dent in his plan, he still had another plan.
His attempt to enslave the inhabitants of Smallville isn’t over yet.
At this point, everyone seems to be aware of the fact that aliens exist including Sarah.
Sarah was going through a tough time as she thought her father was turning into a drunk, which is when Jon jumped in and told her the truth that Kyle had been body-snatched
I don’t know why everyone thinks Sarah can’t handle the truth. She’s one of the strongest characters on the show and deserves a little bit more credit.
It’s also slightly upsetting that it was Jon who decided she didn’t deserve to be lied to again. I feel like the decision should’ve come from Jordan, but instead, we’re getting this odd love triangle.
Why did I find myself rooting for Jon when she’s unofficially Jordan’s girl?
Jon was motivated by the simple fact that he’s done with everyone lying to him in order to “protect him.”
Sarah might not be able to know the truth about Superman or Jordan’s newfound powers, but when it comes to her family, she should know what’s happening rather than writing her dad off as some kind of horrible person.
I’ve watched Supergirl, and I know that the glasses as a brilliant disguise, but I still can’t get over the fact that Lana didn’t recognize that Clark is Superman!
And I love how much she geeked out over seeing Superman in person when she quite literally talks to him every day.
The episode showed us the power our experiences have over us.
After arriving on Earth, Kal-El was welcomed with open arms into a loving home, which made him want to protect humans from harm, while Tal-Rho was hunted and experimented on, which made him hungry for revenge.
Their vastly different experiences morphed them into the men they are today, so it’s going to be difficult to get them to see eye-to-eye.
And this means Superman is going to have a hard time convincing his brother to pick a new fight as it’s been his life’s mission to repopulate a new planet.
What do you think Edge has up his sleeve?
Is all this too much for Jordan and Jon? How will Smallville cope with the attack? Will Kyle apologize to Lois?
Superman & Lois Review – Edge Is [SPOILER’S] Brother (1×09)
Superman & Lois Season 1 Episode 9 was a powerhouse episode that put Morgan Edge’s plan for the residents of Smallville in motion.
Lois’s crusade against Morgan Edge was completely warranted, but it also made her a huge target.
She thought that she was being slick by enlisting Clark and Lana to help her gain intel, but Morgan Edge has always been one step ahead of her and put in motion a plan to get her eliminated.
It was really his only option considering Lois knew that he was using humans as vessels and putting alien consciousness into them.
However, how much of a threat could Lois really be with that information? It’s not like anyone would really believe her.
The attack on Lois and Jonathan when Superman was weakened and away was one of the first signs of the war that John Henry Irons warned them about.
The X-Kryptonite made Edge’s minions, including Kyle, immensely powerful.
And if he has an army of those, humans don’t stand a chance.
But it was never actually clear why Irons was scared that Superman would turn on the humans and join the Kryptonians until now.
In a jaw-dropping revelation, Superman found out that Edge is his brother!
I did not see that one coming!
In the comics, Superman never had a brother, which makes this such an unexpected and game-changing twist.
But even with the blood relations, Clark would never turn his back on his family. They mean the world to him and serve as his anchors, which I don’t presume the other world’s Superman didn’t have.
The whole showdown reminded me of Mufasa and Scar from The Lion King, but hopefully, in this situation, Superman finds a way to bring Edge down. After all, he had to make him pay for almost killing his wife and son.
Though, it’s funny cause it doesn’t seem like Edge realizes that Clark is Superman and thus, didn’t know he was trying to kill his brother’s family.
It’ll be interesting to see that pan out.
This also answers the “why Smallville” question that Lois couldn’t figure out. Not only does Edge has a personal connection to Smallville, but he needs the people who were exposed to Kryptonite long enough to accept its affects.
Sadly, Edge convinced all of them under the impression that they were bettering their lives and becoming the best versions of themselves.
If that sounds like a cult mindset to you, well, that’s because it is. Only this cult is the kind where they have absolutely no choice but to obey at the snap of a finger.
Kyle is also part of that cult, which is pretty terrible news for Lana. She tried to keep her husband out of it, but he was too devoted to Edge and fooled by the bullcrap he was selling.
You could tell Kyle truly regretted his decision after he blacked out and didn’t even remember attacking Lois and Jonathan. And also, why didn’t Lois call Lana to warn her about Kyle? I thought they were in this together.
The situation with Edge’s army now justifies General Lane’s decision to make batches of Kryptonite in the “just in case” event.
While it’s understandable that Jonathan and Lois might be upset that he created a weapon that could destroy their loved ones, the fact of the matter is that Superman is really powerful.
There was to be some way to control him if he ever went rogue or if that kind of power got into the wrong hands, which it has.
Lois and Jonathan are alive because of Sam’s invention.
The unfortunate part is that Sam didn’t have time to test the effects of the synthetic kryptonite, which weakened Superman for longer than usual and even got Jordan sick.
The fact that the kryptonite was airborne was the most surprising part of that whole thing, but it was fun to see Jordan manifest some new powers.
That poor kid has just been struggling this whole season and never really getting an explanation of what he can or should be doing.
- I hope Sarah forgives Jordan for not showing up to the performance. It’s a bummer that he cannot be honest with her, especially since what’s happening affects her in many ways.
- Why does Sarah dislike Tegan Wickhem so much?
- Did we all see Clark just bolt out of a diner in public? Wouldn’t anyone notice?
- The irony of Lois telling Jonathan she feels like a failure for not being able to keep them safe right before alien beings come after them and try to destroy them with heat vision.
- Lois’s relationship with her father is pretty strained, but he did protect her and her son so they are on the mend!
What did you think of tonight’s episode? And how are you coping after that brother of a reveal?
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