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!
Superman & Lois Season Finale Review – Waiting for Superman (2×15)
Superman may have been rendered powerless, but it was never going to keep him down for long.
The world’s savior went to great lengths to restore his abilities on Superman & Lois Season 2 Episode 15 because, without him, Ally Alston and her lesser-half would have likely completed the merge and destroyed both worlds as we know it.
Everyone did their best to save the planet, but no one was as powerful or as skilled as Superman.
Now, that’s not to say that they didn’t hold things down until he recharged either.
Hope is a powerful thing when you have nothing left. While it would have been easy for everyone to just give up and accept their fate, that’s not the kind of approach that creates heroes.
Tal decided to make up for all the damage that he did in the past — including his attempt to also destroy the world — by trying to save it this time.
When he quickly learned that he was foolish for thinking he could ever be a match for the all-powerful Ally, Jordan lent a hand and saved his life. And honestly, it was impressive considering Jordan is just coming into his powers.
Nat and John Henry were also willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good as the former followed her father into the void to help stop Ally.
Since John Henry’s message from the void came through a bit choppy, Nat didn’t realize that her father wanted her to bring X-K into the pod, so they improvised and depleted all the energy from their exosuits to power the pod and allow it to blow up Ally’s tether between world’s, which left them powerless.
Thankfully, at that exact moment, Superman gained full power by throwing himself directly into the sun (talk about a sunburn) to recharge his cells.
It may have been an extreme measure, but it was once that effectively allowed him to save both worlds from Ally’s madness.
And everyone, even Ally’s devoted followers, were grateful for it.
There’s something so captivating about apocalyptic shows and storylines, and Superman & Lois approached it with a fresh take as we saw the worlds bleeding into each other.
Lois was sadly pulled into the Bizarro world and never blipped out, which was terrifying and lonely. She encountered a few people along the way, including her father and Kyle, who all made it back to their worlds eventually. Kyle, in particular, felt as though this was karma for cheating on Lana and breaking up the family, which was heartbreaking. Yes, he may have made some bad choices, but no one deserves to be alone and scared.
I was worried that Lois would end up stranded in the Bizarro version of Smallville when she was standing on the street all alone, but thankfully, that wasn’t the case.
Once Superman regained his abilities, everything we back to normal.
Kyle, unfortunately, didn’t get his happy ending. When you’re on the verge of losing someone, it puts a lot of things into perspective. While Lana spent much of her “final moments” looking for Kyle, who blipped out into the other reality, it made her realize that she’s not over the hurt he caused her and likely never would be. Admittedly, I was a little stunned by this realization as I thought it would help them patch things up, but I acknowledge that Lana has enough self-respect to stand her ground and follow her gut.
It would make it a lot easier to forgive Kyle and reconcile the family, but if she’s not ready to trust him, it won’t make either of them happy in the long run. Sometimes, there’s no going back to how things were, there’s just moving forward, and at least these two are mature enough to remain friends and co-parent.
Superman’s identity is still the world’s biggest secret, but the circle of people who are privy to it has grown just a smidge. Of course, Lana and Sarah are both aware, but Lois also confided in Chrissy, who was completely floored by the realization. As a journalist, you’d think she would put two and two together or see the resemblance, but she was sure that Lois was kidding at first.
The way she stared at Clark Kent after was hilarious. But I’m glad she’s in the circle of trust. After Lois visited the Bizarro world, we learned that Chrissy is a good person on every planet. She’s someone you can trust and confide in. Superman’s secret has come between her and Lois one too many times, and if they are going to work together, she deserves to know. Why is this the only moment that made me truly emotional?
I’m happy that the series arrived at the point where all the people that have always deserved to know the truth about Superman are finally clued in.
The world may have been ending, but it also gave Sarah a lot of time to process. When she finally had a moment to talk to Jordan about it, they both acknowledged that there wasn’t one issue that led to their failed romance — it was on both of them. Sarah never thought about Jordan’s feelings, while Jordan never shared his feelings with Sarah. They weren’t ready to give everything up just yet, but they were ready to press “reset” and start over. And opening up that line of communication will make a world of difference for them. Sarah won’t have to doubt if Jordan is telling her the truth, and he won’t have to hide who he is or what he’s doing anymore. I’m excited for what their future holds! I’m also happy Sarah acknowledged the weight of the secret that Jordan had to carry.
Post-Armageddon, everyone decided to catch a break. The Lane family patched things up, which was so awesome. They finally got their Lucy back — not brainwashed by Ally. I’m surprised Lucy didn’t want to see Ally one last time to chew her out, but it’s for the best. Lois made the visit instead simply to understand if Ally ever accomplished her goal of feeling complete. The two Ally’s informed her that they did not, but I’ll be honest, there was something eerie about that whole interaction. It seemed as though Lois was feeling empty and wanting answers as to how to fill the void, and when the two Ally’s held hands, it made me think there was yet another part of the plan that they hadn’t tried yet.
Maybe I’m just being overly cautious about the whole situation because John Diggle arrived to introduce the next season’s new mystery/villain: Bruno Mannheim.
Burno is the Intergang crime boss and one of Superman’s enemies who dabbles in money launder and human trafficking. He’s also the man who killed this planet’s John Henry, and Diggle wants to know why.
There’s no better man for the job than John Henry! And after such a stellar season that really ramped things up in the final episode, I have full confidence in the writers for whatever they have planned next.
And it’s probably a good thing that Superman, clad in a hygge white chunky sweater, has rebuilt his fortress for his family. If this near-Armaggedon has taught us anything, it’s that dangers loom at every corner and they need to be able to find a place of solace, solitude, and safety.
Jordan needs somewhere to train, Jonathan deserves to get to know his grandmother and experience some of the super perks even without powers, and Lois, well, she deserves the world for enduring all that stress day-in-and-day-out.
Other sweet moments:
- Nat referring to Jon and Jordan as her “brothers” was everything. She finally found a place for herself here, and I hope the series hones in on this special relationship because Nat and John feel like natural inclusions in the superfamily.
- Tal turning over a new leaf, thanking and apologizing by getting the boys new trucks that Clark was absolutely against, and Tal looking for his wife in the other world.
- Also, Tal and Clark’s brotherly moment. The brother’s bond is strong! I’ll miss him!
What did you think of the season finale? Are you happy the Ally Alston storyline was put to rest? Do you think it is the last we’ve seen of her?
Share your thoughts and comments below — and I’ll see you all back here next season!
Superman & Lois Review – Worlds War Bizarre (2×14)
What a stellar episode of Superman & Lois!
Can you believe it’s only the penultimate episode? It was an action-packed ride from start to finish as Smallville’s residents grappled with the fact that their world was merging with another Earth.
The stakes are high, the outcome is uncertain, and the way out isn’t entirely clear. Is there a way out? I know Lois reiterated that Superman’s mantra is that there’s always another way, but with Superman rendered powerless, they are kind of running out of options here.
What they do have — other than super suits and Superman’s offspring, who may be slightly less powerful but knows how to channel his teenage angst — is leaders that are compassionate. It’s everything that Ally’s followers and soldiers don’t have.
And anyone who has ever watched a superhero show knows that kindness towards humanity and compassion for fellow man is one heck of a weapon. Sidelining Superman also gave so many of the other characters a chance to step up and shine.
Jordan is able to come out from his father’s shadow, and though it’s obvious he’s not ready to battle the evil versions of Jon and Lana on his own, he finds a way to hone his powers.
Natalie and John Henry are able to tap in as the dynamic duo proving that they are much more than just Superman’s sidekicks.
I truly hope John Henry finds a way out of the void because Natalie cannot handle losing another parent. The fear that she lost her father again, however, led to a really beautiful scene between her and Lois. She may not be the woman that Natalie calls mother, but in a moment where everything is uncertain, it’s the closest thing she has. There’s a comfort in their embrace.
Lana is also able to establish herself as the people’s Mayor. Honestly, those citizens don’t deserve her or her honestly.
She was brave enough to tell them the truth — as ridiculous as it sounded — and all they were able to do is write her off and dismiss her as some kind of lunatic. Only when Superman established dominance and assured them that Lana was telling the truth did everyone believe her. Will we ever stop dismissing a powerful and self-assured woman? I love that Superman backed her up, but it shouldn’t have been necessary. Even a man that has diminished powers is somehow respected more than a woman who has decided that her people are worthy of the truth.
Of course, Lana simply couldn’t win. Once the people supported her, she found herself facing backlash from Sara, who finally found out about Jordan’s powers. She has every right to be upset, but could we maybe table this conversation until after the world is no longer ending? I mean, they were literally fighting while the worlds were merging and their father disappeared. Also, I have no idea why Kyle doesn’t exist on the other Earth, but once this is all over, I definitely think that the Cushing family will reunite and be grateful that they have one another.
It’s kind of exciting that Sara is going into the finale clued in on the big secret. There didn’t seem to be a way to keep it from her with such a huge battle gearing up. But she also found out in a really dramatic way, which was great for audiences but not as great for her.
Sara is going to have a lot to process moving forward, but she’s right that she could’ve definitely handled it. Sara’s the kind of person that appreciates the truth over being lied to. That being said, she totally didn’t understand the impact or gravity of it, nor that it would be something that would weigh on her at every moment moving forward. This is Jordan’s life, which she’s now going to have to protect at all costs.
We also saw a new side to Superman, who has never been this powerless before. And he’s learning, quite quickly, that he doesn’t necessarily enjoy it, especially since no one can actually protect him. They’ll try their hardest, but it’s a tall order to protect one of the most powerful beings on Earth.
Superman was consumed by guilt that he was unable to help his people when they need him the most, but in reality, none of this was his fault. He did everything he could to stop Ally Alston, and it’s out of his hands now. The best he could do is be there for the people that love him to give them hope, just as Lois suggested. Superman is a symbol; with or without his powers, that carries a lot of weight.
Launching her attack while Superman was, as they say, “man down,” was always Ally’s plan. She knew that she didn’t stand a chance at fulfilling her desire to merge the worlds unless she stole his power and made him weak. That’s the definition of a parasite. It’s a shame Lucy didn’t see it until it was too late.
My guess is that Superman will force those cells to recharge just in time to thwart Ally and get rid of her once and for all.
After all, if they don’t, a merge would mean that everyone would die. She’s so power-hungry that she’s willing to destroy both worlds.
Though I’ll admit, the video editing showing the electronics going haywire and the worlds becoming one was really cool, particularly the Kent farm as it went from light and airy to a literal dumpster.
Other Great Moments
- Evil Jonathan has so much swagger!
- Superman is so weak that even his super hearing wasn’t working, which allowed him to be ambushed by evil Lana.
- People didn’t believe the DOD because they thought they were being lied to, but when Lana gave them an alternate explanation, they laughed in her face. What’s the deal with that? You either want to logical explanation or the real one — you can’t knock them both.
- Kyle’s advice to Lana about being brave enough to speak the truth was so sweet. You can tell that man regrets ever even thinking about cheating on her.
- Those old green computers that appeared at the Gazette when the worlds began merging were peak 2000s!
This has been one of the best seasons — the acting, the editing, the writing, the story development — but the episode just blew every other one out of the water. I’m excited to see what the season finale has in store.
Will it keep up the momentum? Will Superman’s powers get restored in time to fight back? How will Ally fare when she doesn’t have any acolytes working for her? Will John Henry survive? And most importantly, is it time that Chrissy found out the truth about Lois’ connection to Superman? I just feel so terrible that after everything, she’s still on the outs about it.
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Superman & Lois Review – All Is Lost (2×13)
The day has finally come — Superman has been stripped of his power. I honestly didn’t even know it was possible.
On Superman & Lois Season 2 Episode 13, Lucy Lane made the biggest mistake of all by choosing Ally over her own family.
Usually, Lucy’s choices only affected her, but when she chose to side with Ally and call upon Superman, she basically handed him over on a silver platter.
We can’t fault Lucy completely as she doesn’t know what she doesn’t know. She’s impressionable, naive, gullible, she doesn’t trust her sister, and she wants a better life for herself, and she’ll do anything to do it. All of those qualities made her the perfect target for someone like Ally.
Unfortunately, this time her family paid the price for her decisions. Her father was knocked unconscious and barely survived. As for Superman, he was depleted of all of his powers and needed to have his heart restarted.
And that’s not all! They were able to draw his blood and the fact that his cells are normal means that he’s a mere human now.
That’s definitely not what you want when there’s a power-hungry villain on the loose that’s hoping to merge the two Earth’s into one.
Again, no one ever trusted Lucy with Superman’s real identity, so she had no idea she was singlehandedly contributing to the destruction of her family.
The one positive is that she saw very clearly that Ally betrayed her. She didn’t care if she hurt the people that Lucy loved as long as she was able to get what she wanted.
Ally has always been selfish, and she’s been using Lucy like a pawn in her sick little game.
I’d be upset with Lucy if I didn’t feel bad at her, and my guess is that’s exactly how Lois must feel at the moment.
Plus, there’s no time to worry about Lois when Superman is unconscious.
And how are they going to stop the all-powerful Ally without him?
Yes, there’s a backup squad with John Henry Lyons, Natalie, and even Jordan, who thankfully squeezed in a little training sesh with his dad before everything went down so he’s mastered flying, but do they stand a chance against a woman who wields stolen powers?
John Henry wasn’t too pleased when he saw that Natalie created her own suit, and while his anger was understandable since it was fueled by pure fear of losing his daughter, I’m glad he came around. With such threats looming large, I’d rather have my kind in an impenetrable suit any day.
I know it’s hard for a parent to look at their child as an adult, but Natalie has proven that she’s valuable in this fight. She’s not a little kid anymore; she’s a skilled builder who created both of their suits. She knows what she’s doing. And, as she pointed out, danger could strike at any moment, so why not be prepared?
There was a lot of “parents worrying about their children” going around. Superman had a heart-to-heart with Jon about learning how to let him make his own mistakes even if it’s the most terrifying feeling in the world.
And similarly, Lana shut down Jordan’s request to tell Sarah the truth about his superpowers because she knew that it would always put her baby girl in danger and she didn’t want that.
At this point, I’d argue that they are all in grave danger and don’t even know it, but yeah, I guess that’s beside the point.
Lana doesn’t strike me as someone who can keep a secret for long, so I think she’ll tell Sarah the truth soon enough. There’s no avoiding it when Ally initiates the merge.
Admittedly, I enjoyed seeing the Lane-Cushing family back in action and enjoying a meal like nothing ever happened. Maybe it’s time that Lana forgives Kyle and they become a family again? After all, life’s too precious. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.
How will they stop Ally? Is Lana the secret weapon? She’s her biggest ally in the other world, so my guess is that our Lana will somehow come into the picture.
Do you think Superman should’ve been better prepared? Is this an all-hands-on-deck kind of fight? H
And how hasn’t Lucy figured out Superman’s identity yet? He literally reached over and called for Lois with his dying breath. Also, Ms. Beppo needs to connect the dots. She’s a journalist for goodness sake!
What did you think of the episode?
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