Parenting is a universal struggle… just ask Superman.
But sometimes, with a little help from your other son, you get it right.
Smallville is proving to be good for the Kent family. Though they had some initial rough patches while settling in — Lois couldn’t get any locals to open up to her about Morgan Edge, the boys were being bullied by the football team — by the end of the hour, it all cleared up and set the scene for some promising moments to come.
Jordan might not possess all the powers as his father does, but he was a hero by simply standing up to his bullies and forcing them to confront him. His super strength definitely played a role, but Jordan didn’t just attack the bullies in the hallway. Instead, he channeled it all into beating them on the field. By showing them he was stronger, he put them in their place and earned their respect. You can’t hold that against him.
The addition of the powers allows the show to give a new take on everyday problems.
In the process, Jordan also found something that he enjoyed doing and that brought him purpose. He was always in his brother’s shadow, but now, he gets to have something to call his own.
Of course, one would assume that Jordan’s football career might not sit well with Jonathan, who was always the football star in the family, but aside from his “football is my thing” comment, Jon was mostly supportive.
He even vouched for Jordan when Clark found out about his new hobby and wanted to shut it down out of fear that his powers would get the best of him.
“What’s the point of being special if you’re not allowed to be special,” Jon told Clark.
It’s refreshing to see Jon support his brother rather than go down the route of sibling rivalry and jealousy that we’re so used to seeing on television these days. It shows Jon’s maturity. He didn’t even hold it against his brother when coach made him run laps.
It also wasn’t entirely fair for Clark to squash Jordan’s dreams simply because of what might happen because of the powers.
They don’t even know the extent of Jordan’s powers just yet, but it’s safe to say the only time they’ve ever been a problem is when he’s pushed to the edge. Making friends with the bullies might actually work in his favor.
Things with Sarah are also looking up. She broke up with Sean, finally, and her flirting with Jordan is so innocent and adorable.
A relationship with her might be more dangerous than anything else because I can see Jordan struggling to keep his powers a secret from her.
And while Sarah might be understanding, her father, Kyle, likely wouldn’t be if she ever accidentally told him the truth.
A good chunk of the episode focused on Jordan and Jonathan’s high school antics, which is understandable considering this is a CW show. I didn’t mind it, but I once again found myself more intrigued by Lois’s pursuit of Morgan Edge.
A lead came to Lois in the form of a mother looking to find out what happened to her son. While Chrissy, the Smallville Gazette’s editor, questioned Sharon Powell’s story, Lois knew in her gut that it was a story she needed to pursue.
She’s been on edge about Edge (pun intended) since day one, so if there’s a story there, you can be sure Lois will get to the bottom of it.
In fact, Edge figured that much was true by blowing up her car. If there was no merit to Sharon’s claims, Edge wouldn’t have gone through the trouble of blowing up her car. Who else loved Clark’s “this isn’t your first Molotov cocktail” comment? Lois is such a badass.
Edge hoped the car explosion would stop Lois from pursuing the story and digging deeper, but they clearly have no idea who they’re messing with.
When she arrived at Sharon’s motel that evening, it had been ransacked and the man who was spying on her earlier was there to take care of her.
Too bad he didn’t know that Superman would also be there in a split second. Seriously, I know he has super speed but wow. No one messes with his lady.
The Morgan Edge case got even more interesting when it was revealed that one of his henchmen is really powerful… almost more powerful than Superman.
Of course, this begs the question: what is Morgan Edge really into? It has to be more than just manipulating and using the people living in small towns.
Chrissy was right — Lois doesn’t have to do much to seek out the stories, they find her!
My theory is that Morgan Edge recruits desperate men in town to become miners and then offers the most loyal and dedicated ones an “opportunity of a lifetime” that ends up costing them their life. Say someone like Kyle, who eagerly defends Edge at every turn.
When they sign the contract, they basically sign an NDNA. It’s also possible that his hitman is one of the missing miners and has undergone some kind of experiment that gave him his super strength.
Regardless, Morgan Edge is bad news. And Smallville is lucky that Lois is on the case!
There’s also something more sinister at play because Edge’s all-powerful man was taken out by a woman with “heat vision.” And yeah, that looked awfully similar to Jordan’s powers.
Who is she working for?
There wasn’t any mention of Luthor, which wasn’t great for continuity’s sake, but it also wasn’t too big of an issue as the episode focused on other storylines introduced in the first two episodes.
Superman & Lois is an ambitious show that’s not only tackling the superhero-aspect but also layering plenty of family drama, so it’s understandable that they won’t always be able to fit everything in.
Still, the series has a distinct style and offers plenty to keep you intrigued.
Maybe Luthor is somehow connected to what’s happening with Edge? It’s too soon in the series to tell how things are going to pan out in Smallville.
- Sarah isn’t hiding behind the “always happy” facade that her mother puts up in public, and again, it’s refreshing to see a young girl acknowledge that life isn’t always perfect. She allows herself to feel real emotions and not bottle them up inside, which is something Lana will hopefully benefit from. There’s something to be said about being raised to “never let them see the hurt,” but this new generation isn’t interested in playing that game. The mother-daughter heart-to-heart was the first step towards a better relationship.
- Jon and Jordan didn’t take well to their dad spying on them, and it seems neither did Lois in the beginning. And for good reason as it’s quite the invasion of privacy. I’m glad they came around, forgave him, and worked out an agreement. If they need him, they can always press a button and summon him.
- There’s honestly nothing better than geeky father Clark Kent. He really sold the act of carrying the water cooler!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments.
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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