Superman & Lois
Season 1 Episode 2
The Kent’s move out of the city and begin their new lives in Smallville. But like the old saying, “wherever you go, there you are” and the change of scenery doesn’t solve all their personal problems. Clark decides to take Jordan to the fortress of solitude to learn more about Krypton, Lois continues her investigation into Morgan Edge and Jonathan deals with both the aftermath of the party and being the new kid in school alone.
The Superman complications continue as well with the introduction of Captain Luthor. His quest for kryptonite will bring General Lane to the farm to not only bring Superman up to speed, but to confront Clark about his decision to move the family. The conflict between the two characters was well acted and continues to bring a reality to the series. Lois also discovers that there might be some bigger consequences to her intrepid reporting about Morgan Edge.
As things continue to get more complicated, Superman duties bring Clark and Luthor face to face again and the we see the lengths this Luthor will go to in order to kill Superman. There’s more action in this scene and it continues to utilize the cinematic look of the series to make it more visually exciting than many of the other DC shows currently on. As Luthor escapes again, Clark must confront some disappointing news about Jordan before the family heads to Lana’s for a cookout.
I like that Superman related issues still come up even with the boys knowing and that Clark is still having issues getting close to Jordan when the episode seemed to start with such promise of them mending their relationship. The drama is as compelling as the action and the writers are doing a good job of finding a balance between the two. Lois’ investigation into Edge puts her at odds with the people she’s trying to connect with in town and her working for the Planet becomes an issue as well. I like that everything isn’t focused on Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch’s Lois is just as strong, capable and engaging as Hoechlin’s Superman.
What makes the episode even more compelling is the chemistry the two characters have as well. You get a sense of their history and their feelings for each other in small ways that feel natural like when Clark returns after a Superman mission and Lois is waiting with a glass of wine for him. Their sitting together and talking at the end of the day has a natural feel to it that I appreciate as a viewer.
The Kent brothers have an interesting dynamic. It’s sweet, but can be a little too sweet at times. As a twin myself, my twin brother and I get along well but not as perfectly supportive as these two. That aside, the characters are well done for the most part and the more changes happening to the characters including Lois invested me more in the series. The episode ends on an interesting note as well with Luthor sewing seeds of doubt with someone close to Clark and his family.
The second episode of Superman & Lois is an entertaining one that continues to strike a good balance between family drama and Superman heroics. I look forward to seeing where it goes next.