Superman & Lois

The CW

Season 1 Episode 12

Through the Valley of Death

Superman has been captured by Edge and his half brother has decided to turn him into someone that will help usher in a new age for Krypton. Someone familiar to fans of Superman. At the same time, Lois worries about what is happening to her husband and reaches out to John for help while trying to comfort her sons. The opening scene is filled with tension and you can feel the history between these two characters as Lois talks about Clark with pride and hope. I also like seeing John try to find a semblance of a normal life on another Earth. It’s a well done scene that makes me want to see more of the character.

Superman & Lois — “Through The Valley of Deaths” — Image Number: SML112a_0412r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Wolé Parks as John Henry Irons and Dylan Walsh as General Samuel Lane — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The domestic drama continues as Kyle starts to feel the personal repercussions of his advocating for Edge and the boys decide to try something desperate to find Clark. At the same time, John reveals that there is only reason why Clark would want him involved and it isn’t a good one. The drama continues as the Cushing family goes into town and finds themselves confronted by friends who blame them for what happened. The scene felt forced because logic went right out the window with their arguments.

Superman & Lois — “Through The Valley of Death” — Image Number: SML112a_0344r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Alexander Garfin as Jordan Kent and Jordan Elsass as Jonathan Kent– Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

While Sam Lane and John work on a weapon designed to stop Superman, Lois gets more information in order to find a way to help Clark and Superman escapes just long enough to send a message to Jordan. John Diggle arrives and has an interesting scene with all of the players involved. After learning about the threat, Lane makes a decision about what to do and Lois decides to tell John a secret that will hopefully save her husband’s life. It’s a deeply emotional scene that adds some great drama to the stakes of the episode.

Superman & Lois — “Through The Valley of Death” — Image Number: SML112a_0148r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane and David Ramsey as John Diggle — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

John finally confronts Superman and the scene is good, but follows all the one hour drama tropes you expect including the flashbacks and montages, but it works. Edge begins the next phase of his plan with Superman and John Irons in pursuit. The scene ends with some great action, but also some ominous undertones that need to be explored. It seemed to wrap up a little too easy, but there was some great acting throughout.

The episode is really good and does a great job of bringing the series some needed closure on this particular arc while setting up more stories to come. There was a lot to like including Diggle’s return and how it was handled. I’m interested in seeing where this show goes next.

Superman & Lois S01XE11



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