Superman & Lois
Season 1 Episode 15
Last Sons of Krypton
Jordan has been taken by Edge and turned into his father. As Superman searches the globe for his son, Sarah wants to know why Jordan was taken in the first place. The start of the episode is full of tension. It’s exciting and interesting to see the desperation from both Superman and Lois as they think the worst. There’s a scene between Lois and Leslie that is kind of goofy considering the circumstances. At the same time, Sam returns to town to deal with more townsperson uproar and thankfully, Edge returns to give the town drama a purpose.
Superman confronts Zeta-Ro in the body of his son Jordan and the two fight it out with Clark purposely holding back and Zeta-Ro using it to his advantage. It’s a really well done scene and what Edge does in Smallville is done well also. In the aftermath, Clark and Lois discuss how they can get Jordan back and Superman doesn’t know how he can do it all himself. This is a great scene that reminds the character that these characters are a team and that Superman doesn’t have to go it alone.
Smallville begins to evacuate while Superman continues to scour the Earth looking for Jordan. Jon and John Henry work on ways to fight the Eradicator while Lois prepares. Edge makes his way into the Smallville mines in an attempt to resurrect the planet using all of the crystals at once. Having the final battle take place in Smallville is a great narrative touch considering the trajectory of the season and there is some great tension in the moment before the battle begins.
Jordan is separated during the fight leaving Superman to take on the Kryptonians and all of the talking from the characters while they prepare to bring Jordan back is both unnecessary and annoying. It breaks the tension from the moment and doesn’t really add anything. Lois journeys into Jordan’s mind to rescue her son while Superman fights the War Council. Smallville is under siege from Edge and there is some great Smallville action. Lois’ fight for Jordan is incredibly compelling. Superman’s fight is equally compelling and I loved the action throughout.
The episode ends on a good note. There is some character development and growth in the aftermath and the episode takes time to check in with the characters in a way that doesn’t feel forced or wasteful. Clark even has a moment in the fortress that mirrors his loss at the beginning of the season. I was impressed with this episode and even with the surprise at the end. They wrap this season up with some highs and leave on an interesting cliffhanger. I will definitely be back for season 2.