After the high of last week I was skeptical about the quality of the episodes to come. Knowing CW and their cheap budgets I was afraid all of the money went towards the pilot.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
As with the first episode we are greeted with thrilling action sequences, complex character interactions, and super spectacle.
One of the biggest questions surrounding the show is given much more detail this week with more appearances from Captain Luthor. We are introduced with the idea that on his planet Superman was much different than the one he has encountered here. The ending scene of Luthor and General Lane fighting against a black suited Superman leaves me with intriguing questions. Is he from the multiverse? Was it a world erased by the Crises Event? I suppose only time will tell but seeing a black suited evil Superman was such a joy.
Another stand out this week is Lois. My god is Lois a bad ass. After following her instincts and discovering the evil agenda by Morgan Edge she writes an article detailing his crimes. However, since he owns the Daily Planet he changes the article to cover up his actions and uses Lois’s name. Enraged she quits the Planet and goes to post the article at the Smallville Gazette. Something I have always admired about the character of Lois Lane is how she is the ground that Superman walks on, and I mean that in a good way. Without her, he would be nothing. She holds this family together because she knows the importance of what Superman is doing and how much he needs them, and even while dealing with all that she manages to further her own ambitions. Within this episode alone we have seen her stand her ground against Edge (TWICE), Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez), and her sons. Lois continues to prove why she is one of the most beloved female characters in fiction and why she deserves her name in the title of this show.
Their sons remain one of the weaker aspects of the show. Clark takes Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude and begins to run tests on him with the help of his father Jor-El’s AI (played by Angus Macfadyen). We learn that Jordan doesn’t have as much power as we originally thought, which leads to some annoying teenage angst. Jonathan on the other hand is given more depth by the reveal that he agreed to moving to Smallville to help his brother. It is such an important notion because it shows how much he truly loves his brother and how much he follows in the footsteps of his mother (how fitting that he takes after Lois and Jordan after Clark).
Now, onto Superman. And once again Tyler Hoechlin blows it out of the park. Throughout the episode he continues to prove how wonderful he is as Superman and how nuanced he can portray him. Unlike most versions of Superman his problems aren’t godly or full of early 2000’s angst, they revolve on the burden of being the savior of the world while being a dad. We get to see that balance and all the times it rocks from one side to the other. We see him question his actions, his words, how he handles things with Lois and the kids vs. how he handles General Lane. Hoechlin has become the definitive Superman and I truly hope he continues to shine as the Man of Steel.
I cannot believe I am saying this but I love Superman & Lois.