Monday, January 17, 2022

Superman & Lois - What Lies Beneath

Superman & Lois returns for its Second Season with characters trying to get back to normal after the summer. Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) is in uber-bitch mode while still not dealing with the emotions that a daughter from a different reality is walking around Smallville. Most of the episode deals with teens as Natalie (Tayler Buck) struggles with fitting in to a new world (and apparently will become part of the family), Sarah (Inde Navarrette) begins pulling back from Jordan (Alex Garfin) after returning from her summer trip, and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) continues to struggle with the team while also getting a little frisky with his girlfriend sending an already tense Lois over the edge. Although less featured, Lana's (Emmanuelle Chriqui) role in the political campaign seems to set the stage for a larger arc which will play out over the season.

Getting back to normal doesn't seem to be in the cards for Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and the United States Military who seem to have never heard the expression cutting off your nose to spite your face. Choosing to distance themselves from Superman and go with a homegrown squad of heroes (all sporting the Man of Steel's logo without his permission) instead when Superman refuses to put America's interests over those of the rest of the world, it seems like Superman isn't in their short-term plans. What is teased are a couple of physical attacks Superman has during rescues which go unexplained, and the cause of an earthquake in Smallville as some new menace seems to be clawing its way to the surface.

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