Friday, March 26, 2021

What I’m Watching: Superman and Lois

Superman and Lois: Season 1, Episode 5 “The Best of Smallville” (B)

I half-expected to see some familiar faces from “Smallville” in the flashbacks to a teenage Clark and Martha Kent, but I guess that wouldn’t really be possible since Tom Welling is a full decade older than Tyler Hoechlin and the Arrowverse seems more intent on showing that the series and characters we’ve known before do exist but in a separate multiverse. Among those is that Captain Luthor, who is far less intimidating and threatening when he’s casually asking to share a byline with Lois, was actually married to her in another life, one that I’d be very curious to see and visit. For now, he’s just one of the threats posed to Superman, since Derek came after him but didn’t manage survive long enough for Clark to get any real answers that would help him. One side of Clark and Lois that we saw for the first time was them having to be disciplinary parents, a role that doesn’t really suit them since they tend to make exceptions for extenuating circumstances like, say, superpowers, threats to humanity, and heartbreak caused by an unexpected major move. As Jonathan channeled his anger into bad choices, Jordan became much more sympathetic, and it was disappointing to see Sarah make a declaration that she just wanted them to be friends after spending a difficult night with her drunken dad. Lana organizing the dedication of the bench to Martha was sweet, and it’s good to have some positive memories anchoring the Kent family to this small town. Tag’s sudden return isn’t great, and it’s likely to trigger even more uncontrolled power development from Jordan.

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