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SUPERMAN & LOIS 2×01 “What Lies Beneath” Review

Matt reviews the first episode of SUPERMAN & LOIS season 2, available to stream now in the US via The CW app.

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Superman & Lois (Warner Bros. TV/The CW)

New episodes of Superman & Lois season 2 air Tuesdays on The CW in North America.

Synopsis

Season two opens with the dust still settling in Smallville following the shocking outcome of the confrontation between Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner, “Tyrant”) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) and Clark struggle as a couple while Chrissy (Sofia Hasmik) adjusts to running The Smallville Gazette with Lois. Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) faces new challenges on the football field, and secrets threaten to destroy Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Sarah’s (Inde Navarrette) growing relationship. Meanwhile, Kyle (Erik Valdez) grows concerned over Lana’s (Emmanuelle Chriqui) involvement with a new mayoral candidate. Lastly, John Henry Irons (Wole Parks) and his daughter Natalie (Tayler Buck) attempt to make this new Earth their home.

Review

The Kents are back on our screens for another season after the intense first season last year.  We last left the family outside their home as Natalie, the thought to be dead daughter of John Henry Irons crashes on Earth Prime in her own pod. 

The episode takes place 3 months later and it’s clear early on in the episode that Lois has not been dealing with Natalie’s arrival well.  Something this show does well is how real the arguments come across and that is in part to the actors involved.  Clark is a man with near unstoppable power, he can pick up a Nuclear submarine with no problems but it’s his human side which he has struggles with, wanting to support his wife and help her and Lois holding tightly to not being vulnerable. 
This show continues to humanize the man of steel far more than any of his previous iterations on the screen. 

Clark also is encountering issues outside of his house with the new head of the DoD, Anderson has taken over from Lois’ father and has a very different view on how Superman should operate.  Clark has committed to helping the DoD where he is needed but will not do so at the cost of the rest of the world.  This goes against Andersons “USA! USA!” chanting of wanting Superman to work almost exclusively for America. 

The Kent sons are also facing some new woes since the 3 month gap from the end of Season 1.  Jordan puts a big fancy surprise for Sarah who had left for what I assumed was Summer Camp.  Clearly something has happened for her while away on camp as she is very tense and awkward with Jordan (even after he presented a fantastically romantic scene for her)

Finally we are left with John and Natalie who have spent the last 3 months trying to adapt to living on Earth Prime.  Natalie is clearly struggling with her encounter with Lois as well as living on an earth where none of her friends know her and most likely different historical events unfolded.  She even goes as far as wishing she was dead rather than keep trying to adapt.  It’s only after her and Lois have an actual conversation that allows them both some attempt at closure.  It will be interesting to see their relationship grow over the remainder of the season.

While no specific villain was set up in the opener, it has set up a good antagonistic relationship with General Anderson and his new team of Superman crest wearing teen soldiers which is all kinds of wrong! Most likely we will be seeing a reappearance of the super speedy Tag from Season 1 in the near future. 

We also appear to be having the first Earth Prime appearance of Doomsday (who appears to be buried deep deep deep below a mining shaft! Clark is clearly going to have his hands full taking him down!

Verdict

A strong start for season two.  The action scenes were brilliant. Visual effects were once again the strongest out of any of the Earth Prime shows and the set ups already have me wanting to binge the entire season right now! It’s great to see this show has not lost any of the momentum and heart that made season 1 such a huge success.

⭐⭐⭐⭐


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