Nearing the end of 2021 with the final review of the year, and before the premiere of its Second Season (January 11th), we’ll be discussing the first season of the CW Network Series, Superman & Lois.
During a time of the rise of Political Misinformation, an incited Riot at the Capitol, and the COVID-19 Outbreak still lingering on, people were looking for something to take their minds off their trouble, and on February 23rd came a television series, Superman & Lois and immediately shattered premiere rating records.
Spinning off from the Supergirl Television Series and following the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, Superman & Lois follows Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and his wife Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) with their sons, Jordan Kent (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan Kent (Jordan Elsass) find themselves moving back to Smallville after the death of Clark’s mother, Martha Kent where they are reacquainted with Lana Lang, her husband Kyle Cushing, and their daughter Sarah. The Kents find themselves in the midsts of a mystery when not only a Stranger enters into their idyllic lives but the strange experiments that Billionaire Morgan Edge is conducting in secret in the Shuster Mines.
What began with Superman’s Origin, meeting Lois Lane, and eventually settling down to face their greatest challenge yet, Parenthood. The story would move to its next chapter, where Clark and Lois were raising their twin sons in Metropolis, in some ways, the way they were introduced mirrored Clark’s Origin when he was growing up, where Jonathan had Clark’s heart and kindness, not to mention his outgoing nature and then there was Jordan, who considered himself an outcast with social anxiety but surprise, but Jordan would eventually learn that he had inherited his father’s power. Immediately we would see the effects of the Real World come into the Superhero series, The Daily Planet is bought out by a ruthless conglomerate and made into a shell of its former self, Clark is let go from his job and now the family is trying to figure out how to make ends meet.
The family heads out of the big city and into the country as they head to Smallville, a place that Clark holds very dear to his heart when sharing fond memories of the town, shades of Donner’s Superman Film (1978), which was a throwback to a simpler time, the heartlands during the 1950s. This is a lot to take in for the Teenage boys, their lives turned upside down by moving into the middle of nowhere, and then finding out their father is Superman, not to mention a mysterious man (Wolé Parks) in an Exo-Suit that is hunting father (Which fans will have their jaws drop at the revelation of this Character’s Identity.)
Unlike its other superhero shows, which are currently on CW, it didn’t need a Villain of the Week Gimmick to keep things interesting, it examines Superman’s Iconography in several ways and where the twin teens stories begin to grow even more, where Jonathan is going from a Star Football Player, to feel left out briefly after Jordan’s powers begin to manifest even more. It may have nostalgia for Superman, but it also goes to show viewers and fans the dramatic potential of being that as far as being a father, he isn’t perfect, and that is what makes him feel human than he has ever felt on screen.
Now that we’ve discussed the Super Husband, let’s go over his Super Wife Lois, Comic Book fans have come to love the rough, take no ‘BS’ reporter that we see today, she uncovers Edge’s nefarious plans and connects them to the Smallville development project. A promise of a new job and a new life sounds too good to be true, so it seems with the mysterious disappearances happening behind the scenes. While dealing with this, she also is dealing with maternal anxiety that puts her in an ethical dilemma between her responsibilities to the public and her family, which oddly enough has her father, Sam Lane in a similar situation. The supporting cast does a great job, the Cushings who was Clark’s, former love interest Lana Lang who married Kyle Cushing (Erick Valdez), who blindly supports Morgan Edge’s plans, which puts him at odds with Lois at times, but is strong-willed, but misguided at times. Meanwhile, their older daughter, Sarah (Inde Navarrette), the twins’ guide to Smallville, and a girl who has mental health issues of her own, but finds that she has a certain kinship to Jordan, who falls in love with him (Seems odd to find a show on CW that shows people that look and behave like actual teenagers in a fictional romance.)
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