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Superman and Lois
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Superman and Lois
Courtesy of The CW

Superman & Lois has been consistently entertaining, with every episode adding new twists while maintaining a good focus on the Kent Family dynamic. The Spring finale, The Best Of Smallville is another solid episode but a lot of new twists and not enough answers. The Smallville Harvest Festival is coming up, and Clark is unbelievably excited, and it’s so endearing to see him speak out over how much this event means to him and Smallville. He cherishes it as an event significant to his mother, Martha Kent. As I mentioned in the pilot episode, it’s easy for the character writers to forget that Clark and Superman are two sides of the same coin. Seeing Clark being able to enjoy an event from his childhood supports the fact that Clark is just as real as Superman. Tyler Hoechlin is my favorite Superman because he is my ideal Clark Kent. I enjoy him being a father and husband to his family. It’s a different incarnation that you seldom get to see. 

As for his sons, Jordan’s living it up, becoming a Smallville popular kid while Jonathan keeps taking L after L like it’s being given out for free. I can’t stand to see how much this kid needlessly suffers. The opening shows him getting dumped by his year-long girlfriend over the phone. After getting pushed out of his own sport by his brother and being forced to leave his entire life behind for him, it makes so much sense that he would act out. Teens would lash out for a lot less. We got Jordan going on his first date ever with Sarah, a moment crashed by his brother Jonathan, who was underage drinking. Gasp. These teens are acting like teens, doing dumb teen stuff with their friends. Jonathan ruins the date; the drinking sets Sarah off, reflecting her own issues with her dad’s drinking. Jordan could easily give his brother a wallop, as you expect there to be a breaking point in their relationship. However, these Kent boys were raised right. He offers to try and help him sober up instead. Of course, this is the most significant event in Smallville, and you know their parents are literally around the corner. Jonathan gets caught, and the boys get sent home.

At home, Jonathan lashes out hard and pretty much admits everything we knew he was feeling. He wants to go back home to Metropolis, and it’s understandable. Superdad Clark Kent doesn’t seem to take this to heart. In fact, he understands all too well. We get a good glimpse into Clark’s youth with a flashback of his time with his mom, Martha (Michele Scarabelli). Scarabelli is a wonderful Martha Kent. She is loving and accepting. You can see where Clark got his good heart from with her empathetic character. The rebellious teen Clark is looking to set his own path, and Martha realizes it just might be time for him to leave the nest. It pained me to see her take the reality that her little boy needs to go to find himself as Superman. It’s also another new angle in the Superman mythos, as we see Martha being the one to give Clark the sunstone crystal. A literal key into unlocking the truth about his Kryptonian origins. 

Superman & Lois Episode 5: The Best Of Smallville CultureHead Magazine
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Speaking of Kryptonians, we see some more of them this week. Missing employee Derek Powell from Episode Two returns, and now he has superpowers. After causing a horrible accident in Smallville, it’s up to Superman to stop him. He makes a rather curious comment about his return, claiming resurrection. This has me questioning the process they undergo to get their Kryptonian powers from the x-kryptonite. Are they simply getting their abilities from the stones, or is it something more? This is also the return of Wolé Parks’ Lex Luthor, who gives us the evening’s biggest twist. His connection to General Lane was an understandable one, but his connection to Lois is rather shocking. With all these twists being built up, it’s time to see some results from these storylines. So far, it’s been chiefly an expositional set-up with some incredible action setpieces, but now we really need to see what’s the result of the foundation they set. Either with Lex Luthor, General Lane, or Morgan Edge, we need to start getting into the thick of it before it begins to drag, something notoriously common in The Flash and Arrow. Nonetheless, I enjoy the show for what it’s presenting. The Superman family drama has more than been welcomed and has given us a lot to speculate on. However, once it returns, we definitely need some answers.

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