Superman and Lois season two, episode seven, is the most emotional and shocking episode of the season. After the events of last week’s episode, we see Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) unjustly imprisoned with his brother Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner) at the hands of Lt. Mitch Anderson (Ian Bohen). We also saw Sarah (Inde Navarette) struggling with what to do with her father, Kyle (Erik Valdez), and Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) getting slandered by her mayoral campaign opponent for not having “family values.” We also see Jon (Jordan Elsass) having his poor decisions come back to bite him. It all builds up to some very emotional moments, as well as a shocking death and a major cliffhanger.
Keep that in mind before you read our review and recap of Superman and Lois season two, episode seven, as there are spoilers ahead.
Superman and Lois Season 2 Episode 7 – Synopsis and Recap
Anderson has Superman imprisoned with his brother Tal-Rho until he reveals where Bizarro is hidden. Superman keeps his lips sealed until Anderson tortures Tal, forcing Superman to give Anderson coordinates. However, those instructions actually lead to Superman’s empty fortress. This gives the brother’s a chance to escape, enraging Anderson, who hyper-doses himself with X-Kryptonite (X-K) to hunt the brothers down.
Anderson tracks them down to Tal’s fortress. He attempts to shoot Superman with kryptonite bullets, but Tal leaps into their path and takes the hit. The AI of their mother releases Bizarro to defend her sons. Superman saves Tal, but Anderson kills Bizarro, and all the information he possesses dies with him. Anderson flees, and Superman returns Tal to his cell. While Tal still hasn’t entirely changed his ways, he does ask his brother to tell Jordan (Alex Garfin), who he attacked earlier this season, that he’s sorry.
Not too long ago, we predicted Jon would be exposed for using X-K supplied to him by his girlfriend Candice (Samantha Di Francesco). The big moment came in this episode. While trying to refuse any more X-K from Candice, drug-sniffing dogs show up, and Jon tries to dump the supply to protect his girlfriend, only to get caught in the act immediately. The school calls Lois, and to no one’s surprise, she is pissed. Jordan spills the beans about Jon using the drugs. Lois tries to reason with Jon and get him to tell her who gave him the X-K, but he refuses to talk. After his long and stressful day, Clark walks into Jon’s room that night, infuriated after learning the news from Lois. He warns Jon that severe consequences are coming before leaving the room, and Jon breaks down in tears for all the trouble he’s caused for himself.
Lana and Sarah are still coping with Kyle’s affair. Lana has sent him packing, and Sarah doesn’t know how she’s supposed to relate to her father. She turns to a friend for advice, finds Kyle at a store, and asks to talk. We will see how that conversation plays out in a couple of weeks.
Lana now has a wrench in her mayoral campaign when Mayor George Dean (Eric Keenleyside) runs an editorial about family values, suggesting that Lana’s inability to run her family makes her unfit to run the town. However, with encouragement from Lois, Lana invades his next meeting and publicly calls him out, saying that kicking a woman when she’s down doesn’t make him the best “family values” spokesperson. You go, girl.
Having overstepped his authority, Anderson now has a warrant out for his arrest. He secretly meets Ally Allston (Rya Kihlstedt), the cult leader Lucy (Jenna Dewan) is being deceived by, and who Superman tried to warn him about. Anderson shows her Bizarro’s pendant, wanting to know more about it. Ally is visibly delighted, and the audience knows that’s not good news.
Superman and Lois Season 2 Episode 7 – Review
This was a tense episode to watch. Anderson has not been likable since the season premiere, but this was him at his most corrupt. He has overstepped his boundaries, resorted to torture, and he may have just unleashed the greatest threat possible in aiding Ally Allston. Bohen told Entertainment Weekly that his character had not become a total villain, although the fact that he’s unhinged and can’t come back from crossing this line so quickly is pretty evident. Could all hell break loose (which it will) when he has enough of a conscience left to feel the total weight of his actions?
The dynamic between Superman and Tal was fascinating to watch. The fact that he took a bullet for his brother is a pretty good indicator that he’s not completely evil. His apology for attacking Jordan seemed genuine. It appears the bad guy from season one may be on a path to redemption, and perhaps he will soon become an ally. Adam Rayner gives a strong performance as always.
The episode does a great job showcasing Jon coming to grips with the weight of his actions. It is encouraging to see that Jon knows he’s done something wrong, and his tears at the end seem to be based on the fact that he has devastated his family rather than the fact that he was caught. Jon has been insufferable this season, but as much as you are glad to see him face the consequences of his actions, you can’t help but feel his heartbreak over what he’s done. It’s frustrating that he won’t reveal that Candice gave him the X-K, as she clearly only cares about keeping herself out of trouble. It’s also a good mark that Jon has a selfless heart and doesn’t want to cause anyone else any pain. This is the best performance Jordan Elsass has delivered in the entire show so far.
That said, I would have liked to see more interaction with Jon and Jordan. The latter feels lied to and hurt by his brother, and I don’t know if Jon has fully taken the time to understand that. The relationship between these two has always been one of the show’s strengths, and I hope this broken trust is explored further.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as interested in Sarah’s storyline. With all that was happening with Superman and with Jon, I was eager for Sarah’s conversation with her friend to wrap up so we could get back to those plot points. However, I am interested in where her relationship with Kyle goes from here, so the writers did at least pull that off.
To be fair, it isn’t really Sarah’s fault. Mostly I’m just sick of Kyle at this point.
I’m also stunned that they just killed off Bizarro. I was really looking forward to more exploration of his past and where he came from, and there was a lot more being teased, not the least of which is that Tal-Rho had a wife in his world. However, I don’t think the writers intend to leave us hanging with no further info, so I’m excited to see how all of it plays out after this shocking death.
The not-so-interesting storyline with Sara aside, Superman and Lois season two, episode seven is still a great episode of the second season. Superman and Lois continues to blend serious themes with exciting action sequences. I’m sad to have to wait two weeks for the next episode, as I’m eager to see how Jon will redeem himself and where Anderson’s new partnership with Ally Allston will lead. This is an emotionally intense, thrilling, and strong episode.
And on a quick celebratory note, it does look like we will be getting a third season. Smile Super-fans.