Things reach a whole new level, and there’s a big change in the status quo, in “Truth and Consequences.” Once again, David Ramsey, best known to Arrowverse fans as John Diggle of Arrow, shows he’s a very talented director.
Now, after a break for a few weeks, the show returns with what is essentially the other side of the “30 Days and 30 Nights” episode, where the rest of the cast dealt with Superman being missing. Where has he been? Well, we find out in “Bizarros in a Bizarro World.”
DC Comics continues their exploration of stories behind their shows in “Earth Prime.” The first issue of this limited series filled in some holes in the most recent season of Batwoman. Issue two turns from Gotham to Smallville as we check in on Superman and Lois.
Ally Allston has been causing a lot of trouble for Superman, the Lane family, and a lot of the characters in general. This is kind of impressive, given she has no powers, no weaponry, and isn’t a genius inventor like Lex Luthor (are we ever going to see Jon Cryer’s Lex on this show? I really hope so).
It’s been a rough season for Superman and Lois (and everyone else on the show, for that matter). Bizarro came by, Lois’ estranged sister has been causing problems, there’s a drug scandal, and Kyle’s affair over in the Cushing household. Steel was nearly killed and has been a long time recovering, and Ally Alston and General Anderson have teamed up, which isn’t good news for anyone, possibly on two different worlds. Several of these plots move forward in “Into Oblivion,” which managed to have an ending that surprised me.
Season two has been busy, with the return of Lucy Lane, the threat of cult leader Ally Alston, Superman’s deteriorating relationship with the DOD (mostly due to General Mitch Anderson’s increasing paranoia and power grabs), and the great fake-out of what we were led to believe was Doomsday but turned out to be Bizarro. On the personal front, there’s Jonathan’s increasingly poor choices and drama in the Cushing/Cortez home. All in all, things are very busy in “Anti-Hero.”
Superman and Lois is having a busy second season. Bizarro has turned up, and they’ve done a different spin on that character. Jonathan Kent is, unfortunately, acting like a teenage boy. Lois is having problems with her estranged sister, Lucy, and her ties to a strange cult that might be related to Bizarro. And Superman’s relationship with DOD General Anderson is steadily worsening.
After a winter hiatus, Superman and Lois returns with a lot of plot threads hanging.
Among the reasons I think Superman and Lois has been such a great show is the characterizations and writing. Which is why this episode seemed a bit jarring.
Some of Lois’ past is coming back to haunt her with a past story she wrote spawning both professional problems and family drama. Clark is having weird visions that are throwing one of the world’s most powerful beings off his game. Add in a mayoral race in Smallville, some relationship issues for Jordan and Sarah, and the sadly believable illegal drug scene in a small town, and things are getting complicated.