The episode starts precisely where we left off, with Clark hovering and demonstrating a few of his powers for Lana, who is understandably stunned. Lana has a lot of questions, and we see a few flashbacks to various early portions of their lives.
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.”
There are attempts to reach out, some good decisions, and a at least one “I can’t believe he fell for that” moment in “The Ties that Bind.”
I’ve been a fan of superheroes my entire life, although I’ve never had a big interest in Superman himself, which is a bit ironic considering he’s the character that started the entire industry. I did like the Christopher Reeve movies, and the DC Animated Universe cartoon was decent. The ever-expanding Arrowverse finally added a Superman to their roster, and it was the best version of the character I’d seen in many years, much better than the darker version that popped up in the recent movies and the “New 52” reboot. I was interested when they announced the new “Superman and Lois” show and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it through the first season. It’s too bad we’ve reached the end of a great season, but at least we know there will be a season two, and hopefully some appearances throughout the Arrowverse to look forward to. As this is a season finale, there may be some spoilers below.
The first season of Superman and Lois has been an unqualified success. The show was renewed very early, and has gotten rave reviews from fans and critics (me among them). Even people who say they’ve never really liked Superman have been won over by the top-notch acting, writing, and characterizations.
I’ve been raving about Superman and Lois since it debuted, and I’m likely going to continue doing so. The show consistently amazes me, doing some very different things in the superhero genre, but still staying true to who both the main characters are.
Superman and Lois has consistently been a pleasant surprise. The show excels on every level, and continues to impress everyone I’ve talked about it with, including surprised people who tell me they’ve never been Superman fans.
Superman and Lois, as they have with so many other things, went in their own direction with a completely different story. After his big reveal last episode, we get to learn a lot more about him in “O Mother, Where Are Thou?”
Since the first time Tyler Hoechlin showed up on Supergirl playing her more famous cousin, I was impressed. He embodies the goodness of Superman without being cheesy or cliché, and avoids the weird need to darken the character the recent movies seem obsessed with.
I’ve been praising the quality of Superman and Lois each time I’ve written a review. That’s going to continue. The show manages to get in good special effects, plots that make sense, great characterization and acting, and working in family drama during an action show that doesn’t leave me rolling me eyes or wondering when they’ll get back to something interesting.