The third episode of Superman & Lois, “Perks of Not Being A Wallflower,” is another high point for a show that has only just started deepening its mythology. Lois Lane got back to her occupation of reporting but with a much smaller viewership. Jonathan continued to support his brother despite being upset about his interest in joining the football team. Clark seems to be fighting to be a responsible parent with teens who have no grasp of their abilities. The boys also don’t know what it takes for their father to be Superman, and luckily pieces of that are explored in dialogue for the episode.
Where Superman & Lois succeeds as a show and in this episode is its honest exploration of identity. Clark has a rough guide about parenting his children, but he isn’t good at it because he is just enforcing a standard of old rules that kept him safe. He completely disregards his son’s need to be normal kids who make mistakes and support each other. For Superman and the show to acknowledge Clark’s failure makes him more relatable as a parent and not just someone who does unimaginable feats to save the world from catastrophe. I’m glad to see the character get a more rounded portrayal.
Lois starting her duties at the Smallville Gazette was great fun to watch because we were allowed to see her chase a story and use her interviewing skills to gain information regarding why Morgan Edge has such a special interest in the town was great. The fact that Lois, as a result of the investigation, runs into trouble while visiting the house of a witness should surprise no one. Also, for those of you wondering how he got to her so quickly, the reason is he grew up there, so he knows every locational short in existence, and the person pleading for help is his wife. Lois deserved bigger moments in previous episodes, and I’m relieved the writers are giving the character material that showcases all of her strengths.
Jordan and Jonathan continue to be my favorite characters of the show. Their dynamic is so honest and wholesome that viewers can almost forgive the teenage clichés used in their dialogue. Jordan got the opportunity to belong and feel special as part of the football team. For him to have a way to belong and be liked even if it was only on the surface level must have been appealing for Jordan. I was rooting for him to be allowed to play with the team, and with the truce he gave Sarah’s boyfriend, he may just get to do that.
The last thing I want to touch on is the fight Superman had with the thug while saving Lois from danger. It seems this version of the character doesn’t pull his punches. It was nice to see Superman utilize his powers to a more full extent. The fact that Morgan Edge’s henchman portrayed by Stacey Farber of Degrassi fame also seems to have similar abilities will make bigger challenges for the Man of Steel soon. I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s next.