TV Review: Superman & Lois, 1×7, “Man of Steel”

Chike Coleman reviews the seventh epsiode of the CW's Superman & Lois, "Man of Steel," which sees the show flying higher.
User Rating: 8

Superman & Lois is always Going to be navigating a ridiculous balance between being the type of show it talks about what it’s like to be a family and being a show about a superhero.  For the first time since the pilot, “Man of Steel” brings those two storytelling ideals together in a marriage that gives me almost everything I wanted from the series since it began.  Episode 7 begins with Clark learning that Jordan is becoming ill because his super-hearing ability is coming in, and it needs to be controlled for Jordan to be well again.

Meanwhile, Lois and Marcus are working to discover what Morgan Edge is planning to do with the mines filled with Kryptonite, and the people edge will be dosing with the poisonous meteor.  Lois finally became suspicious enough of Marcus to do some digging into his true identity.  I liked that the writers worked hard to throw the audience off the scent of who Marcus was.  The revelation that Marcus is actually a parallel universe John Henry Irons aka Steel is amazing, and I’m upset I didn’t realize it sooner.  That’s how a show of this quality can win you over.  All the writers have to do is surprise you often enough to the point you’re on edge.  That is how The Flash retains viewers year after year.

“Man of Steel” was about responsibility and how it’s up to everyone in that family to act responsibly, powers or not.  Jonathan and Jordan had to make sure their parents were safe.  Amazingly, those boys were able to do anything to protect their parents. The strength of a show like this is how the main cast manages to work together to truly make us believe they are a family. In this particular episode, they accomplish that goal in spades, and it made me want to see more stories like that from this family.  Not all families can be super, but they can all make a difference, and that’s what this episode shows.

I usually spend a fair bit of time arguing about how much I hated the dynamic between Jonathan and Jordan Kent. This time around, though, the relationship works because Jonathan gave Jordan a piece of his mind. He basically says that Jordan needs to quit beating himself up and being so weird about his powers when he should be being grateful for them.  Those are some wise ideas from somebody who is so young but has watched his father accomplish so much, and I can only hope that those lessons are ideals Jordan takes her heart.

The pieces of tonight’s plans that involved Lana were the weakest that I had ever seen for the character.  I honestly think the writers struggle to give her the grounded intelligence she deserves as a working mom.  More needs to be done to fill that character out and give her warranted personal and professional victories.  Superman & Lois needs to keep flying this high because it will become very easy to invest in if it does.

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Chike has been a film critic in Illinois for the last 10 years with Urbana Public Television. Most of his work can be found on their YouTube channel where his show Reel Reviews is posted. The films he enjoys most are the kind that surprise you with characters that are deeper than you could ever suspect. As much as he loves reviewing it’s the stories that are unexpected that bring him the most joy. He lives in Champaign with his parents surrounded by cornfields.

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