TV Review: Superman & Lois, 1×9, “Loyal Subjekts”

Chike Coleman reviews the ninth episode of Superman & Lois, "Loyal Subjects."
User Rating: 6

“Loyal Subjekts” is one of those episodes that peels back the onion on the true motivations of big bad Morgan Edge. Lois does her usual reporting, but I think that initially bringing in Clark to help put Edge to justice was a good idea.  Unfortunately, the effects of the gas Kryptonite that Clark was infected with as Superman were also passed down to Jordan.  Jordan was still responsible for Sarah Cushing’s performance at the school talent show, so he had to flake on her because of the gas passed down to him from his father. This all led to the surprising conclusion, where Kyle Cushing had been in Morgan Edges’ program and now has superpowers which I’m guessing you’re going to prove fatal later on in the season.

I love how Clark and Lois support their sons, and that’s the cornerstone for why the show is successful. The problem I have is that every other character around the Kent family does nothing to help them grow as people. In fact, the rest of the characters are basically a distraction from the family dynamics that we actually care about. I find it troubling that the Raiders can’t integrate the other characters well enough into that family to create other interesting players in the story.

Everyone in the town, even the ones that are occurring, seems like I won the second dynamic to move the story forward rather than people that you’re actually interested in as well over time.  It ends up making the show feel like a combination of the disposable moment just to get to the main plot.  That’s not how this series becomes successful. The narrative becomes successful because you have characters around the town and the family’s lives that support the actions that are going on. Right now, there are only two people who know that Superman and Jordan have powers, and both of those people are family members.  To strengthen the show, the family has to have more people they can trust; otherwise, this show is just about a superfamily with side characters controlling half of the storyline.

I was shocked to learn that Morgan edge was a Kryptonian. I really think that Adam Rainer played his part superbly in this episode, but it wasn’t enough to save it from being mediocre.  This is especially true when considering Eric Valdez as Kyle Cushing has been horrible the entire season, and the only time he ever gets the chance to be a little super dad is if he radiates himself with Kryptonite X. That’s not fair on his family. It’s not fair to those who rely on his support. He has always been a selfish character, and tonight those attributes reached their peak.  I find that individual to be especially despicable because he is supposed to be a firefighter for the city.

Superman & Lois will have to have a major turning point for me to continue liking the characters during their time in Smallville because, as far as I can see now, the only way from here is down, not up.

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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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