Superman & Lois pick up right where we left off with “Broken Trust.” Tag is still attacking Jordan, and Jordan is definitely getting hurt. We get a glimpse at how Jordan’s powers are evolving, but the full extent of them is still a mystery. Jonathan gets a chance to find his place in Smallville. Lois and Luthor are getting closer to figuring out what Morgan Edge really wants with their Kansas town.
Tag saw the video from the bonfire and thinks he has evidence that Jordan caused the fire and his developing powers. Thankfully, Jordan will heal faster thanks to his powers, but Clark is worried about letting him play in the football game against Metropolis. This is the first time in the show that we have seen Jordan and Jonathan have a window back into their life in Metropolis. Despite Jordan having lingering headaches from his encounter with Tag, Clark reluctantly agrees to let him play in the game.
At school, Jordan has another one of these headaches, which starts to activate his heat vision. What Jordan believes is just a headache sounds a lot more like his super hearing starting to develop. The unfortunate side effect is that his heat vision starts to flare up. Jonathan is able to calm him down at school, but Jordan asks to keep this a secret for now.
We knew that this secret would blow up in their faces. At the end of the day, they are lucky to have Superman as a father. Jordan has an episode during the game, and Clark has to step in to help. He sees Jordan’s heat vision coming to the surface and tells him to let go into Clark’s palms. This was one of those scenes where you could just feel a father’s love for his son. Clark is still trying to help Jordan figure out what his powers mean, but as a teenager, Jordan doesn’t want to feel dependent on his superhuman father.
After the game, the boys want to go out. Jonathan is reluctant but decides to go anyway. Jonathan had a chance to prove himself as quarterback and is finally starting to fit in in Smallville. Naturally, the Smallville team runs into the Metropolis team, and they start picking on Jordan all over again. What they don’t know is that Jordan has not only gained confidence but some super strength to boot. Jonathan is afraid that he could really hurt someone and tries to get in the way. He blocks Jordan’s punch with his hand, and it looks like it completely shattered. Jordan was packing some extra heat in that punch, and Jonathan got the brunt of it. He may never get full range of motion back in his hand/wrist, which means he might never play football again.
Jordan feels like no one understands him. Obviously he’s frustrated at hurting his brother. He never meant to do that. Clark has to remind Jordan that he’s not the only one who feels angry sometimes. As Superman, Clark knows that he can’t show that anger. The trust people have in Superman is tested every single time he uses his powers. This is evident when the military fires kryptonite bullets at Superman while he’s trying to get Tag taken in custody safely. Jordan is realizing that his powers are only pushing him further away from the people he cares about.
With Clark’s attention on the boys, Lois digs deeper into Morgan Edge, and she isn’t the only one. Luthor comes to Lois with an inspector badge to snoop around the mines to see what Edge is up to. They find the X Kryptonite, which Luthor knows all about, making him even more of a mystery to Lois. But she doesn’t have time to dwell on it because Leslie Larr uses her heat vision to try and take them out. Luthor didn’t come unarmed and was able to get them both out alive. Lois later confronts Luthor asking who he really is because his cover as Marcus Bridgewater is not holding up. He doesn’t tell her anything yet, but I have a feeling Lois is going to start to turn her investigation to him soon enough. Is there a version of him on this earth?
Superman & Lois is one of my new favorite shows on TV right now, and that’s saying a lot. I’m still impressed by Tyler Hoechlin’s portrayal of both Superman and Clark Kent, and the fact that this show centers mostly around family makes it surprisingly relatable. At the end of the episode, Jordan is having a seizure, so Clark flies him to the fortress. After seeing everything that went down with Tag and her daughter, Lana is ready to help Lois expose her new boss, Morgan Edge. As for Tag, it’s a good thing Superman was able to get him taken into custody without harm, but what’s going to happen to him? I hope we get some sort of resolution with him. And finally, is there any way Jonathan has powers? Could his hand heal completely? Comic book lore shows that Jonathan Kent becomes Superman in certain timelines, so there’s always a chance, right?