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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Superman & Lois Episode 6: Broken Trust

May 19th, 2021 by Todd Black Comments

OH it’s good to be back! Seriously, I was very mad when they pulled that hiatus after 5 episodes but at last Superman & Lois is back and I’m happy to say that the quality has…mostly been kept.

There honestly was a lot going on in this episode as multiple stories seemed to weave in and out of each other. Not the least of which was the stinger from the last episode of Tag going and cornering Jason and all the fallout from that.

The core of this series continues to be the family dynamic and for the most part it was still incredibly strong. From Clark helping teach Jason how to punch and harness his powers, to Jonathan being his soothsayer multiple times during the episode, to Lois being there for Jason at the end of the episode and Clark admitting his own anger issues with his powers it is this kind of stuff that makes the show worth it in many ways and sets the series apart from other Superman media both in terms of TV shows and movies.

Jason’s new developments with his powers were a bit predictable (Jor-El needs to get his data adjusted) but how it factored into the game against Metropolis was interesting, including him using heat vision against Clark in order to protect everyone.

I will say though that despite being warned repeatedly and constantly about following certain guidelines Jason is way too eager to go and cut loose and break the rules. Which, thankfully, did have consequences as now he’s hurt Jonathan. I would honestly wager that he’s going to get his powers because of this but we’ll see going forward. The small fracture in their relationship and Jason realizing the truth about how much danger he can put people in is good as it sets up a lot of stories going forward.

However, the Tag storyline did stutter in certain ways. While I was fine with him going and trying to get answers from Jason, did he really think beating him up was a great idea? Especially if Jason had powers? Furthermore, going to Sarah for support was fine, but after he hurt her…why take her to Metropolis instead of a remote place in Smallville?

And then…there’s Sam Lane, who was REALLY annoying tonight with his “defend America first” attitude. And now how NOW he cares about his grandsons once one of them was attacked but before he was like, “Don’t distract him!” in terms of talking about needing their father? Furthermore, him calling Tag the “target” and “threat” was just way too over the top. This would be the perfect show to give Sam Lane the depth he needs on multiple levels but not unlike with Supergirl they’re playing him as a one-note person and it’s rubbing me the wrong way considering the depth the other characters have most of the time.

Including Luthor, who decided to team up with Lois and not only knows about X-Kryptonite (probably because of his own worlds’ experience) but had to expose a bit of himself to Lois which thankfully got her reporter senses tingling. I still don’t like that he’s trying to get back with his love from another Earth but if they play this right he at least might be salvageable as a character.

Finally, I like that Lois and Lana are going to be teaming up to take down Morgan Edge. And Kyle admitting that he’s ok with Lana getting the promotion is great. But did everyone forget how Lana wasn’t comfortable with Morgan Edge last time they spoke? Yet she’s willing to take a job from him? Kind of odd, no?

Still, despite some missteps, the core of “Broken Trust” was really strong and I’m REALLY glad this show is back for however long the first season is because this is honestly a really good series when it focuses on its strengths.

Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!