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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews The Superman & Lois Season Finale!

August 18th, 2021 by Todd Black Comments

Superman & Lois was always going to be a curious show in the Arrowverse, the question was, how was it going to fit in, and then be distinct? Especially since Supergirl was also going to be there. The answer…was quite easily. It kept its focus on the main characters and setting (outside of a Diggle sighting) and made its impact by telling stories about families and the communities that they live in. Not unlike Black Lightning in the first few seasons, but in its own way. And with the Season 1 finale, I’m happy to say that they did stick the landing…more or less.

Let’s start with the positives. Because there honestly were a lot of them. With Zeta-Ro now in Jordan’s body, and the Eradicator at full power, it was going to be interesting to see what unfolded. The answer tied to the beginning of the season via the X-Kryptonite. They were going to use it to basically rebuild all of Krypton by merging the consciousness with the residents of Smallville and beyond. An interesting plan.

Which of course left a few problems. They had to go and stop The Eradiactor, save Jordan, and ensure no one else got infected. This led to a really fun thing in my mind where just about everyone got involved to save the day.

Steel and Superman went and dealt with The Eradicator and his goons, Lois and Jonathan dealt with Jordan, and the people of Smallville honestly banded together to try and keep each other safe when things went down.

While it may sound a little cliche, this was indeed the perfect way for Lana and Kyle to prove to the town that they were one of them still, and they showed it in spades. Kyle coming out of the building with the woman was the cherry on top. And honestly, that’s how you do convince people that you’re still their friend, with actions, not with words.

Lois going into the mind of Jordan/Zeta in order to get her son out was nice as well, as she did what any mother would do, fight for her son, and help him find the strength to push through.

But for me, I honestly think the aftermath to everything was the best part. Because it showed many things, including the beautiful message that sometimes…people get what they deserve in the good way. Lana and Kyle got accepted back into the community, Kyle got his job back, Lois bought into the Gazette so Chrissie wouldn’t have to sell it, General Lane stepped down because he FINALLY realized he needed to be with his family, and Steel found peace in knowing that he did good and wanted to go and live a life.

I also appreciated how he wanted to leave not just because he could, or that he wanted to reconnect with his sister, but he knew he wouldn’t be able to live close to the woman that was his wife on another world. Usually this wouldn’t stop the CW from going and having a “tense love triangle” but thankfully the writers didn’t go and do that…no, really, thank God!

And speaking of relationships, Jordan and Sara connecting in that field was a beautiful moment. It was simple, elegant, and wasn’t disrupted by anything. There is such things as a simple love story, just saying.

Finally, and just as importantly, Superman giving that speech to Chrissie and revealing the truth about Morgan Edge was expertly handled. Including him admitting that he can’t help it if people don’t trust him, but he knows that good people will always do the right thing, like the people of Smallville.

Ok, so what are the bad things. Admittedly, they’re few, but they do matter.

First off, while the overall plan of the Eradicator/Zeta-Ro was fine in the grand scale…some pieces didn’t add up. For example, Zeta-Ro made a big deal about getting “the defense council back” and yet…they were a non-factor. They were easily defeated and didn’t make a dent in the overall. Nor were they talked about after being dispatched. Were they freed from the influence of the Eradicator? It’s honestly hard to say.

Furthermore, Zeta-Ro’s boasting about his control over Jordan was weak when all it took was some motherly encouragement to get him out of the funk. On that note, I wish Lois had gotten into more detail about WHY Jordan was strong instead of just saying, “you’re stronger than all of us”. That’s…not exactly true, so she probably should’ve detailed it more, it wouldn’t have taken much time.

And to be honest, given how easily it was to defeat the Eradiactor (see: one super-long sword throw), both Morgan Edge and his fathers were honestly kind of weak villains in the end.

Finally, and yes, just as important, was the arrival…of Natalie. Not only was it sudden, and downright random, but the way it ended with her seeing Lois and going, “mom?” was a bit cringe. Because now we have to go through the whole, “She’s not really my mom…” bit and then there’s going to be some talk about why she’s there and everything.

Does Steel deserve to have his daughter back? Yeah. BUT, it came RIGHT AFTER he was about to leave and live a new life…and then his daughter arrives and you KNOW it’s not going to be that easy anymore.

Still, even with all of that, “The Last Sons of Krypton” did a good job of bringing season 1 to a close, and with Season 2 literally filming right now, it’s going to be fun to see it return sooner rather than later.

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!