Review: Superman & Lois 2×05 – “Girl… You’ll Be a Woman, Soon”
[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Director: Diana Valentine
Writers: Rina Mimoun, Adam Mallinger, Juliana James, Katie Aldrin, Jai Jamison, Andrew N. Wong
Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, Alex Garfin, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rya Kihlstedt
Reviewed by: Steven Brown
Bizarro’s intentions are finally revealed, and it leaves Superman asking questions. Sara Cushing’s Quinceanera at the Kent family barn doesn’t go exactly as planned, in Superman & Lois 2×05.
In this episode of Superman & Lois, we finally find out Bizarro isn’t as mindless as he seems. During another encounter with Superman, the hero realizes that he’s fighting a mirrored version of himself. Powers being the polar opposite of Superman’s, the Kryptonian soon realizes it’ll take more than brute strength to take down the monster. Superman takes the fight back to the mines where X-Kryptonite weakens him, allowing Superman to imprison him in the fortress of solitude. It’s here through Kal-El’s mother that we find out Bizarro is from a broken, mirrored world where Ally Allston rules with an iron fist. Bizarro came through to find and kill her once and for all before she destroys Superman’s world as well. At first, I must admit I didn’t see Ally Allston as a real threat at all. I just thought of her as a crazy cult leader that had a personal grudge against Lois Lane. Now it seems that both Superman and Lois have an enemy in common, one who’s more powerful than they realized.
Of course, outside of the super-powered battles that decide the fate of the world– issues at home still arise as well. I was particularly hurt at the reveal of Kyle Cushing’s betrayal of his family at daughter Sara’s Quinceanera. It seems that during the times that Kyle was out drinking at the bar, he was also seeing another woman as well. The truth is revealed outside the Kent family barn as Kyle confronts the waitress, who confesses her love for Kyle. With Sara and Jordan not too far away eavesdropping, Sara is crushed with she overhears the truth. She never makes eye contact with Kyle during their dance, and when confronted by Lana, Sara tells everything. I give Lana credit for putting her family and the event first, and she reminds her daughter they still have a party to attend and guests to meet, leaving Kyle outside hurting and alone. I felt pity for everyone involved here including Kyle who seemed to have come so far and changed so much from the first season. I really hope a return to alcoholism isn’t in his future.
Jonathan has been using X-Kryptonite to make him better on the football field, but it’s slowly leading to a disdain for his already superpowered brother Jordan– and also a dangerous addiction. When Jordan confronts him about his eyes glowing a dangerous red, Jonathan lies and says that he’s manifesting superpowers like his brother. Jordan immediately turns excited and hugs Jonathan, not knowing that Jonathan just blatantly lied. I really hope that Jordan finds out and confronts his brother soon.
“Girl… You’ll Be a Woman Soon“ is an episode that showed us a lot of elements of Superman’s world outside of the powers and craziness, and you still love it. I’ve come to care for the lives of many of the supporting characters. That shows how effective these characters are to the series. I really hope Lana is able to bounce back from the scandal that is about to spread as she campaigns for the position of mayor of Smallville. Sara, who once attempted suicide, I really hope doesn’t go down that dark road again because of her father’s betrayal and lies.