Review: Superman & Lois 2×09 – “30 Days and 30 Nights“
[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Director: Ian Samoil
Written By: Katie Aldrin, Jai Jamison, Juliana James, Andrew N. Wong, Adam Mallinger
Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, Inde Navarrette, Wole’ Parks, Dylan Walsh, Samantha Di Francesco
Reviewed by: Steven Brown
“30 Days and 30 Nights“: With Superman still gone on through the portal in pursuit of Ally Alston, John Henry steps up to protect the world. Jordan, meanwhile, continues to train with his grandfather Sam Lane. The Smallville election night draws near, and while Lana awaits results Sarah attempts to connect with her dad, Kyle.
Superman is gone! It’s been weeks since The Man of Steel disappeared into the portal in pursuit of Ally Alston, and the pendant. With the Man of Steel gone, Jordan has stepped up to train with his grandfather, retired General Sam Lane. John Henry has improved his suit and has policed the world in Superman’s absence, but he can only do so much. There’s a great scene in which Jordan saves Kyle’s life, and although Jordan was careful, Lois is angry. Feeling betrayed by the reveal of Sam and Jordan’s activities, she condemns the pair. However, she soon comes to realize that Jordan’s training is necessary.
Jonathan finally confesses who was involved in the distribution of the X-Kryptonite at school. Revealing that it was his girlfriend, Candice the entire time, Lois and Sam attempt to get information from her about the suppliers of the drug. It seems that this has become a major operation, and Smallville was just a small testing site for it.
Although Jordan saves Kyle’s life, his constant absences lately have put a strain on their relationship. Asking one more time what’s going on, Sarah finally tells Jordan she can’t deal with the disappearances anymore. She breaks up with him. It’s at this moment that Jordan finally sees the sacrifices that are made to be a hero and that it’s not always easy to tell even someone you love your secret.
At the end of the episode, with the Kent family still holding on to hope that Superman will return, Jonathan’s apparent doppelganger shows up on the farm to tell the family that he’s been captured. It seems that some of the doppelgangers have already begun crossover in an apparent invasion.
“30 Days and 30 Nights“ shows that even without Superman, the world still has heroes ready and willing to step up. However, how long can they continue? With an apparent invasion of Bizarro doppelgangers arising, and Superman apparently still trapped in the other world, what options truly remain?
I still question rather Ally Alston is the real villain here now because it seems that she may have been deceived by her own doppelganger. Did she know about the planned invasion of her own world? Or did her doppelganger make promises to her with no intention of delivering? One thing for sure is that Superman needs to find a way back home to save his world and perhaps even this Bizarro world as well.