The Kent-Lane family relocates from Metropolis to Clark Kent’s hometown of Smallville at the beginning of the television series Superman & Lois, which airs on the CW and stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the eponymous characters. Over the first two seasons of the show, the renowned couple has had to contend with the potential end-of-the-world scenarios in both Morgan Edge a.k.a. Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner) and Ally Allston (Rya Kihlstedt), uncertainty in their professions when they left the Daily Planet and the double-edged sword that is parenting their teenage boys Jon (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Jordan Elsass) (Alexander Garfin).
But together, they have accepted these changes as they moved into the next phase of their lives with a group of new (and old) friends. They are working with everyone to create a safer world and a stable Smallville that is capable of withstanding the pressures that have caused so many other small towns to fall apart. We haven’t even begun to get to know this universe and these individuals, yet the show has already run for two seasons. As a result, going into the forthcoming third season, it is abundantly evident that there is a great deal more story to tell.
It’s been less than a month since Superman defeated Ally Allston and the Bizarro world, and life in Smallville has undergone a significant transformation as a result. And it’s not only because Jon’s role has been recast and is now performed by Michael Bishop. Clark has joined the Smallville Gazette, and together with Chrissy Beppo (played by Sofia Hasmik), the three of them have created an unexpected but rather interesting reporting team. Chrissy Beppo is in on the huge secret.
We haven’t seen Clark and Lois this happy in all the time we’ve known them; they frequently jet off for lavishly romantic get-togethers in exotic locales. Despite the fact that her marriage to Kyle is in jeopardy, Lana is throwing herself wholeheartedly into her role as the new mayor of Smallville, which is proving to be a great deal more difficult to manage than she had anticipated. Many of the cherished people who call our rural communities home report that life is excellent and going forward in novel ways.
After the revelation made in the previous season by John Diggle (David Ramsey) that Bruno Mannheim is responsible for the murder of this Earth’s John Henry Irons (Wolé Parks), the danger posed by Bruno Mannheim (Chad L. Coleman) is beginning to loom larger on the horizon. After viewing the first two episodes of the show’s third season, it is abundantly evident that the tales that are being presented have potential, and if they are handled well, this season has the potential to become the show’s greatest and most impactful season yet. Having said that, there are still a few serious problems.
It is very evident from the very beginning of the pilot episode that Clark and Lois are going to be on an exciting trip throughout this season. They are more of a team than ever before, and they are ready to tackle anything that comes their way in both their professional and personal lives. With what they discovered in the previous season, Lois is ready to investigate Bruno Mannheim almost as soon as the new season begins.
This demonstrates the new normal of the Smallville Gazette with Chrissy being in on their huge secret and Clark joining the team. Working together brings back fond memories of the two of them participating in a variety of exciting investigations in the past. Even if it’s already fantastic to see this side of things, it would be much better if there was more of it on the show. This new dynamic, which should in all likelihood be highlighted for as much of the season as is humanly feasible, is given a shockingly inadequate amount of screen time in the first two episodes.
The election of Lana to the position of Mayor of Smallville was another essential plot point in the second season, and it has been fascinating to watch her attempt to pick up the pieces after her predecessor’s departure. This is especially true considering that the town is in a financial bind and there is an unexpected emergency that she must figure out how to handle. It shows a side of Lana that we have always desired to see and feel is essential for us to witness: bold, rational, and intellectual in equal measure.
But, because she is concentrating so intently on her profession, she is neglecting other responsibilities, which puts her in a precarious position. She has to find her equilibrium, but we can only hope that the journey there will be fun for her until she gets there. About the rest of the people, there is not much else to say.
The character of Kyle, played by Erik Valdez, continues to be almost worthless on the program, and John Henry is used mostly as a parent figure throughout the first two episodes. (For the time being, given that we are aware that he will soon be drawn into the Mannheim tale, it’s great to witness more of this pleasant and fuzzy interaction between a father and his daughter.)
The portion of the show that focuses on teenagers has not much evolved since the previous season. The tale is still being driven by Jordan, who, as his skills continue to develop, is demanding more attention from Clark. This has forced Jon back into a supporting role. Jordan and Sarah (Inde Navarrette) are no longer dating, yet they continue to be in one other’s orbit. This is especially the case given that Sarah is aware of the truth regarding Jordan, Clark, and their abilities.
Once more, Jordan is exerting an excessive amount of effort in this connection. At the same time, there has been a change in Sarah, and it is quite intriguing to observe how this change will play out in her personality. When it comes down to it, the existence of Jon and Sarah on the show and the events that they are involved in are still the obligatory sprinkle of teen drama and angst that is necessary for an otherwise excellent series to remain on The CW. Because he was made to be the “regular” child while Jordan was given virtually everything else, Jon continues to appear out of place in his own family.
This is the direct outcome of making Jon the “normal” child. This far, Natalie Irons is the adolescent who has presented the most interesting narrative (Tayler Buck). Natalie is working hard to establish herself as a permanent resident on this fresh planet, but I won’t say much more about it. She had an emotional moment with Sam Lane (played by Dylan Walsh), which begins out with the two of them recognizing that he was her grandfather on her home planet when she was younger.
In spite of this, the first episode of the third season demonstrates that the ensemble cast of Superman & Lois is much too huge when weighed against the relatively low episode totals of each season and the expansive narratives that the show strives to explore. Much as Jon continues to live in the shadow cast by his older brother and is relegated to meaningless plots that are insignificant in compared to the challenges faced by the rest of his family, the show has so much potential to do so much more with Clark as a character in his own right.
It seems as though Sam and Kyle, in particular, are anomalies that do not need to be present for more than a specific number of episodes in each season. In addition, we now have the new character of Mannheim to concentrate on, and it has been announced that Michael Cudlitz will be playing Lex Luthor when he appears on the program later on in the current season.
Under the confines of a season consisting of only 15 episodes, there is simply not enough time to present well-developed storylines involving such a large cast of individuals. This is made abundantly clear in the very first episode of the series, which makes a feeble attempt to strike a balance and establish a narrative for each and every one of the primary characters.
Tulloch delivers a performance that is truly remarkable in the second episode, which is just one example of the excellent stuff that can be found in these first two episodes. In the first episode, there are some touching scenes of genuine friendship played out between Lana and both of the characters, which happens to be one of the aspects of the series that I enjoy the most.
There have been some noteworthy developments, but there are also some that make it difficult to be overly optimistic about the remainder of Season 3. Even if there is not much that can be written about the Mannheim arc at this point, it will immediately grab you and make you hungry to find out more about it. There is intriguing potential, and the Mannheim narrative is both similar and distinct to what we’ve seen on Superman & Lois thus far, but let’s keep our fingers crossed that the program will deviate from the pattern it has established and take a new turn.