Superman & Lois S2E10 REVIEW: BizarroWorld episode is action-packed and fascinating

After a four-week hiatus, Superman & Lois returned with the eagerly awaited episode, “Bizarros in a Bizarro World”, with Superman surviving the transition between dimensions, even without a protective suit that every other being has needed, even BizarroWorld Superman (BWS).

The planning and creativity is evident in this episode, as it is packed with fascinating details and Easter Eggs. BizarroWorld has been called by some on Superman & Lois as the Inverse World, but it is actually a warped reflection of the CW Superman’s world. In the comics, Bizarro’s S-symbol was the mirror image of Superman’s. In BizarroWorld, this gimmick is taken to the extreme. Visually, everything is filmed and flopped in post-production to appear as a mirror image: all written language and print are backwards, the tv knobs are on the left instead of the right, car steering wheels are on the left, the part in BWS’s hair is on the opposite side, even the show's title logo is reversed. Brilliant, and simply (cheaply) done.

Superman marvels at a cubed red sun . . .

Everything in BizarroWorld has been depicted in a reddish hue. Now we know why: BizarroWorld has a red sun. A square one! And BizarroWorld itself is also a cube, lifted directly from the classic Silver Age comics. I was tickled to see this in live action.


...and the gloriously ludicrous, cubed BizarroWorld, right out of the comics

However, Superman has no secret identity on this backwards world. He, Lois, and their sons are known as the Els, not the Kents. It also makes perfect sense on this backwards world, that BWS and Lois do not have a happy marriage, and the son with superpowers is Jonathan (Jon-El), not Jordan. He appears in a hero costume right out of the comics: the leather-jacketed Superboy from the 1990s. Some things are not different on this world, however: Jordan is still a moody emo teen (although his hair is inversely straight as opposed to curly), and BWS is still a hero to the world.




Different Earth, same emo Jordan.

We get to see what happened to Lt. Anderson after he crossed over to deliver both halves of the amulet to Ally. We also see the painful physical deterioration of BWS before he ventured into the CWverse. It’s still unclear to me what caused him to turn into this tortured creature. It seems it was arbitrarily done merely to make him look like the pasty-faced, distorted Bizarro from the comics.

There are moments when characters have a revelation and turn from good to evil and vice versa, and switch sides, leading to several exciting superhuman battles with matchups you never thought you would see. Once again, the SFX are movie-quality and highly entertaining.

The two halves of the mysterious purple amulet are finally joined, and evil Ally’s plan to join with her other self is about to happen. How does she know they will become something all-powerful? Is she based on a known DC villain or is she someone new? And what does she intend to do when she returns to the CWverse?

Watch the latest episode of Superman & Lois, the BEST HERO SHOW YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING, airing Tuesdays on the CW, and streaming the next day on cwtv.com

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SPOILERS

Evil Ally orders Jon-El, a now turned to the Dark Side, to return to the CWverse and merge with his double and await her arrival. Why? The episode ended on this cliffhanger.


EASTER EGGS

In BWS’s Fortress:

• a hologram of the Bottled City of Kandor

• a hologram of a Kryptonian warsuit

• a hologram of the giant key to the Fortress from the comics



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