Superman & Lois S2E11 REVIEW: Superboys battle, big life decisions in exciting, emotional episode

This week’s episode "Truth and Consequences" focused on BizarroWorld Jon-El’s mission to merge with his CWverse counterpart Jonathan, to what result or purpose remains unexplained. His mission includes an attempted merging, a kidnapping, an ingenious plan to eliminate Superman, and a knock-down-drag-out with Jordan. The other focus was the ongoing tension and resentment the Kent teens have felt since S1E1 about their father’s secret (that he is Superman), kept from them their entire lives. It is resolved in an emotional and surprising way. Scroll down past the end of this article for SPOILERS, if you want to know more.


Superman saves Lana from a deadly explosion set by Jon-El...

...and gets a chestful of Kryptonite.

Actor Jordan Elsass clearly looks to be relishing playing his superpowered, evil counterpart Jon-El. The Battle of the Superboys between Jon-El and Jordan is long, brutal and well-choreographed with excellent SFX as usual, ending with a launch into the clouds.


The brutal Battle of the Superboys

The subplots include Jordan’s desperately attempts to get back together with Sarah after she broke up with him for not being there for her, both in person and emotionally (he was distracted with being Superboy, and his frustration with being unable to tell her his secret). His desperation was very familiar to me; I remember several pitiful attempts to get back together with a girl in my teens. In your hormonal mindset, at the time, you’ll do ANYTHING to make things right, even though you’ll cringe at the memory later.


Jordan's letter to Sarah includes a BIG confession.

Clark realizes how long he’s been away in BizarroWorld when he meets Lana and she tells him he’s been gone for over a month. To him, it was only a day. His brush-off of Lana in his pursuit of Jon-El naturally offends her, but he makes up for it in the episode’s surprising conclusion.

The ho-hum subplot is John Henry and Nat’s efforts to rebuild his Steel warsuit, to be powered by X-Kryptonite. The only interesting thing to come from this is that when they happen to be in the mines excavating some X-K, they just happen to be right next to the inter-dimensional portal when it powers up and Lana-Rho comes through. John Henry and Nat seem like afterthoughts, as if the writers were grasping for ways to keep them active in the storyline. Nat is the biggest afterthought of all, with little to do except help her father. She seems to have no larger purpose in Superman & Lois.

Unfortunately, another no doubt COVID-caused hiatus looms after this episode, with the next airing on May 31.

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

During Jon-El’s attempt to merge with Jonathan, there seemed to be an exchange of energy. Will this be the catalyst to Jon developing powers of his own?

Clark finally reveals his identity to his oldest, closest friend Lana in a powerful scene. Lana’s reaction is prefect, although someone who was that close to Clark for so many years MUST have had SOME clue.

Will Clark reveal his secret to the entire world next? Will Jordan be allowed to reveal his powers to Sarah?

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