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Superman & Lois (2021)

Season 1

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 1] Pilot (90 min)
Shown 23 Feb 21

The Daily Planet has been bought by Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ), a crooked billionaire. Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) gets downsized, so he takes the teenage sons back to Smallville with him. He and Lois ( Elizabeth Tulloch ) suspect that one of the boys will become superhuman, even though both boys have fifty percent Kryptonian DNA. So which boy will it be - the jock or the nerd?

Clark introduces his family to his ex-girlfriend, Lana Lang Cushing ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) and her hushand Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez). Their daughter Sarah Cushing ( Inde Navarrette ) becomes the love interest for one of the Kent boys. So which boy will it be - the jock or the nerd?

A man in a super-suit is attacking nuclear reactors. It turns out his plan is to kill Superman.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 2] Heritage
Shown 02 Mar 21

Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) takes super-boy to the Fortress of Solitude, to meet the AI-operated hologram of Jor-El (Angus MacFadyen - Braveheart ).

The guy in the super-suit is still looking for kryptonite. He goes to the biggest stockpile - the one controlled by General Lane (Dylan Walsh - Congo ).

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 3] The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower
Shown 09 Mar 21

Lois ( Elizabeth Tulloch ) is still a career-woman, while Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) does all the stuff involving their two children. She still makes time to hen-peck him, however.

One of the other High School football players, the token Asian boy, secretly develops super-powers. Is this the beginning of a string of Meteor Rock-type mutants, like in Smallville ? Because that show was a lot better than this one, so a step in that direction would probably be a vast improvement.

Lois investigates a missing persons case. A miner who worked for Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ) has disappeared, and a super-soldier is covering it up.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 4] Haywire
Shown 16 Mar 21

Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ) invites himself to dinner with Lana ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) and her husband. He offers her a promotion, although it seems a bit inappropriate.

Lois ( Elizabeth Tulloch ) and Lana hang out and moan about the men in their lives. These misandrists mock their protectors, the hard-working heroes who save lives and apparently do all the parenting.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 5] The Best of Smallville
Shown 23 Mar 21

The town holds its annual Harvest Festival. Instead of being based in the local church, this is a secular festival managed by Lana Lang ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ). She is such a workaholic that she henpecks her husband, even though he is a hard-working fire-fighter who is traumatised at the injury of his buddy.

The missing miner is back. However, he has been secretly converted into a super-soldier.

The guy in the super-suit is back. We discover his real name, and his relationship with his alternate version of Lois Lane ( Elizabeth Tulloch ).

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 6] Broken Trust
Shown 18 May 21

The town's token Asian kid has become the equivalent of a Meteor Freak, and beats up Super-boy in revenge. We get a reminder that Superman's greatest power is not his strength, but his super-speed - because it gives him extra time to find solutions.

Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ) re-opens the Smallville mine, and promotes Lana Lang ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ). Of course, Lois Lane assumes the worst. First she tries to subvert Lana, then she teams up with token black guy to infiltrate the mine. Of course, when she sees the hi-tech equipment he uses it is obvious to her that he is more than just a freelance reporter.

The Smallville High School football team goes to Metropolis to play against their arch-rivals. Of all the schools in Metropolis, this happens to be the one that the Kent boys used to attend. Super-boy sees this as an opportunity to beat up the kids that bullied him. As if that were not bad enough, Super-boy's newly-discovered super-hearing gives him migraines ... and uncontrollable bouts of laser-eyes.

The Asian boy is on the run, and with his superpowers there is the threat he might attack superboy again. General Lane (Dylan Walsh - Congo ) and the DOD are after the kid - and they are prepared to use lethal force. Yes, this has totally diverged from the parent show Supergirl .

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 7] Man of Steel
Shown 25 May 21

Lois Lane ( Elizabeth Tulloch ) lays off investigating Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ), and concentrates on investigating the Token Black Guy. Similarly, TBG's main agenda is not defeating Edge - it is trapping and killing Superman (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ).

We see a series of flashbacks of TBG's world, which explains his undying hatred for Superman. This makes him a well-rounded antagonist, especially compared to the cartoonish Lex Luthor in Supergirl .

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 8] Holding the Wrench
Shown 01 Jun 21

Superman (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) hands TBG over to General Lane (Dylan Walsh - Congo ), but conducts the interrogation himself. Meanwhile, Lois does not hand the camper-van over to the DOD. Instead she and her non-super son investigate it themselves. The good news is that she is already on the AI's approved list. The bad news is that she does not bother adding her son to the list, so the defence system kicks in.

Lana Lang ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) is the victim of Morgan Edge's manipulations. In the previous episode he denied a top job to Lana's husband, now he makes Lana's husband think that Lana is the one who did it. While this drives a wedge between husband and wife, the teen daughter is left emotionally unsupported while she auditions for a part in the school play. Luckily the Kent boys are around to give support.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 9] Loyal Subjekts
Shown 08 Jun 21

Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ) continues to recruit the townspeople as hosts for his army of Kryptonians.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 10] O Mother, Where Art Thou?
Shown 15 Jun 21

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 11] A Brief Reminiscence In-Between Cataclysmic Events
Shown 22 Jun 21

This starts with an extended flashback. Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) arrives in Metropolis for his job interview with the Daily Planet. He talks his way into getting hired, since with his super-health he does not need healthcare coverage. His work partner is Lois Lane ( Elizabeth Tulloch ), who seems to be about ten years older than him. Despite the age gap, and the inappropriateness of a workplace romance, Lois pursues Clark in a #MeToo sense.

This is also the first version of Lois who cares more about Clark than about Superman. She thinks the caped crusader is a distraction from more serious issues, like the rise of Neo-Nazism. Although she claims there are systemic problems, it is much easier for her to just bash the White working class. Rather than actually address the systemic failures of government to provide a basic income and basic services such as single-payer healthcare, she takes the Tucker Carlson approach of victim-blaming poor people by accusing them of making poor life choices.

In the main storyline, Superman has been defeated by Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ). Edge plans to turn Superman evil, using red kryptonite or something. Now Lois and Super-boy must try to save the day.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 12] Through the Valley of Death
Shown 13 Jul 21

With Superman (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) fighting off possession, Lois calls in John Henry to help her dad General Lane (Dylan Walsh - Congo ). They design a super-weapon, but they need more tech. John Diggle drops by with a gift from ARGUS. This is the first crossover with the rest of the Arrow -verse.

John Henry takes on Superman in single combat. His plan is to use lethal force. Lois and the kids are naturally against it, but General Lane sees the lethal option as a useful backup option. There are a couple of problems with it that nobody forsees. One is that John Henry's technology will allow them to capture Superman and hold him long enough to be converted back to their side. After all, he would be a useful ally against Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ). The other problem is that there is only one shot, so if it is wasted on Superman then there is no way of defeating Edge.

Will John Henry's manly violence win the day? Or will Lois's womanly approach of talking about emotions?

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 13] Fail Safe
Shown 20 Jul 21

Superman (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) visits Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ), who is imprisoned by the DOD. General Lane (Dylan Walsh - Congo ) is keen to destroy all his anti-Kryptonian weapons, but Superman has to see both sides of the argument.

Lois is part of the cover-up that hides the true nature of the alien invasion. After all, the DOD cannot risk the info getting out. however, this means Lois has to stonewall her boss - the small-town newspaper editor who was the only one who believed in her. Worse, although the townsfolk were more than happy to serve Morgan Edge they have now decided to use Lana Lang ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) as their scapegoat.

With both their parents off doing things other than parenting, the Kent boys decide to skip school for the day. Each heads off with his girlfriend.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 14] The Eradicator
Shown 10 Aug 21

Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner - ) breaks out of prison, and rescues his hench-woman. Together they plan to take revenge on Superman.

General Lane (Dylan Walsh - Congo ) has a lot of problems with the Kents. Lois has encouraged her editor to stir up trouble. The locals are ready to riot because they want the military to leave town and stop subsidising all the local businesses they patronise. However, the locals are also terrified of Morgan Edge coming back if the military are not around to fight him.

Lana's daughter is persona no grata, and her family are about to sell their house and leave town. The Kent boys head off to a kegger party without her. General Lane has trouble finding them, so he evidently doesn't have their cell-phones under surveillance.

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 1, Episode 15] Last Sons of Krypton
Shown 17 Aug 21





Superman & Lois (2021)

Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th April 2022

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    Season 2

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 1] What Lies Beneath
    Shown 11 Jan 22

    Superman saves a nuclear submarine from disaster. The bad news is that this is a North Korean submarine. General Lane's replacement, Anderson, is upset that Clark refuses to show favouritism to the USA.

    The editor at the Smallville newspaper wants to hire more journalists. Lois insists that the best applicant is not good enough - not simply because he is male and white, but rather that he is popular on twitter and he indulges in something she calls predictive journalism. These factors are usually linked to liberal people ...

    That afternoon Lois comes home early, and decides to cock-block her fifteen-year-old sons. For some reason she insists on abstinence instead of teaching them about safe sex. Lois is afraid of becoming a grandmother, but does not seem to understand that contraception and even abortion are also options. It seems that she is an ultra-conservative, which makes sense considering she is a military brat.

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 2] The Ties That Bind
    Shown 18th January 2022

    Iron Man and his daughter Natalie move into the Kent house. The good news is that now Lois has someone to help her with her investigation at the Shuster mine. The bad news is that Natalie befriends her step-brother's girlfriend. The truth is that the GF has secrets of her own, and as such her relationship with super-boy is on the rocks.

    Lana Lang is obsessed with getting the Mayor replaced. After all, she holds him responsible for bringing Morgan Edge into Smallville, then using her and her husband as scapegoats. Unfortunately she is still a terrible judge of character, as her candidate for Mayor quits when he gets bought off. This means she is the inevitable candidate herself.

    Lois finds her past has caught up with her. She once wrote an expose on a cult leader, because her own sister Lucy was a victim of that cult. This seems a bit reminiscent of the NXIVM group that Alison Mack was involved in. Now the cultists are out for payback.

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 3] The Thing in the Mines
    Shown 25th January 2022

    Lois tries to meet up with her estranged sister Lucy. However, Lucy sends the Cult leader instead.

    The blonde-haired son confronts his sporting rival who he suspects of using super-steroids.

    Lana Lang gets her Mayoral campaign off to a rocky start. After all, she has been involved in dodgy dealings in the past so many townsfolk do not trust her.

    The thing in the mines finally breaks out. Superman discovers why it has a psychic link with him.

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 4] The Inverse Method
    Shown 1st February 2022

    Lois tries to meet up with her estranged sister Lucy again. She also sends her journalism partner to the Cult leader's seminar. However, Lucy and the Cult have other plans instead.

    The blonde-haired son starts using the super-steroids. Well, it would be a useful thing to do because of his family's superpowered antagonists. However, he only does it to improve his sporting ability.

    Lana Lang discovers the incumbent mayor is digging up dirt. Not just the dirt on Lana, because hers is already well-known. He is targeting her family as well.

    The thing from the mines is on the loose. The US DOD sends in its teenage super-team after him, even though he defeated the Superman/John Henry tag-team.

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 5] Girl... You'll Be a Woman, Soon
    Shown 22nd February 2022

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 6] Tried and True
    Shown 1st March 2022

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 7] Fallout AKA Anti-Hero
    Shown 8th March 2022

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 8] Into Oblivion
    Shown 22nd March 2022

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 9] 30 Days and 30 Nights
    Shown 29th March 2022

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 10] Bizarros in a Bizarro World
    Shown 26 Apr 22

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 11] Truth and Consequences
    Shown 03 May 22

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 12] Lies That Bind
    Shown 31 May 22

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 13] All Is Lost
    Shown 07 Jun 22

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 14] Worlds War Bizarre
    Shown 21 Jun 22

    Superman & Lois (2021) Superman & Lois (2021) [Season 2, Episode 15] Waiting for Superman
    Shown 28 Jun 22