In this article, there will be a recap for season 2 of Superman & Lois – including a discussion about that explosive two-part season finale.
Superman & Lois is a CW show that separates itself from the rest. There’s a sense of higher quality writing and stronger visual work put into this than any other CW Superhero currently on air.
Season 2 Recap
To recap the highlights from this season:
Season two of The CW’s Superman & Lois has come to an end, and what an incredible season it has been! This entire article contains spoilers!
In the beginning, this season follows the aftermath of season 1; Tal-Rho’s actions are still affecting Smallville. People were also looking for a new mayor due to their trust being eroded. Lana fights for this position and to gain back that trust, after their family were once blamed for Tal-Rho’s actions.
Lois and Clark
Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) are still working to build their family life up, while Clark struggles with new threats and further pressures on him from the DOD as Superman.
Mitch Anderson; who has replaced Sam Lane as General, brings the introduction of enhanced X-K humans into the field. Anderson has major trust issues and is hell-bent on replacing Superman’s responsibilities to save the planet with this group.
The planet also faced a world ending threat, as the new villain: Ally Allston (Parasite) plans on merging with her Bizarro world self; in order to become the most powerful being. In addition to this, Allston wants to eventually merge two different universes together.
Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) has still been feeling like an outcast in his family. As he starts to use X-K (Yellow Kryptonite) from the mines; giving him temporary special abilities, people soon find out and he was suspended from school.
Jordan (Alexander Garfin) has been learning to improve his abilities. He has also been trying to take on more of a mature and responsible role; to be a hero just like his father. It’s not all been amazing for this Kent boy; as he deals with a relationship with Sara, that’s breaking down!
The Cushing Family
This family has been in turmoil ever since the show began, never really catching a break for too long. First, all of them are the penalized victims of Tal-Rho, and secondly, the family falls apart as Kyle cheats on Lana, and Sara breaks the news about cheating once on Jordan. Lana also fights to become the mayor of Smallville, while under scrutiny about her past. Luckily, she wins this election, unfortunately at a hefty price. A world ending scenario to deal with!
John Henry and Natalie Irons
Throughout this season, there has been another sub-plot; about Natalie adapting to this new Earth and her relationship slowly rebuilding with her father: John Henry Irons. Steel is constantly risking his life to protect Superman instead of trying to destroy him this time! This amount of danger puts him in the hospital and scares his daughter into building her own suit.
Allston is seen as a form of cult leader on both Earths; who is heavily involved with indoctrinating her followers into them needing to fill complete. By merging people with their bizarro selves; she thinks this will improve their lives. Ally takes advantage of Lois Lane’s sister: Lucy Lane. Lucy is a vulnerable person dealing with abandonement issues and other family problems. Lois spends a lot of time attempting to bring Lucy back from this cult-like group which mostly ends in failure. Bringing Chrissy Bepo into help Lois, they both go on their own sub-plot; to get to the bottom of who Ally Allston is.
After suspicious activing in the mines, The show introduces a live-action Bizarro Superman, from a Bizarro world; that the other version of Ally Allston is also from. This Superman is first seen as a threat to our Clark Kent and thought be a villain in the show. However, Superman begins to realise that he needs to help Bizarro with a danger much greater than he was aware of. Bizarro Superman carries a pendant and attempts to destroy it; in order to stop Ally from finding it.
This pendant, when matched with its counterpart from another universe; allows people to merge. Bizarro Superman is killed during an altercation with a Mitch Anderson who begins to take X-K to enhance himself.
Reversing the Bizarro version’s voice was a nice touch for this show and it worked well throughout with other inverse characters.
Bizarro Jonathan (Jon-El)
Just before the introduction of Bizarro World; Jonathan Kent’s twisted doppleganger (an alternate Superboy) shows up at the end of season 2 episode 9. This is where Superman chased Ally Allston into the portal in the mines and Jon-El came back through instead.
In the episode ‘Bizarros in a Bizarro World‘, there was a very creative insight for how the studio could visually show what the world looked like. The CGI for a cube-shaped Earth was impressive and everything was in reverse in these scenes. Great attention to detail on character’s being fully fleshed out and the overall vibe of Smallville feeling different. We finally get to see the origin of Bizarro Superman and how his family life broke down; from the secret already being known to the world about their identities and then being treated like reality stars.
Their egos begin to skyrocket and Clark becomes jealous of his own son’s fame. In an attempt to be happier and more powerful, Bizarro Superman becomes addicted to inhaling Kryptonite, this changes his appearance and alters his mind into someone unrecognisable.
Jon-El then joins Bizarro Ally Allston’s cause to merge people. Clark is in trouble at the end of this episode as Ally and her super powered friends ambushes him.
The truth is out!
Throughout episodes 11 and 12, the Kent family have to make a difficult decision on whether to tell Lana Lang about their greatest secret; that Clark Kent is Superman!
As Lana’s life and her families lives become more in danger from her doppleganger showing up, Clark tells Lana. However, she doesn’t take to the news very well and feels like his lie for so many year has affected her past too much.
All is Lost
In episode 13, just before the two-part finale, Lois and Sam Lane are still trying to find her sister. They find Lucy at a cabin in the woods; where she is still heavily indoctrinated by Ally Allston. The Parasite turns up to get her help and begins to attack Sam Lane, this is when Superman steps in the way and nearly dies. Ally absorbs Superman’s powers; leaving him near-human and without his abilities.
The two-part season finale looked amazing! Both episodes felt like they held the weight and spectacle of a crossover event, without characters from other CW shows joining in. (Apart from John Diggle appearing at the end).
Ally is completely ahead in her plan to merge the two planets together, people from both sides appearing on eachothers Earth’s.
Clark spends the first part of the finale with no powers, feeling useless to the world. With the love and support from his family; he manages to build up some hope that things will work out. Lana is still working on calming down the people of Smallville and this is where a de-powered Clark Kent dressed as Superman steps in to help.
John Henry Irons suits up to see if he can stop Ally by himself in the void between the two planets, and this backfires on him instantly; adding to more problems that they now face. Irons is left to be stranded in the void.
It was a surprise about how Clark would get his powers back, after Ally drained them. Tal-Rho had to throw him into the sun, this seemed like a last resort! The special fx were outstanding! As the suit began to glow full of energy and Clark regenerated as Superman once again. We get to see how powerful Superman really is!
Natalie willing to risk her lives completely as she enters the portal in the mines to find her dad, they both manage to cancel the merge and this infuriates Ally.
An intense fight with Ally breaks out; as Superman splits her from her bizarro self, effectively de-powering her. An awesome moment visually, is when Superman is also seen flying near the speed of light around the both of the Earths and creates an explosive punch that shatters them both apart; the energy released restored everything back to normal.
It’s a relief that Jordan and Sara were able to have a conversation about his powers and they appear to have patched things up by resetting their relationship. On the other hand, Kyle and Lana seem like there’s no chance at all with them getting back together; Lana has been hurt too much by that loss of trust.
Quite the revelation was also revealed in the finale when Sam Lane says to his grandsons that he has seen other universes and Superman is one of the best superheroes to face threats and essentially confirming that this isn’t the same Earth as the one that Supergirl and The Flash are one.
What’s happening in Superman and Lois season 3?
There end of the season was about their family moving forward and growing and a brand new fortress in the sea. There’ an indication that Jonathan will be getting some form of Kryptonian weapons training and more development for Jordan’s learning.
For now, one of the sub-plots has been revealed, when John Diggle meets John Henry Irons at the cafe about Bruno Mannheim (Chad L. Coleman). Bruno is an intergang crime boss and the one who killed this Earth’s John Henry Irons and they will look into why this happened. Edit: In season 1 episode 4: Sam Lane does also briefly mentions the Intergang, for the first time and they later appear.
Check out Tyler Hoechlin’s new Superman suit as well as a returning villain.