Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang. Photo courtesy of The CW
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Superman and Lois: 1×10 — ‘O Mother, Where Art Thou?’

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When you think you have an idea of what’s going to happen, “Superman and Lois” completely breaks the idea and gives you a better storyline, which honestly most didn’t see coming. This episode surely does pack the punch of a season finale.

Spoilers

This week’s episode is titled “O Mother, Where Art Thou?” Directed by Harry Jierjian, this chapter shows us who Morgan Edge really is and what he’s planning. Morgan Edge was revealed to be Tal-Ro, who is Kal’s half-brother, the son of Zeta-Ro and Lara Lor Van, an arranged pairing before she met Jor-El. 

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We can safely assume that he is an original character created for the show, which breaks the fans expectations of it being either Zod or H’El. It’s as if the show’s writers know how the fans would react, and that is a testament to them, and the show, being innovative. I honestly never saw this coming. If you read my previous review, you know that I was expecting them to make Morgan Edge H’El. We see flashbacks of what happened to Tal-Ro upon his arrival on Earth and how he was treated by humans, which made him despise us

We have seen the concept of nature versus nurture being used in many Elseworlds Superman stories like “Red Son” and “Injustice.” To get what I am talking about, y to understand what nature and nurture mean. Nature refers to the genes and hereditary factors that influence who we are, from our physical appearance to our personality characteristics. While nurture refers to all the environmental variables that impact who we are, including our early childhood experiences, how we were raised, our social relationships, and our surrounding culture. So we know that by nature, Kal-El is good; he was brought up by Jonathan and Martha Kent, and was nurtured and instilled with great values, which made him an optimist and the greatest Superhero on the planet. 

Now let’s talk about Morgan Edge, or “Tal-Ro.” He was the first son of Lara Lor Van and Zeta-Ro, a villain.o, by nature, Tal-Ro might share a few characteristics with his father. Still, he would also have a few characteristics from his mother, but since his arrival on earth, he was met with fear and aggression. No one was there to Nurture and instill strong values in him. He grew to hate humanity. In a way, Kal and Tal are both two sides of the same coin.

Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang. Photo courtesy of The CW

Did Morgan Edge’s plan work?

Well, we know the answer to that — good always triumphs over evil. In the episode, with the help of Lana, who Lara possessed, the eradicator is reconfigured to stop the transfer of the Kryptonian consciousness. We see Superman use his solar flare, knowing that he would be out of commission for days to save the possessed subjects. And Morgan has something else up his sleeve, and we see what I assume is Tal-Ro’s own fortress of solitude, which is located in a desert that is a great parallel to Superman’s, which we all know is in the arctic.

This episode does show not only the heroic side of Clark, but also the heroic side of Lana and how she was so willing to sacrifice everything to help. I love that the show did that. In the scene where the consciousness was being transferred, you see Lana’s pain, and it’s really emotional. We see Sarah’s regret for the way she had treated her father. Jordan and Jonathan were there to support her during this time, and we also get to see Jonathan shine more, even though he has no powers. Lois, as usual, was badass and was there for Clark through her unwavering understanding.

Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Tyler Hoechlin as Superman and Dylan Walsh as General Samuel Lane. Photo by Bettina Strauss

Like I stated in my previous reviews, this is one of the best the superhero genre has to offer, and any fan of comics is seriously missing out on something great. I don’t know what to say other than the show is so Superman. I also like the fact that they include aspects and ideas from many other Superman mediums.

This episode honestly felt like the season finale, and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sanjayan Karthikeyan

Sanjayan Karthikeyan has always loved super heroes and wants to become a comic book artist/writer. Over the years, he was introduced to Superman who went on to become an inspiration in his life. Superman was the reason he started writing, which has become one of his favorite activities. Karthikeyan just completed schooling and plans on pursuing a career in finance but also wants to pursue Journalism, a new passion of his.

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