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‘Superman and Lois’ 1×14 — Facing eradication

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We’re finally here at the penultimate episode, and I can’t believe the grand finale of “Superman and Lois'” first season is right around the corner!

The show has certainly earned itself a spot among the big leagues in the superhero genre, and I’m glad that it has garnered a lot of attention.

The episode started a bit slow and, after the midway point, man did it escalate quickly. I always loved how the show managed to balance the family drama with the Super heroics perfectly, and this episode proves the point.

Spoilers Ahead 

Episode 14, titled “The Eradicator,” Directed by Alexandra La Roche, was another amazing chapter. This episode was certainly one of the more tense ones we’ve gotten in the show. 

It has a central focus on Smallville and reflects how many similar small towns are suffering in current times, not only in the US but all over the world. It has been increasingly tough for small town businesses to compete with larger corporations, with migration also playing a major part.

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This has not been helped by the fact that the people of Smallville are living in distress with the presence of the Department of Defence (DOD). Citizens are demanding answers from Sam Lane (Dylan Walsh) while the general remains hesitant to answer said questions. He does so because he feels that it would in turn put his daughters family life in jeopardy.

Sam has really traveled far from the overbearing, overprotective man from the pilot. He has learned that saving the world doesn’t matter if he doesn’t live in it at the same time. His reconnection to Lois has been a great watch.

I loved the fact that Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) does what she does best and tells people the truth while also protecting Clark’s (Tyler Hoechlin) identity. People of the world look to her for this specific reason and it truly shows how heroic this reporter truly is.

During the scene in the Smallville High School auditorium where Sam and Lois were trying to calm citizens, recurring character Sharon Powell (Jill Teed) barges in and demands that Sam tells the truth about her son’s death. When Lois tries to calm her, she accuses the reporter of steel that she doesn’t know what it feels like to lose a child, which isn’t entirely accurate.

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Earlier in the season we learn that Lois experienced a miscarriage and the trauma impacted her immensely. We see Lois’ understanding wash over her face as her eyes swell with sorrowful tears. This accusation by Sharon also subtly foreshadows the end of the episode, where Jordan gets taken by Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) or the Eradicator and manifests his father Zeta-Rho’s consciousness in him.

The meeting in the auditorium comes to a sudden halt when the army discovers that Morgan Edge and Leslie Larr (Stacey Farber) are located in Metropolis. A battle soon ensues on the streets of the city as Superman and John Henry Irons (Wolé Parks) learn the Tal-Rho has become The Eradicator.

Rho, better known as Edge, can transfer consciousness on will to any hosts. He raises a small team and leads them to attack Metropolis.

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On the scene reporting to the public, Lois faces the wrath of Leslie Larr as the rogue Kryptonian resurrectee attempts to murder the Daily Planet’s star reporter.

This interaction mirrors the one of John Henry Irons’ earth, where his wife, their Lois, died at the hands of a corrupted Kal-El. But this time things end differently. In a moving wave of self retribution, John Henry Irons unleashes his hammer and knocks Lar from the sky, saving Lois.

The scene had me worried for Lois and, logically, I knew nothing would happen to her, but it was still unnerving.

This was an amazing episode and I’m really excited, and scared, for the finale.

Rating: 4 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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