Superman and Lois season 2, episode 5 review: Girl…You’ll be a Woman, Soon

Superman & Lois -- "What Lies Beneath" -- Image Number: SML201c_0040r.jpg -- Pictured: Tyler Hoechlin as Superman-- Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Superman & Lois -- "What Lies Beneath" -- Image Number: SML201c_0040r.jpg -- Pictured: Tyler Hoechlin as Superman-- Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved /

“You’ll have to just use your own superpowers.” Spoilers for Superman & Lois season 2, episode 5 follow.

Superman keeps trying to hunt down Bizarro and now has the help of Lois making a connection to Ally Allston.

Meanwhile, Chrissy goes to take on Allston without the help of Lois, whom she still doesn’t trust.

Here’s everything that went down in the fifth episode of Superman and Lois season 2 “Tried and True”.

Beneath the surface in Superman and Lois season 2

After seeing the pendant that Bizarro dug up, it was clear that it would play a much bigger role in the season other than simply making Bizarro look a bit more accurate to certain versions of the comic book character. And well, the pendant is tied to none other than Ally Allston and her family.

There’s more to Allston and Bizarro’s connection beyond simply the pendant though. Ally Allston simply isn’t a cult leader, she’s someone who has access to another dimension, which is where her supposed power comes from, which she can access with her own Bizarro-pendant.

As we learn about the connection that Allston has to Bizarro, Lois does as well, which ties together two Allston plots and Bizarro plots that have been building for the first four episodes incredibly well. This is typically a revelation that is used in the final episode or two of the season, but we still have eight episodes to go, so there’s no telling what will actually happen as the season moves forward. The predictable moments are being used early instead of much later, which creates such great new storytelling avenues for the show.

These new revelations don’t get in the way of the Superman action in this episode though. There’s a great fight scene between the Man of Steel and Bizarro that is preceded by one of the most graphic shots probably ever on The CW. Seriously, how that shot was shown, twice nonetheless, on this network is baffling and it’s a genuinely shocking moment because of that.


Allston doesn’t just sit idly by in this episode either though. After convincing Chrissy of Lois’ untrustworthiness, the former heads to her for an interview, by herself, which is where Allston manages to perform the “ascension” ceremony on Chrissy, against her will.

This is honestly such a great way to truly reveal that Allston has a connection to the Bizarro-dimension after being shown it earlier on in the episode. We had visual confirmation in the pendant, but now we have vocal confirmation in Chrissy literally saying the word “Bizarro.” It was a smart way to play this reveal, as well as it gives a character insight into that dimension, while also organically providing a reason as to why Chrissy would trust Lois again.

Sweet 15

On the non-superheroic side of things, we get to delve a bit more in the Cushing, now Cortez, family being happy for a brief moment before Sara’s quinceañara. This is honestly so nice to see as we truly get to feel how much this family has grown over the course of two seasons so far before we inevitably know that it will all crash down due to Kyle’s mistakes. That’s what is all the more heartbreaking. Kyle has become a genuinely good man, father, and husband and now the mistakes from before he managed to change are coming back to haunt him. It may not feel fair, but that’s what the painful emotions while watching work so well.

This specifically works during the father/daughter dance scenes and Lana’s speech following Sara’s breakdown. Everything about these scenes is painful and nothing feels melodramatic at all. It feels human and every performer brings their A-games.

Superman and Lois season 2 returns from its brief hiatus with yet another strong episode that balances revelations with human moments.

Superman and Lois airs new episodes on The CW on Tuesday nights at 8/7c.

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