“Let’s just say I’m not as revered on my Earth as you are, Kal.” Spoilers for Superman and Lois season 2, episode 6 follow.
Superman now knows why Bizarro has come to this universe and must come to the decision about what to do with Ally Alston.
Meanwhile, Lana and Kyle’s marriage continues to crumble.
Superman and Lois season 2 episode 6 recap: Tried and True
After finally managing a way to speak to Bizarro, we, along with Superman, learn why Bizarro has come to this Earth. We already knew that the Bizarro-world was this completely awful place with Ally Alston in charge of everything, but we truly get to see it here. The red sun simply makes it look like an apocalyptic hellscape from the first shot of the episode. This is obviously not the fun Bizarro-world that sometimes appears in the comics. This is a twisted dimension that just feels evil.
As Superman learns about the pendant and why he needs it, we also get to learn more, visually, about Bizarro. On our Earth, he just seems like a normal Kryptonian villain. On Bizarro-world, he’s also a “villain” but simply because of the twisted nature of that world, he’s still a hero, even if he is a killer. Seeing Bizarro at the beginning creates a great fight dichotomy toward the end of the episode as it is bookended by almost identical Bizarro and Superman fights that work incredibly well.
So, with all of this new information at his fingertips, Superman goes to try and work with Anderson regarding the pendant and well, that goes just about as well as one would think that it would work. Not only does Anderson not earn Clark’s trust, which is something he thinks is owed rather than earned, Anderson then arrests Clark for treason because why not? If you’re going to be a terrible military man, might as go all the way with that.
With Jonathan now exhibiting his “new” powers, obviously, Jordan wants to talk about them and help his brother through the learning curve of gaining the powers. However, much to his frustration, Jon, also obviously, plays incredibly coy about his new powers as to not reveal that he’s basically becoming a drug addict.
Doesn’t take much for Jordan to figure it out though, especially after Jon does so well with his first starting game. This conflict between the two brothers is honestly the least interesting part of the episode, which is saying something as their conflict is honestly very well-done with solid performances.
This isn’t the only sibling divide in this episode though. Lois and Lucy, much to the thanks of their father, try to begin to mend their broken relationship. And, well, it works for a time, but still doesn’t manage to truly come to fruition that the family, nor we as the audience were hoping for. But for the time when things seem to be going well, it’s nice to see the two sisters actually bonding and laughing with each other. Hopefully, their relationships manage to truly be on the mend by the end of the season.
As for the Cushing/Cortez family (names that will be used interchangeably for the time being), this is genuinely a heartbreaking episode. Every single scene featuring Lana is just absolutely brutal and heartbreaking. Seeing her struggle to try and be strong for her daughters at first, but then just break down, it hurts so much to see (especially after this writer saw something very similar in real life very recently).
Emmanuelle Chriqui is just absolutely incredible in this episode. She steals every single scene she’s in and it’s arguably one of the best single performances of the season, if not series, so far.
Superman and Lois has another stellar episode that mainly focuses on the human aspects of its characters, which is very much for the better.