Superman and Lois season 2, episode 8 review: Into Oblivion

Superman & Lois -- "Into Oblivion" -- Image Number: SML208b_0330r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Ken and Wolé Parks as John Henry Irons -- Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW -- (C) 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Superman & Lois -- "Into Oblivion" -- Image Number: SML208b_0330r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Ken and Wolé Parks as John Henry Irons -- Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW -- (C) 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved /

“She’ll come around. They both need time to heal.” Spoilers for Superman and Lois season 2, episode 8 follow.

Superman continues to struggle with his home life, but a bigger threat looms in the form of Anderson and Ally Alston.

Meanwhile, John makes his way home from the hospital, but the one really hurting is Natalie.

Here is everything that went down in Superman and Lois season 2, episode 8 “Into Oblivion”.

Ascension in Superman and Lois season 2

The ascension is finally within Ally’s grasp and she’s more than happy to bring her life’s goal to fruition, no matter what. And well, that no matter what is honestly horrific. This episode truly feels much more like it’s firmly planted itself into the horror genre, at least for a few moments. Just starting at the beginning, we get to see the transition from Bizarro-world to the normal world and it’s incredibly unsettling. But it turns to just straight horror once Ally, Chrissy, and the cultists begin the ascension. Their screams of terror and pain as they venture into the portal are genuinely unsettling and creates such a great vibe to this episode.

And the thing is, Ally is somehow the most terrifying villain on this show. The way that she’s just able to get under everyone’s skin and manipulate them into doing the worst possible thing in any situation, it’s kind of incredible what the show is able to do with her.

This also leads to some excellent character work for Lois and her father when they think that Lucy was one of the ones killed by the ascension. The scenes are often too quick for their own good, but the base of the scenes are solid enough. Then the fact that Ally has managed to turn Lucy, who is actually alive, against her own family, despite everything that she’s done to so many others, it truly makes you feel uncomfortable the few times that she is on screen in this episode.

Memory loss

As for John Henry, he’s finally being released from the hospital, but with a slight hiccup. He has a bit of memory loss and, while that hurts for him, it hurts more for Natalie. As such, this is really Natalie’s episode more than it is John’s. She’s combative and hurting, but it’s hard to not understand why she’s acting the way that she is. Basically anyone who has been through what she has would act the same way.

We finally get to see her journey to this Earth, learn why it took her so long to appear after her dad, and why she is so incredibly protective of him. It’s honestly the best that Natalie has been all season. Sure, she hasn’t appeared in several episodes, but her appearance in this episode showed exactly why she needs to be a much larger presence in the show. She is genuinely great here and has so much pathos going for her throughout the episode, leading to a really nice end to her plot in this episode.


As for the Kents, the family is still in the painful phase of being angry at Jon for allegedly dealing drugs. This really brings out a different side of Clark that we haven’t fully seen before. Clark has been angry yes, but not as furious as he is in this episode toward Jon. Tyler Hoechlin does such a great job of playing a disappointed parent, as well as flipping the switch from joking and laughing with Lois to being incredibly stern with Jon when he comes home late. We don’t really see Superman in this episode, we see a frustrated Clark, which is nice to see, just as much as it is to see a hopeful Superman.

On the flip side though, we get to see Jordan protecting Jon, and Candice even. It’s a great way to show that, even when frustrated with each other, these two love each other and would do anything for one another. We, as the audience, already know that, but it’s always great to be reassured about it.

Though it might be the weakest episode of this season, this week’s episode of Superman and Lois season 2 is still a really great episode.

Superman and Lois season 2 airs new episodes on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW.

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