In the previous episodes we saw how Clark Kent got to Metropolis. This time is all about how he got to know Lois Lane. While Clark didn’t have too much luck with girls in Smallville, he has a few things in common with Lois. Both of them are from humble beginnings and both have been through a lot – they both lost a daddy, they both lost a part of their family, they both rebuilt their lives, they both are now divorced from one of their fathers.
In the latest episode of ‘Superman & Lois’, our heroes take on the Gang of Losers. This time around, the clowns are only after the DeMetus family’s food, but they’re not fooling anyone. Meanwhile, Lois is juggling her job, her family, and her new love interest, but she’s not letting anything get in her way.
The season takes us to the city of Metropolis, where Lois Lane is covering a secret investigation into a confrontation between the vigilantes made up of criminals and the police, and Superman. It seems that the people of Metropolis are starting to turn against Superman, blaming him for the death of a member of the police.
CHECK : Superman & Lois – Season 1, Episode 8 Holding the Wrench
You have no idea how much I care about these people.
Holding the Wrench proves that Superman and Lois will have no trouble growing up in the first season. This series doesn’t need to find its stride, it’s already a master at telling a long story with enough momentum to make each episode crucial to the development of the plot. At the same time, each tells its own story, with themes and character development that makes it feel like a whole and part of a bigger picture.
Superman interrogates prisoner John Henry Irons, but Sam Lane may not have the patience to wait until he’s finished with the prisoner. Lois investigates Irons van, which brings up a past trauma. Jonathan finds it hard to feel useful without superpowers. Kyle convinces Sarah to participate in the school musical revue.
The song Holding the Wrench quickly reveals the meaning of the title as Clark repairs the family’s pickup truck, which was damaged in a fight with Irons. Jonathan gives his father a wrench, but Clark rejects it and asks Jordan to use his growing superpower to hold the grate in place while melting the metal. The meaning of this is clear as day: John doesn’t think his father needs him, while his brother can help him. So when Clark flies off to solve superhero problems, John offers to help his mother instead, naturally bonding with a parent with whom the former soccer star probably never thought he would identify.
The setting of the song Holding the Wrench has similar points: Lana tells Kyle Morgan Edge that she won’t give him one of her assistant jobs, and he decides to help Sarah; Sarah doesn’t think she can sing on her own and is willing to give up a second chance to prove herself; Superman won’t agree with Irons in any way, and Sam decides to intervene and use torture if necessary; Superman also learns that his evil doppelganger was once as noble as he is, and wonders if his moral purity is enough to keep him from abusing his powers. Irons remembers the family he couldn’t save, and now must do his best for a world that is not his own. And in a shocking discovery halfway through, Lois lost her baby to miscarriage and has a strong desire to protect her boys after she failed to save her daughter. All these people have a key in their hands, stuck in situations where they feel powerless and ultimately worthless.
It also doesn’t help that everyone around them is screwing up, making the key they’re holding even heavier. John is nearly killed in Irons van, and Lois is blown away, taking away what little dignity she has left. Kyle follows Lana to work and learns that she turned down the job Edge offered her. Kyle also misses auditions for a musical revue, which takes away from the confidence he has instilled in a giddy Sarah. Sam fires Superman in favor of himself and, if necessary, a torture expert. Irons refuses to be persuaded by the story of Superman’s good deeds that he won’t one day flip out.
Clark is the exception; he’s the only one who sees someone’s key, in this case Lois, and encourages her to seek help from her former psychiatrist (played by Wendy Crewson!). And because Clark helped her, Lois is able to help Jonathan with empathy and the truth by explaining that she holds the same key. It’s Sam who helps Clark, and it’s when he shows Irons his unwavering faith in Superman. Sam plays the role of a bystander here, reluctantly admitting that he lives in a dark world of questionable morality, but clinging to the hope that Superman brings, using him as a beacon for all that is good. It is others’ belief in him that helps Superman believe in himself, and in the climax, Lois’ belief in Superman allows Irons to overcome his hatred.
The fact that Sarah and Kyle were not so lucky further emphasizes the importance of a close and loving family. Kyle never gets a chance to make up for his neglect of Sarah, because Jordan – the Kent – does it for him and gives Sarah the confidence his father talked about. (The fact that Jonathan encourages him to do so further underscores that the bond between the brothers is at least as strong as that between father and son. And, as I noted, he does it with a bang, not a hug; by condemning Jordan to the friendship zone with Sarah, Jonathan is actually pushing his brother to get out, which he does). Unfortunately, Kyle has no Kent to lean on and is holding the key worse than his daughter or the family he despises.
Holding the Wrench is also successful because none of these characters are bad. It would be easy to make Kyle a selfless father, but he truly loves and believes in Sarah. Poor job prospects and uncertainty take over, but he wants the best. Lana also wants the best, and her decision to lie to Kyle is morally reprehensible. She knows him well enough to know that he wouldn’t listen to her if she warned him that taking Edge’s offer was a bad idea, but still, it’s not her right to decide for him. She chooses the path of least resistance and ends up hurting her husband and daughter. This is in contrast to the Kent’s and Lane’s, who are honest and open with each other and whose family has become stronger as a result. The problems they were having this week were caused by Lois hiding the truth from her sons, and they were put to rest when she finally revealed it.
And again, the series shows how well he knows Superman. Holding the key is another lesson in how to make an invulnerable person vulnerable. The kryptonite weapon is a physical tool for this, but what really breaks Superman is the idea of hurting innocent people. At first he thinks Irons can’t be trusted, but after discovering that the evil Superman from Irons’ dimension was also a good person, he begins to wonder. His morals never waver, but his belief in himself does, and so Superman really bleeds. The solution reveals Superman’s symbiotic relationship with humanity, which comes to rest when the toughest, most morally flexible realist he knows gives him honest, unshakable trust. Superman’s strength makes him dangerous, but his humanity makes him a hero.
The only thing that bothered me about Holding the Wrench was Lois’ depression scene. I think they went too far in trying to express how much Lois loses her composure, to the point of saying cartoonish things to Jonathan; Out of My Sight is what ruined the film the most for me. I know superhero stories are supposed to be a story, but this was too much. However, there is more good than bad. Despite the poor dialogue in this scene, Elizabeth Talloch is sensational in her therapy session, especially when she talks about the miscarriage and then when she tells John what happened. The fight between Superman and one of Edge’s fake Kryptonians is fun and inventive, with the gaseous Kryptonite weakening them both, until what starts out as two gods fighting each other turns into a sloppy fight with two guys. It’s a nice way to show how kryptonite – in this case a synthetic kryptonite that takes away his power without killing him – affects Superman, making the unusual painfully mundane. And the resolution of the conflict between Superman and Irons is as good as it gets; it’s not over, and the two are far from friends, but they’re starting to trust each other. Irons disables his AI and decides to take a walk – the perfect way to leave it at this point. Holding the Wrench is another winner.
With the wrench in hand, Superman and Lois can continue to win. John Henry Irons’ plot is hit, a new family dynamic is explored, and Superman becomes a human character again.
Location – 9
Drama – 9.5
Progression – 8.5
Production planning – 8
Topics – 10
With the wrench in hand, Superman and Lois can continue to win. John Henry Irons’ plot is hit, a new family dynamic is explored, and Superman becomes a human character again.The action gets even heavier as Clark and Lois finally return to Metropolis, and Clark is forced to choose between his job and Lex. Meanwhile, Lois struggles with some of her new responsibilities as a reporter, and Perry’s past may come back to haunt him.. Read more about superman and lois cw and let us know what you think.
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