Superman and Lois: The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower review S1 E3

The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower was another reminder that Superman & Lois is working out its growing pains. What it does right it is killing it. The shaky areas just need better balance to not be as frustrating.

We start off with a really nice moment with an impromptu paint fight that gets interrupted when Clark hears a collapsing bridge in China. It shows the 24/7 job of being Superman and never truly being off duty. The Number One thing S&L gets right? Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman. He’s so good he can be forgiven for not being Henry Cavill size. 

Jordan is tired of being bullied and both boys get annoyed when Clark shows up at school to diffuse another tense situation. The writers still haven’t found the right balance of Clark as Super Dad and Clark and Lois as a married couple being the best (superhero, reporter) in the world at what they do.

It’s a little frustrating as there hasn’t been a bad Superman/Clark and Lois scene yet. Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch have immense chemistry and they have their roles down perfectly. I’d happily dial down 30% teen drama to get more Clark and Lois screen time. 

We are gonna need to have some cool black dudes on the show. Sean is jealous mad all the time while the only other black guy with a speaking role is a Luthor. I guess the somewhat cliché football coach will have to do. 

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Jordan wants to join the football team to call off the wolves and stand up for himself. For all of Jordan’s angsty drama, Jonathan is a refreshing teen character as he’s not a jerk 90% of the time and is an actual cool son and brother. And again he gets another opportunity to prove that by convincing Clark to let Jordan stay on the football team. But only if Clark can get a close eye as an assistant coach. Hoechlin does such a great job of making his Clark Kent look totally unassuming. 

Yep, not caring one iota about Lana’s daughter, Sarah, and her therapy sessions. Jordan and Jonathan have the CW teen drama component covered and there’s some degree of investment with them. Sarah just feels like piling it on for no reason. More teen angst on Superman & Lois is not the answer.

Thankfully, Lois’ subplot gets sufficient development in Not Being a Wallflower as well. She’s gotten a possible lead that can link Morgan Edge to all the shadiness thanks to a woman who’s son has gone missing. Clearly Lois is on the right path as her car gets fire bombed. I really like that Clark didn’t immediately come flying in. Superman shouldn’t always be there to rescue Lois and it shows that she’s fully capable on her own instead of being a damsel in distress.

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Now when the giant who comes after Lois again to kill her that’s the time to call in the big guns. Superman actually can’t handle him for a second in a straight up fight, but he actually mixes up his attack strategy and cools him down with some freeze breath before beating him all the way down. I am honestly fine not getting 20 minutes of Superman action if the 10 minutes we get shows a TV Superman looking this cool.

The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower features more of the best of Superman & Lois while it’s somewhat clear the weak spots that still need to be ironed out. The show isn’t totally in its groove yet, but it doesn’t feel that far off. Hopefully it’s fully in place before the unexpected COVID hiatus break kicks in.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Photo Credit: The CW

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