Superman and Lois could follow Smallville’s Best Monster of the Week trend

Superman and Lois could follow Smallville's Best Monster of the Week trend

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Superman and Lois Season 1, Episode 4, “Haywire,” airs Tuesday on The CW.

While the CW Superman and Lois talks about the Kents as parents struggle to adjust to leave the Daily Planet and move from Metropolis to Smallville, the series also devotes some airtime to their sons, as Jordan tries to find a way to deal with his powers. Add in a jealous Jonathan, and it definitely adds a breath of fresh air to the myth. However, as the show charts new territory, one key development could see it follow. Smallville best and worst trend: the monster of the week.

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When Smallville Started in 2001, the idea that kryptonite mixed in all over Kansas City produced metahumans that young Clark fought to learn more about his own abilities was quite revolutionary. This allowed the show to tap into romance, comedy, drama, action, and even horror as viewers saw so many mean teenagers appear.

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In the beginning, there were villains like Jeremy Creek who had electrical powers, Greg who became a human bug, Transfiguration Tina Greer and so many others tested him. As Clark grew older, Clark should have been killed or put into Belle Reve, and the concept evolved over the seasons with other antagonists emerging after being experienced by the Luthors, or they would be armed by other groups who wanted to dominate. the world. The problem was that over time it became a boring trope and felt creatively lazy, as there wasn’t much emotional attachment to these enemies.

Now, Superman and Lois creates a similar avenue thanks to Jordan detonating a cartridge in Schuster’s mines, which contained elements of X-Kryptonite, and Morgan Edge hoped to use it to create his own super-soldiers. The first new metahuman is Tag, one of the boys’ soccer teammates. He develops super-speed, forcing the twins to investigate him, but become overpowered. Luckily, Superman arrives to save them and saves Tag, who was later sent to a special school for the meta.

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This means that other children may have been infected, so the twins might end up having to track them down too, some perhaps even becoming enemies who want to abuse their newfound power. It gives the twins a sense of purpose, and it allows Lana’s daughter Sarah, and other teenagers, like Sean, to step into the fray. It also threatens to expose the Kent’s secret as the boys get more involved, so the public gets that. Smallville dynamic again. In this series, Clark felt guilty about the new metahumans because it was his meteor shower that was the catalyst for this transformation; Meanwhile, Jordan believes it was his incompetence that led to the new transformation of the people of Smallville.

Writers will have to temper this, for, as seen in Smallville, it could get boring and distract from the main topic: family. It’s all about cohesion and unity, so having the “monster of the week” thrown in there might just feel stuck if it’s overdone. However, if Edge uses his own metas, or if General Sam Lane uses super-school kids as agents, it could get interesting. Still, fans want the twins’ journey to unfold with their friends and family, as well as the villains who have organic ties to their destiny – not the ones who are simply used as expandable plot devices to get things done.

Superman & Lois stars Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Dylan Walsh, Alex Garfin, Jordan Elsass, Emmanuelle Chriqui, India Navarrette and Wolé Parks. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET / PT on The CW.

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