Superman & Lois have done so much right in their first season, using familiar comic book characters to explore an unexplored on-screen corner of the Superman mythos, focusing on the struggles of small businesses in an increasingly corporate America, and making decisions about bold and risky storytelling. How to introduce the hero John Henry Irons to the DC TV universe, initially disguised as a villain and Luthor.
If fans and critics have had one persistent complaint throughout season 1 of Superman & Lois, it’s that the show has often left the Lois portion of its title to languish in the background of its less-than-less main storylines. what we would have liked.
Sure, he’s been very careful – and rightly so! – to give Lois her own life and history outside of her roles as wife and mother. But her investigation into the obvious corporate junk Morgan Edge has often felt like a vehicle to give Lana and her husband Scott some conflict as much as a true story centered on Lois, herself.
Thankfully, “Holding the Wrench” changes all of that, giving us what is essentially our first Lois-centric Superman & Lois episode that not only adds some incredibly unexpected layers to this incarnation of the character, but also takes a long-awaited look at the cost. emotional. That comes with loving and living with someone who has the abilities of both your husband and your child.
The scene in which she reveals the miscarriage she suffered a year and a half after the twins were born is beautifully and sensitively handled, allowing Lois not only to voice the specific fear she feels as a result of the close experience. upon Jonathan’s death, but also acknowledge the lingering grief and guilt that he carries over the loss of his daughter still influences his choices and behavior, even all these years later.
Bitsie Tulloch is absolutely phenomenal throughout the hour, whether Lois is furiously lashing out at the son she thought was recklessly risking her own life or crying out the feelings of helplessness that parenthood often inspires.
And of course, Lois is not the type of woman who makes time for therapy more than once or sees a traumatic event like a miscarriage as something that should allow it to slow her down. He took his vacation days in the wake of his loss and clearly hoped that was the end. But even Lois Lane is human and has apparently been living with a heavy emotional burden ever since.