When it became known last year that Lana Lang would be a character in Superman & Lois, some fans worried about the possibility of a love triangle. “Will Lana try to steal Clark? Is Clark going to cheat on Lois ?! It turns out that fans should be more concerned about another character vying for Clark’s time and attention: General Lane. He wants Superman to be all to himself and his attitude towards Clark, parental responsibility is basically “[bleep] These children! ”
For the fourth episode of Superman & Lois, having Lois basically in a triangle with her own father is an interesting twist. When you marry a man you think you never think you need to have a Brandy / Monica “The Boy Is Mine” moment with your damn dad, but the time has come. Lois feels that Clark’s priorities are low after he didn’t help her at the town hall because the deeply cut villain Thaddeus Killgrave escaped. It’s understandable that she should feel that way. Clark was busy with the twins and his father-in-law and acted like he was his working husband. It’s easy enough for ordinary husbands to take their wives for granted, but in addition to being Superman and having a son who can shoot lasers out of his eyeballs, romance only drops off the list.
What I like about this episode is that it has the natural drama of a superhero’s wife feeling neglected but also realizing how important Lois is to Clark. Lana, who isn’t trying to steal Clark, even tells Lois that being with her changed him. Clark says she’s the first thing he thinks about in the morning and the last thing he thinks about at night. It’s hella romantic and the best Clois moment since the pilot.
Lois and Clark even set boundaries with General Lane as a united front. How does the spurned lover react, I mean, father / father-in-law? Well, Clark, who is paying more attention to his sons and trying to have sex with his wife in a barn, is so angry with the general that he starts planning an emergency plan against Clark. It’s very extreme, but I think it fits his worldview. He viewed Clark as an asset to the military. Now that asset no longer flies when it says “fly”. The presence of Superman was acceptable when he felt he was in control of him. Now he’s just a man who could destroy the world for General Lane. He doesn’t care that he’s his son-in-law and the father of his grandchildren. General Lane will choose land over his family every day. Lois says the same in the episode.
Captain Luthor and Morgan Edge are the two big bads of the season, but this episode puts General Lane in third. I would argue that he’s more dangerous than these two. A threat that you know will come after you is one thing. It is another business for a family member to act against you. I can see this ending in different ways:
General Lane is a full antagonist like in the comics.
He realizes he was an idiot and at some point the relationship with Clois is mended.
He becomes a full villain but dies saving Clark from the nefarious contingency plan he has.
Whatever the long-term plan, I’m excited to see how this turns out. I was skeptical of how interesting General Lane could be as a character, since he’s removed from the main drama in Smallville and is an older character on a comic show. These types of characters tend to die by season four or five. I have a feeling it might be sooner for General Lane, but there is enough potential drama to invest me in this military man who is jealous of his own daughter. If General Lane can’t have it, maybe no one can! I’m here for the Lifetime Movie Psycho General Lane.
Random thoughts on “Haywire”:
Clark definitely left Lois abruptly during sex, right? I hope the bedside drawer has the good stuff for such occasions.
Lana and Kyle’s kitchen window kiss was very well received, so kudos to director James Bamford. You can use this scene in a flashback montage if Kyle dies in season two or three.
I love that this show really shows Superman’s powers. We don’t really get much of that in Superman media. We got a breath in two episodes and a clap of thunder in this one.
Jonathan still doesn’t have a “Help me Superman!” acoustic beeper. He had to use Jordans to save day. It makes no sense for Jonathan not to have one! I get mad at the obvious preference here.
Why didn’t Lois Clark just let the article on Morgan write? He’s a journalist and they fired his ass so I don’t think he has to stick to a contract. And even if that didn’t work, Lois knows other journalists who don’t work for Morgan. There’s Kara and Jimmy. An offscreen phone could happen. I know this show is trying to establish itself as a standalone thing for new viewers, but it exists on the Arrowverse. Maybe use that?
I’m glad that Captain Luthor will be back in the next episode and that Wolé Parks will be able to interact with other cast members. He’s acted alone in every scene he plays in. Huge 6 ‘7½’ ‘stunt double Warren Scherer (who is almost the size of TV source editor Ryan-White Nobles) plays it when the suit is on.