Synopsis: “The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower” doesn’t directly follow last week’s episode. Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) further pursues Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner), bringing danger. Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) and Jordan (Alex Garfin) clash again – about school his life.
More teen angst and dealing with a dual life, this week. The episode title was chosen smartly, once more, referencing situation, as much as attitude. It could have easily only applied to Jordan (Alex Garfin), but good writing meant there were multiple meanings. For example, the determination of Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch), in her journalistic endeavors. These various aspects mean that both the young adult audience, and older viewers, are considered. Perhaps too, the title might reference the duality of Clark Kent and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). Clark Kent can’t ever have a totally normal life. There will always be threats, like the one to Lois by the powered being.
The main cast were again wonderful, this week. But the standout scene in “The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower” involved. Inde Navarette as Sarah, who was brilliant. So too, was Emanuelle Chriqui, as Lana. The pair gave a convincing performance, in depicting the havoc that mental health struggles can mean for families. They did so with sensitivity and importantly, a good sense of plausibility.
CGI & Effects
Seeing “super-breath” for the first time was really fun. A well worked scene that allowed us to see Superman use his brains, and not just his brawn. The uppercut, seen in slow motion, was particularly fun. As ever, flying is always amazing to see, and nobody looks quite as cool doing it as Superman. Furthermore, seeing flight used to take the bit of broken bridge was also really impressive, too.
Another strong outing for Superman and Lois. “The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower” offered good character insight. Using super-hearing was great. It offered us something new. What it asked was what would we do, if we could? When it comes to protecting loved ones, Clark/Superman has an advantage. However, what we learn is that involves a moral question. But with the likes of the powered being sent to kill Lois, can we blame him? With that in mind, the big question is who is the other being? That’s one of the strengths of this show. The way it offers only glimpses. There’s something big coming, which should make for compelling viewing. Exciting stuff!
- CGI & Effects8.8
- Incidental Music8.8