In Review: Superman & Lois (S1 Ep13) Fail Safe

"Fail Safe" continues the current storyline, picking up from last week's episode. Clark/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois

Synopsis: “Fail Safe” continues the current storyline, picking up from last week’s episode. Clark/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) clash about the best contingency plans. Meanwhile, Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner) has one of his own, to finish things.



Once more the title “Fail Safe” does a great job of acting as the anchor for multiple story strands. The central drama for Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) focuses on Sam’s (Dylan Walsh) secret cache of Kryptonian weapons. A good way to explore the emotional aspect of Superman, and to depict how far he’s wiling to go to save everyone. Furthermore, that doesn’t just include his family, but the entire population of Earth. But that “nuclear” strategy, isn’t the only “Fail Safe” revealed this week, far from it . . .

There were signs last week, all the way through the episode, that Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner) wasn’t finished, quite yet . . . By the time we saw him break out and fly to the sun, the fury he felt seemed plausible. During his time in the Kryptonian cell we saw more of his traumatic conditioning. So, seeing him prepare to go to extreme lengths didn’t seem too much to believe at all. It seemed very real.



Great to see the show’s two central stars explore their characters more. The tensions between Clark and Lois, as they argued, was handled fantastically. The two actors bring a sense of reality, by being able to act the way that people would. Some fine work, there.

CGI & Effects

One CGI moment that particularly impressed was the fight between Superman, Lesley Larr (Stacey Farber) and John Henry Irons (Wole Parks). The “sonic boom” impact looked really cool, and the slow motion used helped to create a great visual representation.


As we head to the season one finale, another good offering, this week. Also, some more elements from the comics, too. Whilst we’ll have to wait and see, it looks like Superman might have to power up, via the sun. This might make for some interesting elements. For example, it may also mean that John Henry Irons/Captain Luthor (Wole Parks) may be called upon . . . Seeing Superman organise his own death, if absolutely necessary, really helped to show how much he cares about the planet Earth – that who he is is so crucial to his character. Additionally, we got to hear about the “dark side” of Superman, this week. That was a great use of characterization.



If you haven’t already, then check out “Superman’s Day Off” and “Life in the Fast Lane”, from May The Verse Be With You. And, the more recent, “Smooth Criminal”, too. Two of these pieces were inspired by the series. So, now you can enjoy some “Super” poetry . . .

Superman & Lois (S1 Ep13) Fail Safe
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