Superman and Lois: (S1 Ep. 14) – The Eradicator

"The Eradicator" tell us exactly what Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner) did at the end of "Fail Safe". Additionally, we discover

Synopsis: “The Eradicator” tell us exactly what Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner) did at the end of “Fail Safe”. Additionally, we discover that now there’s a new plan, and so very real danger looms . . . In other events the people of Smallville are beginning to resent DOD presence.

 

Story

A solid decision to once more make the show’s central location a character, of sorts. For example, Clarke (Tyler Hoechlin) telling Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) she’s the ‘heart of Smallville’. Consequently, the connotation is that a place is nothing without the people. And, those people were again turned here, by Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner), who has now gained the ability to essentially become the episode’s name, “The Eradicator”.  So, it meant that we’re now all set for what looks to be a truly epic finale, especially because of one thing . . .

In the last scene of “The Eradicator” we saw Jordan (Alex Garfin) taken by Tal-Rho. The reaction of Clark/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) was a great thematic moment. For example, it again proved how Superman and Lois is essentially a family drama, with superhero action in it. And, this week’s story was a powerful way to creatively use that format. Some wonderful stuff here.

Acting

As mentioned, some wonderful emotional acting, this week. Both Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch were convincing as worried parents. The flipside of that is Adam Rayner’s performance as Tal-Rho. great to see a ruthless villain with genuine menacing presence.

CGI & Effects

The fight scene in Metropolis was not only done really well, but also an example of good planning, too. using a city location meant we could see tall buildings being smashed into. It looked very convincing and provided a way to really show how strong Kryptonians are.

Overall

A solid week, in “The Eradicator” for Superman and Lois. The interruptions to the planned schedule will have been frustrating for the many fans of this important show for CW. But at least it was worth waiting for . . . An element that worked particularly well was saving the inevitable big battle for the finale, between Tal-Rho and Superman. Now, there’s the extra element of a turned Jordan (Alex Garfin), too. Furthermore, longtime fans of Superman will have loved seeing the intense “solar power-up” used originally this week. We’re all set for a big finale, which promises to be a great end to what has been a strong first season. We really can’t for next week!

9.5
Superman and Lois: (Si Ep. 14) - The Eradicator
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    9.5
  • CGI & Effects
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.5
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