Superman and Lois season 1, episode 14 recap – “The Eradicator”

August 11, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
The CW, Weekly TV
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Summary

“The Eradicator” raises the stakes for the finale in an all-action penultimate episode.

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Summary

“The Eradicator” raises the stakes for the finale in an all-action penultimate episode.

This recap of Superman and Lois season 1, episode 14, “The Eradicator”, contains spoilers.


The previous episode of Superman and Lois, “Fail Safe”, made a point of lingering in the devastation left behind by superheroics; how the residents of a small town deal with it crumbling around them, and how those with the responsibility of protecting those ordinary people have to constantly grapple with the possibility of becoming a threat to them down the line. It was an episode that leaned into the strong character writing and interesting themes that this show does so well, but the penultimate installment, “The Eradicator”, gets right down to business. Having established all the context around wanton destruction, this episode proceeds to wantonly destroy quite a lot.

Superman and Lois season 1, episode 14 recap

Before that, though, it continues along the same thematic lines. Chrissy, after beefing with Lois about the insider knowledge she was clearly keeping from the paper, is faced with possibly having to shut down the Smallville Gazette. Kyle and Lana, after being made the town’s pariahs, might have to relocate, especially since Kyle has been offered a job at a fire station a couple of hours away. The Department of Defence, embodied mostly by Sam Lane, has become a symbol of big-city oppression in the town thanks to their continued presence – even though it’s to protect against subsequent attacks from Edge-as-the-Eradicator following his escape from captivity – and a full-on uprising doesn’t seem all that far away.

But there’s scarcely time for any of that since Edge and Leslie Larr decide to begin their assault on Earth, starting with Metropolis for poetic reasons. This obviously endangers Clark and Steel, who’re on the scene to try and fight off the Kryptonians and their army of innocent, brainwashed soldiers, and Lois, who is there to report on the carnage. But it also imperils Jonathan, Jordan, and Sam, not to mention Sarah, who’re all trying to make their escape as things get rough.

There’s a particularly interesting moment during which this reality and the one that John Henry Irons lived through almost overlap; Lois is reporting on the carnage from a rooftop while Leslie Larr rises imperiously behind her, and Jonathan, watching on TV with the rest of Smallville, recognizes the similarities. So, too, does Steel, who manages to save Lois and swerve re-living that reality with a well-timed hammer-throw. But it’s a nice reminder of how closely these parallel realities run; how there’s only ever a single moment or action between one thing happening or something else entirely. Since so much of the show’s thematic energy has been expended in putting this point across, particularly as regards Superman’s corruption, this is an important scene turned into a great crowd-pleaser thanks to cutting back to the onlookers cheering as Steel’s hammer swipes Leslie away. (Also, Lois retains her badass bonafides by just carrying on the broadcast as though nothing happened.)

“The Eradicator” ending explained

Sam also ends up badly hurt when Edge crashes into his truck. There’s a nice, tense moment when Jordan, having learned a little at Steel’s feet, attempts to shoot Edge with a Kryptonite bullet, but he isn’t fast enough, and Edge is able to make off with Jordan, whisking him away to God-knows-where – even Superman himself can’t track him down. His use for Jordan becomes clear quite quickly. After giving him a quick blast of Eradicator power, Jordan’s eyes turn red, and he begins speaking in Edge’s father’s voice, imploring him to begin. After all this worry about Superman himself being corrupted, we never really stopped to consider that the son of Superman might be an equally viable threat.

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