The most obvious thing about “Through the Valley of Death” is that it’s the 12th episode of the show’s first season. The thing that some would not expect is that this episode is actually one of the stronger installments of the show thus far. Much of this has to do with the influence of the episode’s guest star, Lucy Lawless.

In all fairness, the final episode of Superman and Lois falls somewhere between good and great, but it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the previous episode, “The White Witch of Nairn”. The story basically revolves around Lois Lane meeting a spy who was on the run of the United States government for years. He is then “tasked” to spy on Superman and Lois. The spy was named Antonio, and he was played by Jessica Laub, who is also the actress who plays Lois Lane in the movie “Daredevil”.

CHECK : Superman & Lois – Season 1, Episode 12 Through the Valley of Death

Television overview

Superman and Lois return from Through the Valley of Death after a two-week hiatus, and it’s like he’s never been away. Once again, the series shows how well he understands the nature of Superman, not only in the way he portrays him, but also in the effect he has on others. It also presents another compelling moral dilemma in which there are no villains, and shows the consequences of making the wrong decision on important issues.

When Superman finds himself in the clutches of Morgan Edge and his identity is erased, Sam Lane and John Henry Irons prepare to thwart a nightmarish Superman scenario while Lois desperately tries to convince them not to abandon her husband. John and Jordan are trying to find their father. Lana and Kyle must face the consequences of supporting Edge.

When Through the Valley of Death begins, the worst has already happened: Superman has surrendered to the Kryptonian villains, and they are forcing another lost soul into his body. (And not just any soul; wait until you hear who inhabits Superman!). Earth not only loses its greatest hero, but gains another unstoppable threat in its place. Through the Valley of Death especially reminds me of the end of Superman II, when the villains show up to strip Superman of his powers and turn him into a regular guy unable to protect the world from destruction. There is a sense of desperation in Superman that is not realized, and this film and episode convey that beautifully.

*SPOILERS*

Through the Valley of Death takes advantage of this fact to explore a world without Superman, even if it is limited to Smallville. The once fun and cheerful city has become a scary place to live. The military is the occupying force, the threat of Kryptonian death hangs in the air, and the populace allows their fear to turn to violence, as seen when they loot Lana and Kyle’s house. Even old friends have turned on each other; Emily blames the Cushings for her obsession and the devastation it has caused. Of course, that wasn’t fair; there was no way Lana and Kyle could know what Edge was doing, and Emily begged Lana to let them into the program. But Emily, her husband, and the whole town need someone to blame, and Morgan Edge isn’t suitable right now, so we’ll have to make do with the Cushings. Once the embodiment of the American dream, Smallville is now a city filled with fear.

What’s even scarier is what the only remaining good guys are doing to save the world. Sam Lane prepares his stash of weapons with kryptonite to kill Superman before he can transform, while John Henry Irons has an equally deadly suggestion to get rid of the Man of Steel. This puts her at odds with Lois and the boys, who abandon Clark. Viewers will naturally side with Lois because we know how stories like this end and we love Superman, but Through the Valley of Death doesn’t make anyone right or wrong (except for the results). Lois is right when she says that Superman can fight what Edge does to him, that the strength of his will and the love in his heart can overcome any evil influence. But Sam and Irons have an important point: It is irresponsible to risk every life on Earth for the possibility of Superman winning. Irons comes from a world where there was no such thing, and he suffered greatly for it; how can he trust a Superman he doesn’t even know?

It takes a third party to create a deciding factor, and that’s why John Diggle is here. After spending a week in Central City, Digg comes to Smallville to help Sam, but when he discovers what the general is up to, he’s devastated. Diggle is perfect for the role because he is a decent, moral man, but he is also a soldier who has been in desperate situations and knows how to make tough decisions. If this guy believes in Superman, you know the decision is right. (This also answers the question of whether Superman and Lois’ story takes place in the Arrowverse; you’d think that would be easy to determine, but Flash has been playing with the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths, leaving it unclear.) Diggle is us normal people who, even though we are logical, follow our hearts when it comes to Superman.

But it’s not as easy as Diggle telling them what’s what. Superman tells Lois to send John Henry Irons because he knows Irons will kill him. Superman has lost faith in himself, and he needs someone to take him out if he’s going to keep his promise to protect the world. But it’s not John Diggle who takes Irons, it’s John Kent. John doesn’t beg Irons the way Lois does, but he doesn’t argue with him either; he talks to him like a man about to lose everything Irons had. Jonathan proves once again that he is his father’s son, that he understands humanity as well as Clark does, and reminds John Henry Irons of everything he has lost and is about to take away from a family like his. With Lois in his mind and John in his heart, the man who came to our world to kill Superman gives her his trust and urges her to find the hero within herself and fight the evil that threatens to consume her soul. Is there any doubt about its success?

In Through the Valley of Death, each of these points is beautifully realized. The acting is excellent and the plot is structured so that every wrinkle in the moral dilemma appears at exactly the right time, so that no action feels wrong. Earlier, I talked about how The Flash condensed an entire season’s worth of story into just four episodes and why that hurts the show. Superman and Lois are an example of how to do it right; Irons’ turn comes not just because of what happens in Through Death Valley, but because of everything that has happened to him this season. Jonathan’s mental resemblance to his father began back in the first episode and perhaps reaches its peak here. He again encourages Jordan to use his skills under stressful circumstances, but now he’s more confident and not only trying to help, but truly believing in his brother. Although it would have been easier to lie, John Sam resolutely tells the truth and does the right thing in every detail, because that’s what Clark would have done. And speaking of Sam: The rapport between him and Lois was made possible by their bickering during the season. Lana and Kyle’s banishment is the result of a complicated history for each of them, things they did with good intentions that they must now pay for, even if their punishment is unfair. The reward for the Cushings is much greater because they have become a strong and loving family again. This is a well told story in every way.

And we still talk about it today. Until the final seconds, Through the Valley of Death feels like the season finale. Superman is restored, he and Irons put aside their distrust and form a team, Morgan Edge is defeated (with a satisfying slap in his smug jerk face), and everyone is happy again. I also like a few references to Superman’s history: the reveal of the Superman with a soul and the change in Irons’ armor. He’s starting to look more and more like Steel, and I think he’ll switch sides completely at some point. His armor is very similar in functionality to Iron Man’s in the movies, as is Ray Palmer’s; I don’t think we’ll ever see another screen that doesn’t resemble Tony Stark’s. Whatever Morgan Edge’s latest move is, it’s bound to be something great if they want to top the few mini-climaxes they’ve had so far. I can’t wait for them to try.

Through Death Valley is a gripping, suspenseful, and extremely satisfying episode that shows Superman’s influence on and belief in others, and presents a desperate scenario with no easy solutions. All the characters have been developed, and the way is clear for the final four.

Location – 9
Actor – 9
Progression – 9
Production planning – 8
Topics – 10

9

Large

Through Death Valley is a gripping, suspenseful, and extremely satisfying episode that shows Superman’s influence on and belief in others, and presents a desperate scenario with no easy solutions. All the characters have been developed, and the way is clear for the final four.

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