‘My Adventures With Superman’ Episode 8 Review: The Fall of Superman

The General's hunt for Superman fires up as Lois and Jimmy prepare for the worst in 'My Adventures With Superman' episode 8.
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This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the series being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Everything in My Adventures With Superman has been leading up to this point. Despite their efforts to regroup, Clark (Jack Quaid), Lois (Alice Lee), and Jimmy (Ishmel Sahid) find their future prospects less promising. With Lois uncovering another truth behind the Man of Steel along with his weakness, a new light has now been shed which may lead to Superman’s downfall.

As I continue keeping track of what’s the latest with this show, it’s genuinely been somewhat of a rollercoaster. Seeing Clark and Lois’ relationship develop and bridge over time has hit new highs, especially given their actual first kiss in the previous episode. However, it has also faced moments of decline, as both of them withhold information they possess. This episode digs deeper into that decline by tarnishing the hero once celebrated by all.

Spoiler Warning ahead for My Adventures With Superman episode 8.

More Self-Discoveries in My Adventures With Superman Episode 8

Superman hunting Invisible Man down in 'My Adventures With Superman' episode 8

To begin this episode, let’s catch up on how Superman’s been dealing with his newfound powers. So far, most episodes have given Clark one of his iconic superpowers: flight, laser eyes, you name it. However, each episode has put him through specific moments to help Clark realize his inner potential and finally utilize his powers. In this episode, Clark gets to learn one more power, but it’s actually detrimental to his mission to find the General (Joel De La Fuente).

At the start, Clark finally discovers he’s got super-hearing, which he uses to help out Metropolis’ citizens even though it drives him crazy much to Jimmy’s dismay. It’s a nice icebreaker for the episode, given how the last episode felt more plot-driven than self-driven. As the episode continues, it showcases the sweeter side of how Clark handles his powers intentionally as he helps a small girl find her parents. However, when he begins hunting Mist (Lucas Grabeel), things take a turn as Clark starts crashing into hydrants, sidewalks, and even a truck.

Clark, while somewhat still inexperienced with his powers, clearly means no harm to humanity as he believes he’s doing the right thing. However, with the people around him unable to see Mist, everyone else begins turning on him. Considering where My Adventures With Superman is going, this twist was inevitable, but it makes the episode feel more plot-driven with its rush and removes a bit of that impactful edge. Luckily, there are two other areas that give this episode more emotional and contextual depth.

Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and the Seeds of Doubt

Lois Lane watching Ultraman in 'My Adventures With Superman' episode 8

In terms of Lois and Jimmy’s storyline, this episodes continues to play on the doubts of Superman’s heroism and their influence over the two. Teaming up with Lois’ teenhood idol Vicki Vale (Andromeda Dunker), Lois and Jimmy help Vicki break a new story: Superman is not the hero. Though the two try their best to stop Vicki, they eventually come across Alex (Max Mittelman) from episode 4. Alex gives details of Superman’s “attack” to Vicki despite Jimmy’s claims that he was trying to save everyone. However, amidst all this, Lois remains distressed by her observations from the Council’s file.

This new element of evil Supermen inserts an interesting dilemma for Lois. Thinking she has finally come to know Clark as a person, Lois now confronts the question of whether she is truly safe with him. Now, she’s holding back on trusting Clark once again because of what Superman can truly be capable of even though she loves him. Given how Clark’s superpowers are still manifesting and how it impacts his capabilities this episodes, Lois still wants to help out Clark as she believes there’s still good inside him even if she doesn’t fully trust him as much.

Lois has to hold on to her belief that Clark is the good guy and let Jimmy believe this for his better sake. This storyline has its moments, particularly in the episode’s second to third acts, but as all with two-parters, it feels inconclusive as of now. Fortunately, it adds more emotional emphasis that the show can build upon as the General’s plan is set into motion.

My Adventures With Superman Episode 8 Reveals the General’s Plans

The General, Livewire, Silver Banshee, and Amanda Waller in 'My Adventures With Superman' episode 8

After dropping several hints about the General’s potential plans with Amanda Waller (Debra Wilson), it’s now clear that he has a specific agenda for Superman: he intends to tarnish his reputation and demonstrate to the world his perceived threat. Working alongside Dr. Ivo/Parasite (Jake Green), the General and Waller have recruited the many foes Clark and company have faced including the likes of Silver Banshee (Catherine Taber), Livewire, Heat Wave, Deathstroke, and Rough House.

The action sequence between Superman and all his enemies is impressive as it utilizes and showcases each foe’s abilities effectively against Clark’s strength. Moreover, Ivo actually gets an power-up from his previous appearance, using his upgraded Parasite suit in a power-hungry fit. While it can feel a bit one-dimensional given his egotistical nature previously, it adds more personal weight to Ivo’s character as his hunger, figuratively and literally, is more induced.

The rest of the villains are relegated to non-speaking or minor speaking roles like Banshee. However, Mist’s involvement is intriguing as no other villain has had this chance of “redemption”. Clark going out of his way to help Mist, despite Mist’s somewhat true intentions, further proves that he isn’t necessarily the bad guy everyone else is making him out to be in this episode. When the revelation comes that he was collaborating with the General, it genuinely gives the impression that Mist might not share the same objectives as him. Who knows, this could potentially be explored in the upcoming season?

Overall, My Adventures With Superman episode 8 is a serviceable, if somewhat lacking, first chapter in this two-parter event. As Clark finally receives all his powers, the show can now shape him into the hero everyone loves from the comics. Hopefully, the show may be able to execute a strong second chapter as Clark, Lois, and Jimmy now face the General’s iron fist.

★★★½

Check out our overarching review for My Adventures with Superman here!

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Christopher Gallardo

Christopher Gallardo

Hi, my name's Chris and I write things at The Hollywood Handle. I like to write and learn about the animation world, play video games, and yes, go outside. A big Marvel, DC, and Star Wars fan/comic reader (indie too!) and occasional cinephile.
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