Now that S.T.A.R. Labs is in play, Zumbado (Cranston Johnson) has only one option left — explain himself to Naomi (Kaci Walfall). Of course, if this preview for next week’s episode of Naomi is any indication, he may still try to obfuscate his real story. But it also seems we will finally get our first look at Earth-29.
As for this week’s episode, it sure would’ve been nice if Zumbado had explained his behavior to Naomi or his parents. In a break from the original comic, it feels like he won’t be the bad guy Akira (Stephanie March) set him up to be. There seems to be a more sympathetic story here, but it leaves us wondering why he just can’t come clean. It would sure make his interactions with Naomi less combative. And, indeed, it would have prevented Naomi from trusting S.T.A.R. Labs so readily.
Meanwhile, is Superman real on this Earth or not? Despite the presence of Superman comics, people speak of him as though he is someone they can encounter. It makes sense for Dee (Alexander Wraith), who consciously choose to come to Port Oswego and it’s specific Earth, but makes it strange for Naomi to speak about him as though he is real. Hopefully, that will also come into greater clarity as the show also explains its place in the Multiverse.
Back in the high school drama within the show, we’re glad Anthony (Will Meyers) and Nathan (Daniel Puig) decided to work together and proved themselves to better people when they learned the truth about the wrecked float. The aggressiveness between them was getting tiresome after just a handful of episodes and it’s a good thing the show demonstrated a willingness to move through threads like this at a greater clip than other shows. But now, we expect them to do the same with Zumbado.
Naomi airs Tuesdays on The CW.