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Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher) is the ace reporter of the Daily Planet,
and her last two assignments are investigating a Space Shuttle explosion
and an interview with camera-shy businessman Lex Luthor (John Shea). But
poop, now she's lumbered with country bumbkin rookie journalist Clark Kent
(Dean Cain), who she at first sees as nothing but a pain in the neck, and
she treats him as if he was her runner - even though she has to find out
before long he's pretty smart and pretty intelligent. And he's always
there to save her when the going gets rough - it almost seems as if he has
supernatural powers ... which is of course because he does have
Together, Lois and Clark discover that the shuttle
actually has been tampered with, and the trail leads to its chief engineer
Doctor Bains (Kim Johnston Ulrich) - who lures them into a trap and wants
to blow them to pieces ... but is instead blown to pieces herself by her
employer while Clark of course manages to save Lois.
The shuttle is
about to launch and bring some chosen ones to a space station - and Lois
sneaks aboard to find a timebomb. She sabotages the Space Shuttle to at
least evacuate all the travellers before launch ... and then a man in red
and blue arrives flying to the sky - it's Clark in his newly designed
superhero costume (that for some reason makes him unrecognizable for
everybody), and he swallows up the bomb so it only explodes in his
super-tummy. Then he lifts the Space Shuttle to outer space so the
travellers can still go to the space station despite Lois's necessary
There's one thing though our two ace reporters cannot
figure out: Who's behind all of this?
Why, it's Lex Luthor of course,
who to the world is still a benign and camerashy businessman though.
pilot for Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman has
several things going for it: Instead of focusing on the feats of Superman,
the perennial do-gooder it puts a strong emphasis on Lois Lane, girl
reporter, and on the mystery-aspects of the story. Plus, the pilot shows a
hint of self-irony so absolutely necessary in superhero movies (and yes,
I'm talking to you, Chris Nolan), as well as some poignant dialogue and
tongue-in-cheek treatment of genre clichées.
On the downside, the
special effects work seems at times pretty sloppy, Dean Cain is a bit too
clean-cut and lacks the charisma to pull off the more inspired dialogue,
and Teri Hatcher ... well, she's ok, but she isn't a Desperate
In all though, while no masterpiece and not even
the best rendition of Superman, there are waaay worse
superhero movies and TV shows out there.