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Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Pilot

episode 1.1

USA 1993
produced by
Mel Efros, Robert Butler (executive), David Jacobs (executive) for Gangbuster Films, Roundelay/Warner Brothers
directed by Robert Butler
starring Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, John Shea, Kim Johnston Ulrich, Lane Smith, Michael Landes, Tracy Scoggins, Elizabeth Barondes, K.Callan, Eddie Jones, Kenneth Tigar, Mel Winkler, Margaret Blye, Gloria LeRoy, Shaun Toub, Kamala Lopez, Timi Prulhiere, Scott McCray
written by Deborah Joy LeVine, based on the comicbook created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, music by Jay Gruska, miniature effects by Donald Pennington

TV-series
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Superman, Lex Luthor

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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 supernatural powers.

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 sabotage ...

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.

 

This 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 Housewife yet.

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.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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