After being on a Superman roll recently, watching all 4 Christopher Reeve movies, I thought I’d go for the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman TV series next.
This began in 1993 and starred Dean Cain as Clark Kent/Superman and the lovely Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane.
The story shows Clarks arrival in Metropolis and looking for a job at The Daily Planet. At first he gets turned down due to a lack of experience. He goes out, gets a story about an old theatre about to be knocked down and, ultimately, on reading it Perry White gives him a job. Lois and Clark end up teaming up on a story about a conspiracy regarding the launch of a space ship. Clark is unable to use any of his powers to help others as it would expose him and possibly stop him leading a normal life. Therefore, along with his mother Martha, he goes about designing an outfit in order to combat this. There are some funny ones shown along the way before deciding on the iconic outfit he is remembered for. This helps with his quest to help people and save the day. After flying Lois to The Daily Planet, she then gives him the name, Superman.
I really enjoyed this series when it first aired in the UK and am still fond of it now. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect and it does have some very silly storylines scattered throughout its four series’ but there was always enough to keep me interested.
Dean Cain as Superman was always watchable, although it was always a wonder that no-one realised Clark and Superman were the same person. It was much more obvious than Christopher I think. Along with Teri Hatcher as Lois they always had very good chemistry. Cains goofy Clark Kent and Hatchers strong-willed and beautiful Lois Lane were always very good together.
John Shea as Lex Luthor was always great to watch and pretty much stole all scenes he was in. He was definitely a worthy villain.
Perry White, played by Lane Smith, again, always great when on screen and super for the part. Michael Landes, a short lived Jimmy Olsen (before being replaced by Justin Whalin) was ok but a little annoying at times. Clark’s parents were played by K Callan and Eddie Jones. Their story was obviously changed throughout the series as Jonathon was there to see Clark fly the coop to Metropolis. They were lovable enough though. There was also Catherine “Cat” Grant played by Tracey Scoggins. She was pretty much just eye candy in the Planet offices and didn’t really add much in my opinion. She only lasted the first season before leaving. Not a loss really.
All in all, the Pilot is/was enough to keep people interested and was well received as the show lasted 4 seasons before leaving us with a big cliffhanger.
This is probably a marmite type show; you’ll either love it or hate it but me? I enjoyed it.
I’ll give the pilot a 7/10
As always, cheers and thanks for reading.
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