25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SMALLVILLE – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES

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MAIN CAST
Tom Welling (The Fog)
Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and The Beast)
Michael Rosenbaum (Cursed)
Erica Durance (The Butterfly Effect 2)
Allison Mack (Riese)
John Glover (Batman & Robin)
Annette O’Toole (IT)
John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard)
Aaron Ashmore (The Skulls 2)

LEXMAS

GUEST CAST
Kenneth Welsh (The Day After Tomorrow)
Alisen Down (Stargate Universe)
Adrian Holmes (Cabin In The Woods)
Jerry Wasserman (Watchmen)
Lex drives into a dark alley to meet Griff, who is being paid to do whatever Lex wants to destroy Jonathan in the race for State Senator. Lex hesitates and says that he wants 24 hours to decide if he wants to go down that path. As he heads for his car, he is mugged and shot, and left for dead in the street.
Lex’s Dream: It is Christmas Eve. Lex wakes up, shocked to see a very pregnant Lana in bed next to him. He also has a young son, Alexander. Lex lifts up his shirt and sees the scar on his side from the gun shot. His dead mother, Lillian, appears to Lex and says that it is not a dream and this can be his life if he makes the right choices. Lex is then seen to be lying unconscious in an alley.
Reality: At the farm, the Kents are getting ready for Christmas, and Clark has invited Lana to spend it with them. Clark gets an urgent call from Chloe, who is still at the Planet . The scene shifts to Lex being transported to the hospital as the doctors try to save his life. He slips back into his dream.
Lana says that it has been seven years since Lionel cut Lex out of the family fortune. He takes his son to go buy a Christmas tree. At the tree farm, Lex sees Clark and Chloe. Clark is now a full-fledged reporter at the Daily Planet and Chloe is publishing a book next month exposing LuthorCorp with Lex’s help.
In reality, Lionel is speaking with the doctors at the Hospital and demands to speak to the doctor in charge in order to push a risky surgery. In Metropolis, Clark meets Chloe at the Planet, and she explains that her Teamsters went on strike, and the thousands of presents they collected for Toys for Tots will be undelivered unless he helps her out. Clark agrees to help her distribute the toys. While zipping through the city, he sees a man dressed in a Santa Claus costume about to jump off a building with a liquor bottle in his hand. He says he was going to jump because the Christmas spirit is dead. Clark objects and tells him about how he gave up his first Christmas with Lana to help Chloe deliver toys. When Santa falls off, Clark saves him and sends him on his way. Dr. Scanlan explains to Lionel that Lex will most likely be paralyzed from the chest down because he is too unstable for surgery or transfer. Despite this, Lionel transfers Lex to the Davis Clinic in Metropolis for immediate but extremely risky surgery.
In the alternate reality, Lex and Lana Luthor go to the party at the Kents’ house. Jonathan Kent is now the current State Senator. He says that Lex is the best man he knows and announces that Lex will receive the Kansas Humanitarian Award. Lex steps outside where his mother’s spirit is. He marvels that he’s never been happier and she tells him that he could have this happiness in reality if he makes the right choice. He doesn’t understand but when he asks for more information, she disappears. Clark approaches and muses that he and Lana didn’t work out because Lex became a man she could love. However, they are still on good terms. Their conversation is interrupted by Martha, who reports that Lana has gone into labor. Lana delivers a baby girl on Christmas Eve. However, she starts to rapidly lose blood. Lex goes to Lionel in the Luthor Mansion to beg for resources to save his wife, but Lionel refuses to help them because Lex betrayed him seven years ago by dropping out of the Senate race. He tells him that he has no son. Lana dies and Lillian appears again. Lex tells her that he doesn’t want this alternate reality because everyone he’s ever loved has died. Reality: The man dressed as Santa Claus appears at the Daily Planet and offers to help Chloe with the gifts because Clark was willing to give up his Christmas with Lana. After Chloe reluctantly accepts Santa’s help, he and all the presents disappear. Back at the Kents’ party, Chloe tells Clark about the presents disappearing and says she thinks that he may have possibly been Santa Claus. Clark and Lana spend their first Christmas together as it snows. Lex wakes up with Lionel at his bedside. He is upset with Lionel for ordering surgery with very low odds of survival, asking him, “How dare you play God with my life?” When Griff asks Lex what his choice was, Lex decides that he will do anything it takes to win the Senate race. Lex says his only wish is to live happily ever after and the key to that is money and power because “once you have those two things, you can secure everything else.” In her reflection in the window, Lillian cries over the choice Lex just made and then disappears.
An amazing episode, its basically a dark version of It’s A Wonderful life showing what could of happened if Lex had taken different choices, but as he awakes he’s learnt to take what he wants. The Santa story was fun Chloe left wondering if it really was Santa.

GEMINI

GUEST CAST
Michael Cassidy (Argo)
Tim Guinee (Iron Man)
Lois Lane and Grant Gabriel are kissing in a storage closet in the Daily Planet. She tells him that she doesn’t want to write the Lex Luthor exposé since it might raise eyebrows about her relationship with Grant. However, Grant says that Lex requested her. Meanwhile, Chloe Sullivan is trying to call Clark Kent, who has been missing for two weeks. Chloe has been covering for him in his absence, explaining that he is in Minnesota, but she is starting to get worried. Lois catches up with Chloe, who gives her all her research on LuthorCorp. While looking through the papers, Lois hears a phone ringing. Despite the fact that it doesn’t belong to her, she answers it and hears a mysterious caller tell her that Chloe has a bomb on her. If she doesn’t stop ignoring him, Chloe will die.
At the Luthor Mansion, Lex is fencing with Grant. Grant asks Lex to request that someone else besides Lois write the article since Lois has a way of uncovering significant facts, but Lex denies having anything to hide. Even though Grant seems to be concerned, Lex affirms that he always wins. The caller, whose name is Adrian Cross, is talking to Lois, telling her that he is an escaped clone from LuthorCorp. His body is aging at a rapid rate and he expects to die very soon. While she is talking to him, Lois attempts to send Chloe an e-mail to warn her, but her internet line is cut. Adrian calls her again and warns her not to disobey him. Frightened, Lois looks around the basement of the Daily Planet for men on phones. She spots a suspicious-looking delivery man and follows him into a secluded room, then attacks him. However, the man is innocent and he begins to walk away. He falls back toward Lois, dead from being stabbed with a pair of scissors. Lois’ cell phone rings and Adrian warns her to keep her mouth shut. Clark suddenly reappears on the Kent Farm to find Lana in the barn. He reveals that he was unable to find Kara. Lana tells him she has decided to stop obsessing over Lex, but Clark says he wants to see what she’s uncovered. She takes Clark to her secret room in the Isis Foundation, now filled with non-functioning surveillance equipment. Clark finds a folder on Project Scion and Lana shows him the vial filled with black liquid that she thought she destroyed when she wrecked his lab. Clark tells her that she couldn’t have destroyed alien technology, so she decides to show him more. Lois is still attempting to warn Chloe about the bomb. This time, she tries to get a woman to deliver a manila envelope to Chloe which has the warning written on the back. The woman hands the letter to Chloe, who tells Lois that Clark is back and she is leaving to go visit him. At this time, Lois receives a text message from Adrian, warning Lois not to tell Chloe anything. Chloe suspects that something is bothering Lois, but Lois doesn’t say anything.
Lana takes Clark to a LuthorCorp lab where Project Scion was tested and shows him Casey Brock, a woman who was found suffering from toxic levels of metal poisoning. Overnight, the amount of metal in her bloodstream dropped dramatically, meaning that whatever was in her bloodstream had left. Clark states that her incoherent speech patterns are actually Kryptonian and writes down what she is murmuring. Jimmy and Chloe both get into an elevator and share an awkward moment. They recall a Christmas party last year, when Chloe was still dating Jimmy. Chloe turns the envelope over and reads Lois’ warning message about the bomb. At this moment, the elevator suddenly brakes, trapping Chloe and Jimmy with the bomb.
Meanwhile, Lois notices an “out of service” sign on the elevator. She begins to walk toward it, but is stopped by Adrian, who is holding the detonator in his hand and demanding his story. In the elevator, Chloe empties her pocketbook to search for the bomb. She finds It, disguised as Chloe’s Secret Santa gift. Back in a Daily Planet office, Lois is showing Adrian her article about LuthorCorp’s first clone. Adrian tells her about his family and his Christmas memories, then reveals that they were all fictitious memories downloaded into his brain. Lois promises to publish the story if Adrian will let Chloe go, but Adrian has another mission for Lois. She must force Lex to confess what he’s done. Chloe is trying to call Clark in the elevator, but Jimmy is annoyed that Chloe would call Clark before she would call 911. The cell phone breaks when Chloe accidentally drops it.
Lois goes to her interview with Lex wearing a hidden camera and a device in her ear which allows Adrian to talk to her. If she can’t get a confession from Lex, Adrian will kill Chloe. At the same time, Clark and Lana go to the Daily Planet to see if Chloe can translate the code that Casey Brock was mumbling, but they can’t find her. Grant and Lex are both waiting for Lois, but they are surprised with her first question, a demand to know about Project Gemini. Adrian is still communicating with her through her earpiece, telling her exactly what to do. Lex claims he doesn’t have anything to do with cloning and he denies knowing a man named Adrian. Adrian orders Lois to aim a gun at Grant to get Lex to confess. Lois begins ranting about Adrian’s life story. Lex knocks her out and finds the hidden camera she was wearing. Shortly after, Adrian enters and tells Lex and Grant about more of his memories. Grant soon realizes that they have the exact same memories, even talking about their past experiences simultaneously. Adrian also says that they have the same DNA and history, only Adrian was a failed experiment and Grant was a successful one. In an outburst of anger, Lex shoots and kills Adrian, saying he was just a mistake. In his last seconds of life, Adrian presses the button on the bomb’s detonator. In a state of panic, Chloe and Jimmy bang on the elevator door, but no one can hear them. Thinking she is about to die, she confesses to Jimmy that she is a meteor freak. They share one last kiss as the detonater ticks down to the final seconds. In the basement of the Daily Planet, Lana turns on Lois’ computer screen and sees the email that Lois attempted to send Chloe, warning her about the bomb. Clark uses his super-hearing to locate the sound of the bomb, then he runs to the staircase, soars to an upper floor and superspeeds to the rescue. He opens the elevator door and finds Chloe and Jimmy kissing before he throws the bomb off the building roof, where it explodes harmlessly. Chloe and Jimmy are stunned to find that they are unharmed with the elevator doors open and many people staring at them.After Lois wakes up, Lex tells her that Chloe is fine, but Lois says she will expose his project to the world. Lex retorts by telling Lois that she has no evidence, and he recently bought the Daily Planet. Since he is now Lois’ boss, there is no way she can write the article.
 Jimmy catches up with Chloe and they talk about what happened. He wishes Chloe trusted him more to tell him about her meteor infection, but Chloe just says she had trouble accepting herself. Chloe demonstrates her powers for him by healing a cut on his finger. Even though this was not a major injury, Chloe still feels some slight internal pain from using her healing powers. Jimmy promises to keep Chloe’s powers a secret. While Lex is receiving the acquisition papers for the Daily Planet, Grant enters his office, sarcastically congratulating him for purchasing the Daily Planet. He is sick of always being under Lex’s control and is outraged for being nothing more than an experiment. Lex declares that all he wanted was a family, but Grant is anxious to break free from his control. Later, Grant visits Lois at the Talon apartment. Contrary to her first impression, she is not fired, in fact, Lex requested that she stay. Grant then breaks up with Lois, since he thinks their relationship is too complicated, especially after what happened today.Back at the Kent Farm, Chloe and Clark discuss the possibility of the Brain InterActive Construct’s return. The Kryptonian code Clark wrote down was an error message that a system encounters when it can’t boot up. Each time the code repeats, it learns from its mistakes and is getting closer to actually loading. Clark warns Chloe that the black fluid has evolved into technology willing to kill. Once Chloe leaves and Lana returns home, Clark and Lana share a warm moment. As they embrace, Clark’s face flashes white and his skin distorts, revealing that “Clark” has actually been Bizarro the entire time. Meanwhile, the real Clark is frozen in the Fortress of Solitude.
A great Christmas episode especially for Chloe and Jimmy, and that shocker ending when you find out Lana has been talking to Bizarro all the time and not Clark is just amazing.
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REVIEW: LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN – SEASON 4

CAST

Dean Cain (Supergirl)
Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives)
Lane Smith (V: The Series)
Justin Whalin (Dungeons & Dragons)
K Callan (Heroes)
Eddie Jones (C.H.U.D.)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Simon Templeman (The Neighbours)
Mark Lindsay Chapman (Swamp Thing: The Series)
J.G. Hertzler (Star Trek: DS9)
Eric Allan Kramer (True Romance)
Justine Bateman (Men In Trees)
Beverly Garland (7th Heaven)
Harve Presnell (Fargo)
David Doyle (Charlie’s Angel)
Delta Burke (What Women Want)
Lane Davies (3rd Rocxk From The Sun)
Clive Revill (Transformers: The Movie)
Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernies)
Caroline McWilliams (Mermaids)
Kenneth Kimmins (Coach)
Jack Larson (Adventures of Superman)
John D’Aquino (JAG)
Alan Rachins (LA Law)
Jim Jansen (Water For Elephants)
Jasmine Guy (The Vampire Diaries)
Steve Hytner (Roswell)
Sydney Walsh (Point Break)
Antonio Sabato Jr. (The Big Hit)
Drew Carey (Robots)
Kathy Kinney (Scrooged)
Keene Curtis (Stargate SG.1)
Howie Mandel (Gremlins)
Thomas F. Wislon (Back To The Future)
Jack Wagner (Melrose Place)
Tony Amendola (The Mask of Zorro)
Julie Brown (Spy Hard)
Fred Willard (Anchorman)
Kristanna Loken (Bloodrayne)
Vito D’Ambrosio (The Flash)
Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: First Contact)
Patrick Cassidy (Smallville)
Keith Brunsmann (Muse)
Lori Fetrick (Ellen)
John Shea (Mutant X)
Tim Thomerson (Trancers)
Shaun Toub (Iron Man)
Grant Shaud (Wall Street)
Stacey Travis (Ghost World)
Brian George (The Big Bang Theory)
Harry Anderson (IT)

402-battlegroundearthThe fourth and final season of Lois and Clark opens with a two-parter that wraps-up the season cliffhanger, with the result that Clark leaves New Krypton (he never quite gets there, but does see the palace in the sky), and returns to Earth and Lois. In the third episode of the season, Lois Lane and Clark Kent finally get married. Most of the rest of the season is single self-contained episodes, with the occasional two-parter that’s self-contained from the episodes around it.403-stgttwnkLois and Clark’s relationship as newlyweds takes center stage and is very well written. The series does not change focus to be completely domestic, though, but returns to it’s roots with Lois and Clark both working as investigative reporters for the Daily Planet. In between investigating and reporting on stories, they discover and talk about issues common to new couples – such as should they buy a house?, meeting in-laws and celebrating holidays, and finally, as the season winds to it’s conclusion – thoughts on children.lois-and-clark-swear-to-god-weddingThe discussions between Lois and Clark about children become more and more frequent as the season and series get closer to its end. Finally, Superman sees Dr. Klein at STAR Labs to see if Superman can have children with an “Earth woman”. Although early tests seem promising, in the end Clark tells Lois – he can’t have children. He and Lois aren’t biologically compatible. Lois breaks down in tears – in an extremely impressive, well-written, and beautifully handled scene. Lois’s inability to have children with Clark is not written off with a one-liner or a bad joke, and the writers and series creators must be given their due. Clark mentions adoption on more than one occasion – pointing out he’s adopted and it worked out OK for him. However, the scene between Lois and Clark and an adoption pre-sceener is awful. Lois is given a very low score – because apparently smart, intelligent, professional women can’t be mothers. (Yeah, really – they did that. So sad.) However, in the final moments of the last episode of the season – a baby is left with Lois and Clark.lois-clark-the-new-adventures-of-superman-the-5-episode-wedding-arc-from-hell-splashOverall, I enjoyed watching all four seasons of Lois and Clark. The series is fun and light – even in it’s more serious moments – there’s a sense that everything will work out – eventually. Teri Hatcher is simply brilliant as Lois and has both great comic timing and wonderful romantic chemistry with Dean Cain.

REVIEW: LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN – SEASON 3

CAST
Dean Cain (Supergirl)
Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives)
Lane Smith (V: The Series)
Justin Whalin (Dungeons & Dragons)
K Callan (Heroes)
Eddie Jones (C.H.U.D.)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST
Bruce Campbell (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Peter Boyle (Red Heat)
Jessica Collins (Tru Calling)
Sal Viscuso (Soap)
Carlos Lacamara (Heroes Reborn)
Peter Kent (Total Recall)
Olivia Brown (48 Hours)
Larry Hankin (Breaking Bad)
J. Patrick McCormack (Hollow Man)
Rob LaBelle (Watchmen)
Genie Francis (General Hospital)
Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: TNG)
Kenneth Kimmins (Coach)
Shelley Long (Cheers)
Mary Gross (Sabrina: TTW)
Dave Coulier (Full House)
Sandra Hess (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation)
Sean Whalen (Twister)
Andrew Bryniarski (Street Fighter)
Robert Carradine (Ghosts of Mars)
Beverly Garland (7th Heaven)
Harve Presnell (Fargo)
Joel Swetow (Kidding)
Cress Williams (Black Lightning)
Gary Dourdan (CSI)
James Read (Legally Blonde)
Lane Davies (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Emily Procter (CSI: Miami)
Lee Arenberg (Waterworld)
Oliver Muirhead (The Social Network)
Tony Curtis (Spartacus)
Brad Garrett (Chrtistopher Robin)
John Shea (Mutant X)
Shaun Toub (Iron Man)
Larry Poindexter (17 Again)
Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination)
Justine Bateman (Men In Trees)
Jon Tenney (Legion)
Kyla Pratt (Dr. Dolittle)
Roger Daltrey (Highlander: The Series)
Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)
The third season was probably the most memorable time for me to be a part of the Lois & Clark fandom, as the show started hitting high gear. Unfortunately, some of the situations that I found to be “funny” back as a kid are just kind of annoying and childish now. If I ever see Olivia Brown’s Star anytime soon, it’ll be too soon. Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis also camp it up way too much as collectors Tim and Amber Lake. And they’re not the only ones who bring bad camp to the season.
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Luckily, some episodes have a good mix of camp and story. “We Have A Lot To Talk About,” the season’s premiere, is an episode that will always be close to my heart and has some of the best quotations in Superman history. (“That is so unfair! You know I can’t fly!”) There’s camp in the form of the Churches in that said episode, but when it’s Peter Boyle, Bruce Campbell, and Jessica Collins, you really don’t seem to mind.Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)“Ultra Woman” gives Lois super-powers, and again, a very campy costume, but makes for a good story anyway. The episode also features the Metropolis Park Wishing Well, which now can be paused so you can actually see this author’s name inscribed on the well! Another highlight of the season – and one of the series’ best all around – is “Tempus Anyone,” a return appearance for the Tempus character from Season 2’s “Tempus Fugitive.” Season Three rushed right into a wedding, and “I Now Pronounce You” promises the “wedding of the century” – a wedding that ABC touted as being “bigger than Burt and Loni, Michael and Lisa Marie…” You see where they’re going with that. I don’t want to spoil the episode, but the episodes following it may become increasingly frustrating, even though “Double Jeopardy” and “Seconds” are also two of the season’s best shows.Superman-Ultrawoman-2-lois-and-clark-31411135-584-467The season finale introduces some aliens fom a New Krypton. This is the spot where the producers chose to ignore the whole “Last Son of Krypton” aspect of Superman.

REVIEW: LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN – SEASON 2

CAST

Dean Cain (Supergirl)
Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives)
Lane Smith (V: The Series)
Justin Whalin (Dungeons & Dragons)
K Callan (Heroes)
Eddie Jones (C.H.U.D.)

Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Emma Samms (Doctors)
Denise Crosby (Trekkies)
Earl Boen (The Terminator)
Barry Livingston (Argo)
Traylor Howard (Two Guys and a Girl)
Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad)
Michael Des Barres (Four Kings)
Corinna Everson (Hercules: TLJ)
Peter Scolari (Gotham)
William Schallert (Innerspace)
Rick Overton (Groundhog Day)
Harold Gould (Freaky Friday)
Bronson Pinchot (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Kristin Bauer van Straten (Once Upon A Time)
Bruce Weitz (Half Past Dead)
Farrah Forke (Heat)
Dick Miller (Gremlins)
Peter Boyle (Taxi Driver)
Melora Hardin (17 Again)
John Pleshette (The Truman Show)
Sal Viscuso (Spaceballs)
William Devane (The Grinder)
Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace)
Cindy Williams (American Graffiti)
Isabel Sanford (The Jeffersons)
Dick Van Patten (Spaceballs)
Denise Richards (Starship Troopers)
Sherman Hemsley (Clunkers)
Scott Valentine (Family Guy)
John Rubinstein (Angel)
Roxana Zal (River’s Edge)
Louis Mustillo (Mike & Molly)
Christian Clemenson (Live By Night)
Brian Doyle-Murray (Groundhog Day)
James Hong (Blade Runner)
Gerrit Graham (Child’#s Play 2)
Tony Jay (Teen Titans)
John Shea (Mutant X)
Raquel Welch (Legally Blonde)
Wayne Pére (Cloak & Dagger)
Cliff De Young (Glory)
Mark Rolston (Aliens)
Jim Pirri (Now You See Me 2)
Curtis Armstrong (American Dad)
Danny Woodburn (Mirror Mirror)
Terry Kiser (Farmer of The Year)
Robert Costanzo (Batman: TAS)
Don Swayze (Death Ring)
Lane Davies (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Meredith Scott Lynn (Force of Nature)
Charles Napier (The Silence of The Lambs)
Erick Avari (Stargate)
Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead)
Jason Carter (Babylon 5)
Kay Lenz (Breezy)
Martin Mull (Sabrina: TTW)
Adam West (Batman)
Ben Stein (The Mask)
Michele Abrams (Junior)
Frank Gorshin (Batman)
Maurice Godin (Threshold)

Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)The second season of L&C holds a special place to me because it is the year that taught me how to be a fan. Series creator Deborah Joy LeVine exited after the thrilling first season finale, and departing at the same time were Tracy Scoggins (Cat Grant), Chris Demetral (Jack), and – the most painful loss at the time – Michael Landes, who I referred to back in the day as “the real Jimmy.” He was replaced by Justin Whalin in the role, and I admit, I didn’t take to him very easily. The show went for more of an action-oriented tone, but luckily, Lois & Clark had some very good writers who still managed to find a way to keep the romantic elements of the series. Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain had a chemistry, as did their characters of Lois and Clark, and you can’t help but feel for them as they go along.Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)Season Two was also the season where Lois & Clark finally became a hit – no “sophomore slump” here. From the time Clark finally asked Lois on a date in “The Phoenix” things were looking up. No Mayson Drakes or Dan Scardinos could get in the way of finally getting these two characters together.Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)Upon watching the DVD, my first stop after the special features was “Whine Whine Whine.” In it, Superman fights a foe more dastardly than Kryptonite – greed. The episode featured guests like Ben Stein, Adam West, Frank Gorshin, Martin Mull, and others… it’s just great. Long-time Lois & Clark fans will also remember it for bringing in a scene that we’ve waited for for a while. ” Like Season 1, the producers of the L&C DVDs went all out in providing an assortment of special material, and for the most part they were very successful. Dean Cain provides interviews again (no Teri this time), and other interviewees included K Callan (Martha Kent), Eddie Jones (Jonathan Kent), Denise Crosby (Dr. Gretchen Kelly), and Justin Whalin (Jimmy Olsen). The show’s Season 2 writers and some crew are also featured, including John McNamara, who is awesome not only for his great L&C contributions, but because he co-created Profit, which is the best show you probably have never seen.Teri Hatcher in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)In the interviews Justin Whalin talks about the initial fan reaction to his recasting, which makes me feel a bit bad for the way I felt and posted years ago after he was cast. I later met Justin and thought he was a really nice guy. I’ve also noticed on the DVD interviews that Justin has apparently not aged at all in the past 10 years – he looks almost exactly the same.Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)Another bonus feature takes a look at the fandom for the show, again featuring some actors and creators and some visits to some fans at a recent “FoLCFest” (Fans of Lois & Clark) gathering. I was glad to see an assortment of people interviewed for the featurette, but I was a bit disappointed that no one from the Krypton Club was represented – after all, its subscriber list WAS bigger than the listserv or the IRC channel for most of its existence – but that fact seems to have been forgotten in the passing of time.Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)Finally, Dean Cain provides commentary for “Season’s Greedings,” where you hear – about 2 dozen times – about how foamy material rather than real snow were used to provide the “snow” for the episode. It’s very cool to hear Dean talking about his writing debut, which conveniently also happened to be one of the most popular episodes of the series. Dean’s a great sport and I really love the fact that he’s even doing DVD commentary. .

REVIEW: LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN – SEASON 1

CAST

Dean Cain (Supergirl) Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) Lane Smith (V: The Series) Michael Landes (Final Destination 2) Tracy Scoggins (Babylon 5) K Callan (Heroes) Eddie Jones (C.H.U.D.) John Shea (Mutant X)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Persis Khambatta (Star Trek: TMP) Mel Winkler (Doc Hollywood) Kim Johnston Ulrich (Passions) Elizabeth Barondes (The Cell 2) Joseph Campanella (Mannix) George Murdock (Star Trek V) Terence Knox (Children of The Corn II) Tony Jay (Beauty and The Beast) Leslie Jordan (The Help) Jack Carter (McCloud) Jim Beaver (Supernatural) Miguel Sandoval (Sharp Objects) Shaun Toub (Iron Man) Denis Arndt (Basic Instinct) Jessica Tuck (Super 8) Michael Milhoan (3rd Rock From The Sun) Alexander Enberg (Star Trek: Voyager) David DeLuise (Stargate SG.1) Courtney Peldon (Boston Public) Jerry Hardin (The Firm) L. Scott Caldwell (Lost) Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man) Morgan Fairchild (Days of Our Lives) Charles Cyphers (Halloween) Fred Stoller (Little Man) Richard Belzer (Species II) Brian George (The Big Bang Theory) Elliott Gould (Ocean’s Eleven) Penn Jillette (Sabrina: TTW) Chris Demetral (Dolly Dearest) Robert Costanzo (Total Recall) David Warner (Tron) Eliza Roberts (Animal House) Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap) Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) Robert Beltran (Star Trek: Voyager) Beverly Johnson (Loaded Weapon 1) James Earl Jones (Star Wars) Phyllis Coates (Adventures of Superman)

14453817462_fb3298f9cd_bDie-hard Superman fans are torn on this one. Some think of L&C as the black sheep of Superman history. Others see it as one of their favorite adaptations. And how could they not, really? Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as Clark and Lois had some serious chemistry going on. The late Lane Smith as Perry White is still my favorite version of the character, though Michael McKean did a darn good job himself. Michael Landes as Jimmy, Tracy Scoggins as Cat, Eddie Jones and K Callan as Jonathan and Martha… it all really gelled. And John Shea as Lex – how was he missed as a regular in the later years. Because of personnel changes throughout the series’ run, unfortunately, there were very little references or flashbacks to the first year because the show was now guided by a new regime.MV5BNTg1MDM4MTA4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDU1NjgwODE@._V1_But the first year really is where it’s at. Teri Hatcher, before she was a desperate housewife, looked real and spectacular as Lois Lane. They dressed Lois in retro outfits that looked like they came from another decade, which gave the show a timeless quality. Dean Cain as Clark offered a “cool” but alien take to the role. Both Dean and Teri look really fashionable even to this day in the first season of the show. The special effects are hit-or-miss; in some scenes, the effects work, but in others, you cringe. We’ve really gotten spoiled by the top-notch effects work in programs like Smallville. Guest stars in that first season include model Beverly Johnson, James Earl Jones, Michael McKean, Law & Order’s Richard Belzer, Morgan Fairchild, Dean Stockwell, and many others. But it’s the show’s recurring cast that makes it the most, well, super.loisandclark5The DVD set includes commentary on the pilot episode by actor Dean Cain, director Robert Butler, and show creator Deborah Joy LeVine. It’s a lot of fun, especially hearing stories about the show’s casting and production of that pilot episode. I really wish Deborah Joy LeVine had stayed on the series as an executive producer, because she had such an amazing vision for the show that I think is a big reason of why that first season was so good. There’s also a documentary on the effects, but the real treat is a bonus documentary where almost all of the L&C cast and many members of the crew are interviewed about the show, except for Michael Landes (Jimmy #1) and Lane Smith (Perry White). How cool is it, ten years later, to see Big TV Superstar Teri Hatcher talking about her days of Lois Lane, all while speaking on Housewives’ Wisteria Lane set. Even K Callan, Eddie Jones, Tracy Scoggins, and John Shea participated in the action. I applaud Warner Home Video for going to the effort of including these people.

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN REVIEW: SMALLVILLE – SPELL

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MAIN CAST

Tom Welling (The Fog)
Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and The Beast)
Michael Rosenbaum (Cursed)
Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)
Allison Mack (The Ant Bully)
Annette O’ Toole (Superman 3)
John Schneider (Nip/Tuck)
Erica Durance (The Butterfly Effect 2)

Image result for SMALLVILLE SPELLIn France in 1604, three women, Countess Margaret Isobel Thoreaux, Madelyn Hibbins, and Brianna Withridge, are about to be burned at the stake, after having been convicted of practicing witchcraft. The leader, Isobel, is approached by Magistrate Wilkins, and she asks him if he has come to enjoy his handiwork. He then strikes her across the face and tells her she may yet escape the pyre’s flames if she tells him of the three stones of power. When she asks for her spellbook, she spits blood onto the marked page, directly onto an illustration that is identical to the tattoo on Lana Lang’s back. She casts a Latin spell and a tattoo identical to Lana’s appears on her back. As the three witches are burned, Isobel curses the crowd and vows to rise again, stating that the stones and vengeance will be hers.
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In Smallville, Lana and Jason are sitting by the fire in her Talon apartment. She shows him a spellbook belonging to the Countess Thoreaux, saying she maxed out her credit card to buy it on eBay. When Lana touches the page stained with Isobel’s blood, the fire roars up and her eyes shine violet as Isobel possesses her body. When Jason asks if Lana is all right, she says she’s never been better. Lois pulls up outside the Kent barn carrying boxes of party decorations. She informs Clark that the barn is the new venue for Chloe’s upcoming surprise birthday party the next day. Clark objects, saying his parents are out of town and he has a representative from Princeton University coming to visit. Lois doesn’t care and begins to unload the party goods.
Image result for SMALLVILLE SPELLLois and Chloe show up at Lana’s apartment, where they find her doing a strange chemistry experiment, making some sort of potion. Lois notices Lana’s behavior and reminds her that it’s her job to keep Chloe busy until the party. Lana/Isobel, preoccupied with her ingredient list, waves Lois off. The next ingredient on the list is “hair of two virgins.” She takes a hair out of her own head, then one from Lois. Lois’ turns out to be unacceptable, so when they leave, Lana heads out to find another virginal hair. She walks into the Kent home to find Clark wrapping a large present. She offers to help him with it, then proceeds to try and kiss Clark. Confused, he backs away. Lana sidles up to him and, using the gift-wrapping shears, tries to cut a lock of his hair off. The scissors break and Clark asks what she’s doing. She sputters that she needs a lock of his hair for a scrapbook she’s making. Annoyed, Clark gives her some of his hair and she promptly leaves to get the next ingredient on her list.
Image result for SMALLVILLE SPELLAt the Luthor mansion, Lana/Isobel observes Lex practicing his piano-playing. She asks Lex if he has any vintage wine, “for the party”. Lex produces a bottle, but then Isobel notices the manuscript displayed in Lex’s study. Angry, she casts a spell that makes it disappear, then freezes Lex in place. Explaining that the map wasn’t meant for Lex, she releases him and casts a spell, bewitching Lex to play the piano forever. Chloe and Lois find Lana/Isobel in the woods assembling her potion. Isobel convinces them to drink a toast. When they do, they are possessed by Isobel’s fellow witches, Madelyn (Chloe) and Brianna (Lois). She explains that they will continue their quest to find the Stones of Power, but Madelyn and Brianna point out that this is the quest that got them killed in the first place. They convince Isobel to let them attend Chloe’s party first. At the Kent barn, a worried Clark tries to keep the wild party under control. When the three witches show up, they decide to liven up the party. They cast a spell and all the party goers, including Clark, are suddenly dancing in various states of undress. As scheduled, the Princeton representative comes to interview Clark and Clark makes a “great” first impression.  The day after, Clark awakens in the barn to the aftermath of the wild party. He realizes he blew his interview and goes to talk to Lex for help. He finds Lex, his fingers bloody, still playing the piano.
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He breaks the spell by physically removing him from it. Lex tells him that Lana is the one who cast the spell, so Clark leaves to try and stop the three. He finds Lana/Isobel at her apartment, where he arrives just in time to catch Jason, whom Isobel has thrown out the window after he attempted to burn her spellbook upon realizing that she was now in possession of Lana’s body. Isobel leaves Clark a message to meet him at the barn. He meets the three witches, but at first had no clue that they were in fact witches. Mistaking Clark as being like everyone else despite his speed, Brianna strikes Clark with a large wheel using magical telekinesis; but quickly realized that his invulnerability made it so it had no effect on him. Isobel, surprised, but not frightened, notes that Clark is more than just quick. Using her own magical telekinesis, Madelyn tossed several tools at Clark, but he destroyed them with his heat vision. The witches then become disgruntled; now seeing Clark as a threat to their plans (though they see him as a sorcerer rather than an alien). Isobel tries to kill Clark with a death-based spell, but only succeeding in seriously wounding and stunning him. To ensure that he stays out of their way, the witches remove Clark’s shirt and drain his abilities.
Image result for SMALLVILLE SPELLThe three chain Clark to a post in the barn and try to pry more information of the stones out of him after realizing that he is connected to them and knows where one is hidden. After magically seducing the answer out of him, Isobel and her cohorts leave Clark chained up and depart for the Kawatche Caves. Jason finds and helps Clark escape and he goes after them. In the caves, Isobel tries to obtain the relic, but it glows and burns her hand. Clark shows up and catches the relic before it hits the ground, restoring his powers. Before the witches can take his powers away once again, Clark burns the spellbook with his heat vision and all four teens are knocked unconscious from the explosion. Upon waking, everybody has been restored to normal. Lana, Chloe, and Lois are confused, but alright.  Clark has to explain the raucous barn party to his parents. He also remarks that magic is real and can truly hurt him. Lex goes to see Lana at her apartment at the Talon and explains to Lana that he was the one to get Jason fired, not Clark, saying he had only her best interest in mind. Lana comes to apologize to Clark as he is cleaning up the barn. She tells him the whole story of the Countess and shows him the tattoo. She asks Clark what it means and he lies that he doesn’t know. In the caves, Lex studies the cave drawing identical to Lana’s tattoo.4x08-Spell-137An intresting episode of Smallville showing the ladies of Smallville in different light, the episode is an important one as it shows that magic can harm the future man of steel.

 

REVIEW: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN

CAST

Jerry O’Connell (Veronica Mars)
Rebecca Romijn (X-Men)
Rosario Dawson (Sin City)
Nathan Fillion (Firefly)
Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty)
Matt Lanter (the Roommate)
Shemar Moore (Birds of Prey)
Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly)
Jason O’Mara (Agents Of S.H.E.I.L.D.)
Jonathan Adams (Bones)
Rocky Carroll (Yes Man)
Patrick Fabian (The Last Exorcisim)
Charles Halford (Constantine)
Erica Luttrell (Steven Universe)
Toks Olagundoye (The Gifted)
Cress Williams (Black Lightning)

Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn in The Death of Superman (2018)Superman has become an icon of virtue for the citizens of Metropolis, a notion that still infuriates billionaire and Superman foe Lex Luthor, who considers the alien a threat to his city. After foiling a kidnapping attempt of the mayor by Intergang armed with Apokolips technology, such as the Mother Box, Superman and the Justice League send the pieces to S.T.A.R. Labs for analysis. Meanwhile Superman, in an unprecedented move, presents the rocket that brought him from Krypton to Earth, and its birthing matrix, containing Kryptonian DNA technology to the world, through an interview with the Daily Planet ace reporter Lois Lane. Lois is in a romantic relationship with Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent. Despite their long term relationship, and meeting his parents Jonathan and Martha, she is apprehensive of Clark’s secrecy about his past. Clark’s reluctance to reveal everything about himself, from his alter-ego to his past in general, creates a rift between the two, making Lois reconsider their relationship.Rosario Dawson in The Death of Superman (2018)At S.T.A.R labs, Silas Stone and his associates analyze the recovered technology, discovering the metal alloy comprises of elements from both Apokolips and Earth, leaving one suspect whose company is one of very few with the power to fuse Apokolips and human technology: Lex Luthor. Superman confronts a currently house arrest and ankle monitor wearing Luthor, who denies any involvement. Meanwhile, an astronaut team under the guidance of Superman admirer Capt. Hank Henshaw, is repairing a satellite aboard the Excalibur space shuttle when a boomtube opens propelling a meteorite towards Earth, with the shuttle in its way. Henshaw hopes Superman will save them like he has before, but unfortunately, the debris accompanying the meteorite strikes the shuttle, annihilating it and the crew inside. The meteorite crashes 10,000m into the ocean floor near the East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean, monitored by Luthor and his team of scientists in an underground research facility. Luthor, escaping his house arrest through a decoy, sends a team of deep sea explorers to the crash site. The explorers encounter Atlanteans at the crash site, and together examine the wreckage when it explodes, and a 9-foot giant humanoid beast emerges killing everyone.The Death of Superman (2018)The beast reaches the US coastline, murdering two campers and a grizzly bear, while en route towards the most populated city in the vicinity: Metropolis. After going on a rampage decimating police units, the Justice League arrive to fight it. Unfortunately, while each member give some fight, the beast single-handedly defeats all of them, barely surviving. During the fight, the Martian Manhunter manages to delve into the beast’s mind through telepathy, discovering that the beast is a weapon with zero empathy, designed specifically to annihilate large civilizations. As the beast heads to Metropolis, Batman notes their last hope is Superman. At the same time, Clark and Lois meet for lunch at a tavern owned by Superman fan Bibbo Bibbowski, where Clark finally reveals his truth when removing his glasses, revealing himself as Superman to a shocked Lois. The two resolve their differences before Clark receives a distress call from the Justice League. Now in the city, Wonder Woman fights the beast before falling victim herself. Just as the beast is about to stab her with her own sword, Superman arrives and strikes it with his heat vision, hurling it city blocks away.Jerry O'Connell and Rainn Wilson in The Death of Superman (2018)Dubbed by Lois as “Doomsday”; the fight between Superman and Doomsday is reported live from the air by Lois and her cameraman Jimmy Olsen. The news crew is attacked by Doomsday until they are rescued by a beaten and bloodied Superman. Superman continues to fight the monster, in the city, over a suspension bridge, in the sky and finally near the Hall of Justice, but is exhausted and near defeat. Luthor arrives in his own battlesuit and sadistically enjoys the weakened Superman while attacking Doomsday, as he considers this an opportunity to gain the upper hand over Superman, and defeating Doomsday himself will win the hearts of Metropolis citizens as their true savior. Just as he is about to stab it, Doomsday recovers from Luthor’s assault and tears through his suit, throwing Luthor far away until Superman saves him. Superman continues the fight, and both him and Doomsday pummel each other with all their might, until Doomsday grievously wounds his opponent. Lois realizes Clark is going to die, and fights Doomsday with rocks from the ground. Doomsday extrudes a bony spear through his arms as he walks toward Lois to kill her. Superman sees this, and with one final burst of war cry, hurls himself straight towards Doomsday; Superman’s speed is enough to twist Doomsday’s neck around to kill it, but unfortunately, the beast also fatally stabs him through the chest, mortally wounding the Man of Steel. Lois holds a dying Superman in her arms. Having been assured that Doomsday is dead, and that the city is safe, Superman smiles and breathes his last breath.death-of-supermanJimmy broadcasts the death live all over the world, creating a global mourning. A state funeral is held for Superman where everyone except Batman, who is seen at Wayne Manor with his son mourning, attends the funeral. After the funeral, the Kents welcome Lois into their family. Jimmy rushes to Lois urging her to come with him to Superman’s mausoleum where they find his coffin open and a figure observing Superman’s statue before he flies away. In a series of mid and post credits scenes, Superman’s rocket self-starts and flies to the North Pole, burying itself under the Arctic Ice to terraform into the Fortress of Solitude as a Superman-like figure watches. Inside a secret lab owned by LexCorp, various Superman monster clones are destroyed, but one walks away and escapes. Dr. John Henry Irons is seen forging a metallic version of the Superman symbol onto a suit of armor. And lastly, a cyborg resembling Superman flying above the Earth’s atmosphere.maxresdefaultEasily one of the best DCAU films so far. The animation is high quality as always and the action sequences left me satisfied. Grittier take on Doomsday which adds more suspense to the film. The incorporation of the other leaguers adds more flavor to the story as well. All in all it’s funny in the right moments and touching in the rest. Great movie