Adventures of Superman: Season 2
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The legendary Man of Steel, last survivor of the doomed planet Krypton lives on earth, assuming the secret identity of Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.]]>
- 26 episodes on five discs
- Commentary by Noel Neill and Jack Larson on two episodes
- Documentary: The First Lady of Metropolis profiling Noel Neill
- Stamp Day for Superman: special episode promoting savings bonds with a new introduction by Jack Larson
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The back story is truly amazing; the first season, filmed in 1951, had taken two full years to finally reach the entire country (television, at that time, was still in it's infancy, and just beginning to spread throughout the nation, as the FCC issued licenses for new stations, from coast to coast). "The Adventures of Superman", syndicated and sponsored by Kellogg's, was a fresh, exciting series that many of the new stations picked up to help promote themselves, and sell televisions...and the series began an astonishing climb to a level of popularity that no one involved had ever anticipated.
Certainly, none of the cast was prepared for what happened; in the two-year hiatus, Phyllis Coates, the 'Lois Lane' of the first season, assuming the series was finished, took on other acting assignments, and was no longer available when the call went out for the second season to be filmed (her role was filled by the 'Lois Lane' of the 40s movie serials, Noel Neill, 33, who saw the role toned down considerably from the aggressive, feisty newspaperwoman of the first season). Jack Larson, 20, who had felt misgivings about the role of Jimmy Olsen from the beginning (only agreeing to the part when his agent joked that "nobody will ever see it, anyway") discovered himself typecast in the role, and his privacy lost...a situation even more acute for the series' star, George Reeves, now 39.Read more ›
Here are the episodes in season 2:
<LI>Five Minutes to Doom
<LI>The Big Squeeze
<LI>The Man Who Could Read Minds
<LI>Shot in the Dark
<LI>The Defeat of Superman
<LI>Superman in Exile
<LI>Ghost for Scotland Yard
<LI>The Dog Who Knew Superman
<LI>The Face and the Voice
<LI>The Man in the Lead Mask
<LI>Panic in the Sky
<LI>The Machine That Could Plot Crimes
<LI>My Friend Superman
<LI>The Clown Who Cried
<LI>The Boy Who Hated Superman
<LI>Perry White's Scoop
<LI>Beware the Wrecker
<LI>The Golden Vulture
<LI>Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor
<LI>Lady in Black
<LI>Star of Fate
<LI>The Whistling Bird
<LI>Around the World with Superman
And special features should be:
<li>Documentary: "The First Lady of Metropolis" profiles Noel Neill. Featuring Jack Larson, Leonard Maltin and others.
<li>Commentary on 2 key episodes by Noel Neill and Jack Larson
<li>"Stamp Day For Superman": Special episode promoting savings bonds with a new introduction by Jack Larson.
I'm giving the release 5 stars based on the fact that the first season was very well done, and I have high hopes that the second season DVD set will surpass all our expectations.
We are treated to more of the same GREAT STUFF as was presented in the first season; however, Noel Neill replaced Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane and we see a true diversity of themes. Whereas the first season had focused on mobsters and crime, the second toned down the violence and added a wide range of themes to the growing Superman universe. In the process, the second season was more kid-friendly at the expense of some of the film-noir ambience.
All and all, this is a great addition and companion to the first season.
SEASON TWO has just been released. I pre-ordered it from Amazon prior to its release and and I have just completed viewing the 5 disks of the second season. The quality is the same as the first season -- almost unbelievably good. Episode 12, "Panic In The Sky" on the second disk, is a standout that also has an interesting and informative commentary track narrated by Noel Neill and Jack Larson.
If there is a difference between the first and second season, it is probably caused by several obvious differences;
---1] LOIS LANE:
Noel Neill is much lighter and more of a kid-viewer-friendly sidekick for Clark Kent, whereas Pyllis Coates was much more Kent's equal and rival. My daughter, watching parts of many of these shows -- but whole shows of none -- as she sort of flits in and out seeing parts of many and whole shows of none, stated that in "The Defeat Of Superman" if Phyllis Coates were still Lois then she would have been the one who got hit with the Kryptonite bullet instead of Superman. That's it exactly. Many of the crooks in the first season were literally mauled by Lois Lane, wildcat, as they tried with great difficulty to subdue her.Read more ›
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These are old, so they are in Black and White for the first few seasons. They are well recorded I think for as old as they are. Read morePublished 3 months ago by White Wolf SC
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