Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season 1
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Lois & Clark: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Casting a fresh look on a timeless legend, this exciting, action-packed update of Superman captures the daring exploits of the mysterious visitor from another planet and brings the city of Metropolis to life.]]>
Lois & Clark was one of the sweetest surprises of the 1993 television season, and while it certainly enjoyed a devoted following until the series jumped the tall building in its later years, we can probably thank the Phoenix-like rise of Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher's career to thank for its arrival on DVD. The premise of Lois & Clark is one fraught with peril, particularly for core fans. This incarnation of the Man of Steel saga recasts Superman as romantic comedy. One of the series creators once described this series as "basically, Moonlighting, only Bruce Willis can fly." This is overstating the case by leaps and bounds. Clark Kent (Dean Cain) has not been reinvented as a wisecracking street-wise hipster. The chemistry between the new Metropolis arrival and rookie Daily Planet scribe and ace investigative reporter Lois Lane (Hatcher) is not as sexually charged as David and Maddie, and their banter is not as sharp. But as with Moonlighting it would be a few seasons before the two lovelorn characters consummated their attraction.
The dramatic arc of this inaugural season is "the fall of the house of Luthor," but at its heart is the triangle between Clark, Lois, and the charming snake Lex Luthor (John Shea), who, in the pilot episode, Superman vows to bring to justice ("Let the games begin," Luthor responds). Further complicating matters is that Superman has literally swept Lois off her feet. But until the episode "Barbarians at the Planet," in which Lex proposes to Lois, Lois professes her love to Superman, and Clark confesses his love to Lois, Lois & Clark breezily tweaks the touchstones of Superman iconography. "I've never noticed it before," a "drunk with love" Lois observes to a bespectacled Clark in "Pheremone, My Lovely," "You look a lot like Superman." Though special effects have progressed since the 1990s, Lois & Clark has lost little of its sparkle and panache, thanks to its super leads, whose fledgling careers soared to dizzying new heights. --Donald Liebenson
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At its core, this series is a romantic adventure comedy of the mid 90s, and it comes with all the upsides and downsides of this (if the cast of characters had cell-phones available, many of the plots wouldn't work). You won't see many CGI effects, and while it's true the few you see don't necessarily age well, it's still a fun romp to enjoy. There are a lot of shows on today that are very emotionally heavy, and while I enjoy them as well, I find one of the reasons I enjoy Lois & Clark is that it's simply a fun romp, like a popcorn flick of a romantic comedy that happens to involve Superman. Many of the episodes are "villain-of-the-week" style stories with campy, somewhat two-dimensional characters, but it works as a serial, and there are certainly story arcs, but they don't have as much depth as say those of Smallville.
All-in-all, if you like superheroes, secret identities, romance, and the 90s, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman might be up your alley, and I would definitely recommend checking it out.
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I actually was reminded of this while watching the new Supergirl series, when my dad pointed out that the actor who played Kara's adoptive human father was Superman in this. The nostalgia overwhelmed me and so I searched on here.
The box set contains all 21 episodes [including the double length pilot]. Each episode is more or less a stand-alone but there are some continuing threads running through it. The humour is often `dry' and low key but ever present [such as him trying on his outfits and showing his parents his disguise as he simply removes his glasses to stunned looks of disbelief] and with no nudity or swearing and low key violence, and with special effects that still look good over 20 years later this is excellent family viewing making this an obvious ***** choice.
This is truly a nice purchase to any fan of this tv show or for a curious viewer. Be assured that (mainly) the first season, deals with the lives of Lois Lane & Clark Kent. Superman is more of a support character, showing up only when a 'superhero' really is required. Actually, Clark Kent does most of is stuns without changing into it's 'other self'. Since this show is inspired by the vision of comic book artist/writer John Byrne, I really like the human aspect the character development has!
Has for any extras: this set comes with 6 DVD's. DVD 1 & DVD 6 comes with several making-of, interview and behind the scenes of the first seasons episodes. Also, the Pilot episode features comments with several people whom worked on the show: like Dean Cain. ;-)
The writing is intelligent and humorous evoking the innocence of the Silver Age Superman comics. There's a lightness in this show that has to be seen to be appreciated.
That said, the storylines are very fun and appropriately over the top and each episode manages to be packed with action without ever feeling badly paced. The show doesn't take itself too seriously and the real strength is in the wonderful cast who bring a genuine and surprising warmth to characters which could very easily have been lost in the gloss of the show. Even as I write this review I'm smiling to myself remembering some of the scenes. I would say it is ideal for family viewing and if you enjoyed this the first time around and are looking for something lovely and light you should definitely buy it.
"Lois and Clark - The New Adventures of Superman" is classic, and very entertaining! I recommend this to all fans of Superman. Dean Cain's portrayal of Superman is very well acted, and whilst his version of Clark Kent is still very similar to his Superman-it doesn't hinder the show in anyway.
I love this Season,theres a decent amount of action and tasteful humour that isn't cringey. Some of the special effects used in Season 1 still work but there are a couple that do not when comparing with the effects to the CGI of 2011. If "Lois and Clark" had the same CGI as "Smallville", it would have made this show even better.
In conclusion: very enjoyable, worth the price, great acting, decent scripts, good SFX, an awesome theme tune, what more could one ask for when it comes to a tv series about Superman!