Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season 3
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For over half a century, this "strange visitor from another planet" has thrilled the world. In this all-new series, Lois and Clark are up for any and all challenges. But now their relationship takes on a new dimension with Lois discovering Clark's true identity and accepting his marriage proposal.]]>
Lois & Clark presents a more upbeat world than the one depicted in Superman Returns. In Bryan Singer's big screen version, Clark loses the girl before the credits even begin. In the third season premiere of the ABC series, however, Clark (Dean Cain) proposes to Lois (Teri Hatcher). Before answering, she wants to know, "Who's asking, Clark or Superman?" So, now he knows she knows (yet another difference). In either case, the answer is no...for now. In this episode, Bill Church (Peter Boyle) also informs Bill Jr. (Bruce Campbell) that now hell be working for good rather than bad--which leaves Superman with little to do. That situation won't last long as the Churchs will soon be tossed in the clink and a new boss will take over Intergang. The Brylcreemed one is back in the business of saving Metropolis from the baddies. Meanwhile, a psychic named Star (Olivia Brown) moves in next door to Lois (and seems designed to add some rather dubious comic relief). Other episode highlights include "Ultra Woman," in which Shelley Long and Mary Gross transfer Clark's powers to Lois, and "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape," which spoofs I Love Lucy, Dragnet, and James Bond--with Hatcher (Tomorrow Never Dies) as "Miss Goodbottom."
Other points of interest: Both Cain and Hatcher penned episodes ("Virtually Destroyed" and "It's a Small World After All"), the title sequence changes in the third episode ("Contact") to reflect Hatcher's new hairstyle, and guest stars include future crime scene investigators Gary Dourdan ("Never on Sunday") and Emily Proctor ("Tempus, Anyone?"). Most importantly, Lois finally gets back to Clark about that little question, setting the scene for next season's super-nuptials. Extras include a sneak peek at the Singer-produced doc, Look, Up in the Sky!, which explores all incarnations of the Man of Steel. -- Kathleen C. Fennessy
- 22 episodes on six discs
- "Lois & Clark: A History of Romance" featurette
- "The Man of Steel Trivia Challenge" hosted by Dean Cain
- Excerpts from the documentary "Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman"
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The Ultimate Lois - Teri Hatcher cuts her hair and loses her lustworthiness! To be fair she was ahead of the Cameron Diaz short trend.
The real reason to BUY or FLY is the marriage/clone/amnesia arc! It is the most amazing and horrific Way a TV show ever committed on air self sacrifice! For the show so loved Lex Luther that it rendered its own superhero FLACCID so Lex could steal Clark's bride, kidnap his mother, start a war against superman and try to kill him - while Clark/Superman barely fights back. It's a train wreck and will scramble your brains!
The last two episodes are really the beginning of Season Four - which might be worth watching but is not rewatchable by any means.
All in All a hardcore fan will need to watch this season and witness a once uplifting and inspirational show lose all of its zest, believability and charisma.
I have been a "fan" of Superman since I was first introduced to the Super Hero character as a very young boy. My first memory of Superman goes back to age 5 when I first watch a Superman cartoon one Saturday morning on TV. I was hooked. Still enjoy the Superman Story.
I now have the first three seasons of this well done, wonderful TV series. I will be buying additional seasons of this TV series.
Developed for television by Deborah Joy LeVine. The series loosely followed the modern origin of Superman, established by writer John Byrne—where Clark Kent is the true personality and Superman a disguise. As the show's title suggests, the series focused on the relationship and romance between Clark and Lois, as much as the adventures of Clark's alter-ego, Superman.
On May 17, 1966, Jonathan and Martha Kent (Eddie Jones and K Callan) witness the crash-landing of a small spaceship in Shuster's Field outside of Smallville, Kansas. When they investigate, they discover the baby Kal-El, decide to raise him as their own, and name him "Clark Jerome Kent". Throughout the series, Clark proudly states his mother made his Superman costume for him. Clark often consults Jonathan and Martha, either by telephone or in person after impromptu Superman flights to Smallville, about personal and moral concerns and dilemmas.
The series opens twenty-seven years later, on the day Clark moves to Metropolis and interviews for a job at the Daily Planet under editor Perry White (Lane Smith). Clark becomes acquainted with photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes in Season One, Justin Whalin thereafter) and gossip columnist Cat Grant (Tracy Scoggins). Soon after being hired, Clark is partnered with star reporter Lois Lane. Within minutes of Clark getting a job, he and Lois are given an assignment together. Clark falls in love with Lois at first sight, but she considers him to be little more than a rookie slowing her down. When Superman saves her from a space shuttle disaster, Lois instantly becomes infatuated with Clark's alter-ego.
Lois & Clark was the second effort to break tradition and mirror John Byrne's retcon of Superman, which included making Clark Kent more assertive and less clumsy. Dean Cain's Clark gradually becomes a well-regarded and highly competent reporter, even beating out Lois for a Kerth award (much to her consternation). A few episodes directly emphasized that Clark was the unequivocal "dominant" personality, not Superman. Following this theme, an innovation unique to the series was the depiction of Clark Kent and Superman's traditional hairstyles being reversed – here it is Superman whose hair is slicked-back, and Clark whose fringe falls more naturally.
An additional element that reflected the post-Byrne comics was the portrayal of Lex Luthor (at least initially) as a corrupt corporate tycoon, rather than the more traditional mad scientist.
In this series, with the exception of Lois, Clark's parents, Wayne Irig, H.G. Wells, and four villains (Mister Mxyzptlk, Diana Stride, Jason Mazik and Tempus), everyone who has found out Superman's true identity has either been killed or had his/her memory erased. A subplot that was never truly resolved before the series ended dealt with the shadowy government agency, Bureau 39, which possessed the spacecraft which brought Superman to Earth as an infant, and may have connections with Intergang.
In November 2013, Superman fans named Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain as the best Lois and Clark combination ever covering both TV and Superman films. They are right on the mark.
Buy and watch this season (and other seasons) of this wonderful TV series.
That is not to say that all the episodes were bad. The mid season arc which brought John Shea back as Lex Luthor for a couple episodes were very good (and showed off Teri Hatcher's acting chops, especially the comedic ones), and the return of Tempus and H.G. Wells made for a very good episode. But many of the episodes surrounding those, which were mainly used to bring tension to the relationship and keep them from really getting together were not nearly as good as the first and second season episodes. The show did get its footing back with the season ending arc that introduced the Kryptonian survivors and ended the season on a cliff hanger.
As far as the A/V quality and extras go, they are pretty much on par with the other season releases. For bonus material there is a short feature on the Lois and Clark relationship from over the course of the Superman comics, movies and TV shows. There is also a 10 min trivia game hosted by Dan Cain (sporting a rather hilarious hair style) where he asks and answers questions about the Superman mythology.
In all, Season 3 was not as good as the prior two, but still had its good points. If you are a fan of the show, it is still worth getting, but you will probably roll your eyes at some of the story lines.