Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season 4
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With a modern twist on the legendary superhero, this romantic action/adventure series brings to life the comic book characters Clark Kent; his superhuman alter ego, Superman; and Lois Lane, fiction's first lady of the press. Now, get ready for the most anticipated wedding of the century as Lois and Clark enter a new phase of their life together.]]>
The third episode in Lois & Clark's final season is called, "Swear to God, This Time We're Not Kidding," but after what this series so maddeningly put its loyal fans through, Clark Kent (Dean Cain) could be forgiven for interrupting his nuptials to ask, "Look, everyone needs to know that this isn't some kind of evil genius-cloned-amnesiac fake out because there would be a riot." But no, viewers finally got what that they waited for so patiently; Clark and Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher) were married. But the honeymoon was short lived. The writers weren't through messing with viewers. In the next episode, "Soul Mates," Lois and Clark learn0--from H.G. Wells yet (Terri Kiser, reprising his role from season 2)--that they must first break an ancient curse that was put on their love before they can consummate their marriage. Both episodes are redeemed by blissfully romantic resolutions that more than make up for all the other nonsense. Marriage may have taken the sexual tension out of Lois and Clark's relationship, but it did not sap their considerable appeal. As professional colleagues and married partners, they work exceedingly well together, and Cain and Hatcher's palpable chemistry compensates for some not-so-super episodes. Not that the final season doesn't have its keepers. "Ghosts" features a nifty bit of stunt casting with Drew Carrey as a real-estate scam artist trying to scare Lois and Clark out of their apartment and his Drew Carrey Show nemesis Kathy Kinney as an actual ghost. The holiday episode "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" stars Howie Mandel as a havoc-wreaking imp who works a little Groundhog Day magic on Christmas. On a more dramatic note, there is a three-episode arc in which Lois is framed for murder. For Lois and Clark, first came love, then came marriage. As for what inevitably comes next, the final episode concludes this beloved series on an enormously satisfying note. --Donald Liebenson
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After watching "Smallville" in the last decade, I remembered the 90s show and now wanting to watch it again. So, I purchased this fourth season with all previous seasons purchased elsewhere - I have now just finished watching all of them and was very glad to have watched this story once more.
As one would know, when watching a television show as a kid, one's perception would be very different when watching the same show as an adult. As a kid, it was a first time and very confusing as I was very much starting out as a "fan," so to speak, and still learning how to live life, and I was very interested about Superman's relationship with a famed reporter, Lois Lane. In this show, their relationship would be developed and they are now married and in the end, on the way to have a family. (But, it would seemed that my favorite episodes are the ones that has H.G. Wells and all that interesting time-travel fun).
And, watching the fourth season takes me back to the first season and onward to see how Clark and Lois's relationship evolved and how they managed to overcome every obstacles that came their way. It's a story of a romantic couple.
I didn't care if the writing wasn't all that great, or the acting was a sort of semi-bad, or even the subplots seemed chewy chewy - I really enjoyed all of the episodes now as I did then. They were really fun to watch and a wonderful romantic comedy story in its own stead.
I'm very grateful to Deborah Joy LeVine for developing this story for the television, to bring Superman back to our screen after "Superboy" cancelled in 1992 (which I had never watched), and to Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain for their wonderful portrayals of Lois and Clark.
The best episodes of the 4th season were the ones which brought back the wonderful Lane Davies as Tempus. Since the decision was made to ultimately write Lex Luthor off the show, Tempus became the main recurring villain in the show. Unfortunately some of the other episodes (like those involving Lex's kids) did not work anywhere near as well. By the end of the 4th season they were really running out of stories to tell, especially involving the supporting characters and it was probably time to end the series. The one unfortunate thing however is that the series never did get a proper finale because the network had not made a decision on the show's fate by the end of the season. And while the very last couple scenes in the show did bring some closure, the rest of the episode just felt like any other.
As far as extras go, really the only thing of note is an interactive timeline of the Superman mythology which stretched from 1938 to 2006. Some where video clips and others were just text narrative. Overall the 4th season is not as good as the first two, but for fans of the show it is still worth adding to your collection.
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