Buy Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete First Season
Casting a fresh look on a timeless legend, this exciting, action-packed
update of the DC Comics Superman captures the daring exploits of the
mysterious visitor from another planet and brings the city of Metropolis
to life. Originally aired in the 90's on ABC, this humorously romantic
action/adventure hour-long series puts a modern twist on the
time-honored, legendary superhero, bringing to life the comic book
characters Clark Kent (Dean Cain); his superhuman alter-ego, Superman;
and Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), fiction's first lady of the press, in the
most unrequited romance of all time.
DVD Features:Audio Commentary:Commentary on Pilot
episodeDocumentaries:"From Rivals to Romance" -retrospective
documentaryEaster Eggs:Featurette:"Taking Flight: The Visual Effects of
Lois & Clark"Introduction:
Episode Guide for Season One
1. Pilot Episode (September 12, 1993)
Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis and is hired as a reporter for the
Daily Planet. Clark decides to use his powers for good and his parents
help him to create a costume and a secret identity. At the Daily Planet,
Lois and Clark are assigned to investigate the alleged sabotage of the
space program's Space Station Prometheus project. Clark, disguised as
Superman, saves Lois from a space shuttle and then confronts Lex Luthor
after learning of Lex's involvement in the sabotage.
2. Strange Visitor (September 26, 1993)
Lois and Clark become the targets of a government investigation led by
renegade agent Jason Trask. Clark discovers that he is from Krypton when
he finds the spaceship that brought him to Earth.
3. Neverending Battle (October 3, 1993)
Clark moves into a new apartment. Lex Luthor creates his own "disasters"
in order to test Superman's abilities. Clark briefly considers not being
Superman anymore. Lois steals Clark's story about Superman, but Clark
gets revenge by sending Lois on a wild goose chase.
4. I'm Looking Through You (October 10, 1993)
Metropolis celebrates Superman Day and Clark feels that he is loosing
his identity to Superman. Meanwhile, inventor Alan Morris (Leslie
Jordan) has invented a suit that makes the wearer invisible, but someone
has stolen some of the suits. It's up to Superman to catch them and put
a stop to their antics.
5. Requiem For a Super Hero (October 17, 1993)
Perry decides that Lois and Clark should be a reporting team. Lois and
Clark investigate a group of boxers that seems to be stronger that your
average man. They discover that Lois' estranged father Dr. Sam Lane, a
legend in sports medicine, is behind it all. Along with Lex Luthor, who
is providing funding for the project.
6. I've Got a Crush on You (October 24, 1993)
Lois and Clark go undercover in a riverside nightclub to try to expose a
ring of arsonists called the "Toasters". Clark gets close to the lady in
charge of the group of thugs and Lois gets jealous.
7. Smart Kids (October 31, 1993)
A group of orphans have been given a drug that temporarily increases
their IQ. The kids run away from the orphanage and threaten Metropolis
and then Lex Luthor, who secretly funded the project, in order to get
more of the drug. They have also discovered Superman's secret identity.
8. The Green, Green Glow of Home (November 14, 1993)
Perry sends Lois and Clark to Clark's hometown, Smallville, Kansas, to
investigate a strange rock that was found there. Lois meets Clark's
parents. Clark discovers that the rock makes him violently ill.
9. Man of Steel Bars (November 21, 1993)
When a heatwave hits Metropolis in November, Superman is blamed and he
is ordered not to use his powers. Lois discovers that the heat is coming
from a nuclear power plant owned by Lex Luthor.
10. Pheromone, My Lovely (November 28, 1993)
Everyone at the Daily Planet, except Clark, is affected by a perfume
that makes them act out their romantic desires. This causes Lois to
reveal her attraction to Clark. Superman must stop the evil scientist
(Morgan Fairchild) from spreading the perfume all over Metropolis.
11. Honeymoon in Metropolis (December 12, 1993)
Lois and Clark pose as honeymooners, staying in a honeymoon suite at a
posh Metropolis hotel, while trying to uncover a possible government
12. All Shook Up (January 2, 1994)
After Superman attempts to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth, Clark
Kent is discovered by the police in Metropolis's Suicide Slum Area
suffering from amnesia. Jonathan and Martha Kent try to help Clark
remember that he's Superman before the asteroid collides with Earth.
13. Witness (January 9, 1994)
Lois witnesses the murder of a scientist who claimed to have discovered
the secret to male virility. While they are investigating the murder,
Clark tries to protect Lois from the murderer.
14. Illusions of Grandeur (January 23, 1994)
Wealthy children are being kidnapped by a mad magician and held for
ransom. Superman is hypnotized into helping the villain during an
attempt to rescue one of the children. Superman manages to shake of the
hypnosis just in time to stop the villain from broadcasting her hypnotic
15. The Ides of Metropolis (February 6, 1994)
Lois harbors convicted murderer Eugene Latterman at her apartment. She
lets Clark in on the secret, and they work together to prove the man's
innocence. Meanwhile, with Lex Luthor's help, the man Eugene is accused
of killing is spreading a computer virus that is wreaking havoc on
computers worldwide. With Superman's help, Eugene is able to stop the
spread of the virus.
16. Foundling (February 20, 1994)
A globe Clark Kent found at Trask's warehouse (in the Episode Strange
Visitor) begins to glow and from it, Clark receives a message from his
Kryptonian father Jor-El. But before Clark can learn more, the globe is
stolen from Clark's apartment and sold to Lex Luthor. Luthor learns of
Superman's alien origins, but not his earthly identity. Clark gets Jack,
the young thief who stole the globe, a job at the daily planet.
17. The Rival (February 27, 1994)
The Daily Planet is regularly being scooped by its competitor, the
Metropolis Star. Clark goes to work for the Star, undercover, and winds
up working with one of Lois's former colleagues, Linda King. Lois
becomes jealous when Linda begins to show interest in Clark. Clark
manages to uncover a plot by the Star's publisher (Dean Stockwell) to
create news stories that his reporters can scoop so that he can become a
18. Vatman (March 13, 1994)
Using a stolen hair sample, Lex Luthor creates a clone of Superman and
attempts to train the clone to do Luthor's bidding, which, of course, is
to destroy Superman. When Luthor learns that the clone is dying, he
kidnaps Lois, luring Superman into a final battle with the clone. The
clone realizes that Superman is not the enemy and returns Superman's
hair sample and convinces Superman to take him to the sun to die.
19. Flyhard (March 27, 1994)
Clark, Jimmy, Perry, Jack, Lois, and Lex are held hostage at the Daily
Planet by a gang who believe that there is a vault full of cash hidden
under the floor of the Daily Planet. Superman manages to save the day
without revealing his secret identity.
20. Barbarians At the Planet (May 1, 1994)
Lex proposes to Lois. The Daily Planet is in financial trouble and is
bought out by Luthor. Jack is framed, by Lex, for setting off a bomb at
the Daily Planet and is taken to juvenile detention. Clark, in an
attempt to convince Lois not to marry Lex, tells Lois how he feels about
her, but she tells him that she does not feel the same way about him.
Lois tells Superman that she loves him, but Clark turns her down as
Superman and is hurt because she loves him as Superman, but not as
himself. In the end, Lois accepts Lex's proposal.
21. The House of Luthor (May 8, 1994)
Clark, Perry, Jimmy and Jack (who has escaped from juvenile detention)
investigate the bombing of the Daily Planet. Lois has doubts about
marrying Lex. Luthor arranges for Superman to meet with him before the
wedding and in a basement, Lex drops a cage made of kryptonite on
Superman. Meanwhile, Perry, Jimmy and Jack have the evidence needed to
put Lex away. Lex runs off to marry Lois, only to be jilted at the alter
when Lois says she can't marry him. When the police show up at the
church to arrest Luthor, he manages to escape. He goes to the basement
where he had Superman trapped, only to find that Superman had escaped.
Lex then flees to his penthouse where he jumps from the balcony.
Superman is still weak from his battle with the kryptonite cage and is
unable to save Lex. Later, the newspaper headlines read that Lex's body
is missing. Financier Franklin Stern agrees to buy the Daily Planet.
Before Lois can tell Clark how she feels about him, Clark lies and tells
her that he just wants to be friends.
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