- Series Title: Lois & Clark The New Adventures of Superman
- Season: 1
- Episodes: 21
- Discs: 6
- Cast: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, Eddie Jones, K Callan, Michael Landes, John Shea, Tracy Scoggins
- Original Network: ABC
- Production Network: Warner Brothers
Lois and Clark takes the Superman story and turns it into a romantic comedy. This isn’t meant to put down the series, or Superman for that matter, but Lois and Clark emphasizes the relationship between Lois Lane and Clark Kent and the third member of their romantic triangle: Superman. In the first season, there’s another rival for Lois’ affections – Lex Luthor. Lois and Clark is pure fun. Made when CGI was in it’s infancy, and without a budget for a lot of effects – this series emphasizes character and story over effects – and the effects are limited to wire work, green screen, and other minor effects (such as Superman’s heat vision and freeze breath). Yet it is a joy to watch. And because effects are de-emphasized, it’s still a very watchable series.
Lois and Clark begins with Clark arriving in Metropolis and getting a job at the Daily Planet. At first, Perry White doesn’t want to hire Clark, thinking he lacks experience, but when Clark covers a story that Lois had refused as a “puff piece” and does an excellent job – he gets hired. Perry assigns Lois as Clark’s partner – and a great partnership is born. The first season emphasizes the two working together, as journalists. They investigate and write stories – real stories. Some are even read aloud on screen. I loved seeing reporters as heroes, and as people who care about their city. Superman usually appears once or twice an episode – to save the day. However, that doesn’t get old because the plots and characters for the most part are well written. Yet, in this series – Clark is Clark first and Superman second.
Another aspect of Lois and Clark that I really liked was that Clark has parents – parents he gets along with, whom he loves and who love him. Clark calls home regularly, and flies home on visits. When he has a problem, especially when it concerns his identity as Clark intersecting with his identity as Superman – Clark turns to his parents first, in part, because he has no one else. The older couple playing Martha and Jonathan Kent, K Callan and Eddie Jones are marvelous in their roles.
Lex Luthor in this series is a complete sociopath. He’s cold, unfeeling, and willing to kill to get his way. He falls for Lois Lane – but he wants to possess her completely rather than be her true partner, like Clark. Superman and Luthor are rivals, as Superman quickly discovers that Luthor is behind much of the evil, crimes, and disasters that happen in Metropolis. In the two part finale, Luthor proposes to Lois, sees to it that the Daily Planet newspaper is about to go under, buys it, then has the building bombed. He then frames the young street kid, Jack, that Clark had brought to the paper for a job. Everyone loses their jobs. Lex offers Lois a job working at LNN, the Luthor News Network on cable. She takes it, but her heart isn’t in it. She also accepts his proposal. However, at the last minute, Lois decides she can’t marry Lex – just as Perry, Jimmy Olsen, Jack, and eventually Clark (whom, as Superman, Luthor had imprisoned in a Kryptonite cage) burst in with the news that they have evidence Luthor framed Jack, that he was involved in much of the organized crime in the city, and various other things. Luthor escapes custody, then jumps off the balcony of his “Lex Tower” – the tallest building in Metropolis, supposedly to his death.
I don’t think I caught Lois and Clark first run, but I remember watching it in re-runs, and enjoying it enough to buy seasons 1 and 2 on DVD. It’s a series I’ve always meant to watch all the way through, and I just recently bought seasons 3 and 4, so now I can see the whole thing. Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher have great chemistry, and Teri Hatcher is funny, smart, cute – and perfectly cast as Lois Lane. Dean Cain is, well, he’s cute – very cute. But he also does a really good job as Clark/Superman, and he’s also a joy to watch. Together, Cain and Hatcher just sparkle, which is another part of the magic and timeless quality of this series. Recommended.