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Old August 22 2012, 03:03 PM   #50
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Re: DCAU appreciation

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"A Little Piece of Home"-- Lex Luthor comes into posession of Kryptonite. Hilarity ensues. This is the ep with the big robot dinosaur battle seen in the opening sequence. Not really much to this one.
I have to disagree. Not only does it have gorgeous animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha (as do many S:TAS and TNBA episodes), but it has a terrific script by the late Hilary J. Bader, with some excellent character writing including one of my favorite Lois Lane moments of all time. When she's in the diner with Clark and the kryptonite fragment makes him feel sick, she just coolly, matter-of-factly orders the waitress to bring him some chicken soup and hot tea. She doesn't soften or change her hard-driving, no-nonsense manner in the least, but she's instinctively taking care of him. It reveals so much about her as a character and about how she perceives "Smallville" as someone who needs her to protect him, which is a lovely irony. (You also see it in the Toyman episode when she pulls him out of the toy plane's line of fire.) This is the episode that made S:TAS's version of Lois my all-time favorite.


"The Main Man" 1/2 -- A favorite. Lobo is a character that I've always loved in spite of myself, and part 2 was just ridiculous fun. I loved the aliens, in particular the Jabba-esque Spooge and Squeek.
Never cared for it much. B:TAS was always fairly grounded and down-to-earth, and this was the first DCAU episode that brought any of the really wild and goofy stuff into the universe, so I found it jarring. Lobo is a ridiculous character, an intentional comedy caricature of ultraviolent '90s antiheroes like Wolverine, Spawn, and the Punisher, and I've never felt he belonged in the same continuity as the heroes who were played straight.


"My Girl"-- The return of Lana Lang-- as Lex Luthor's girlfriend. A fun episode where Lana, who isn't fooled for a second by Clark's "disguise" ( The only observant person in the world?), and endevours to become Clark's crime-fighting partner.
Well, to be fair, we saw in "Last Son" part 2 that Clark confided in Lana about his superpowers, and she got to see them in action. So she had an edge that Lois and others didn't.


"The Prometheon"-- A big giant space-monster attacks Metropolis. Entertaining, but not spectacular.
Noteworthy for introducing General Hardcastle, who would return in JLU.


"Blasts From the Past" 1/2-- Ah, General Zod. What? "Jax-Who"? I can understand not wanting to go the familar Zod route for a Kryptonian villain, but why go with Jax-Ur and then give him Zod's background and motivations? Jax-Ur was originally a scientist in the comics.
As I understand it, the live-action movie's version of Zod was more a composite of Jax-Ur and Zod from the comics. In the Silver Age comics, Jax-Ur was the leader of the Phantom Zone criminals, the worst of the lot, and Zod and Faora (the basis for the movie's Ursa) were his main co-plotters. This Jax-Ur was a composite too, but they went in the other direction, and why not? They wanted to create their own identity, not just copy the movies like so many subsequent Superman productions have done.

What I don't get is why they invented the Mala character instead of just calling her Faora.


A bit of a continuity bump with Justice League, with Lois mentioning Wonder Woman well before her introduction in "Secret Origins".
Not the only one of its kind in the DCAU. A first-season Static Shock episode has the main characters referring to Clark Kent as a secret identity, implying that Superman is a fictional character in their world; but in the second season, the show was retroactively tied into the DCAU with a Batman crossover, and other crossovers followed.

This is why I'm okay with counting the 1990 live-action The Flash as part of the DCAU even though it has a scene where Barry Allen walks his dog past a theater showing Superman and Batman movies -- and another where he jokingly refers to a reporter as "Lois Lane."


"Livewire"-- Livewire is no Harley Quinn, but she is an original and entertaining villainess introduced in the DCAU and subsequently made it into the comics. Lori Petty is perfect in the role.
I never cared for Petty's vocal performance, but otherwise, yeah, it was a good effort to give Superman a worthy female antagonist. Although I don't care for the conceit of electric superpowered characters who can "turn into electricity" and travel through wiring. That's just too fanciful.


"Speed Demons"-- Bit of a lame villain, but who cares? Team-up between Superman and the Flash! Great fun.
Also, its musical score reuses Shirley Walker's Flash leitmotif from the 1990 series!
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