January 2008

RF’s Top 5 Movies on DVD Everyone Should Own

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2008

in Essays 

We’re introducing a new feature today.  Every now and again the RF staff, with the help of some friends, will be giving short (but sweet) lists on all kinds of movie goodness (and badness).  Everybody’s got a DVD collection, though some are better than others.  But what are those handful of DVD’s everyone should have on their shelf?  I’m glad you asked!  Today, with the help of one of our Kansas City Film Critic pals, we’ll take a look and give you some recommendations for DVD’s everyone should own.

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A few notes about today’s list.  The list includes single movies (that’s why you won’t see the original Star Wars Trilogy showing up on my list) available on DVD.  These are not necessarily a list of our favorite films nor a list of what we believe to be the greatest films of all time.  This is a list of movies we just can’t seem to stop watching, and think you should be watching too!

Phil Boatwright is our guest-reviewer for today’s list.  Phil has been writing film reviews from a Christian perspective for thirteen years, and is a fellow member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle.  He is a syndicated film reviewer for such publications as The Christian Single, Living with Teenagers, St. Louis Metro Voice and other periodicals across the country.  You can currently read Phil’s reviews and articles here.

For simplicity, and to give you a wider sampling, we haven’t duplicated any film (for example two of Phil’s 5 could fit easily on my list).  All the films are arranged alphabetically below.  Enjoy!


 

Phil Boatwright’s Top 5

Casablanca - I have always considered Citizen Kane the one flawless film, but after a recent viewing of Rick & Elsa’s great love story, I’ve capitulated – Casablanca truly reigns as the greatest motion picture of all time.  I cannot find a false or ineffective camera angle, line or performance in the entire production.  Love, honor and patriotism prevail.  It’s a film I never get tired of viewing.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - All-star cast includes Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney…oh, heck, it stars every major comic from the ‘30s to the ‘60s!  A non-stop laugh-a-thon as a group of motorists learn of a fortune buried 200 miles away.

The Magnificent Seven - Derived from the Kurosawa “Eastern,” The Seven Samurai, about gunmen defending a poor Mexican village from bandits is perfectly cast, and contains great shootouts.  Elmer Bernstein’s music is outstanding.  (I’m actually getting a little tired of the film, but it’s taken me near eighty showings to do it.)

The Quiet Man - Most film historians grudgingly accept John Wayne as one of the grandest personas ever to appear on celluloid.  Some even take umbrage to the pronouncement that he could not act.  From my research over the years, I’ve discovered John Wayne was John Wayne.  Bigger than life with a Mount Rushmore identity, Wayne was brave, tough, generous and patriotic, just like the man in played in a 150 movies.  Even political foes like Lauren Bacall and Kirk Douglas stand in awe of what he was and what he stood for.  True, no one has made more dreadful films (Rio Lobo, The Conqueror, Jet Pilot), but on the other hand, few have given us any more entertaining pictures than The Quiet Man.  In it Wayne is indomitable in dealing with Victor McLaglen, humorous with Barry Fitzgerald, and tender with one of the most beautiful women on the movie screen, Maureen O’Hara.  John Ford won a deserving Best Director Oscar for this production of a man returning to his roots and discovering that love with an Irish redhead can be as rocky and beautiful as Ireland itself.  A loving, sentimental look at the Ireland we all wish existed.  Great music, cinematography and story make this one of the Duke’s best.  Romance, humor and one of the longest fight scenes ever filmed!

Singin’ in the Rain - There are some very funny lines and sequences in this movie, but it’s the dance numbers that truly stand out.  Donald O’Connor’s Make ‘Em Laugh does just that.  And I defy you to not feel the joy of found love as Gene Kelly does the classic title song.


 

Alan’s Top 5

2001: A Space Odyssey - I needed a sci-fi flick and for reasons mentioned above took Star Wars out of the equation.  That left me with a quandary.  I also needed a Stanley Kubrick film (everybody should own at least one) and although this isn’t my favorite film of his it does fill both categories nicely.  It’s influence can still be felt today (remember 2006’s The Fountain, or the look of last year’s Sunshine), and it remains one of the most ambitious projects any director attempted.  This space opera of a black monolith, a crazy computer, and an ending I’m still not sure I completely understand, pushed the envelope in every way.  It’s one of the few films that you can watch over and over and leave with a slightly different experience each time.

All The President’s Men - Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who have rarely been better, bring the true story of Watergate to the big screen.  The film is based off the book by Woodward and Bernstein which chronicled their investigation into the Watergate scandal and led to the eventual resignation of President Nixon.  From production, to acting, to directing, to storytelling, the film works on every conceivable level and presents an important message about journalism which only Good Night and Good Luck (30 years later!, read that review) has come close to.  The two-disc special edition includes featurettes on time period, the reporters, journalism, the impact of the film, the real life Deep Throat, and commentary from Redford.

Garden State - This might seem to stand out against the other films on the list, but it’s meant to.  We all have movies like this in our collection.  Sure there are better films on the shelf but somehow this one keeps finding itself in the DVD player.  I’m a big fan of Zach Braff’s (who wrote and directed as well as starred in the film) off-beat love story, and have lost track of the number of times I’ve watched it.  This is the film which finally made me like Natalie Portman, and think maybe that Scrubs guy has something afterall (though everything he’s done since has made a strong argument for this being an anomoly rather than a breakthrough).  And that soundtrack!  Garden State is a supremely watchable, and enjoyable, film.  Check out the full review.

Rear Window - James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock.  What more could you possibly want.  This film has many imitators but no true successor.  For more on the beautifully remastered DVD read my full review.

The Third Man - Orson Welles.  It was hard to choose a film for this list.  I also considered Citizen Kane and A Touch of Evil, but in the end chose this noir thriller about a fool (Joseph Cotten) who stumbles into murder and mayhem in post-WWII Vienna, and solves the murder of his friend Harry Lime (Welles).  Aside from having the best reveal of all time, and one of the greatest speeches (about cuckoo clocks, of all things) the film also sports one of the most unique film scores, and a style and atmosphere perfectly suited to the story.  The two-disc Criterion Edition is filled to the brim with extras and features including multiple audio commentaries, a Graham Green radio recording, documentaries, featurettes, and more.  Like all Criterion discs it’s a bit pricey ($39.99) and almost impossible to find on sale, anywhere, but this one is worth it.  There are few films as memorable, and fans of cinema could, and have, spent years dissecting the camera angles, the lighting, and Anton Karas and his zither.  Just how good is this film?  Both the AFI (American Film Institute) and the BFI (British Film Institute), both claiming ownership to it, rank it among the best films of all time!

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Keanu Barrada Nicto, Dude!

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

Well, it’s official.  December 12, 2008 is the proposed release date for the remake of one of science fiction’s greatest films.  The b&w 1951 film is an iconic message of peace and a stern warning at the growing escalation of violence around the world.  The much beloved film can be found at or near the top of countless Best Sci-fi Film lists.  But hey, this one’s got Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and the director of Urban Legends: Final Cut!  Somebody shoot me. 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
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Stephen Colbert SMASH!

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2008

in Uncategorized

For those who missed Marvel Editor-in-chief Joe Quesada‘s appearance on The Colbert Report here’s a peek at what happened.  Stephen was visably saddened he hadn’t been chosen to be the new Captain America, but Quesada did inform Stephen his campaign for President inside the Marvel Universe is still going strong and mentioned a few possible running mates to consider.  Check out the larger version inside the Full Diagnosis.  Enjoy!

The Colbert Show
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No Country Picks Up Steam

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

No Country for Old Men, after pulling in the best picture nod from the Broadcast Film Critics Assocation for Best Picture (and several nods from local critics groups) looks to now be the front-runner going into Oscar night.  No Country took home the Ensamble Award for Cast at the SAGs just days after grabbing the Director’s Guild Award. 

Both Michael Clayton and Juno seem to be lossing steam (and my favorite film of the year – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street didn’t get a nomination despite pulling in the Golden Globe for Best Picture Musical or Comedy).  It seems the only question will be if the least of the nominees (Atonement) given its recent win at the Golden Globes, or the dark horse There Will Be Blood, which aside from the performance of its lead has been largerly ignored, can turn this back into a race.

No Country for Old Men
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RazorFine Presents – Thanos

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2008

in Comics

Welcome to yet another issue of RazorFine Presents Comic Spotlight as we take a look at comic heroes, villains, and everything in between.  This week, for the first time, we shine the comic spotlight on a villain.  Created in the early 1970’s by Jim Starlin, Thanos of Titan, an Eternal with almost unlimited intellect and power, would threaten the universe for decades on a mission to serve and win the heart of his mistress, Death.

Thanos

Name: Thanos

1st Appearance: Iron Man issue #55 (1973)

Final Appearance: Dies (again) in Annihilation issue #4

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“From knowledge springs power, just as weakness stems from Ignorance.”

Thanos, in many ways, is one of the most tragic characters in the history of the Marvel Universe.  Born on Titan to a race of Eternals, Thanos would grow into a bitter and power-hungry young man.  Early on Thanos became infatuated with Death and a desire to earn her pleasure and respect; Thanos pledged his life to her cause.

From the nuclear bombing of his own homeworld, to the murder and dissection of his mother, to his attempt to destroy all life in the cosmos, Thanos is consumed by a desire to prove himself in the eyes of Death.  First using the Cosmic Cube, and later the Infinity Gems, Thanos would be thwarted time and again by the like of Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock, who would turn the Mad Titan to stone and free the universe from his wrath, for the time being.

Thanos would be resurrected by Death in The Silver Surfer to be her new champion, and become a thorn in the side of the Sentinel of the Spaceways.  Once again he acquired all of the Infinity Gems in the short two-part mini-series Thanos Quest and combined their power to reach a level of omnipotence in The Infinity Gauntlet mini-series.  His godhood however was short-lived and Thanos would retreat into seclusion

Over the next several years Thanos would appear throughout the Marvel Universe sometimes as hero, sometimes a villain, but always with an agenda all his own.  Finally Thanos allied himself with Annihilus during the Annihilation mini-series for the simple curiosity of wondering what effect his destructive force will have on the universe.  Eventually Thanos would have enough and turn on Annihilus, however he would be killed by Drax the Destroyer who has hunted the Titan for years.  But don’t mourn too deeply for him; in death Thanos would be granted his fondest wish and become the consort of Mistress Death.

Thanos is a mix of power, science, and mysticism.  Imbued with keen intellect, super-human strength, enhanced reflexes and endurance, and near invulnerability, Thanos was a serious threat to whoever stood in the way of his latest scheme.  His acceptance of both magic and science allowed him to combine the two to enhance his natural abilities, to teleport of long distances, and to travel through time and alternate dimensions.  Thanos would also appear on the short-lived Silver Surfer cartoon in “The End of Eternity” (a three-parter featuring the death of, well, everything) and the series final episode “Soul Hunter.”

I’m a fan of the character, in fact I will admit to owning a little Thanos Infinity Gauntlet action figure.  With the exception of Green Lantern, one thing Marvel does consistently better than DC is the cosmic high-minded and far-reaching adventure.  Thanos is is a big piece of that legacy from his early years battling Captain Marvel to his “final” moments in Annihilation.  In fact he is so important and influential Marvel Comics Online voted him #1 on their list of Marvel’s Greatest Cosmic Characters, beating out characters like The Silver Surfer, Nova, Captain Marvel, and Galactus.

For those interested reading some of the Mad Titan’s adventures I would recommend The Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback (the sequels aren’t as good, but are worth a look), and the Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos trade paperback featuring his return from the dead in the early 1990’s.  There are also several good Internet sites dedicated to the anti-hero including Thanos: The Mad Titan.

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The folks at Marvel.com got together recently to name the 10 Greatest Cosmic Characters in Marvel Comics history.  The list is made up of heroes and villains alike and includes an artificial life form, a head in a jar, a world devourer, a X-Man, the Seninel of the Spaceways, a New Mutant, and a Titan (but sadly no Guardians of the Galaxy – where’s the love!).  We have more on the man topping the list in the latest issue of our Comic Spotlight (check it out).  Check out the Full Diagnosis for the full list.

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Marvel’s Greatest Cosmic Characters

10. The Supreme Intelligence
9. Warlock
8. The Imperial Guard
7. Adam Warlock
6. Galactus
5. Captain Marvel
4. Phoenix
3. Nova
2. The Silver Surfer
1. Thanos

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Hellsing

by Sarah on January 30, 2008

in Anime Reviews 

Vampires, guns and ghouls plague this series.  This particular series is rather entertaining.  You meet a series of weaker villains like the Valentine Brothers until you finally get to Incognito.  Incognito is supposed to be Alucards equal, the only one that should be a difficult match.

Alucard faithfully serves his master Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing after she discovered him years ago.  The story does not start out immediately telling you the details of Alucard and Integra’s past, but halfway through the series you learn about Integra’s childhood. 

Herushingu
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Vampires, guns and ghouls plague this series.  This particular series is rather entertaining.  You meet a series of weaker villains like the Valentine Brothers until you finally get to Incognito.  Incognito is supposed to be Alucards equal, the only one that should be a difficult match.

Alucard faithfully serves his master Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing after she discovered him years ago.  The story does not start out immediately telling you the details of Alucard and Integra’s past, but halfway through the series you learn about Integra’s childhood.  In the first episode, you meet Seras Victoria, a military girl who became the only survivor of her squad after a vampire turned them all into ghouls.

Ghouls are what the artifical vampires, also known as freaks, create.  The freaks drain all of the blood from the body of their victim, creating a zombie-like minion.

Seras Victoria is nearly killed by the horde of ghouls that was once her comrades.  Alucard shows up just in the nick of time and asks if she would like to become a vampire and she agrees to being bitten by her master Alucard, but once she becomes a vampire, she instantly begins to regret it.

Seras Victoria refuses to drink the medical blood given to her each night; the lack of blood makes her weak.  Alucard advises her to drink to regain strength, even offers his blood from a cut he received from Paladin Alexander Anderson.  She refused, knowing that if she drank his blood Alucard would no longer be her master, she would be alone.  Soon after that decision, she gives in to needs and drinks the blood on the table.  I thought it was strange how they gave her the blood though; they gave it to her with a bowl and spoon.  Sort of looked like tomato soup and here I was questioning why they did not give it to her in a goblet, it would have looked more classy.  Either way she gains strength and is able to wield her enormous guns, like the Halconnen.

The story starts a little weak, with switching villains every episode, but when the story starts to be centered on the defeat of Incognito it becomes less weak.  Switching the villains every episode makes it semi-difficult to stay focused.  The final battle scene between Alucard and Incognito is played out well, little speech, little action and ends in a bloody mess.

I had very little time to watch this anime, but I am a big fan of vampire stories and when a good friend of mine recommended this to me, I figured it was worth watching.  I have to say that I enjoyed it; things here and there were a little strange, but over all a decent series.  The series opener was a real catchy tune, I do not normally focus on that, but I rather enjoyed the song.  “World Without Logos by Yasushi Ishii” I believe is the song, also the opener includes a wandering dog, which was strange to me at first, but it turns out that is Alucard’s other form.  I definitely would recommend this to anyone seeking vampires, blood and mayhem!

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The Death of Captain America

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2008

in Comics

For a limited time Marvel Comics is offering you the chance to read issue #25 of Captain America online for FREE!  Just follow this link to head over to the free preview presented by Marvle Digital Comics Unlimited and catch the final fateful moments of one of Marvel Universe’s most beloved heroes.  After reading you can head to your local comic shop to check out the latest issue of the title which introduces the world to the new Captain America.  For more on that check out the latest issue of our Comic Rack.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2008

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Devil’s Due Publishing, and Image Comics.

This week includes Batman, Captain America, Crossing Midnight, Green Lantern, The Spirit, Star Wars: Legacy, Ultimate X-Men, the first issues of Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, Doctor Who, Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer, Spider-Man: With Great Power… and Xombie, and the final issues of Sheena and Y: The Last Man.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including BtVS Omnibus Vol. 3, El Diablo, Manhunter Vol. 4: Unleashed, New Avengers: Illuminati, X-Men: Endangered Species, and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #57

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Lois & Clark

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2008

in DVD Reviews 

Superman was dead, and not just the movie franchise.  The Death of Superman (which itself only existed because of this series – but that’s another story) would throw the DCU for a loop, but on the small screen the Big Blue Boyscout would fly higher than ever before.  Casting relative unknowns Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher the show, created by Deborah Joy Levine, took the characters out of the comics page and stuck them in a screwball dramedy centered not around Superman’s ability to save the day but the relationship between Daily Planet reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a different type of super-hero show.  Keeping a balance of seriousness while always willing to plant a tongue firmly in cheek when appropriate, this show centered not only around the hero saving the day, but what he did and how he lived outside of the tights as well.  The reporter took center stage over the hero.

The series followed the example of John Byrne’s relaunch of the hero post-Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Although Superman would appear in every episode to save the day (and usually Lois), the character of Clark Kent and his relationship with Lois, Jimmy, Perry, and his parents is what drove the show.  The series was more about Clark than Superman, and, to tell the truth, more about Lois than Clark.

In its short time on the air L&C would put its own stamp on the the characters.  Perry White (Lane Smith) became an Elvis aficionado (and “Great Caesar’s Ghost” became “Great Shades of Elvis”), both of Clark’s parents would still be living (K Callan, Eddie Jones), Lex Luthor (John Shea) would have hair, Jimmy would be played by two different actors (Michael Landes, Justin Whalin), but Superman would still stand for truth, justice and the American way, and always show up just in time to save the day.  The series ran for four seasons and managed to marry the pair to coincide with the marriage of Lois and Clark on the comic page as well.  After 88 episodes Superman hung up his cape, but lucky for us all four seasons are available on DVD.


Season One
“Don’t fall for me farm boy. I don’t have time for it.”

Clark Kent (Dean Cain) moves to Metropolis and starts a job at the Daily Planet alongside seasoned investigative reporter Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher).  Perry, Jimmy, Kat (Tracy Scroggins), and Lex Luthor will all play roles in Clark’s, and his new alter-ego Superman’s, life for years to come.

In the Pilot Ma Kent makes his famous costume in what would become a trademark moment for the series and capture a tone to find an ability to honor the the legend of Superman, but still be able to find the humor in those moments as well.  It was this humor which led to several inside jokes such as Lex Luthor’s musings while testing Superman in “Neverending Battle” over whether Superman can, in fact, “leap tall buildings in a single bound” or if “he is more powerful than a locomotive.”  Many similar moments throughout the series run would help give the show its unique charm.

Memorable episodes include Agent Trask (Terrence Knox) and his mission to destroy the alien invader named Superman in “Strange Visitor From Another Planet” and “The Green, Green Glow of Home,” Lois’ sultry rendition as a nightclub singer in “I’ve Got a Crush On You,” the time period flashbacks in “Fly Hard,” and the death of Lex Luthor and the Daily Planet (both of which would rise again) in the season finale “House of Luthor.”

Teri Hatcher shines as the lovable career-manic with a talent for physical humor, and Dean Cain fits well into the Superman suit, and even better into the shoes, and glasses, of Clark Kent.  The show takes flight early on, and although you may get a bit tired of the number of Luthor stories and lack of other villains, there’s much here to recommend.


 

Season Two
“Superman, let me ask you something…why tights?  Why a cape?  You’re a grown man; don’t you feel ridiculous?”

With the “death” of Lex Luthor the show moved to a varied cast of guest-starring villains in the second, and in opinion the best, season including Bronson Pinchot as the Prankster in “The Prankster” and “Return of the Prankster,” a clever take on the Toyman in “Season’s Greetings,” and the first appearance of the series best original character Tempus (Lane Davies) in “Tempus Fugitive,” a perfectly over the top villain who asks the important questions no villain should including why Superman wears tights, and just how galactically stupid is Lois Lane for not seeing Clark and Superman are the same guy?  The season also wouldn’t be complete without the return of Luthor himself in “The Phoenix.”  Some episodes however failed to hit their mark including “Lucky Leon,” “Chi of Steel”, the extremely underwhelming version of “Metallo,” and the reincarnated Al Capone and his merry men in “That Old Gang of Mine.”  I guess they can’t all be winners.

This season is also notable for the first appearance of Red Kryptonite in “Individual Responsibility,” introducing the recurring threat of Intergang, having Superman be sued for saving a man’s life in “Whine, Whine, Whine,” the many women of Lex Luthor who include Emma Samms and Denise Crosby, the first (and only) appearance of Resplendent Man (Leslie Jordan), and including Clark and Lois’ first kiss, first date, and a proposal to end the season on a cliff-hanger in “And the Answer Is….”

The show is hitting on all cylinders here and even with drastic changes to the concept – the change from a main villain to a guest-villain of the week, and the odd recasting of Jimmy Olsen, the show takes it all in stride and soars to new heights.


 

Season Three
“Who’s asking, Clark or Superman?”

Lois finally figures it out, Lex Luthor returns, and the pair deal with all kinds of obstacles to their impending wedding including Clarks’ fears, Irish Druids, Nazis, frog eating clones, Lex Luthor’s illegitimate son, a deformed Hugh Hefner knock-off, amnesia, a super-kid, and the arrival of Superman’s Kryptonian wife!

This third season is a bit of a mixed bag, partly due to the limbo of the characters forced on the writing staff by the studio and DC Comics which needed another year to get the pair together on the printed page.  Yes, Clark and Lois finally get together, but the writers keep finding more and more bizarre ways to keep the pair apart.  Some work better than others.  The class of the season begins with Clark’s proposal and Lois admission she knows his secret in “…We Have a Lot to Talk About.”  And my favorite L&C villain Tempus returns to drag Lois to an alternative dimension in “Tempus Anyone.”

Also worth mentioning are real husband and wife Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis showing up as a sociopathic couple in “Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape,” Lois gets all spandexed-up as “Ultra-Woman,” and Lois is confronted with what appears to be Superman’s illegitimate super-son in “Chip Off the Old Clark.”  The season ends with Superman leaving Earth to lead the new colony of New Krypton along with his betrothed Zara (Justine Bateman) and a new black_suit.


 

Season Four
“For a spaceman you are the most romantic person I know.”

The final season starts out with a two episode conclusion involving the New Kryptonians arrival on Earth in “Lord of the Flys” and Superman’s battle with Lord Nor (Simon Templeman) for leadership of the race of Supermen in “Battleground Earth.”  The pair finally tie the not in the almost too cute “Swear to God, This Time We’re Not Kidding,” and Jack Larson (who played Jimmy Olson on Adventures of Superman” guest-stars as an older version of Jimmy in “Brutal Youth. “

Lois is framed for murder in “The People vs. Lois Lane” and sentenced to death in “Dead Lois Walking,” a reporter (Terminator 3‘s Kristanna Loken) mistakes Jimmy for Superman in “AKA Superman,” Deathstroke (Antonio Sabato Jr.) comes to town in “Bob and Carol and Lois and Clark,” and Mr. Mxyzptlk (Howie Mandel) shows up for “Twas the Night Before Mxymas” (one of the best shows of the series) to remove hope from the world.

 

The third season also returns Tempus for one last two-part arc in “Meet John Doe” and “Lois and Clarks,” another son of Lex Luthor shows up (how many are there?), and the series ends with a bundle of surprise in “The Family Hour.”  Although the series doesn’t quite go off with a bang, in this final season it gets back better stories (forgetting that awful Drew Carey episode and the well-meaning but rather lame “Soul Mates”).

I’d recommend the first two seasons to everyone.  The stories and writing struggle in Season 3, but even at its worst it still manages to put out some quality episodes.  The final season bounced most of the way back and is also worth a look.  If you’ve forgotten about it, or never seen it, why not give Lois and Clark a chance on DVD?

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