Superman – My Girl

by Alan Rapp on August 1, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Superman: The Animated Series – My Girl
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With a new Superman in now in theaters every now and then I’ll continue to take a look back at the hero’s more memorable moments on both the big and small screen. Over the decades of Superman‘s (Tim Daly) life there have been two great loves for Clark Kent: Lois Lane (Dana Delany) and Lana Lang (Joely Fisher). “My Girl” introduces the girl from Smallville as a chic new clothing designer who hits Metropolis on the arms of Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown) and whose safety Superman worries about constantly over the course of the episode, especially when she decides to help Superman (whose secret-identity she knows) take down Lex for his involvement in an arms shipment.

Given that most of the series is fueled by Clark’s obvious attraction for Lois that is largely ignored by his Daily Planet co-worker, this episode has some fun by turning the tables and having the Man of Steel perused by an old friend. Although the final act involving Superman saving Lana from Lex’s goons at a lead factory has plenty of action, it’s a bit anti-climactic after the strong character moments and the building tension of Lana’s snooping before she falls  into danger.

“My Girl” ends with Clark saying goodbye to one potential love interest and returning to work at the Daily Planet to continue to pursue another. Of course we know he’ll eventually get the girl. Neither Lex Luthor’s involvement in the scheme nor his complicity in putting Lana’s life in danger can be proven, leaving Metropolis’ wealthiest man with a little bad press but no real worse for wear as his feud with Superman will continue as well.

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