Superman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 5

A Little Piece of Home

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 14, 1996 on The WB
9.0
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Lex Luthor discovers Superman's vulnerability to Kryptonite, and attempts to exploit this weakness to rid himself once and for all of the Man of Steel.

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  • Superman's Achilles' heel.

    7.0
    This episode is a good and entertaining introduction of the kryptonite, Superman\'s weakness. Some might argue that it was too soon, but it was really the right timing. It might have been considered too soon if it was introduced right after the first three-part episode. And we must bear in mind that the kryptonite has been around ever since Superman landed on Earth – if you recall when Krypton exploded you can see green rocks directing in the same course as baby Kal-El\'s rocket. The fact that Superman hasn\'t come upon one of these rocks was simply a matter of chance, and it was also a matter of chance that he came upon them now. Besides, kryptonite is more deadly than any of Superman\'s opponents, and it is absolutely necessary for the introduction of Metallo.





    There are some great witty moments, specially the ones with that blabbermouth that Lex hired. On the other hand, there are also some rather suspenseful and disturbing instances, particularly the scene where Luthor instructs Mercy to \'deal with\' the Corali brothers and Professor Peterson. Just the vicious way in which he tells her to is chilling. Luthor\'s wickedness and cruelty demonstrates how this series is far from being just a children\'s cartoon show. It has elements that only a mature audience can understand and appreciate.



    In \"The Last Son of Kryton,\" Superman clearly showed dislike towards Lex, and here the tension between the two grows even deeper. Luthor, on the other hand, once again tries to lure Superman into working for him. However he doesn\'t seem to be too much disturbed with his refusal, he even seems happier with the idea of killing Superman than controlling him.



    Superman\'s confront with the mechanic T-Rex delivers a great action sequence, and it brought Superman and Lois even closer to each other.moreless
  • Lex Luthor uses Kryptonite to control Superman.

    8.5
    There is one word that strikes fear in the Man of Steel. "A Little Piece of Home" effectively introduces Superman's weakness. It also examines Luthor’s power in Metropolis and his growing rivalry with Superman. The scene between both Superman and Lex in Lexcorp is as memorable as the one in the series pilot. The episode features some well developed dialogue, good humor, colorful animation and great action like Superman's thrilling battle with a giant robot dinosaur. The ending was quite satisfying. "A Little Piece of Home" is certainly one of the best episodes of the series.moreless
John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein

Peterson

Guest Star

John Garry

John Garry

Hanes

Guest Star

Thomas F. Wilson

Thomas F. Wilson

Joey

Guest Star

Brad Garrett (I)

Brad Garrett (I)

Bibbo

Recurring Role

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Mercy Graves

Recurring Role

Victor Brandt

Victor Brandt

Professor Hamilton

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • During the battle with the mechanical T-Rex, Superman recovers from the Kryptonite exposure a lot faster then he did the first two times.

    • Peterson lures Lois and Superman to the museum under the pretense that Lexcorp is on the verge of creating a synthetic version of Kryptonite. In the comics, Luthor actually did produce synthetic Kryptonite, although it was never quite as effective as the genuine article.

    • In the special version of this episode on the DVD, a trivia blurb lists "Linda Edelstein" as the voice behind Mercy, instead of Lisa Edelstein, as per the end credits.

    • The overly dramatic music heard when one of the thieves first sees the Tyrannosaurus Rex and several times during Superman's fight with it was originally used in the 1940s Fleischer Superman cartoons. It was, as in this episode, used primarily when the monster or villain of the story is first introduced or about to perform some evil act.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Clark stands in front of some rocks he thinks to be Kryptonite)
      Clark: Nothing's happening.
      Old lady: You were expecting them to dance for you?

    • Lex Luthor: Well, next time you see one of my museums being robbed, call someone who can do something about it, like the police!

    • Sam: You know, he don't look so hot. Maybe we should help him.
      Nitto: Sure, we'll send him a chicken soup. Come on!!

    • (Nitto and Sam steal a diamond)
      Sam: What do you think we'll get for it, Nitto?
      Superman: I'd say five to ten. With time off for good behavior.

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