Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 9

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 20, 1997 on The WB
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Metallo appears on an island with temporary amnesia, and befriends a young boy who lives there. The only trouble is that the island is home to an active volcano - and it's about to erupt.

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  • In the end of "The Way of All Flesh," Metallo was walking on the ground of the deep ocean, and now he reaches his destination.

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    In the end of "The Way of All Flesh," Metallo was walking on the ground of the deep ocean, and now he reaches his destination. However, when he arrives at the volcanic island he has no recollection of his past. He creates a strange bond between two kids that see them as a hero – the Man of Steel – and goes around going goods deeds. This can be analyzed in an interesting perspective: the fact that Metallo acted out of instinct when he saved the little girl, supports those philosophic theories that argue that every human being is good by nature, and it is the society that corrupts him. Metallo only began to act evil again as soon as he regained his memory, i.e., when he remembered that he was evil.



    This episode was a very good follow-up to "The Way of All Flesh." In spite of not having a very elaborated plot, this episode has some great animation. However, it still has some flaws, like when molting lava melts Superman's Anti-kryptonite suit instantly, but doesn't even burn his uniform.



    This series already got us used to disturbing endings, but this episode delivers the most perturbing one I have seen so far. The scene where Metallo is stuck in the hardened magma, without the kryptonite his body needs to go on, trying go be focused and hold on, is simply terrifying. The idea of him being a prisoner of his unanimated body is just chilling.moreless
Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Professor Felix

Guest Star

Hassan Nicholas

Hassan Nicholas

Bobby Felix

Guest Star

Lauren Robinson

Lauren Robinson

Sarita Felix

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Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell

Metallo

Recurring Role

George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Perry White

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David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Jimmy Olsen

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