Superman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 1

The Last Son of Krypton (1)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 06, 1996 on The WB
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Episode Summary


Jor-El, a Kryptonian scientist and Council Member, rescues his son Kal-El from the dying planet by launching the baby to Earth.

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  • Superman without Superman

    Superman: The Animated Series was created following the success of Batman: The Animated Series. This three part pilot is great because not only is Brainiac from Krypton, but there is something cool about a Superman episode in which Superman is not even in it. An beautifully directed and produced episode. My only complaint with the Superman shows was that they were too bright, I spent too many years watching those dark Batman cartoons.moreless
  • Krypton before it's destruction, Kal-El and baby Krypto, Jor-El and Lara. This episode is a perfect opener to the series! Beautiful and moving! Classic!

    The first ever episode of the animated series, does not feature Superman himself, but sets up the backstory and shows us what happened on Krypton in the final days before its destruction.

    We get to see Jor-El's shocking discovery that Krypton is doomed, and then his frustration as the council fails to believe him. His determination to find the truth leads him to hack into Brainiac, run from the authorities and ultimately make the decision to send his only son off into space in search of sanctuary.

    It is excellent how this episode manages to pack so much into such a short length of time, and how over a short period, these characters become familiar. The Kryptonian landscape when Jor-El is out in the ice, is spectacular and the animation stellar.

    What amazed me about this show, is how it can convey so much information in the slightest and most subtle dialogue. The scene where Jor-El and Lara must say goodbye to Kal is so moving, and this was significant to me as I have never felt this way towards an animated show before. The images of Kal-El's shuttle soaring across a dying Krypton were simple yet astoundingly effective, and there was something almost beautiful about the destruction of his home planet.

    The final shot of Kal-El being propelled further into space and the stars twinkling, was a perfect ending to this first episode, as it leaves us with a shot of open space, as a metaphor to what Kal will become. Powerful, determined and strong.

    In conclusion, this episode was a perfect opener and there was so much put across in this episode regardless of the length. The characters were engaging and the set pieces dazzling, and a sense of ominous threat throughout. Also, Brainiac escaping into space has overtones of something sinister to come. This is far from your run-of-the-mill cartoon show, and has proven to me that animation can be just as touching as live-action.moreless
  • Sweet...

    This is the first episode of the series and it is also the first episode I ever saw. I was just a little kid when I saw it and I had no idea what it was at first. Then it immediately became one of my favorite shows. the first episode had a good story well such a good story that it was three parts long. I think they should have showed the fortress of solitude in this episode that would have been cool. What I would like to know is what did brainiac turn into at the end of the episode it was like some kind of creature? This was a great episode so watch it! Later...moreless
  • Jor-el trys to find a way to save the people of Krypton, the only problem is they won't listing to him. And it's up to Jor-el to save his son, the last son of Krypton. And sent him to earth where he will later become Superman.moreless

    Now we all know the story of How Superman came to earth. This very first episode, it is the adventure of Jor-el, Everyone only listen to Brainiac who knows that Krypton is doom and won't save anyone. And he even trys to get Jor-el killed! And we end this part one of three with Baby Kal-el sent to earth to later become Superman while Krypton is destroy. Oh and Brainiac also escaped from the planet. I think this was a very good start for the series. Unlike Batman: TAS, we get to see the very beinging of the story of Superman and I think they made a very good choice to start. Now the episode has a very good start.

    To be Continued...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is one of two episodes of Superman: The Animated Series in which "Superman" himself doesn't actually appear. The other is "New Kids in Town," which features a young Clark Kent teaming up with the Legion of Super-Heroes.

    • In this episode, we get to see Kal-El playing with a white puppy. This is most probably Krypto (aka The Superdog), when he was younger.

    • The sound effect of the "hover bike" Jor-el rides to escape the guards after discovering the truth from Brainiac is the same as the speeder bikes in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode along "The Last Son Of Krypton, Parts 2 & 3" was released on DVD as Superman: The Last Son Of Krypton.

    • Originally aired in an hour and a half primetime time slot. It was aired with only one opening credits/title sequence, and was simply labeled "Superman The Last Son of Krypton" at the beginning.

    • Hearkening back to pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, Clark arrives on Earth as a toddler. Following the Crisis, DC Comics released the "Man Of Steel" six part miniseries written and drawn by John Byrne, which reorganized Superman's origins. In that, Kal-El's artificial womb was sent on the rocket, so Kal was actually "born" on Earth.