Superman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 2

The Last Son of Krypton (2)

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

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

out of 10
86 votes
  • Clark growing up in Smallville with the Kents, Lana Lang, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, The Daily Planet, and ultimately Superman's first appearance! This is definitely one to remember!

    Continuing from where the previous episode left off, this episode is just as good and more. The Kents find Kal-El and name him Clark, raising him well and we get to see him grow up in Smallville and realise his powers. Fast forward to Metropolis where Clark is a grown-up, fully fledged reporter for the Daily Planet where he meets Lois Lane, and where Superman makes his first appearance.
    Again, it is amazing how so much story is packed into such a short space of time. The scene where the Kents find Clark is very brief but very efffective and the significance of the moment is conveyed perfectly. Clark's youth is also seen but briefly, yet the realisation of his powers is given equal significance, and the scene where he first finds he can fly is spectacular.
    From then on, we fast forward to Clark all grown up, and reporting for the Daily Planet. His first meeting with Lois is classic, and already Lois is the likeable spunky character we all expect to see.
    Lex Luthor's first appearance is well done too, with the ominous tones underlying his scenes. The action is amped up ten-fold in this episode with Superman making his first appearance and taking after weaponised air-craft. It is a welcome sight to see the blue and red costume in action for the first time, and a perfect debut.
    The little news snippets of a 'blue and red angel' which saved a little girl from a falling building were a nice touch, and makes it all the more special when Supes finally does arrive.
    All in all, a stellar debut for the Man of Steel himself, and a great cliffhanger to lead into the last part of the pilot.
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