Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 3

The Prometheon

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 12, 1997 on The WB
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A giant humanoid creature with incredible strength and heat-sapping abilities, falls to Earth and now threatens the planet. Superman has to halt the creature's advance and send it back into outer space.

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  • Big monster comes to Earth. Begins attack. Enter Superman. Yes this episode is as bad as it sounds.

    4.0
    This installment of Superman just happens to be one of its valleys. It’s so elementary that it’s forgettable. The start kicks off in space where an alien creature is found bound to a mass of rock orbiting Earth. The military, fearing the giant as it wakes up, inadvertently sends it plummeting to the world below. Superman is on the scene (as usual) and in some beautiful animation, loses his white space suit as he causes the creature to splashdown in the ocean without killing anyone. HOWEVER, this does cause a tidal wave that almost takes out a yacht. Superman again pulls double duty and saves the boat.



    The creature ends up surviving the crash and trying to absorb heat from a submarine in the area. Superman is there again to save the subs crew, then almost on queue, he gets a call from Professor Hamilton who says; “We might have a way to stop it.” This episode is so step-by-step that you can feel the brain cells dying one by one. The thing’s origin was easily deciphered in about five minutes, never mind the beast is tearing up the place, it’s time for home movies! The trap is just too simple as they convince the city to shut down as Superman uses a steel beam to lead the creature away. There’s just no sense of danger in this episode and that’s really what you need to make hero shows work. It was just too easy. This was just a pacifier episode to get you to next week. Sorry, the Promethean is no titan at all.

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Charles Napier

Charles Napier

General Hardcastle

Guest Star

Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale

Female Vacationer

Guest Star

Marcelo Tubert

Marcelo Tubert

Sonar Man

Guest Star

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Victor Brandt

Victor Brandt

Professor Hamilton

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Creature

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • How come the air blast from the Prometheon hitting the ocean reaches the cruise ship immediately, but the tsunami takes around 30 seconds? Pressure waves travel faster in water than air, so the wave should have arrived first.

    • This episode actually obeys the rule stating that no sound can be heard in the vacuum of space . We see this when Superman is planting explosives into the asteroid

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jimmy: Sonic boom? Earthquake?
      Lois: Maybe Perry had chili for lunch again.

    • Professor Hamilton: What do you have against him, Hardcastle?
      Hardcastle: He's an alien. He has no allegiance, no jurisdiction. I don't trust what I can't control, Hamiliton, and I don't like what I can't trust.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Stan Berkowitz on the ending: The original ending had aliens running across the creature in space some time later. And of course, they can't help themselves from poking this sleeping dog, and, we're led to assume, the whole thing starts all over again. This ending was in the original storyboards, but the episode simply ran too long, so it was cut.

    • General Hardcastle returns in the "Legacy" two-parter at the end of the series.

    • The vessel that Hardcastle and Hamilton take up to detonate the asteroid looks similar in design to the spaceplane that Superman helped land in John Byrne's "Man Of Steel" miniseries.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Prometheon
      In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who came from heaven to Earth to bring fire to mankind. For this deed, he was chained to a large rock, much like the monster here.

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