Superman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 12

Tools of the Trade

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 01, 1997 on The WB
8.5
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Bruno Mannheim's Intergang terrorizes Metropolis with hi-tech weapons from Darkseid, while SCU Inspector Dan Turpin goes on a personal hunt for answers.

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  • Darkseid's debut as the 'other' arch-villain for Superman was very similar to the debut for Ra's Al Ghul in Batman: The Animated Series.

    8.2
    This was a good episode, to be sure. I really like Dana Delany's Lois Lane for what little screentime she got. ("A train was derailed, apparently someone was on the tracks... I hope it was the man who made this elevator!") She works much better as a character when she's not just there as a plot device for Superman to show up.



    Michael York is a favourite actor of mine from what little I have seen (and heard) from him, the character he created was more than what was intended. Instead of a throw-away henchmen we got a rather mysterious and interesting chessmaster.



    A parallel I noticed in this episode, was with Ra's Al Ghul from the Batman series. In Ra's Al Ghul's premier episode, his daughter Talia as well as one of his servants (voiced by none other than Michael York.) take up most of the screen time, with Batman eventually figuring out that Talia is not who she seems to be. At the end we get a few seconds of screen-time with Ra's saying his line and the episode ending. That is exactly what happened in this episode with Darkseid, which was more of an interesting tid-bit than anything.



    One thing I really liked, was the cop featured in this episode. He starts off with a mis-trust for Superman, and we can clearly see the jealousy in his behaviour. But in the end, average cop manages to save Superman. Which is simply awesome.



    Overall, a very indearing and interesting episode. Setting up a majour villain, and establishing what another sect of the city thinks of our hero.moreless
  • The Debute of Darkseid.

    7.4
    This episode was a nice way to introduce Darkseid, althoug, I think it could have been alot better. I mean, come on, A darkseid debute episode should be full of Darkseid action, like big fights, instead it was all Kanto and the Intergang fighting off all of the powers that Superman can muster. [url=http://www.tv.com/superman/show/1524/summary.html]Superman TAS [/url] had a great episode in the making here, but I think that the writers could have done a better job on this series and tried to make a Darkseid debute with Action with Darkseid fighting Superman. The Apokilips Now episode is way better than this one.moreless
Michael York

Michael York

Kanto

Guest Star

Bruce Weitz

Bruce Weitz

Bruno Mannheim

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Al

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Angela Chen

Recurring Role

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Maggie Sawyer

Recurring Role

Joseph Bologna

Joseph Bologna

Dan Turpin

Recurring Role

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