Superman Episode of the Week: Pilot

Thoughts: This was the First episode of the Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the 1990s TV show. Taking a story like the origin of Superman and retelling it in a fresh and interesting way is a challenge, but the folks at ABC were hugely successful. I like how this epiosde really showed Clark Kent as a writer and reporter. In early incarnations, the fact that an inexperienced hayseed ends up working for one of the greatest newspapers in the world is often an overlooked issue. Here, it’s treated intelligent.

The great chemistry between Dean Cain (Clark/Superman) and Teri Hatcher (Lois Lane) is already present. The one thing families with children may not like is the Presence of Cat Grant, a Daily Planet Gossip Columnist who makes the seduction of Clark Kent a goal. The character is actually tame by 21st Century standards, but was written out by ABC in Season 2 due to concerns about the show airing in the family hour. Given that the character is almost completely unenjoyable and flat, her inclusion may have been the biggest mistake in a very good first season.