I’ll be honest. I’m alittle buzzed. I just got back from bar trivia. In other words, I’m in the perfect mood to watch some 90’s Superman animation. Lets bust a move.
I now own all of SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD. Each week, I’m going to work my way through the series one episode at a time. Dig?
Episode: “Two’s A Crowd”
What Happens: Rogue scientist Earl Garver threatens Metropolis with a radioactive bomb and is left unconscious via severe concussion following a stand-off with Superman. The bomb’s location still unknown, Professor Hamilton suggets they use the Parasite, last seen here, to probe the scientist’s mind. No possible downsides to this plan!
- I love, love, love that this episode opens with Dan Turpin and co. firing on this house with laser guns and SWAT shields.
- The set piece of a normal house decked-out in Super-Science weapons is well done, reminds me of the gauntlet Luthor puts him through in Superman: The Movie.
- Sawyer, put on some pants. Everyone, act like you’re posing for a lame album cover!
- I dig how this episode utilizes Parasite in a way beyond something like a prison escape or something like that. The good guys desperately need his help and it just kind of goes to shit from there.
- Hamilton’s whole idea of using a super villain to solve their problem (along with a bunch of stuff in the series finale) arguably goes a long way to explaining his heel turn over in Justice League Unlimited (JLU’s Cadmus sure did like using super criminals for stuff).
- So Parasite’s awake, I guess. But we already knew that from the bug touching thing at the end of his first appearance.
- Parasite refusing to help them unless they give him cable TV is perfect, I love how Parasite’s plans are never “take over the world” or anything, just simple pleasures for a simple guy.
- Parasite’s “feedback” scream is unnerving as hellllll.
- Hey so fun fact: Earl Garver is voiced by Brian “Original Hannibal Lecter” Cox. Consistently amazed by the voice talent on the Timm DC Animated stuff.
- I was going to cry foul on Superman using the special underwater suit but then I remembered this Superman needs to breathe periodically (also, probably doesn’t hurt that you can make an action figure out of it)
- Teaming up Parasite with a character like Garver whose charisma and intellect act as a counterpoint to his…unmotivated brute strength is a fantastic way to raise the stakes by giving Supes a physical threat that can plan.
- The concept of introducing a scientist consciousness into Parasite actually predates this in the comics (Google: “Torval Freeman”), I’m not sure if this is intentional or just a happy coincidence. Circumstances aren’t identical, atleast.
- The difference in the movements of Parasite-with-Garver’s consciousness (very acrobatic, playful almost) is a great touch.
- Superman not being strong enough to fly out, just kind of super-jumping from ledge to ledge is, again, another great touch.
- Kind of weird that they gave Parasite the TV after all that but, hey, whatever.
I say this alot, but good episode! It’s kind of cool but strange just how many of these Superman episodes are low action and plot-heavy. Obviously not a bad thing, though.
Next Episode: THE PROMETHEON (One of the more memorable episodes from my younger years! Space gollum!)