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Episode By Episode: SUPERMAN: TAS (“Livewire”)

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We’re back in bizzness, kids.

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: “Livewire″

D-D-D-DANGAH ZOOOONE

What Happens: Local “shock jock” Lori Petty Leslie Willis (Lori Petty) gains ironically appropriate electricity powers, has beef with Our Man Supes, and gets mean mad.

Right?

Thoughts: 

  • Evan “Milk and Cheese” Dorkin co-wrote this episode!
  • Even without the bit where she calls herself “The Queen of All Media”, this episode is “Superman Vs. Lady Howard Stern”
  • Lex’s little smile when Leslie is ripping on Superman is priceless. Lex has gotten the best little moments on this show.
  • Right off the bat, Petty’s really fun here. Her whole morning show spiel is funny and sets the tone for the rest of the episode.
  • I love that EVERYONE IN TOWN is listening to this radio show.
  • The alternating cuts of “Leslie ripping on Superman/Superman saving the day” is a really cool sequence.
  • In keeping with the whole Stern analogue deal, Leslie’s got her own collection of weirdos to exploit?

Baba Booey?

  • Alright, so Leslie gets hit by lightning and gets electricity powers? That’s it? Or is it because the lightning goes through Superman first? Vague.
  • Media doesn’t come off well in this episode, huh?
  • Metropolis has a Times Square too, I guess.
  • Livewire really is a cool Superman villain. Nice gimmick, great character design. Totally makes sense that she made it into the comics, though she’s been criminally underused outside of this show.

A Very Specific Fetish

  • Trying to lasso a woman who can turn into pure energy was a dumb move on your part, Supes.
  • OF COURSE Lex Luthor pays for Livewire’s hospital care.
Overall? 
This episode is good mainly for Lori Petty, I think it’d have been fairly forgettable if they’d gotten a lesser voice talent. But then, that’s one of the real strengths of the DC Animated shows under Dini and Timm, right?

NEXT EPISODE: Speed Demons! It’s got The Flash! I LOVE THE FLASH.

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