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Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - 1x03 - Strange Visitor (From Another Planet)

Synopsis: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an alien in tights!

Review: After a stunning pilot, Strange Visitor was a disappointment. The trouble with creating conflict in a Superman plot is that Superman is darn near invincible. No matter what the danger, the viewer knows Superman will be able to defeat it. The pilot set a great precedent: create a mystery that must be solved. Superman is right where you and I are when it comes to mysteries. Clark Kent's mind has to figure the mystery out in time if Superman is going to be able to save the day.

Unfortunately, there was no mystery to be solved in this episode. There was a little bit of tension over whether the government would discover Clark Kent was Superman, but not enough to provide sufficient conflict to make a gripping plot.

Possibly this episode was supposed to be more of a character development episode than a plot advancing episode, but it was poor on the character development end also. Imagine that I was not familiar with Superman whatsoever before watching Lois and Clark. The only thing this episode revealed is that Superman is an alien. Hopefully the next episode is more like the pilot than this outing which earned a 3 out of 10.

Rating: 3 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)

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