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|Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete Third Season
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Publisher: Warner Home Video
Studio: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Label: Warner Home Video
Format: Box Set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Running Time: 1011 minutes
Number Of Items: 6
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.7
Dimensions (in): 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.9
Release Date: June 20, 2006 (New: This Week)
Theatrical Release Date: September 12, 1993
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My favorite season of the entire series! 4 and a half stars June 21, 2006
2 out of 4 found this review helpful
Superman may be faster than a speeding bullet and be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but make no mistake, he's given limited exposure in this series. The focus instead is firmly on the relationship between Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and the format is more romantic comedy than anything else. Of the four seasons Lois & Clark graced the airwaves, the third one is my favorite. It opens with Lois revealing to Clark that she knows he's in fact the Big Red S. Fans of the show were entranced as they awaited each progression resulting from Lois's discovery: from the engagement to the fake wedding, the cloning, the amnesia and finally, culminating in Superman's departure of Earth.
Dean Cain may be the third best Superman so far (after Christopher Reeve and George Reeves, and pending on Brandon Routh) but Teri Hatcher is the best Lois Lane (apologies to Margot Kidder, who is almost as good, and Phyllis Coates). Hatcher is the main reason I tuned in to every episode when it was on prime time ABC. She instilled a spunky yet vulnerable, competitive yet fun-filled spirit into her Lois Lane that made her the premiere viewing pleasure of the series - sorry, Supes. It doesn't hurt that she's also drop-dead gorgeous. Rumors abound that back in the mid-90s, Teri Hatcher was downloaded a gazillion bunch of times. Well, half of that must've been me.
With the television budget not commensurate to that of a theatrical film, the special effects were "iffy" and kept to a minimum. To make up for that lack, other areas of the series were tightened up. I thought the scripts were witty and amusing and the acting, laudable. I've mentioned Hatcher but Dean Cain was also very good, very easy to like. He infused his Man of Steel with a more human quality, while bestowing a more masculine, down-to-earth look on his Clark. A special mention goes out to supporting actors Lane Smith (the Elvis-adoring, gruff yet caring Perry White), K Callan and Eddie Jones (the wise, loving Ma and Pa Kent) and John Shea (the suave, ever-scheming Lex Luthor). The storylines were nicely put together, if a bit infected with the soap opera syndrome. The show recalled to mind at times certain elements of the classic screwball comedies, mostly when Lois and Clark are at rivalrous play with each other. After all these years, the give and take between the two leads are still gold, the chemistry still palpable.
It might be inevitable "jump the shark" to have the love interests taking the next step but, personally, I couldn't wait for these two to be with each other. I mean - Geez, finally! I took particular pleasure in watching the season opener "We Have a Lot to Talk About" because I remember that this is where Lois finally lets on that she knew of Clark's dual identities (yes, I know she also found out in season two's "Tempus Fugitive" but then she forgot). Anyways, after this episode, Lois and Clark's relationship goes to another level.
Other episodes of note (besides "We Have a Lot to Talk About") in season 3 are:
"Just Say Noah" - Lois & Clark go undercover as a married couple.
"Ultra Woman" - Lois gets Superman's powers.
"Tempus, Anyone?" - An alternate reality featuring a more cynical Superman.
"Oedipus Wrecks" - An amnesiac Lois Lane finally remembers!
"Through a Glass, Darkly" & "Big Girls Don't Fly" - two part season finale; New Krypton needs Superman. But what of Earth and Lois Lane?
Special Features include "Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman" documentary excerpts by Bryan Singer and Kevin Burns on disc 3; "Lois & Clark: A History of Romance" feature and "The Man of Steel Trivia Challenge", hosted by Dean Cain on disc 6. Very disappointed that there aren't episode commentaries here.
Lastly, I would like to thank Desperate Housewives, whose popularity made possible the release of these Lois & Clark dvds.
The fans have a lot to talk about June 20, 2006
3 out of 5 found this review helpful
The question is popped and the secret is finally revealed in the third season of the ABC series. `Superman express' flies 22 episodes of the 1995-1996 season directly to your DVD player.
Because she had figured out that he was Superman just before he told her, Lois and Clark get into an argument in the season opener "We have a lot to talk about". The Kents try to comfort this couple with their own marital difficulties, but Lois and Clark instead decide to put marriage on hold--only for a while.
Ironically, being captured--and Clark lacking the opportunity to change into `Superman' provides the perfect opportunity for them to talk out mutual fears about marriage ("Don't tug on Superman's cape"). Both of them recognize that marriage is a very big step.
This Clark Kent thought that he was what ultimately has become known as `metrosexual' but learns that he is in fact threatened when his super powers inadvertently and temporarily get transferred over to Lois during a `red kryptonite' encounter a baddie had calculated wrong ("Ultra Woman"). While Lois learns what Clark endures as `Superman', Clark discovers that he feels disempowered without--well, `his' powers.
Lois and Clark confront a similar personal-public hurdle when a woman claims to have given birth to Superman's `love child'. Clark's adamant this the kid cannot possibly be his (we subsequently learn he is a virgin in "Virtually destroyed"), but eyebrows are raised when the kid apparently exhibits superpowers in front of them--much like a young Clark had growing up in Smallville.
Parenting is an important and consistently believable story arc throughout this season. Up until this point, the only recurring parents were the Kents. However interesting Jonathan and Martha are in their own rights, bringing in other people's parents undoubtedly enhanced the series.
Previously much discussed, Lois's parents finally make their appearance in "Home is where the hurt is". This episode is also where Superman gets his own personal physician--Dr. Sam Lane (Harve Presnell) is subsequently asked to help save Superman from an engineered Kyrptonian virus that has made Superman sick for the very first time in his life and will threaten to kill him unless removed from his body.
Ellen Lane (Beverly Garland) thinks that she's trying to help her daughter plan the perfect wedding. However, because they are both strong-willed and independent women, her `help' consequently balloons the wedding into the extravagant affair which Lois and Clark specifically did not want.
Lois wasn't the only Daily Planet staffer with a colorful family life. Jimmy Olsen's infamously absent dad (James Read) finally returns in "The dad who came in from the cold". He loved his son very much but the senior James Olsen frequently had to skip town frequently because of his `secret identity' being a spy is not compatible with being a constantly involved father. This revelation makes Clark think about the potentially conflicting challenges which would be posed from trying to be both a father and Superman. Even if he and Lois do have kids, will he actually be able to do everything well? Would that kid come away with irreparable damage or still turn out to be an upstanding citizen?
Finally, our favorite couple do get married...or so we think. After building up the suspense, we have to wade through a ghastly `clone' story arc which ---still, in my opinion--never added anything whatsoever to this series.
The real Lois Lane gets kidnapped by Tempus Fugit ("Tempus anyone?") escapes from her ordeal unscathed, but then conveniently gets a BAD case of amnesia as she is escaping from an altogether different kidnapping ("Double jeopardy") We don't get relief from this ridiculously divergent plot line (just how many times can an award winning investigative reporter hit her head in one season without blacking out?) until "Oedipus wrecks". I'm still convinced that something really bizarre happened to the usual writers and producers of this series because this section of episodes never quite seems up to par with other episodes from this season or overall series quality. Thank goodness for the `episode selection' button on my DVD remote!--and other episodes.
Having presumed that he was the only survivor from Krypton, Clark is then genuinely taken aback to meet travelers from "New Krypton" and learn of his arranged marriage to Zara (Justine Bateman---who will of course remain best known as `Mallory' from `Family Ties'). Zara is herself in love with body guard Ching (Jon Tenney) but she also wants Clark to recognize and uphold his Kryptonian heritage---and go through with their obligated duties to return with them---which he seemingly does in the season 3 cliff-hanger finale. Despite being raised as an earthling, Clark is admittedly curious about his own cultural customs. However, Lois needn't have worried because Clark's genetically Kryptonian heart always emotionally belongs to her.
Extras for this season include. "Lois & Clark: A history of romance", excerpts from the new Bryan Singer and Kevin Burns documentary about the world's quintessential `super' hero. Dean Cain continues to pitch in to this franchise--this time with the "Man of steel trivia challenge" where people can see how much information they REALLY know about one of the world's most beloved icons. A limited supply (and time-sensitive) ticket to this summer's "Superman Returns" movie is also included in this release (at least for now).
Even with unnecessary story arcs for this season, Lois and Clark continues being a `super' series.
Season 3: The highlight of the series June 18, 2006
4 out of 6 found this review helpful
I was only an occasional viewer of "Lois & Clark" until the third season got me completely hooked. If you are a die-hard Superman fan, you may enjoy this series, but keep in mind that the Superman persona takes a backseat to the "Lois and Clark" relationship. The show is a romantic comedy in every way, and the third season's focus is on Lois & Clark's struggles to make it as a couple as they deal with the reality that Clark is Superman.
While not a single episode of this 22-episode season should be missed, a few shows are particularly entertaining. In the extremely creative "Virtually Destroyed"--penned by Dean Cain himself--Lois and Clark find out what a deadly game virtual reality can really be. The next episode, "Home Is Where the Hurt Is," tugs at the heartstrings as Lois keeps vigil at the bedside of a gravely ill Superman. The season-ending "Big Girls Don't Fly" is yet another tear-jerker as Clark and Lois are faced with the decision of whether or not Clark should leave Earth to rule over New Krypton, a planet in trouble.
Finally, while some fans dislike the "Wedding Arc" that occurs in the second half of the season, these episodes do not fail to keep us on the edges of our seats. Besides, how boring would it be to see our favorite couple happy all the time? This lengthy separation makes their reunion all the more satisfying. It's also great to see the return of John Shea as Lex Luthor during this arc. Born to play this role, Shea creates a character that is so easy to love to hate.
From Rivals To Romance To... June 7, 2006
30 out of 33 found this review helpful
Everything hinges on Lois's answer to Clark's marriage proposal--and the question of whether she knows his dual identity in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete Third Season. Developed by Deborah Joy LeVine (Dawson's Creek) and a brilliant staff of writers, including [this season] stars Dean Cain ("Virtually Destroyed") and Teri Hatcher ("It's A Small World After All"), Lois & Clark takes the Man of Steel on his most exciting and challenging adventure of all - rivalry & romance (and later marriage) with Lois Lane!
At the time, many critics and fans thought the series was tampering with success by advancing the romance between the two title characters. Not me. And certainly not the show's producers who were extremely confident (and rightfully so) about the direction the third season took. Their plan, according to producer Robert Singer, was to take it forward [then] put up an obstacle.
And as you'll discover in this super 3rd season set, there are obstacles aplenty including Intergang's Bill Church Sr. (Peter Boyle), his ditzy (or is she?) new bride Mindy (Jessica Collins) and his traitorous son Bill Church Jr. (Bruce Campbell) in "We Have A Lot To Talk About"; the return of time traveler Tempus in "Tempus Anyone" and Lex Luthor in the back-to-back "Double Jeopardy" and "Seconds"; the nefarious Newtrich sisters (Shelley Long & Mary Gross), who unwittingly transform Lois into "Ultra Woman"; and in the back-to-back season finale "Through a Glass, Darkly" and "Big Girls Don't Fly" two visiting Kryptonians (Justine Bateman & Jon Tenney, Teri Hatcher's then-real-life husband) who extend Clark an opportunity to reclaim his alien heritage as ruler of New Krypton, which means saying goodbye to Earth, his parents and Lois.
45. "We Have a Lot to Talk About": As Lois's answer to Clark's proposal lingers, Metropolis becomes strangely crime-free.
46. "Ordinary People": Lois and Clark escape work with a getaway to a tropical island, unaware that a madman awaits them.
47. "Contact": Lois claims to have been abducted by aliens, and Superman feels powerless to help when she later slips into dangerous trances.
48. "When Irish Eyes Are Killing": Lois believes jealously is prompting Clark's accusations against her visiting Irish friend.
49. "Just Say Noah": Lois and Clark go undercover at a fanatical TV therapist's marriage-counseling retreat.
50. "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape": A wealthy couple want help in capturing Superman for their museum of oddities.
51. "Ultra Woman": The Newtrich sisters plan to destroy Superman unwittingly turns Lois Lane into a superhero.
52. "Chip Off the Old Clark": Lois and Clark investigate a woman who claims she bore Superman's love child.
53. "Super Mann": Nazis preparing for a "new Reich" expose Superman to a nuclear bomb that renders him radioactive.
54. "Virtually Destroyed": An evil computer wizard leads Lois and Clark on a death-defying tour of his virtual-reality "fun park".
55. "Home Is Where the Hurt Is": Superman battles a crime wave and a deadly flu virus during the holidays.
56. "Never on Sunday": Clark begins having strange visions that seem linked to supernatural forces and a voodoo-practicing illusionist.
57. "The Dad Who Came in from the Cold": Jimmy gets an unexpected visit from his estranged father - an enigmatic secret agent.
58. "Tempus Anyone?": Tempus returns to snatch Lois away to a parallel universe, where she links up with H.G. Wells and a more cynical version of Clark.
59. "I Now Pronounce You...": As their wedding day approaches, Lois & Clark's probe into the theft of exotic amphibians leads to a freakish biologist.
60. "Double Jeopardy": Lois's topsy-turvy life begins to play out like a bad novel after Lex Luthor escapes from prison.
61. "Seconds": Superman declares war on the maniacal Lex Luthor over Lois, who with temporary amnesia, is being primed to kill the superhero.
62. "Forget Me Not": Hoping to regain her memory, Lois enters a sanitarium, where Clark is forebidden to visit her.
63. "Oedipus Wrecks": A floodgate of memories opens for Lois just as Dr. Deter is trying to purge all thoughts of Clark from her mind.
64. "It's a Small World After All": Lois discovers that a vengeful former classmate is armed with a secret shrinking formula.
65. "Through a Glass, Darkly": A mysterious terrorist and a new Planet researcher bring nothing but chaos to Lois & Clark.
66. "Big Girls Don't Fly": Just as the two visiting aliens bring Superman a new-found knowledge of his past and his destiny, Lois fears that Clark is drifting away from her for good.
Lois & Clark - The Complete Third Season is a 1010 min. 6-disc set, which features all 22 episodes in full frame (1.33:1) video, and English Stereo Surround audio, French and Spanish subtitles. The super extras include: Lois & Clark: A History of Romance featurette, The Man of Steel Trivia Challenge (hosted by Dean Cain), Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (excerpts from the new documentary produced by "Superman Returns" screenwriters Bryan Singer [director] and Kevin Burns).
Season 3 May 22, 2006
8 out of 16 found this review helpful
This season had the greatest story arc of the series - the clone wars.
Ok, it wasn't a war between clones, but it in the words of Lex this season meant "WAR!!!" Lex and Clark are after the heart of Lois; she is caught in the middle and suffers greatly.
Great writing, acting, and F/X for the arc make this a SUPERMAN fan necessity. Don't believe the haters. Rent/buy this and be amazed at the 3rd season.
The NAZI episode also rocks!!