The Adventures of Superboy : Season 3

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  • Summary: This TV series was based on the teenage Clark Kent attending college while trying to sweep Lana Lang off her feet. Though you might think it is similar to the current Superman incarnation 'Smallville' but this series also followed the teenage years of Superman himself (Dubbed at this pointThis TV series was based on the teenage Clark Kent attending college while trying to sweep Lana Lang off her feet. Though you might think it is similar to the current Superman incarnation 'Smallville' but this series also followed the teenage years of Superman himself (Dubbed at this point 'the Boy of Steel') Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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  1. Mar 7, 2017
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    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After two middling seasons and many casting changes, this Third Season of "Superboy" was when the show really took off and produced some of the most quality moments of Superman-related fare ever created.

    Of course, one must always remember to watch "Superboy" with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It is pretty campy throughout (though not to quite to the extent of 1960s Batman, for example) and was obviously made for a children's audience. However, if you can overlook the "cheese" factor (nostalgia helps!) and take the show for what it is, you will enjoy most every episode.

    The format of this season is changed up quite a bit from Season Two. Instead of school kids, Clark and Lana now work (ala Mulder & Scully!) at the Bureau of Extranormal Events where they investigate strange cases. Gone is Andy McCallister and the juvenile tone he brought to the show. The highlights of this third season include:

    -4 "portal" episodes involving Superboy travelling to other dimensions. These are probably the best episodes ever created for the show and are top-notch in both writing and acting...easily the equivalent of anything that "Smallville" did, for instance.
    -Some great stand-alone episodes showcasing the acting talents of the principles (Gerard Christopher, Stacy Haiduk, etc.). A time-slowing willow-the-wisp, Jewish Golem, body-switching experiment gone wrong, and dream-sucking monster are some examples of quality episodes.
    -A few more episodes (such as the return of Bizarro & Clark travelling back to Smallville to visit his Kent parents) that expand the dramatic range of the show far beyond the typical "kiddie" fare.

    I never thought that these episodes would ever see the light of day, so I am overjoyed that I was able to watch them (even if only in the digital format) for the first time since being a child. If you grew up idolizing the Christopher Reeve performance as Superboy, then this show will slot right into that interpretation of the character. Though very different, obviously, Christopher and Haiduk bring as much to their respective roles as Tom Welling and Kristin Kreuk would years later.

    I liken watching "Superboy" to the 1960s "Batman" show. Though not quite as campy, "Superboy" appeals to both children (the action/adventure and identifiable characters) and adults (camp humor and some really great stories) in varying fashions. This is probably the best overall season of the entire show, as only a few episodes can be classified as "bad" as opposed to the many classic gems.
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