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Episode #16 - Action Figures
Original Airdate - September 20th, 1997.

An amnesiac Metallo surfaces on a volcanic island, and in his conclusion ' becomes a super-hero to a pair of young children. But his true nature returns as both Lois and Superman arrive to investigate -and the volcano begins to erupt!

Media by Stu
Pans by Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Written by Hilary J. Bader
Directed by Kenji Hachizaki
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation by TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation

Tim Daly as Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Malcolm McDowell as Metallo
George Dzundza as Perry White
David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen
Lauren Tom as Angela Chen
Ernie Hudson as Professor Felix
Hassan Nicholas as Bobby Felix
Lauren Robinson as Sarita Felix

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I've never particularly cared for Metallo, and this episode didn't help any. While the way he came back was enjoyable to watch, it just sort of boring at the same time. I've seen enough of this guy already, and I would've rather have had an episode spotlight another villain, but, alas, I was treated to another round of Metallo.

The story revolves around Metallo coming out of his watery grave, and abruptly saving a careening truck. Why was there a truck on a volcanic island? I really have no idea. Regardless, kids are nearby and go to talk to the man, asking him his name, where he's from, what he is, and all of those other types of questions the younglings ask. The little girl shows the man his appreciation of being her friend by making him a doll, with a striking (as striking as one can get to a stick figure I assume) resemblance to Superman, complete with an "S". Memories begin to flood back to Metallo, and once Lois and Superman arrive on the scene, Metallo shows what he's really like...

I was just really un-interested in this episode, although in the end when the volcano erupted and Metallo was stuck in the hardened magma, it was a rather cool sight to see, as well as when he plunged Superman's head into the lava...but, it wasn't enough to make up for the blandness.

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