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Bizarro's World

Episode #30 - Bizarro's World
Original Airdate - October 10th, 1997.

Bizarro, after visiting Superman's Fortress of Solitude, sees the demise of Krypton. Believing this is his own past, Bizarro constructs a "Krypton" in downtown Metropolis with the intent to blow it up in the same manner that Krypton exploded.

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Pans by Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Credits:
Written by Robert Goodman
Directed by Hiroyuki Aoyama
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation by TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation

Voices:
Tim Daly as Superman/Clark Kent/Bizarro
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Corey Burton as Brainiac
Lauren Tom as Angela Chen
Joanna Cassidy as Maggie Sawyer
Joseph Bologna as Dan Turpin
Frank Welker as Doorman
John Rubano as Guard
 
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When he last left Bizarro, he was supposedly buried under the rubble of the building that Lex Luthor created in him. We now see he escaped and is, for some reason, out in some mountain range/ski resort. He busts into the resort, hears a news report about how Superman has a secret home (aka Fortress of Solitude), and that it's located somewhere near the north pole. Naturally Bizarro goes to investigate (but the question of how one as unintelligent as he knows which direction to go in is beyond me), he arrives, lets some of the animals out and learns of Krypton, via the glowing orb that Superman got out of Brainiac's ship in "Stolen Memories". Bizarro then decides he wants to turn Metropolis into Krypton and then blow it up--"naturally", as Dan Turpin repeated several times in this episode. It ends with buildings destroyed, a missile thwarted and thrown off course, courtesy of Superman, and Bizarro arriving on some new planet to protect.

There were too many things that didn't sit well with me about this episode. The animation was fine and all that...heck, even the music, particularly during the aerial scene with the missile, was excellent. But the story just didn't work for me. Breaking down the episode, it does this much:

Bizarro living-I'm fine with. I'm happy he didn't die, as he's an interesting character, and when voiced by Daly, he was perfect.

Bizarro finding his way to the Fortress-As mentioned above, how can Bizarro find his way to the north pole? Unless a built in compass is in him somewhere, he should be as un-educated as a kindergartner.

Bizarro wanting to recreate Krypton and then blow it up-I don't know why he wanted to do it, but I didn't like it. Several times I wanted to go up to the screen and smack him around--he has to have SOME common sense.

Still, the very fact that he didn't want kill Lois along with millions of others, shows that he cares about her in some sense. At least that was enjoyable.

Overall: Not a great episode, not a bad one, but certainly not one of the greatest. All it did was fill in what happened to Bizarro, and while that was needed in order for the season three episode "Little Big Head Man", it could have been done a different, and better, way.

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