|Blasts From the Past: Part 2
Episode #17 - Blasts From the Past: Part 2
Original Airdate - September 9th, 1997.
Intent on conquering the world, Jax-Ur and Mala send Superman into
the Phantom Zone, and then destroy the Projector. As their
decimating attacks begin, it's up to Lois and Professor Hamilton to
rescue the Man of Steel in time.
Media by Amazing Spidey, Borg4of3
Review by Jedigreedo
Written by Robert Goodman
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation Services by Koko Enterprise Co., LTD., Dong Yang
Animation Co., LTD.
Tim Daly as Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Ron Perlman as Jax-Ur
Corey Burton as Brainiac
George Dzundza as Perry White
Victor Brandt as Professor Hamilton
Leslie Easterbrook as Mala
Ron Glass as News Anchorman
Keri Tombazian as Female Correspondent
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|Superman and Professor Hamilton travel to the Fortress of Solitude
to ask Brainiac how to recreate a Phantom Transporter due to Mala and
Jax-Ur stealing theirs. They then proceed in building one, but one
crystal is needed, which they end up getting from the other transporter
after Jax-Ur destroys it thinking Superman is trapped forever in the
Phantom Zone. Prof. Hamilton is barely able to bring Superman back after
tracking him down in the Phantom Zone, but succeeds somehow without the
crystal, though Superman goes through immense pain in the transport. He
then seeks out Mala and Jax-Ur to finally end this.
A much better flowing episode than Part 1, probably since it had more
moving sequences than the first since the character introductions were
done with. The animation and voices are fortunately still pretty
consistent with things, and they even add in some nice detail. Such as
in the Fortress of Solitude, you can see spare water puddles on the
floor, whereas if they wanted to be lazy they could've just left it as a
basic floor. All of the animals were nicely done as well, and very
unique. Since Superman hadn't actually called it the Fortress of
Solitude yet, they have Prof. Hamilton make a reference when they're
talking about it in the halls, which was pretty fun since usually those
sort of references are fun.
Even if you hadn't seen the first, you would probably still like this
episode as it is still very enjoyable as a stand alone. There are a
couple more obvious connections to Superman II, like the fighting with
the constant property damages and of course Mala's suddenly calling Jax-Ur
a "General." There was some stuff that was a little disappointing
though, such as the new Earth made Phantom Zone transporter being
exactly the same as the last. True they did get design from Brainiac,
but since this was made on Earth in a rush and likely without similar
resources as it was on Krypton, it called for at least small change. I
suppose this way though the animators didn't have to worry about getting
confused between the two.
The fight scenes are very nicely done, using some good flowing animation
for them, and just overall it was a very nicely done episode and a good
end to the arc.