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Little Girl Lost: Part 2

Episode #38 - Little Girl Lost: Part 2
Original Airdate - May 2nd, 1998. - Second Season Finale

When Granny Goodness calls upon her Female Furies from Apokolips for help, Superman comes to his "cousin's" aid. When the Furies capture Superman and take him to Apokolips, it is up to Supergirl to rescue him.

Media by Bird Boy
Pans by Borg4of3
Review by Barry Allen
Story by Rich Fogel
Written by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer
Directed by Curt Geda
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation by Koko/Dong Yang

Tim Daly as Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Nicholle Tom as Kara/Supergirl
Michael Ironside as Darkseid
David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen
Edward Asner as Granny Goodness
Diane Delano as Stompa
Diane Michelle as Lashina
Andrea Martin as Mad Harriet
Julia Kato as Amy
Scott Menville as Trouble
Clyde Kusatsu as Dr. Cornell
Shelley Fabares as Martha Kent
Mike Farrell as Jonathan Kent

Screen Grabs


Plot: **
Animation: ***
Overall, (not an average): ***

After the fantastic LITTLE GIRL LOST I, I expected something incredibly awesome to follow up. I said in my review for part one that I was NOT disappointed in the origin episode for Supergirl. I was, however, extremely disappointed when part two rolled around and they actually directly applied her in a story

WHAT WORKED: To my recollection, there were only two mildly enjoyable scenes in the travesty that was LITTLE GIRL LOST II.

The first fun sequence was when Lois and Clark were listening to the scientist's lecture about the asteroid, and when there is an explosion and Lois looks around for Clark, he is already long gone. The creators made Superman a little more mysterious, a little more elusive in this series, and that was a particularly satisfying decision. There was no "Lois, I have to go, I have a stomach ache!" or "Oh, I just remembered I need to get to the dentist!" from Clark, (as charming as those lame excuses were back in the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, they were still corny and would be even more corny now,) he just vanishes. And nobody can challenge my personal enjoyment of that aspect because whenever Batman just vanishes, fans are always "Oooing" and "Ahhhhing." So if I want to say that Clark just leaving without a word or sound, it's perfectly fine to do so. Trivial, perhaps, in the larger working of the episode, but I do feel I should say some good about the episode. I'm grasping at straws here.

There was also the scene were Granny Goodness had lead Superman in front of Darkseid and demanded that he kneel. I loved the silent rebellion. It was one of the better examples in the series in which he was (rightfully) rude and disobedient, and I love when a hero (especially one who has always been so easy-going and so passive,) gets like that.

There was also a third shot that I liked, but even more trivial than the rest of my compliments for this episode. It was after Supergirl had just destroyed the asteroid and we were lead to believe that she was dead, but then everyone gathered at the window of the Daily Planet and looked up at Kara on top of the other building. I just love the high ceilings and enormous windows that the creators gave the offices at the Planet. It gives the newspaper a very sharp, modern atmosphere.

Sadly, that's the little good I can say about the episode.

WHAT DIDN'T WORK: The Female Furies most definitely did NOT work well. The battle was much made much too long... the first episode established a very intelligent mood, and then the second episode is spent with drawn out battles. This is not to mention that the Furies are the least interesting of all New God characters to begin with. There just could have been some better things going on. (Time was very poorly spent in this episode.)

And the Furies kept making really awful puns. Stompa made at least two puns about kicking things. "That's it girly... now I'm gonna half to put my foot down!" and "Ain't that a kick?!" Lashina wasn't much better. About her electric whips, she had this to say: "Can I cook or can I cook?"

The appearance of Darkseid and his Apokoliptic companions seemed completely unrelated to the overall, underlying Darkseid plot that went throughout the entire series. It seems like the writers just put him in to try to add a larger scale to the episode than it could have achieved without him. In the few Darkseid appearances that this series offered, they were all very well crafted and his appearance was integral to the ongoing Darkseid subplot that underscored the entirety of the series. His appearances were almost always hugely important and epic; the outcomes were never predictable (who would have thought that he really would have KILLED Dan Turpin?! Not ME!)

However, Darkseid was NOT a fit for this episode. It feels like the writers just placed the bulk of this episode on Apokolips to give this episode and importance—an urgency—that it would not have otherwise achieved. The appearance of Darkseid and his cronnies were altogether inconsequential to the series; the antagonists could have been switched around without much difficulty so that Supergirl and Superman were up against Brainiac or Jax-Ur and Mala, or even Toyman. Darkseid was NOT necessary for this episode

My final qualm with this episode was the subtitle "Saves Metropolis to Boot" on Jimmy's article. Would the Planet really publish that childish cliché? Isn't The Daily Planet on the same level as our universe's The New York Times?

I can't list any quotes from this episode as the dialogue was so plain and so forgettable that it wasn't worth writing for either applauding or ripping apart as I did with some of the dialogue from HEAVY METAL.

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