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Solar Power

Episode #24 - Solar Power
Original Airdate - September 26th, 1997.

Edward Lytener returns as "Luminus," a light technology-based villain, who turns the sun red in order to drain Superman of his powers.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Written by Robert Goodman
Directed by Kazuhide Tomonaga
Music by Kristopher Carter
Animation by TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation

Tim Daly as Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor
David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen
Victor Brandt as Professor Hamilton
Robert Hays as Edward Lytener/Luminus
Costulo Guerra as NASA Spokesperson

Screen Grabs


This has got to be one of the single coolest episodes of S:TAS there was. I don't know why exactly, but the way it played out, the way it all fell was just really awesome.

The villain in this story was "Luminus", fresh off of his escapade in "Target", and ready to escape from prison. This time though, he's out for Superman, not Lois, and the way he does it is...ah it's just great. With a device that drains the earth of the yellow rays of the sun and turns them to red, Luminus successfully drains Superman of his powers, after several fights and tussles. Lois and Jimmy get into the act by hunting down his hide out, which oddly enough, blends in with the rest of the city (as seen in screenshot #14). More magic tricks and mirrors, fights, and explosions ensue, and in the end Superman gets his red sun back, and punches Luminus out with little effort.

Maybe better than the story was the animation. The scenes where Superman and Luminus fought, with all of the light bursts, punching, disappearing going on, it was one of the best fight scenes I've seen anywhere in S:TAS. Unlike shocker episodes like "Apokolips...Now!" and "Legacy", this episode didn't offer any hardcore impact into the universe of S:TAS, but it was sure fun to watch.

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