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.
Media by Stu
Pans by Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Written by Robert Goodman
Directed by Hiroyuki Aoyama
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation by TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation
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
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.