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Recap: Superman The Animated Series S 1 E1- 3 The Last Son Of Krypton
The origin of Superman, from the end of Krypton to him dealing with his first criminal threat.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Brainiac knows that Krypton is going to explode, but covers it up in order to save itself without having to divert attention and resources to saving anybody else.
  • Badass Normal: Jor-El, who is basically the same as a normal human, starts the episode escaping a giant monster and escapes the Brainiac decived police to evacuate Kal-El from the doomed planet. It seems awesome runs in the family.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Krypton accepting Brainiac's word without questioning.
  • Captain Obvious: Perry points to a picture of Superman and asks Clark and Lois who he is. Jimmy (listening in) helpfully suggests that it looks like a man flying.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Luthor does it near the end.
  • Cultural Rebel: Jor-El.
  • Decoy Getaway: Sul-Van leads the police away while Jor-El makes the final preparations and launches the rocket.
  • Doorstop Baby / Moses in the Bullrushes: Discussed and lampshaded as the Kents tell Clark about how he was found.
    Jonathan Kent: Do you know how some babies are found in baskets? (reveals the rocket) Well, this is how we found you.
  • Death by Origin Story: Jor-El, Lara-El and the entire planet of Krypton.
  • Doomed Homeworld
  • Heroic BSOD: Clark after he finds out about his true nature.
    Clark: It's not true... I'm not a freak... I'm not... I'm NOT!
  • Ignored Expert: In this incarnation, Jor-El is discredited by Brainiac, who was buying some time to save himself.
  • It's All About Me: Brainiac's justification for not revealing Krypton's fate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sul-Van, Lara's father, who despite doubting his son-in-law, is ultimately the only Kryptonian who took his concerns seriously, if only due to caring about his grandson's future.
  • Powered Armor: Luthor unveils a new prototype, which is promptly stolen. The "theft" is actually a cover for an illegal arms sale to Kaznia.
  • Shout-Out: One name Martha considers giving Clark is Christopher, no doubt in honor of Christopher Reeve, who played Superman onscreen.
    • She also considers "Kirk", possibly a reference to Kirk Alyn, who played Superman in a 1948 serial.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Just before Krypton gets destroyed.
    Kryptonian: Not another one [earthquake]...
    Sul-Van: No, the last one...
  • Too Dumb to Live: Jor-El was right that Krypton's blind faith in Brainiac would doom them all, as he'd intentionally lied to get time to save himself.
  • You Are Too Late: To save everyone on Krypton, since the planet only has a few hours remaining.
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