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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. He's the only Kryptonian to not trust the AI Braniac.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Jor-El is for all intents and purposes the main character for the first episode.
  • 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
  • Happily Adopted: Typically, Clark finds out he's adopted and an alien both at once but in this version the Kents let him know he was adopted long before he finds out about his powers and he's never shown any angst on that particular matter.
  • 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.
  • Not Helping Your Case: After Braniac discredits him Jor-El pleads for the council to at least hear out his plans. They involve (temporarily) traping the entire population of the planet in the Phantom Zone, only further convincing the council of his supposed madness.
  • 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.
  • Slave to PR: Martha Kent suggests that Clark ought to cultivate a good public image rather than try to help people behind the scenes, lest people get the idea that he's like "that nut in Gotham City".
  • 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Luthor has a minor one after Superman silently refuses his offer to work together, thowing a model of the Lexo-Suit at him (which is promptly crushed) and yelling after him as he flies away.
  • You Are Too Late: To save everyone on Krypton, since the planet only has a few hours remaining.
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