Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 1 E 8 Stolen Memories

Lex Luthor is contacted by the alien Brainiac who claims to come in peace and willing to share his technology. However, once he arrives he expresses the wish to meet with Superman. Once the two meet, Brainiac reveals he too is from Krypton and now travels the universe trading and preserving knowledge. He invites Superman to join him in exchange for memories of their former homeworld. Superman is tempted to accept but Brainiac has a much more sinister agenda...

This episode provides examples of:

  • The End... Or Is It?: Brainiac was seemingly destroyed but he managed to upload some sort of alien code to Luthor's computers...
  • Gone Horribly Right: Brainiac was designed to collect and store knowledge at all costs. Once Krypton's demise was inevitable, Brainiac deliberately lied to the Kryptonian council to distract them while he saved all of Krypton's history at the expense of its people. Later, Brainiac started destroying planets he collected knowledge from in order to make said knowledge more valuable and prevent more from being created.
  • Internal Reveal: Superman learns the full knowledge that the audience has been privy to since the pilot about Krypton's destruction.
  • You're Insane!: Superman says this to Brainiac once he explains he has destroyed every world he has collected knowledge from in order to make said knowledge more valuable.