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Superboy: The Complete Second Season [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AKK6MD4
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It was ok I guess, I thought the acting was rather cheesy to be honest and I preferred John Haymes Newton as Superboy
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9895e1c8) out of 5 stars 86 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3f4c0c) out of 5 stars A big difference since season 1 22 Dec. 2012
By Donald J. Wurzelbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Those of you who were disenchanted with this groundbreaking series, I ask you to please give it a second chance. This second season began new changes which completely took the series in a new direction to become one of the very best incarnations of 'Superman' ever put to film.
When executive producer Ilya Salkind created this series originally it was set at Schuster university. The first season was cheesy and the special effects had much to be desired. The show was in danger of cancellation by the end of the first season so drastic measures were taken to save the show. What they did was genius.
Gone was John Haymes Newton as the lead role replaced by Gerard Christopher. Gone was the poorly casted Scott Wells and replaced by the most noticeable and greatest cast change Sherman Howard who now played a truly sinister Lex Luthor who was inspired by the great Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker in the first Batman movie which, at the time, was still fresh in people's minds. Beautiful Stacy Haiduk still played Lana Lang. Gone also was TJ White replaced by Andy McAlister.
This season looks like a completely different show that included foes taken directly from the comic book pages of Superman magazines such as Bizarro and Metallo. The stories were much more written as true Superman stories. As the series progressed further in this season we have effects that rival the Christopher Reeve films, particularly the dismal "Superman 4" which had no budget for flying scenes. Although the series was about SuperBOY, it definitely was written as SuperMAN stories. In my own opinion it was much better written than the later series "Lois & Clark" which replaced it.(On a side note, Christopher was actually cast as Clark Kent for "Lois and Clark" until it was discovered that he played Superboy in this series which caused him to be kicked off the show and replaced by Dean Cain).
The special effects had vastly improved, the stories much more interesting and suspenseful, and the new cast change brought the series to a new ratings high and it was one of the very few series which actually improved with each season!
In the early episodes of the second season Christopher played a nerdy Clark Kent, much like Reeve in the films which preceeded the show. But soon Clark's personality changed to a 'straighter' interpretation of Kent much more like George Reeves played in the "Adventures of Superman" series from the 1950s. This was also a nice and noticeable change in the show.
If you are a Superman fan, PLEASE give this show a second look. It will be worth it, especially if you are not familiar with it. You should be surprised at the big changes which made the first season look almost disasterous. Once you watch this season, unlike the first season, you will very likely be asking for more stories. Believe me, the stories get even better in the third and fourth seasons when the setting moves to the Bureau for Extra-Normal matters. Luthor becomes even more prominent in later stories and shows his sinister intentions,MUCH more like the Lex we have come to know and love (sort of). Please.....GIVE IT A SECOND CHANCE! You won't be sorry.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3f4c60) out of 5 stars Finally! 18 Dec. 2012
By Dougie B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Since this series was never syndicated, finding ways of watching it were tough to say the least. The first season was all we had available on DVD, but that was probably the weakest of all of them.

Sherman Howard makes a welcome change as the new Lex Luthor. His origin of becoming Lex Luthor is a little whacky, and conveniently never referred to again, but he makes a great villain nonetheless. Gerard Christopher taking over the title character is a little awkward if you've just come off of the first season, but he grows into the role nicely as the series progresses. And the stories begin to mature here, as well. They're not as dark in tone was the 3rd and 4th seasons, but they're definitely less campy than the 1st season.

As far as the DVD itself, first of all, I was surprised to find that these are NOT DVD-R's as their description says. These are regular old, factory-pressed DVDs. The audio and picture are greatly improved from the first season, too. You can tell that the episodes are still transferred from the old videotape masters like the 1st season, but the picture is sharpened and the colors look a lot brighter.

And yes, these stories are a little campy, but they can also be a little dark at times. Nostalgia does play a big factor here, but these are just plain, enjoyable stories to watch. I'm really hoping they release the next two seasons.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x989490b4) out of 5 stars Better than season 1 and worth the wait 26 Dec. 2012
By Jeffrey R. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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I had waited so long on Warner to bring out the second season of this series that I had given up. I'm very glad they finally decided to listen to the fans and do a second season. The second season (and season 3 and 4) are much better than season 1. If you are a superman fan (especially of the late seventies version of superman) I think you will like this series. It is NOT dark, it is NOT outstanding special effects, but it IS a very enjoyable story and fun to watch.

Oh and contrary to another viewer's review these discs ARE DVRs (which you can plainly see by looking at the surface of the discs), but they are well done and look very much like factory-made DVDs based on the design and quality of the artwork. I had no problems playing these discs on my Blu-ray player. Warner, please don't make us wait years to bring out the final two seasons of this great series. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9894909c) out of 5 stars Superboy!!! 17 Dec. 2012
By Sam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I love this show. If you are a fan of Superman you will love this show. Now I need season 3 and 4 to complete my collection.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98949564) out of 5 stars Proof That Sometimes Childhood Nostalgia Can Be Transcendent! 31 Jan. 2013
By Zachary Koenig - Published on Amazon.com
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After waiting roughly 20 years for this series to be freed from its seemingly endless string of legal issues, I was both astounded and overjoyed to see it now available! However, while some of these nostalgic childhood shows look pretty stupid by adult standards, the Second Season of "Superboy" is one of those rare experiences that not only produces said nostalgia, but also still manages to be a quality-written, quality-acted (for the most part) series.

For those of you who may have watched the First Season (somehow getting a release back in 2006) of this show, you'll probably wondering why you would ever continue on with the series, considering how terrible that initial campaign was. However, as Season Two dawns, only Stacey Haiduk (Lana) remains in terms of casting. All the other spots are shaken up (and all for the better)...

-Gerard Christopher is now Clark/Superboy. While delivering the corniest of all Clark Kent's, Christopher shines as Superboy as his predecessor (John Haymes-Newton) never could.

-TJ White is discard in favor of Andy McCallister (Ilan Mitchell-Smith). While Andy is really only involved in the show for two reasons (1. Superboy needs someone else to save besides Lana every episode; and 2. Comic relief), the part is well-acted and provides some punch to Christopher's less-than-stellar Clark Kent scenes.

-The young, college Lex Luthor of Season One is transformed into a more traditional scheming Lex (played by Sherman Howard) in a critical move, as Howard instantly provides a desperately-needed recurring Superboy foe.

If you are watching this show out of nostalgia for your childhood, your enjoyment will go through the roof! Hearing that old theme song and seeing those cheesy (yet endearing) special effects--not to mention the overacting--will bring you right back to those Saturday mornings or afternoons in front of the television.

Remarkably, though, "Superboy" is a well-written enough show that it does have some value in the Superman canon beyond nostalgia. For example, the Superboy/Lana romance is quite unique, and the character of Bizarro was practically created in its proper and best form from this show. Simply put, there is enough "meat" here to keep watching even after the nostalgia wears off a bit.

The only reason I dock a star from this review is that some episodes of Season Two are just plain stinkers. It was clear that the writers, now equipped with almost an entirely new cast, struggled a bit throughout the season in trying to utilize all the players in the correct roles. Thus, while some episodes are gripping, others fall flat on their face.

Watching this series was a joy to me both nostalgically and as a fan of all things Superman. I sincerely hope that Seasons 3 & 4 are subsequently released, as the show only continues to improve upon this "building block" of a season.
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