CREDITS: Written by Robert Goodman; directed by Kazumi Fukushima (storyboard artist on The Real Ghostbusters and G.I. Joe).
REVIEW: Better late than never, I suppose, but we're almost to the end, and only now are we giving Jimmy Olsen a more important role, and only now giving him his famous signal watch. It seems an afterthought, and won't make much of a difference. With this much Jimmy in an episode, it does highlight how flawed his design is. The DCAU Jimmy is is kind of paunchy and stumpy, and its looks like his clothes hang awkwardly on him. A slicker design would have helped the animators here, because while the action beats aren't bad (the junkyard fight, but the sequence of terrible events in Act 1 as well), every sequence he's in look weak (see above).
So this all starts when Angela Chen decides to make Jimmy a star and uses fancy editing to make him say things he never said on TV. Was it necessary? After all, the attention quickly goes to his head, and I'm not sure we need those early "humble" scenes to justify his redemption. He can start flawed, and then learn his lesson. At least about letting crazy blonds get him into trouble. It was cool to give him his own Lois Lane (and not make her Lucy), but "Tina" (she likes metal, get it?) turns out to be an agent of Metallo's (and by agent, I mean girlfriend in a gross relationship, METAL!!!) quickly loses her luster once she becomes cookie-cutter evil, though she's pretty good at martial arts. Cue a long fight where Metallo and Superman play catch with buses in a junkyard... meh, it's not the worst Metallo episode, I guess. And when your villain has a kryptonite heart, you set your supporting cast up to play hero, get rid of the Green K, etc. Is battery acid that powerful? Whatever.
A word about Lois Lane's anime upskirt as Superman flies by... Terrible, silly and sexist. Her comment about wearing pants means this happens all the time, and just feels like fashion-shaming. Guys, you went with this design and it's NOT a problem. Women wear skirts all the time and it's not an issue, nor should it be. Lois doesn't deserve this humiliating treatment - she really deserves more SCREEN TIME - and the joke falls flat. If you want to humiliate a character that deserves it, how about Angela Chen who is never punished for her lack of journalistic integrity.
IN THE COMICS: "Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen" was the full name of Jim's own series, which lasted 163 issues, from 1954 to 1974. The signal watch Superman gives him here is a staple of his comics career, in pretty much every incarnation.
SOUNDS LIKE: Tina is played by voice actress Dina Sherman (Carbine and Spitfire in Biker Mice from Mars, Yachiru Kusajishi in Bleach). Captain Croissant is voice actor David Walsh, AKA Blue Senturion in Power Rangers Turbo.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-Low - Had this come much earlier, and not included all-negative female characterizations, I might have nudged it up to Medium.