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Superman: TAS episode
Solar Power
"Solar Power"
Airdate: September 26, 1997 (USA)
Production Number: 024
Airdate Order: 24
Animation Services by: TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation
Written by: Robert Goodman
Directed by: Kazuhide Tomonaga
Episode images (8)
Not to be confused with Soul Power.

"Solar Power" is the 11th episode of the second season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the 24th of the overall series.

Plot

Things are as normal in Stryker's Prison, but Edward Lytener walks toward a helicopter that has landed in the prison yard. A guard tries to stop him, but Lytener activates a device that enables him to become invisible and steals the helicopter. The guards try to track him, but the helicopter itself becomes invisible.

The weather turns stormy. At the Daily Planet, Clark, accidentally drops a pen under his desk. Unable to reach it, he looks around to make sure no one is watching, then lifts the desk. To his surprise, he feels his strength waning, and drops the desk, feeling a pain in his arm. Lois gives him a call and tells him she's heading for Stryker's to interview the guards. Clark warns her that Lytener may try to come after her again, but she brushes it off.

However, Lois finds herself in peril when the cable trolley she's riding stops, and a planted laser device starts cutting through the support. Lytener's also left a recording, saying that, this time, it isn't personal and Lois is just the bait.

Superman powerless

Superman weakened.

Superman appears to save Lois but finds himself unable to handle the trolley's weight. As he struggles to hold it up, Lytener appears floating beside him in a specialized suit, now calling himself Luminus. He says that things will only get worse. Superman barely manages to save Lois, after which he tests his powers, and finds that they are still fading. The clouds part and much to Superman's surprise, the sky is red.

Scientists explain that Lytener has hijacked an array of LexCorp satellites and used them to project a force field over the Earth; the sun is still yellow, but only the red rays are getting through the field, effectively making a red sun like that of Krypton. Lois calls up Luthor and accuses him of being an accomplice to Lytener's plan but he calmly denies it.

Superman signal

Superman gets his own signal.

In spite of Luthor's denial, Jimmy, Clark, and Lois follow up on the lead. Clark notices a signal in the sky, similar to the Bat-signal, and leaves. Superman finds Luminus waiting for him on a building. Superman attacks, but Luminus proves to be nothing more than a hologram. Several more appear, and though not solid, the holograms are capable of firing laser beams at him. Severely weakened, Superman still manages to find the real Luminus by spraying him with water from a broken pipe. Luminus is stunned, but manages to escape. Superman notices that now that he's actually bleeding.

Lois invisible door

Lois finds the invisible door.

Lois and Jimmy follow a lead to an address, but find only a vacant lot. She sees a bird sitting down in midair, and realizes that there's still a building there, only it's invisible. The two enter, but are captured in a laser grid.

Elsewhere, Superman prepares to go into space to disable the satellites, but Luminus shows him an image of Lois and Jimmy tied up and gagged, and an invitation to his hideout. Superman has no choice but to go after his friends, he is told to follow the bouncing ball of light.

Inside the building, Superman finds a variety of fantasy settings, placed by holograms: an old-fashioned western bar, a train track, and a pirate ship at sea. Luminus attacks him throughout these settings, using holograms capable of delivering solid blows, through the use of laser fields.

Superman manages to open a hole in one of the holographic worlds, and makes his way into a real room, where Lois and Jimmy are tied up and gagged. Luminus attacks him with a laser gun. Superman is weak, but manages to grab a satellite dish and deflect the laser beam into destroying the satellite controls, also destroying half the building.

Luminus rises from the debris of the explosion and sees the force field is gone, letting in yellow sunlight. He attacks Superman with his bare fists, but he regains his powers far more quickly than he expected, and easily subdues Luminus. He hands him over to the police, and flies off into the bright blue sky and the big yellow sun.

Continuity

  • Luminus assures Lois that this time his attack is not personal. This refers to the episode "Target", in which Lytener repeatedly attempted to kill Lois for having spurned him.

Background information

Home video releases

Trivia

Cast

Actor Role
Tim Daly Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany Lois Lane
David Kaufman Jimmy Olsen
Clancy Brown Lex Luthor
Victor Brandt Professor Hamilton
Castulo Guerra NASA Spokesperson
Robert Hays Edward Lytener/Luminus

Uncredited appearances

Quotes

Luminus: Don't feel bad, Lois. It's not personal this time. I have bigger fish to fry and frankly you're just bait.
Lois: Oh yeah, that makes me feel loads better.


Superman: Lytener!
Luminus: It's Luminus now. Tell me, Superman, feeling a little under the weather?


Luminus: See you soon... Even if you don't see me.


(On the phone)
Lois: Come on, Lex! Those are your satellites up there and Lytener worked for you before, how do you expect me to believe you have nothing to do with it?
(in his office, Lex is practicing with a bow and arrow)
Luthor: What you believe makes little difference to me. The fact is I did provide Lytener resources while behind bars, but only to legitimate LexCorp research. I had no idea he'd escape and I certainly didn't tell him to highjack my satellites to his own revenge.
Lois: Heck, why not? You'd love to see Superman dead!
Luthor: Oh please, Lois, forget that I'm losing millions in communication's revenues, do you really think I'd jeopardize the welfare of the planet just to settle my personal grudge with Superman?
(Luthor shoots an arrow and hits the bullseye, then grins)


Luminus: Getting weaker, I see. You must be at—what? Half strength by now?
Superman: Wanna try me?


Superman: And how are holograms suppose to kill me?
Luminus: Well, we might only be made of light, but so are lasers.


Lois: Look! Up in the sky!
Jimmy: It's a bird!
Lois: Yeah, but what's it sitting on?


Lois: If you had an invisible door, would you bother to lock it?


Luminus: Get those lights out of my eyes!
Superman: (turning him over) You heard him. Put him somewhere nice and dark.



Previously produced episode:
"Double Dose"
Episodes of
Superman: The Animated Series
Next produced episode:
"Brave New Metropolis"
Previously aired episode:
"Double Dose"
Next aired episode:
"Brave New Metropolis"

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