Friday, May 29, 2009

The Mermen of Emor

Season: 1
Episode Number: 1B
Season Episode Number: 1B
Production Number: Unknown
Airdate: September 10, 1966

Writer: Oscar Bensol
Director: Hal Sutherland

Voices: Jackson Beck (Narrator), Bud Collyer (Superman), Jack Grimes (Jimmy Olden), Unknown (Triton), Unknown (Orange Diver), Unknown (Green Diver).

Plot: After receiving orders from Clark to not dive to the bottom of the ocean, Jimmy Olsen dives to the bottom of the ocean only to be captured by a race of mermen who are collecting deep sea divers to use in their Romanesque area games.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The Mermen of Emor marks the animation debut of Superman's pal, Jimmy Olson. Much like his Silver Age character, Jimmy is a eager, naive photojournalist who leaps before he looks. Lucky he has his signal watch (which is apparently very water proof according to this episode) that alerts Superman of any danger he is in.

Voicing Jimmy is Jack Grimes, who is reunited in this series with Bud Collyer, the voice of Superman. Both actors, along with Joan Alexander, the voice of Lois Lane, appeared together in a Superman radio program in the 40s.

As with many of the episodes in this series, many basic human fundamentals are lost in the writing of the show, such as not being able to breathe underwater. Apparently, according to this episode humans are able to breathe and talk underwater and there is no need for air. And can Superman fly underwater? I'm not sure about that.

The underwater city of Emor bares a strong resemblance to the lost city of Atlantis. So why didn't the writers use an actual mythical city rather than make one up that is very similar? The Roman influence would even sort of match the time period of when Atlantis existed above water.

Overall, this episode is just okay. There are some of these six minute episodes that I would like to be a little bit longer in order to develop the story a bit more, but this one is just the right length.

DVD Releases:
  • The New Adventures of Superman

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