…Well, at least you can tell when they’re putting forth more effort.
Which just makes all the other lazy writing that much more evident.
Smallville has always been about the tease, the set up, the anticipation of a thing…never about satisfaction, pay off, resolution or closure. This episode pretty much was a spot on representation of that standard.
So it’s really kind of hard for me to care; it’s similar to the feeling from the Star Wars prequels; there’s so much at once, and very little of it makes sense. That makes it hard to generate any real emotional resonance.
And, the big one: way too much happened in OffScreenVille. When you don’t show the audience events that the characters keep referencing, again, it makes the audience disconnect. More on that later.
Best moments came from Erica.
So, it’s 2013. Okay. We see where things will be in three years. Three years.
So there’s the nod to Michael, and the revelation that Lex will be making his presidential run in three years. Since Smallville, they keep claiming, is supposed to line up with either Superman:The Movie or the comics by the time it’s done, it’s waaaaaaay too soon to have Lex running for President in 2013. Also the elections are in 2012 by the way.
Also, this first section proves definitely that everything about the flights, tights, and he-has-to-stay-out-of-sights is complete bullshit.
Because when it comes to copyright law, and trademark infringement, it’s not feasible that they could actually use Lois Lane, Perry White, Zod, Krypton, Jimmy Olsen, the Daily Planet, Martha & Johnathan Kent, kryptonite, “Look up in the Sky!” and the red & yellow shield against a blue background, and not use the name and likeness of Superman. Not legally possible. It would be analogous to seeing the golden arches but not being able to use the word “McDonald’s” or “Big Mac.” So pretty much as I said…just a purposeful tease. All that stuff they tell us about how if Clark flies and wears the suit it’s over and legally their hands are tied is just bratwurst glaze.
I’m a little unclear as to what motivated Martha to all of a sudden make the costume, but it was good to see a few small glimpses of it.
Zod must have “super-convincing” powers. I’m glad that Lois is redeemed later, and that she was hesitant at first here, but it seems kind of lame that Fake Blue could convince her to doubt Clark so quickly.
Aaaaaand Watchtower is back up and running like its destruction and Chloe’s breakdown never happened…and to so many Chloe is angelic again. Whatever. How exactly would Chloe know that any other planet would be desolate? Especially since she knows that J’onn was from a planet with a viable atmosphere and culture?
And Chloe and Oliver are now in love. Ummm…okay. When? How? Because they bone a few times?
Aaaaand…so Lionel was the “Kryptonian Vessel” and then Martha was upon his death and we knew about this transfer when?
And the biggest WTF of all this sudden WTFishness: The Book of Tao transports the Kandorians to a new world. Really? I have to go Embee on this plot point; how could Jor-El have all of this prescient knowledge? I don’t remember, but was it explained how Jor-El created/discovered Blue Kryptonite and what it does? Because kryptonite wouldn’t have existed before the planet exploded. And why didn’t he just send them to this new planet IN THE FIRST PLACE? And why didn’t Lionel or Martha or AI Jor-El share any of these details with Clark before Nao? And how exactly does this portal/transporter work? More on that later.
And if Clark said the word “destiny” any more in this episode I think I would’ve jumped through the TV and told him to shut up.
And for the first time, I agree with the notion that Clark as a savior is just completely ridiculous and overblown. BECAUSE HOW COULD JOR-EL KNOW ALL OF THAT?? HOW COULD CLARK BE THAT IMPORTANT? HOW COULD JOR-EL BE SMART ENOUGH TO HAVE ALL THESE FAILSAFES AND DUMB ENOUGH TO CREATE THESE DANGERS BY SENDING SUPER POWERED CLONES TO EARTH IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THEN NOT HAVE HIS AI BE PROGRAMMED TO TELL CLARK HOW TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THIS?? ugh. My head hurts from all this philosophical and continuity inconsistency.
And….Chloe is the one to try and convince Clark to do this? Chloe? Can anyone else see how having Chloe interpret “The Trials of Kal-El” as being prep for “the ultimate sacrifice” and his “true purpose being leading his own people” makes no sense in the light of all her previous Clark motivational speeches? AND MARTHA KNEW ALL OF THIS AND JUST MADE HIM A COSTUME AND DIDN’T TELL HIM ANYTHING ELSE?
Anybody else sick of people just walking into Superman’s crib and messing stuff up? Does that even make any sense anymore?
And how exactly would Zod know how to shut things down so that Jor-el couldn’t communicate anymore?
And Mess…. I love Cassidy’s acting, but Mess is the most convoluted pile of conflicting loyalties and motivations that I’ve seen in a while. And….ummmm….Kryptonite brass knuckles? Just when I thought the ridiculous of kryptonite money couldn’t be topped. Oh well, somebody has to be Batman on this show. And I’m not quite sure how that kryptonite makes him weak enough to lose his invulnerability(’cause Tess would’ve broken her hand if he was still steel) and yet he can just dramatically stand up and shake it off(which Clark never seems to be able to do) and he can still use his heat vision. With impressive precision I might add, since we know that Kryptonian heat vision can actually be strong enough to destroy a tower, and Zod flash fries half her face without killing her. Um, okay.
“If everything you’ve trained me for was for another purpose.”
Um, what training? What exactly can Clark do that other kryptonians can’t? The only benefit of this training that we’ve seen is the fact that Clark can bone someone without worrying about breaking them in half…which Zod and Bizarro seemed to be able to do just fine. So I’m trying to understand both the point and the results of this training that Clark’s been fighting all of his life and finally gave in to…he actually has less prowess with his powers after 2 years than other kryptonians do after 10 days.
“Have you taken a look around you? It’s always like this: Might. Makes Right!” Great line.
“I killed my own father.”
Have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, it’s good to see Clark talk about this, although lame that he didn’t mention that it was because of Lana. On the other hand, as I’ve said a million times, I’ve never seen Superman as a tragic figure, or a hero motivated by that kind of guilt. Survivor’s guilt, yes. “I killed my own father” guilt, no.
“You have to forgive yourself.”
“My entire team is equipped with Kryptonite weapons.”
Anybody else see the humor in those two juxtaposed statements?
And, so much has been said about the lameness of Clark being grounded until it’s become Smallville’s Jar Jar Binks.
Funny how Tess-Face’s left eyeball wasn’t affected. And again, I can’t make heads nor tails of her character motivations.
The Red X was blatant, maybe it’s Granny Goodness, whatever. Tess-Face isn’t dead, and now she’s going to come back next season as….what?
And I’m laughing at how much money Oliver is going to have to spend to repair the damage caused by the ZodDorians around the world.
…What was the point of having the video JLA/JSA guest stars without seeing them in action? I guess it was good to see them. Still makes Lana’s absence and Kara’s lack of mention all that more blatant.
And all of a sudden Chloe is willing to follow Clark’s lead. How convenient. And really funny that the “team” still seemed to be struggling with their strategy even though Chloe and Oliver had been planning for this war all year.
But, Clark did have a good entrance, and he was very Supermanly in his posture and speech. Good job making him finally step up, in a sense. Clark on Smallville is very good at taking blame and taking punches. But whatever, at least he came across as inspirational.
But everyone adjusted to it too quickly. But whatever, you can’t expect poached salmon from a fast food drive through.
So now we’ve got a satellite dedicated to WatchTower. That Zodjack missed. That got launched into orbit right after the events in “Sacrifice.” Um, okay.
Would Lois realistically be going through Clark’s things like that? People sure make a lot of excuses for Lois friggin’ Lane. Maybe it’s just me. I hate nosy people.
Well, the best scene in the episode was here; I really felt Lois’ pain when she was asking Clark for the truth. Especially since he started the conversation out with a promise to tell her something revelatory. Erica played that well.
Even though it’s a complete rehash of the thecweth and lieth theme of Clana. But who’s counting?
Ummm….wouldn’t it have been easier, and quicker, to send J’onn up to activate the new Watchtower? Someone who could hold his own if the KanZoddians showed up? And, if they weren’t Kandorians then everyone thinks they were from Apokolips. Okay fine, whatever. I’m actually not looking forward to a Smallvillized version of Darkseid. He’ll probably fall in love with Lois and need counseling.
And so, we get to the climax of this lovely drama and BlurZod the Fake has his jig full of up, but at least Lois is vindicated. If she can recognize the touch of the real Blur, surely she can recognize the kiss and the smell and the touch of her boyfriend. So Lois Lane isn’t totally blind or stupid. 2nd best part of the episode.
Good special FX with the Clark sucker punch and the save of Lois with the nod to the phone booth.
So Clark has made his decision, and up shows Doz and the Super Krypto Battalion, ready to kick some Kal-Ass, having full mastery of powers that they’ve had for less than a month.
And does anybody else think that these KandyDorians are easily swayed? Zod is our leader no Clark is telling the truth no Zod no Clark no Zod no Clark no Zod no Clark. And Clark finally decides to speak up.
Zod confesses to his pregnant wife’s murder surrounded by a bunch of beings with super hearing.
So they all rip off their Heil Zod armbands, and Zod’s sister-in-law says, “Kal-El take us home.” And they just surrender to it, without question or hesitation. Okay.
So Clark didn’t really beat him or even outthink him. Zod just did something tactically stupid and that’s what turned the tide.
And then the portal opens, and all the Blandorians are almost simultaneously sucked up into the yellow hole…except Slod and Clark. Um, okay. And the portal stays open long enough for them to fight. Um, okay. And was it permanently opened, or a time release transporter? Umm, dunno. And since we know that Blue Kryptonite blocks powers but doesn’t change DNA since they’re still Kryptdorian because once the blue kryptonite is removed the powers come back it still should’ve taken Clark, unless it was pre-programmed to only take Kryptonians that had active super power signatures. Umm, okay.
So they fight…and some of those moves were cool. Slightly longer fight than Doomsday. Great uppercut from Clark. Bar room brawl, lots of cutting, leaping, slashing, stabbing, jumping, falling, sure.
So Clark lets himself get stabbed in the gut, and fall to his probable death(in a Christ-like pose no less) and that’s how he beats Zod, who then gets sucked into the New Pimpton C Train.
What was his back up plan if Zod hadn’t confessed to Faora’s murder?
So anyway…Clark’s image as savior was pretty much cemented, and he took a blow rather than land a punch and counted on fortuitous circumstances to win, as usual. And in the opening episode of Season 10, he’ll either pull out the blue k’nife and land without a scratch, or J’onn or Carter will catch him. Okay.
Because we have a version of Superman that the writers and the “Smallville can do NO WRONG -ers!!!” keep trying to defend by saying that “these are his Pre-Superman years!!!” and that even after a lifetime of super abilities and at least two years of “training” isn’t any smarter, faster, or stronger then any peer of his that happens to find their way to Earth, and couldn’t really directly tell the woman that he loves who he is.
Sorry. Can’t really muster up any more than a strong meh.