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Smallville review: Supergirl [Oct. 8th, 2010|09:25 pm]
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*spoilers inside*



I thought this one would be awful because the spoilers weren't promising & I'm generally not a fan of this writer. But there were some bits that I liked.

- Though I enjoy LV, this wasn't the best way to bring back Kara, as spokesperson for Stupid Jor-el. I did like that Clark initially ignored all of Jor-El's messages and ploughed ahead anyway. Clark's "flying lesson" didn't thrill me in concept, but Tom was very sweet in those scenes and his plummet back to earth was well done.
- I did like that Kara takes her earth disguise cue from Clark. LV looked adorable in her specs.
- Awful line: How can Clark possibly say that Kara is "his only family"? Shame on you, show.

- The first part of this episode was great for Lois - I like whenever we see her in hellbent-driven reporter mode. "Goodbye Barbie dream desk!" gave me a laugh. Wish she hadn't ended her investigation in fetish gear, in peril, though.

- Really enjoyed Michael Daingerfield in both his incarnations, as Godfrey and Godfrey/Darkseid. Smooth and menacing and having a great time with his speeches. Glad that he'll be back in a future ep. The episode managed to sneak in a little more political commentary, including Lois's little dig at "family values" & Darkseid using church as a smokescreen: it's a welcome trend this year.

- Least surprising moments: Oliver with his shirt off and Oliver getting teary.

- WTF moment: Lois and Kara are pure of heart and Clark isn't? That doesn't actually do the girls any favours character-wise. It makes them rather boring. Much more interesting if Darkseid senses a potential for darkness in all of them.

- Accidentally funny moments: Darkseid's final monologue went on forever: "You have TURMOIL...etc & etc" Is Darkseid really that much of a chatterbox? And Oliver's itty-bitty press conference rushing towards him, the Vancouver day players making the most of the their Smallville moment, was quite amusing.

I felt the lack of both Tess & Chloe in this ep. Tom looked delectably pretty throughout.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-09 02:29 am (UTC)
I really enjoy the Lois, Lois & Clark scenes and I really hated all the emoClark, he's more confident but i think is enough I really tire of him and Oliver being all depress ...
Yes, the Clark & Lois scenes had a fun energy. It's nice to see Clark smile. I wish he had just ignored everything Jor-El said, since Jor-El changes his mind all the time anyway.

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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2010-10-09 02:09 am (UTC)
this wasn't the best way to bring back Kara, as spokesperson for Stupid Jor-el
Word. I seem to remember that she didn't like it when Jor-El was spouting off about evil/whatevercakes she was when she first showed up. I would think that she would have taken that to heart and not instantly bought in to what he was saying about Clark.

Wish she hadn't ended her investigation in fetish gear, in peril, though.
As soon as I saw the card for Desaad's I just had to groan because I knew Lois was going to end up in a fetish outfit of some sort. And the rope machine was just over the top. I'm expecting to see an article from the PTC complaining about the ep before the weekend is over.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-09 02:27 am (UTC)
I seem to remember that she didn't like it when Jor-El was spouting off about evil/whatevercakes she was when she first showed up. I would think that she would have taken that to heart and not instantly bought in to what he was saying about Clark.
Well, precisely. Kara's much more fun when she's being a bit of a rebel herself, not being a dutiful niece to Uncle Stupid.

As soon as I saw the card for Desaad's I just had to groan because I knew Lois was going to end up in a fetish outfit of some sort.
She looked amazing in her chauffeur outfit: should have just slipped on a mask with that, picked up a whip & ready to go!
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2010-10-09 02:31 am (UTC)
Uncle Stupid! That's a perfect match for Zor-El's Uncle Science!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-09 02:37 am (UTC)
I miss Uncle Science! Much more fun than Jor-El. Darkseid's over-the-top speech gave me a quiver of Zor-El nostalgia.
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2010-10-09 03:18 am (UTC)
You found a lot more to like in this episode then I did. I think the only thing I really liked was Tom in the grey shirt.

The guy playing Godfrey was actually good. There's a positive.

For an episode called Supergirl, we didn't see much of Kara (though too much, given the storyline), and it didn't seem like that much of Clark either. Odd choice.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-09 03:27 am (UTC)
You found a lot more to like in this episode then I did. I think the only thing I really liked was Tom in the grey shirt.
I think it benefited from my very low expectations. It doesn't seem to be winning much love on the 'net. And Tom's t-shirt helped a LOT.

For an episode called Supergirl, we didn't see much of Kara (though too much, given the storyline), and it didn't seem like that much of Clark either.
Yeah, way to take all the fun out of Kara, show!

The guy playing Godfrey was actually good. There's a positive.
He was thoroughly enjoying himself - I wish Clark had been given a better lines than repetitions of "Where's Lois?" to fire back at him. Maybe in his next appearance.
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2010-10-09 04:02 am (UTC)
I didn't hate it, but didn't particularly like it either. Jor-El really is incredibly stupid. Even if he is right about Clark being fatally flawed and Kara suddenly being the it girl (Wtf???), the worse thing to do is to shut Clark off like this, making him even more vulnerable because of the self doubt it is nurturing.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-09 04:53 pm (UTC)
It only makes sense if Darkseid has taken over the Fortress and is playing Kara...but given how this show writes Jor-El, it probably IS the real him.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-09 04:51 pm (UTC)
What the heck is Jor-el anyway? Since he's dead, I've assumed he's an AI, but he's a darned annoying one.
Also a very inconsistent one, cheerfully killing people in S3 and wanting Clark to conquer earth. And now he's all prissy & judgmental.

Darkseid did look like Hugh!
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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2010-10-10 11:30 am (UTC)
//Really enjoyed Michael Daingerfield in both his incarnations, as Godfrey and Godfrey/Darkseid. Smooth and menacing and having a great time with his speeches. Glad that he'll be back in a future ep. The episode managed to sneak in a little more political commentary, including Lois's little dig at "family values" & Darkseid using church as a smokescreen: it's a welcome trend this year.//

Agreed. And in fact, this was one of the only elements of the ep I actually liked.

//Much more interesting if Darkseid senses a potential for darkness in all of them.//

Exactly! Now ::that:: would really set Darkseid up to be a credible threat.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-10 08:32 pm (UTC)
I think your review was right on the money. All the stuff around Clark was depressingly badly written. If the guest villain steals the show, there's a cog in the works.
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[User Picture]From: jwm_rocks
2010-10-11 05:42 pm (UTC)
Really enjoyed Michael Daingerfield in both his incarnations, as Godfrey and Godfrey/Darkseid.
He did a great job! I had assumed that was the end of his character, I'm pleased to hear he'll be back!

Lois and Kara are pure of heart and Clark isn't?
I know! Besides, pure at heart doesn't scream to me shipping potential rivals off to Alaska or following people around looking for ways to publicly discredit them.

I felt the lack of both Tess & Chloe in this ep.
Tess I missed. I think she could have really added to the script.
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[User Picture]From: auroramoon22
2010-10-11 08:57 pm (UTC)
The writers' stories seems to be getting worse and worse as the seasons pass.

But that's just me. seriously, I would had written things much differently. Starting all the way back to where Clark and Lex ended their friendship for good. :P

for instance, I basically hated the reasons why Lex and Clark was no longer friends, etc.

I know they're supposed to be enemies but I hated how the writers used Lana as a central part of it. Seriously, having two people like them break their friendship over a girl is SUCH a cliched thing to do.

And I hated how they kept on trying to make Lex be uber evil. I litterally rolled my eyes when Clark had to take on that evil Lex clone in this new season.

Seriously, part of Lex's charm in the DC universe was the fact that he wasn't a cliched supervillian or one of those dime-a-dozen evil guys doing things for the evilz of it.

No, he actually had a GOOD reason for doing the things he did, even if his actions were misguided. He's the type of guy who believes in the logic of having to kill one person to save millions of lives, that sort of thing.
If he believes that it's for the good of the world, he has no problems dirtying his own hands.

Another interesting thing about him is that he completely believes Superman is basically the evil one, because he thinks that Superman is just some alien set out to take over the world in his own way.

It's why he's such a great foil for superman... He basically keeps superman from ever becoming a total dictator, because he makes sure that Superman doesn't become too set in his ways. He's always making Superman question his own morality and the way he sees things.
Granted, he can be downright egoistical and narrastic in some versions But that's Lex for you.

The Smallville TV writers should had just kept that aspect of that character, instead of trying to turn him into one of those dime-a-dozen super-villains.

Just think of it--Smallville Lex being paranoid that Clark is part of some plot to take over the Earth, etc... so he speaks out against Superman and such. And he does everything in his power to pretty much become a thorn in Superman's side.
And meanwhile Clark sees this behavior and then just naturally assumes that everyone was right about Lex all along, not quite realizing that Lex sees him the same way.

It would had made for a great story, especially since how it's not a standard Good Vs Evil story. It's more like Good VS Misguided Good intentions. It would also had left open possibilities for Lex to occasionally team up with Clark against bigger threats like Darkseid. so much potential wasted!

I also kind of laughed when they said that Lois and Kara was pure-hearted. It made me think of this: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PureIsNotGood

Lois doesn't exactly strike me as the innocent virginal type, nor does she strike me as being pure good. After all, she's the type who has no problems with breaking and entering as well as breaking a few minor laws if it's to chase after a lead story.
So she has to be pure in something else. Just what? ;)

Kara... umm.... maybe she could be a pure innocent virgin type, albeit a spunky, rebellious one.

I did like how they wrote in characters like Tess though... She's one of the most interesting original Smallville characters that I've seen. Personally I hope they keep her around.
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[User Picture]From: auroramoon22
2010-10-11 08:57 pm (UTC)
whoops! I didn't mean for it to be so long... sorry. :(
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-11 11:01 pm (UTC)
I share your reactions; I really think the writing has gone downhill as the seasons have gone past.

Lois doesn't exactly strike me as the innocent virginal type, nor does she strike me as being pure good. After all, she's the type who has no problems with breaking and entering as well as breaking a few minor laws if it's to chase after a lead story.
Lois should embody drive & determination, not purity!

It's why he's such a great foil for superman... He basically keeps superman from ever becoming a total dictator, because he makes sure that Superman doesn't become too set in his ways. He's always making Superman question his own morality and the way he sees things.
They should be yin & yang to each other, the eternal push and pull!

I litterally rolled my eyes when Clark had to take on that evil Lex clone in this new season.
If Michael does ever return, I hope it's for a much better script than that.
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[User Picture]From: auroramoon22
2010-10-12 08:38 am (UTC)
"They should be yin & yang to each other, the eternal push and pull!"

They already are, at least to me. :)
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