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Smallville review: Icarus [Dec. 11th, 2010|02:10 pm]
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Warning: Sparling's episodes are not my cup of tea and this one is no exception.



I totally get why the romance fans would be all over this one - the proposal in the teaser casting a rosy light over everything - but that's not me. While I like the VRA plot in theory, it didn't deliver any suspense. As with Sparling's previous eps, Escape & Isis, I found the dialogue just awful, almost every line a clunker. When practiced scene-stealers like Cassidy Freeman and Alessandro Juliani can't make their lines spark, you know it's a dud script.

Highlights

- The one moment I really enjoyed was Lois discovering the escape chute in Tess's office and the way Erica says "I hate slides!" cracked me up.
- Emil casually fitting "phone bugged" into his crossword
- A beautiful shot of Tom's face, bending over Hawkman
- The visual of Hawkman sheltering Lois under his wing.
- The actor playing Aggressive Army Lady was quite good - if she and Erica had decent dialogue in their scene, it could have been killer. But the dialogue stank.

Dislikes
- This is one of those eps where Clark's role mostly consists of arriving late to the action and saying someone's name; "Lois!" "Carter!" "Oliver!" He's very reactive here and after 30 glorious minutes of Tom-time in Luthor, this felt Clark-light.
- The ep. also had too many protaganists - the POV keeps shifting and Sparling is not a skilled enough writer to make the transitions organic. Since Lois and Oliver are the characters she writes best, she should perhaps have split the POV between them.
- Cat, who I like, was horribly written. The scene with Lois would have been much better if she turns Lois in. But absence of surprise characterized this ep.
- Deathstroke: I enjoyed Hogan in his hammy Slade incarnation but as full-on Deathstroke, he'd lost his Fun.

Inadvertently funny

- Did anyone else predict that Hawkman would use his dying words to give Clark relationship advice? No guest hero can come or go without weighing in with a romance platitude!

Verdict: If it was up to me, I'd have switched the order round and made Luthor the go-to-hiatus ep. The last scene with Lionel addressing the camera is like, whoo!' adrenaline rush. (And I also would have made Luthor a two-parter and cheerfully sacrificed Isis, Supergirl, Patriot or Harvest to get that second half!)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-12 05:24 am (UTC)
TBH, I was bored, checking the time a lot. An action-centered episode should not bore me. I truly think that since we're going to have to sit through an Oliver-episode at some point, this should have been it, since Sparling actually writes him fairly well. Have the VRA chasing Ollie around, Lois chasing the story, Clark saves everyone, the end.

And I think I may be in the minority, but I didn't care for agressive army lady.
I liked the actor, doing her best with a terrible part. But the writing was poor.

Having just done the screentime totals, not only does he have almost 7m less screentime then Lois, but he literally does not go one scene without either being with Lois, or mentioning Lois.
Weird...I have a hard time even recollecting his scenes, apart from the proposal. Tom was kinda a bystander in this one.

*off to read your review*

Edited at 2010-12-12 05:25 am (UTC)
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