It’s been a while since I reviewed a episode of TV the night it aired, so excuse me if this seems a bit slapdash. I hadn’t planned to do this, but I was discussing this with @TVonMyTerms on his blog on TV Fanatic – and I figured it would be a good post…
I have been enjoying the past season of Smallville… somewhat.. It’s never been “Must See” for me, rather a catch up on DVR sort of show, where I can pick and choose which episodes to watch. I tend to prefer the ones with more of the traditional Superman mythology (including appearances by other DC characters, like J’Onn J’Onzz or Zatanna) But feel that when dealing with the core characters (which, face it are really just Clark and Lois these days) They are doing things a bit backwards.
Clark has been working at the Daily Planet for coming on 3 years now? 4? And NOW they are adding the glasses?
The fact that they have waiting so long to put the glasses on Clark was a huge mistake. Since the CW counts so heavily on the the Women 19-49 demographic, I guess the producers didn’t want to cover Mr. Welling’s face with a pair of cheap plastic glasses. It is a least a year over due tho.
I am glad that they have been delving into the rest of the DCU, it is the main reason I have been turning in this year. Whether it be a visit from a Leaguer, or even a JSA’er, or an attempt at a Classic Superman villian, I am curious to see how they turn out. They can’t all be winners, but they do ok. The upcoming Booster is an ep I am definitely excited about.
And I am a little surprised that we haven’t seen Mr. Miracle mixed in with all these Four World elements. The could even use the Shilo Norman version, and add a little color more color to the heroes of Metropolis. (To the non comic Smallville fans reading this, The Fourth World is a DC concept, where the characters of Darkseid, DeSaad, Granny Goodness, and Glorious Godfrey come from.)
But there are some things that make me cringe – ChlOllie being the biggest, and tonight’s ep was a great example of it. I am not even going to go into the fact that Ollie should be with Dinah, or how Smallville really ruined the character of Black Canary (Live action, this character has received very little respect.)
Look, I understand the series writers aren’t beholden to the comic continuity. But don’t totally disregard it either. Superman comics have been running for 75 years, uninterrupted. So they must be doing somethings right. Some of the series best episodes are built on what came before. With the series planning on wrapping things up, they find themselves having to cram a lot of things in to get Clark where he needs to be, and with the addition of Lex Luthor to the finally and SPOILER – the Luthor/Superman clone Conner aka Superboy – to get in along with appearances by Zod, Brainiac, Supergirl, among others. It just seems to me that they are trying to cram a whole lot in before the cape goes on.