The Mentalist S05E02 Devil’s Cherry (2012) – 2/10 crime detective drama TV review

Cast / crew
Creator and Executive Producer: Bruno Heller
Actor and Producer Patrick Jane: Simon Baker
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Dove Cameron: Charlotte Jane
Lee Garlington:
Yani Gellman: Julien
Writer and Executive Producer: Daniel Cerone
Producer: Matthew Carlisle
Director: Randy Zisk

The Mentalist S05E02 Devil’s Cherry (2012)

Six months after losing Lorelei to Red John, Jane is running on auto-pilot but a sip of tea at a gruesome crime scene leads him to a neighbour’s garden where he meets a young woman who claims to be his dead daughter Charlotte.

2/10

I’ve always said that writers resort to psychosis when they’re out of ideas and that’s what we have here. A gruesome coda is worth an extra star (the victim gutted himself under the influence of hallucinogens), Patrick’s daughter (Dove Cameron) is pretty and it’s slickly presented but they are the only positive features. The Mentalist needs to seriously pick things up or it’s going to lose this viewer.

This The Mentalist episode contains mild adult dialogue and extremely gory scenes.

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Chuck Season 3 (2010, Espionage Action Comedy) – 2/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Zachary Levi: Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski: Sarah Walker
Joshua Gomez: Morgan Grimes
Ryan McPartlin: Captain Awesome
Mark Christopher Lawrence: Big Mike
Scott Krinsky: Jeff
Vik Sahay: Lester
Sarah Lancaster: Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin: Major John Casey
Creator: Josh Schwartz
Creator: Chris Fedak
Producer: Paul Marks
Executive Producer: Chris Fedak
Executive Producer: Josh Schwartz

Chuck Season 3

With the Intersect 2.0 inside him Chuck is all set to become a super secret agent. Or is that secret super agent? If he can stop whining, that is.

2/10

Firstly, this is a season review based on the first four episodes but that is because they are so broken that they have put me off watching any more. Now Chuck has always featured a broken premise, broken plots and a lot of unconvincing peril but, until now, it’s always had an endearing goofy romantic charm. That’s gone. Chuck whines endlessly for the first four episodes and fluctuates between considered professional (he has been doing this for three years now) and reckless amateur. The writers have attempted to reset everything in the undercover plot and the Buy More plots (by shooting Tony Hale’s Emmett Milbarge in the eye; I didn’t like him but I certainly didn’t want to see that) and they failed to convince the audience to go with them. I’ll take a look at Season 4 to see if the endearing nature of the first two seasons has returned. (It does. Yay!)

Chuck contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and strong melee violence, very unpleasant and gory scenes, graphic gun violence and sexuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010, Drama) – 2/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison: Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
David Strathairn: Nash
Neill Barry: Donald Lozinski
Riki Lindhome: Sarah Lozinski
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Eli Attie
Co-Executive Producer: Peter Blake
Executive Producer: Russel Friend
Executive Producer: Garrett Lerner
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer (Screenplay): Russel Friend
Writer (Screenplay): Garrett Lerner
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Blake
Writer (Screenplay): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Peter Blake
Director: Hugh Laurie

House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010)

A baby disappears putting the hospital into lockdown. Wilson and Thirteen occupy themselves with a game of truth or dare. Taub and Foreman get high in Personnel. Chase and Cameron sign divorce papers. House winds up with a dying patient. Cuddy looks for the baby. The police and security team are probably useless at that kind of thing anyway.

2/10

One amazing House-ism is yer lot this week (he has fixed all his personnel records so that his malpractice suits were all brought by a patient named Lisa Cuddy). Everything else is indescribably awful.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and unpleasant and mild gory scenes and sexuality.

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Smallville 8.21 Injustice (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Justin Hartley: Oliver Queen
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Jessica Parker Kennedy: Plastique
Alessandro Juliani: Dr. Emil Hamilton
Brendan Fletcher: Parasite
Producer: Al Septien
Producer: Turi Meyer
Writer: Al Septien
Writer: Turi Meyer
Director: Tom Welling

Smallville 8.21 Injustice (2009)

Clark hears Chloe crying out for help on the run from Davis Bloome. After he rescues her, he reveals he has come up with a plan to save Earth.

2/10

Even though Justin Hartley gets his abs out and there is no Aaron Ashmore or Sam Witwer, this is bor-or-ing. The scripting is also terrible. No-one seems to have any clue what any other character is saying and so just speak random non-sensical lines to each other. Clark is suffering particularly badly from this as he is being terribly inconsistent. He goes to all this trouble just to fill up forty minutes of screen time, er, I mean, separate Davis Bloome from Doomsday but won’t take two seconds to put across his point of view or explain why he’s being a tool to Oliver Queen. Or Chloe. Or Tess. Or the audience.

This Smallville episode contains adult dialogue and extremely gory and unpleasant scenes.

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Smallville 8.19 Stiletto (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Dominic Zamprogna: Bruno Manheim
Writer: Caroline Dries
Director: Kevin G. Fair

Smallville 8.19 Stiletto (2009)

After saving Chloe from a mugger, Lois spies a chance to get closer to a story with the Red-Blue Blur by, obviously, posing as new superhero vigilante Stiletto.

2/10

This has the cheesy feeling of the 1960’s Batman television show without, unfortunately, the sense of self-knowing glee that Adam West et al brought to that particular endeavour. The central idea of Lois going after a story in an unorthodox and dangerous manner was okay but, as usual for Smallville now, it was handled clumsily and lazily. The writers, director and actors are all on auto-pilot and even Erica Durance – the best thing about Smallville this season, surprisingly – has a permanent let’s-get-this-over-with look about her. There’s a bit of Lois-Clark magic at the end of the show but in almost every way Smallville is embarrassing to watch.

This Smallville episode contains strong melee violence, graphic gun violence.

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Lewis 3.04 Counter Culture Blues (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Kevin Whately: DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox: DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman: Dr. Laura Hobson
Rebecca Front: Ch. Supt. Innocent
Helen Baxendale: Caroline
Simon Callow: Vernon Oxe
David Hayman: Richie Maguire
Anthony Higgins: Franco
Joanna Lumley: Esme Ford
Hilton McRae: Mack
Perdita Weeks: Kitten
Writer (inspired By The Original Novels By) Inspector Morse: Colin Dexter
Writer (Original Story): Nick Dear
Writer (Screenplay): Guy Andrews
Producer: Chris Burt
Director: Bill Anderson

Lewis 3.04 Counter Culture Blues (2009)

Lewis is thrilled to find an old famous rock band involved in his latest case but when a possible misdemeanour turns to murder… Man, I can’t even write it, man.

2/10

Staggeringly poor murder mystery episode that is incompetently written and directed. The cast are largely quite good, especially given the astonishing sequence of events that their characters are unconvincingly put through. At one point, Lewis name-checks Morse and his methods and proceeds to layout the suspects and victims using condiments. Morse never did that. However, it is the introduction of what appears to be a mechanical Sarlacc that proves to be the element that raises the eyebrows the most and you spend the remainder of the episode suppressing groans of dismay until it inevitably is used in the fake-exciting climax. This is an atrocious end to an otherwise decent season.

This Lewis episode contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and substance abuse and gun violence.

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Smallville 8.18 Eternal (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Sam Witwer: Davis Bloome
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Executive Producer: James Marshall
Writer: Brian Peterson
Writer: Kelly Souders
Director: James Marshall

Smallville 8.18 Eternal (2009)

Clark is a little put-out when Tess Mercer pooh-pooh’s his story about a previously unknown serial killer. He doesn’t know it is Davis Bloome but, thanks to a journal she nicked from the Lionel Luthor estate, Tess Mercer does and knows he’ll be impossible to kill. So she blows Davis up just to check. Fortunately, the police don’t care. Nor do the writers. Nor do we.

2/10

While the addition of Davis Bloome into the last seven series of Smallville ends up being better integrated than expected it still doesn’t mitigate the absolute insult to the audience. To be fair, it ends up making you wonder whether this was always intended to be the Smallville end-game. However, we simply don’t care. This week’s story is about the conflict inside Davis Bloome but we don’t care, partially because he has a face like a bag of walnuts. Every so often, the writers remember that Clark is on this ‘talk people around’ initiative but it’s so half-hearted and never amounts to anything except Clark going "No!", that we really don’t care. When Lois isn’t around, Smallville isn’t fun or interesting. The production team simply has no more to give. They need a break. We need a break. Stop Smallville, please.

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Smallville 8.13 Power (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Kristin Kreuk: Lana
Bill Mondy: Dr. Grohl
Ted Whittall: Carter Bowfry
Ari Cohen: Regan
Writer: Todd Slavkin
Writer: Darren Swimmer
Director: Allison Mack

Smallville 8.13 Power (2009)

When Lana disappears, Clark discovers more about what she has been doing before she reappeared at Chloe’s wedding but won’t be prepared for sheer hare-brained-ness of her machinations.

2/10

Now Smallville has had some eyebrow-raising plots in its time but this is a doozy even by their audience-insulting standards. There’s a saying that ‘if everyone’s special, no-one’s special’ and that applies in spades to Smallville. The writers have consistently tested the patience of their audience by supplying an endless roster of beings with super-powers but this new development, while consistent in the show, is just depressing. Kristin Kreuk has lost whatever charm and chemistry she had in the first few seasons and Tom Welling is definitely just going through the motions. This episode was directed by Allison Mack who plays Chloe and she does nothing to disguise the stupendous ridiculousness of the plot. Also, I’d just like to point out that when I go and visit a friend, I still knock on the door and wait for an answer; I don’t just walk straight in.

This Smallville episode contains extreme violence and sensuality.

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House M.D. 5.09 Last Resort (2008, TV) – 2/10 review

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison: Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Writer (Series’ Creator): David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Wood Harris:
Tracy Vilar:
Evan Peters:
Evan Jones:
Željko Ivanek:
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer (Screenplay): Matthew V. Lewis
Writer (Screenplay): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Matthew V. Lewis
Director: Katie Jacobs

House M.D. 5.09 Last Resort (2008)

House, Thirteen and a bunch of patients are taken hostage by a crazed gunman desperate to know what is wrong with him. Yes, you read that right. Anyway, House treads where sixteen doctors have failed and embellishes his usual operating procedure by getting several people to the brink of death before curing with no lasting consequences.

2/10

The biggest mistake made here was in not putting the writers into a room and shooting them. Case-of-the-week with no lasting consequences this week includes Thirteen whose kidneys "shut down" during the episode but who only takes a week of dialysis to permanently rectify. Željko Ivanek is seriously embarrassed by the character he has been lumped with and while House ensures that the hostage situation has some unusual touches and the episode has a good closing gag, this is awful, awful television.

This House M.D. episode contains mild swear words and gun violence, unpleasant and gory scenes.

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Smallville 8.09 Abyss (2008, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Sam Witwer: Davis Bloome
Justin Hartley: Oliver Queen
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Terence Stamp: The Voice of Jor-El
Writer: Don Whitehead
Writer: Holly Henderson
Director: Kevin G. Fair

Smallville 8.09 Abyss (2008)

Chloe realises that Brainiac is starting to have a negative effect on her (the murder she committed a couple of weeks ago was apparently fine) when she loses great chunks of her memory including fiancée Jimmy. With Clark being one of her oldest friends, he’ll be one of the last things she’ll forget but he has a plan that can restore her memory. A slightly, as it turns out, cunning plan.

2/10

This is another weak episode and it’s not coincidence that it is again concentrating on the overarching story. The memory loss effects are well done and it’s great to see the awesome car-catching that revealed Clark’s secret again but Allison Mack is clearly embarrassed by the plot and dialogue. Welling also is largely just remembering his lines and isn’t giving it his all. This is a series changing episode but it’s not well done and not convincing. It’s a shame as this is the biggest change in the Smallville universe this season. However, Clark’s choice and decision is an interesting and poignant one and, presumably, closes the Brainiac Chloe storyline. In the ewww stakes, lumpy-faced gonna-be big-bad Sam Witwer really starts hitting on Chloe. A strong stomach is required. And I have always hated Terence Stamp as Jor-El. Hate, hate, hate. *stamps feet petulantly* He also supplies the epilogue hook regarding the impending reveal of Doomsday so expect a, hopefully brief, return to Smallville’s horrific über-violence in an episode soon.

This Smallville episode contains unpleasant scenes.

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A Touch of Frost 5.03 True Confessions (1997, TV) – 2/10

David Jason: DI Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Russell
Producer: Martyn Auty
Director: Sandy Johnson
Bruce Alexander: Supt Mullett
Anthony Calf: James Barr
David Beames: Alec Barr

Touch of Frost, A 5.03 True Confessions (1997)

When a woman is found dead in the river, it looks like suicide but Detective Inspector Frost soon starts digging deeper when it transpires that she did indeed drown… but in bathwater. As he starts to get closer to the truth, however, an internal affairs department suspends Frost and starts investigating past cases.

2/10

Seriously under-par Frost which, yet again, sees David Jason as the only good actor employed by the production team. They provide him with a dreadful support cast (most annoyingly Gwyneth Strong but with the exception of Bruce Alexander as Frost’s Superintendent), a very unsatisfying story and dull, lifeless direction.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains bad language and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Smallville 8.06 Prey (2008, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Samuel Witwer: Davis Bloome
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Phil Morris: "Detective John Jones"
Tyler Johnston: Randy
Writer: Kelly Souders
Writer: Brian Peterson
Director: Michael Rohl

Smallville 8.06 Prey (2008)

Clark is now spending his nights rescuing everyone he can but arrives too late on a scene of intense supernatural violence. He finds an unconscious Davis Bloome but Bloome later confesses to Chloe that, during inexplicable blackouts, he thinks himself responsible.

2/10

This is an almost entirely broken episode with random scripting and an entirely non-sensical story. Chloe and Clark have an interesting trust issue which is the best thing about this episode but it’s so badly handled (Clark apologises then disses Chloe all in the same conversation) that it undermines what could have been a fascinatig dialogue. I hate to say it, thanks to her run of good episodes where she wasn’t being bolshy, I missed Lois this week.

This Smallville episode contains strong violence, inferred extreme violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and non-sexual nudity.

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Smallville 8.02 Plastique (2008, TV) – 2/10

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Samuel Witwer: Davis Bloome
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Jessica Parker Kennedy: Bette
Writer: Holly Henderson
Writer: Don Whitehead
Director: Rick Rosenthal

Smallville 8.02 Plastique (2008)

Clark starts work at the Daily Planet and Lois decides to allow him to benefit from her knowledge and experience whether he wants it or not. Clark’s theory that he’ll learn about emergency situations quicker by working there bears instant fruit when a bus explodes on the street above. Chloe decides to take in a 15-year-old street orphan. Apparently, this is legal in America. And Thailand, of course.

2/10

Sad to see that Tom Welling still looks completely uninterested this week but given that the script doesn’t contain a single coherent scene and that the director doesn’t disguise the writing incompetence in any way, it’s not much of a surprise. At least there was no gut-wrenching violence. Most unusually, the solo guest star actress Jessica Parker Kennedy does not even have her work here listed on her IMDb page. Additionally, the show makes no effort to reveal why it is called Plastique (it is the name of the comic book character repurposed for this episode).

This Smallville episode contains mild threat and mild unpleasant scenes.

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Fringe 1.01 Fringe (2008, TV) – 2/10

Writer (Series’ Creator): J.J. Abrams
Writer (Series’ Creator): Alex Kurtzman
Writer (Series’ Creator): Roberto Orci
Anna Torv: Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson: Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick: Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo: Charlie Francis
Blair Brown: Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole: Astrid Farnsworth
Mark Valley: John Scott
John Noble: Dr. Walter Bishop
Jason Butler-Harner: Richard B. Steig
Peter Outerbridge: Dr. Reyes
Executive Producer: Alex Graves
Executive Producer: Alex Kurtzman
Executive Producer: Roberto Orci
Executive Producer: J.J. Abrams
Writer: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Alex Kurtzman
Writer: Roberto Orci
Director: Alex Graves

Fringe 1.01 Fringe (2008)

An entire plane is successfully targeted by a form of bio-terrorism. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham is part of the investigating taskforce but when her lover is nearly killed chasing a suspect, she reveals a depth of determination that people higher up take notice of; people investigating more paranormal events around the world.

2/10

Joshua Jackson is an irritating, patronising and unconvincing actor. So Fringe gets off to a bad start by including his name in the credits but, as it turns out, he is not one of Fringe‘s major problems. Anna Torv is much better and makes a nice lead, committed and engaging, but isn’t given anything good to say or do (except strip down to her underwear, an old standby of the idea-less writer, as is the mobile phone not working in modern urban environments for no reason, the identity of the baddie of the week, dreams that can be easily understood and the maverick FBI agent who, yeah, yeah, yeah). Director Alex Graves does nothing to disguise the unconvincing story and dialogue and paces things badly in the first half making this feel like it lasts forever. In fact, the whole thing feels like a big bet by Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci on how much piffle they could get Fox to pay for and the audience to watch. As it turns out, as with the worst of Fox’s X-Files, rather a lot.

This Fringe episode contains mild bad language and substance abuse and extremely gruesome and extremely unpleasant scenes, strong violence and sexuality.

Smallville 7.20 Arctic (2007, TV) – 2/10

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Michael Rosenbaum: Lex Luthor
Kristin Kreuk: Lana Lang
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Laura Vandervoort: Kara
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
James Marsters: Brainiac
Robert Picardo: Edward Teague
Ari Cohen:
Writer: Don Whitehead
Writer: Holly Henderson
Director: Todd Slavkin

Smallville 7.20 Arctic (2007)

Edward Teague runs to South America after his run-in with Clark and Lex but Kara intercepts his flight, extracts the location of the device that controls The Traveler… and kills him. Clark tries to convince her that she has changed since travelling back to Krypton but she flies off and starts to assist Lex and the device.

2/10

This has been an awful season, largely dull, largely incompetently written and, again, sometimes astonishingly violent and horrible. Appropriately, this is an awful episode to close things out. I had already called the Kara plot twist but it didn’t stop it being lazily resolved. Lex finally steps foot in the Fortress of Solitude and while the events are predictably monumental, it’s delivered without impact or, bizarrely, crescendo. The scenes between Lex and Clark have always been the crux of Smallville and that dynamic has been lost this season. Considering we’ve waited seven years for these scenes, it’s a big disappointment. What’s even more disappointing is our knowledge of how Smallville consistently treats its season cliffhangers and so we can be sure that these events will be given short change in the first one or two episodes next season. I’m not sure if I’ll bother watching.

This Smallville episode contains extremely unpleasant scenes, extreme violence, extreme fantasy violence, extremely dangerous imitable behaviour.

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Smallville 7.19 Quest (2007, TV) – 2/10

Smallville 7.19 Quest (2007)

Lex is attacked, again, by the bank manager from Zurich, this time at Luthor Mansion. The assailant incapacitates Lex and gruesomely carves Kryptonian symbols into his chest.

2/10

This is boring and horrible. The only interest comes from Clark being explicitly asked why he hasn’t destroyed Lex. He doesn’t offer an answer (the questioner doesn’t deserve it) but Welling sells the moment and the script tackles the topic near the end of the episode. Director Kenneth Biller cannot disguise the thinness of the script (though it’s not particularly bad) but, together with the make-up department, makes a couple of scenes far more gruesome and horrible than they needed to be.

This Smallville episode contains extremely gruesome and unpleasant scenes, extremely unpleasant violence, violence and sensuality.

Smallville 7.17 Sleeper (2007, TV) – 2/10

Smallville 7.17 Sleeper (2007)

The Department of Domestic Security employ Jimmy to spy on Chloe as they attempt to work out why she keeps hacking top secret government data centres. Clark and Chloe are attempting to find Brainiac and Kara. Lex makes plans to travel to Zurich to open the box but finds surprising opposition.

2/10

These are brain cells I’m never going get back. This does have an unintentional comedy giant Jimmy Olsen head (just after Chloe leaves the apartment after the credits finish). Otherwise this is shocking television. “It is possible that the velocity of their flight created some sort of ionic displacement in the outer atmosphere.” Somebody wrote that on purpose and submitted it deliberately. A team of producers accepted it. Then poor old Allison Mack had to say it. As compensation, she does get a nice dance sequence with Aaron Ashmore. The final scene does not bode well for the story arc over the next three episodes.

This Smallville episode contains violence, unpleasant scenes.

Smallville 7.12 Fracture (2007, TV) – 2/10

Smallville 7.12 Fracture (2007)

Lex and Lois has tracked down Kara to Detroit but things don’t go well when they go to pick her up.

2/10

A truly atrocious pre-title sequence sees Lex and Lois (!) tracking down Kara using a tracking device Lex has planted in Kara’s necklace (even though he’s never had opportunity) quickly followed by an amnesiac Kara responding to her name even though her captor has been calling her Linda and then calling out Lex’s name even though she shouldn’t be able to remember it. It doesn’t matter that things are explained later; it’s a bad start and that’s that. The explanation, as it turns out, is fine up to the point SPOILER where Lex has memories after the moment he gets SHOT IN THE HEAD END SPOILER. On the positive side, it’s good to see that the writers of Smallville have remembered how lock picks work this week and it was very good to see Clark entreat the good in Lex rather than just shoot him down.

This Smallville episode contains graphic gun violence, extreme violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and sex scene.