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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Smallville 8.16 Turbulence (2009, TV) – 1/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
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
Writer: Turi Meyer
Writer: Al Septien
Director: Kevin G. Fair

Smallville 8.16 Turbulence (2009)

Jimmy Olsen gets an episode and sees Davis Bloome murder someone. Not a Smallville writer, unfortunately.

1/10

It is clear that nobody on Smallville – the cast, the writers (Clark gets Tess drunk!), the director (this is very slackly paced, not a usual problem on the show) – can be bothered with the show anymore. Those of us who are sticking with it are only doing so out of a sense of misguided loyalty and that we really want to see, after all the misery and violence and stupidity we’ve been subjected to (seasons 4,5, 7 and 8), some kind of happy, or at least hopeful, climax to let Clark Kent go off into the sunset and future super-deeds. However, writers without ideas cannot think positively and American shows are required by law to be ‘dark’ and ‘edgy’. So, there won’t be a happy ending and while the ‘creative’ forces tread water Smallville will continue to embarrass everyone involved with it.

This Smallville episode contains bad language and substance abuse (prescribed medication and alcohol) and strong, gory violence, unpleasant 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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Smallville 8.01 Odyssey (2008, TV) – 3/10

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
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
Phil Morris: Martian Manhunter
Alaina Huffman: Dinah Lance / Black Canary
Alan Ritchson: Arthur Curry / Aquaman
Ari Cohen:
Writer (Screenplay): Todd Slavkin
Writer (Screenplay): Darren Swimmer
Writer (Story): Brian Peterson
Writer (Story): Kelly Souders
Director: Kevin G. Fair

Smallville 8.01 Odyssey (2008)

Lex, now power-less Clark and Chloe are all missing but all have teams looking for them. Lois is looking for Chloe, new LuthorCorp CEO Tess Mercer is looking for Lex and Oliver Queen, Black Canary and Aquaman are looking for Clark.

3/10

Typical for the opening show of a Smallville season, this resets everything back to normal inside forty minutes without much care or thought. The more you think about it, the worse it becomes. The producers tick off another sexy outfit for Erica Durance to wear (French maid) but it’s a lone high-, well, high-ish-point. Chloe’s new power (super-IQ) does make begrudging sense given the character’s history but that doesn’t stop it being indelicately dropped into the show. Surprisingly, Smallville bedrock Tom Welling looks entirely unconvinced throughout but let’s hope that, now he has his powers back, he starts to enjoy himself in what is reported to be the final season.

This Smallville episode contains strong violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

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