Smallville: Odyssey

And it's a whole new show. With major cast changes. Big, huge cast changes. Series changing cast changes. Unfortunately, this episode felt like they were trying to pull all of last season's plot threads together, but half of the cast holding those threads were gone.

I knew we were losing the Luthors (my two main reasons for watching, which is a bummer.) They finally dumped Lana, but seven years too late as far as I'm concerned. They dumped the big mistake that was Supergirl, too. Of course, they couldn't have gone on without Clark. Bigger focus on Lois, yes, I'm on board. Adding Oliver Queen to the cast? Again, yes. Chloe with superpowers? Yes yes yes.

But can a show like this one survive such major changes? Yes, I'm sort of into the Justice League, and Clark, to all intents and purposes, did just join the League. And Clark finally got a job at the Daily Planet, which was yet another Superman puzzle piece snapping into place. Except that it took so long for us to reach this point that it didn't have much of an impact.

And the rest of the episode made me yawn. Tess Mercer, particularly. That poor actress has monstrous shoes to fill, and I'm completely uninterested in watching her try to fill them. Seeing her in Lex's mansion tearing sheets off the furniture just felt wrong.

I'm worried that Smallville is turning into the show I watch while I'm waiting for Supernatural to come on. And that's not good.

Bits and pieces:

— When Clark showed up in Russia without his powers, all I could think of was, not much of a surprise because gee, we all know now that you can see Russia from Alaska.

— Martian Manhunter, a character I really like, just gave up his powers to save Clark. (That was an awww moment.) What is MMH going to do now? Hang out at the farm?

— Chloe and Jimmy got engaged. Another yawn. Although it's nice she has someone because she's never going to have Clark.

— In this season's hair report, Lois's finally got a lot darker. Probably to make her more Lois Lane like.

I had no desire to watch this episode a second time. So no rating this time. It probably wouldn't be fair,

Billie Doux had a love-hate relationship with Smallville, which is why some of her reviews are briefer than they should be.

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