Smallville: Pandora

"Kneel before Kal-El."

And it's the apocalyptic future! I love it when they do the alternate-timeline no-consequences anything-goes sort of thing on Smallville. We get to see the good stuff that we know we'll never see in the actual series. It's the bread-and-butter of comic book plots.

There was a lot to like about this one. We found out what Zod's evil plan is, and it's a really cool and devastating evil plan. We had the weird-looking red sun, which actually wasn't that great an effect but I still thought it was cool. We had Chloe as the tough, brilliant leader of the resistance, and arrows and knives made out of Kryptonite.

And ooh! Lois and Clark sex! With a hand clutching a sheet (always a visual shortcut implying great passion) and everything!

Why is there always one character on Smallville that I absolutely despise? I thought that was over when Lana was finally written out, but now we have Tess. She betrayed the entire human race, but that's okay, because she did it with the best of intentions. Not. Don't cry for Tess, Oliver. Really.

Did Clark just make a really bad mistake? Zod is just not buddy material. How do you solve a problem like Zod? Is it back to the Phantom Zone? Yeah, I know, this particular Zod hasn't been there yet, but maybe the timelines in the Zone all cross and he can fight himself forever. What to do with the rest of the Kandorian clones then? Are they all as evil as Zod, or would they behave if he were gone? Can they be integrated into human society? Wait, I've got it. Let's miniaturize the entire city and keep it hidden somewhere.

Quite an exciting and fun to watch mid-season finale; it reminded me of why I got into Smallville in the first place.

And that's it for awhile; the next episode airs on January 22.
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Billie Doux had a love-hate relationship with Smallville, which is why some of her reviews are briefer than they should be.

2 comments:

Mark Greig said...

This was a good episode but felt like it ran long and a lot of scenes got cut out. I mean, all of a sudden Zod is dragging a badly beaten Clark through the streets without any explanation or build up. And how come Zod’s blue eyed assassin still had superpowers even after the yellow sun returned. That was a rather noticeable plot discrepancy there.

Agree with you about Tess. She hasn’t been as annoying these last few episodes but she really drove me up the wall here. How they expected anyone, especially Oliver, to feel sad about her death after she unashamedly betrayed humanity to Zod is beyond puzzling.

This episode served as another example of how good Smallville has got lately after a couple of lousy seasons. Of course this all means that now the show is sure to be cancelled despite regularly getting increasingly better ratings than The CW’s other, more over-hyped, shows like Gossip Girl, 90210 and Melrose Place. And on a Friday night to boot.

ChrisB said...

This is one of the best; either that, or I've just became so inured to the less good episodes that this one shines in comparison.

Nah -- I just really like this one. And, I like the way that the sex was so good in the future that Clark is pushing hard for a date now. :-)