Saturday, September 20, 2008

Smallville season 8 preview and Odyssey premiere review

Re-imagining superman from its roots. That was the tagline for “smallville” when it premiered 7 years ago on what was once the WB. No entering its eight season smallville faces some heavy issues, like the absence of Michael Rosenbaum [Lex Luthor]. But lets focus first on reviewing the premiere episode itself, “Odyssey”. The season picks up where season 7 ended. Clark had just lost his powers and the fortress of solitude was falling on him and Lex , and Chloe was arrested by the department of Domestic Security. Now about a month later we find that Clark got picked up by Russians who have him at a work camp. Lex is missing, Chloe is being held by Lexcorp and not the DDS as we once thought, and Oliver “Green Arrow” Queen and his pre-justice league team are out looking for Clark.

The episode wasn’t half that bad. Its customary of smallville to have kick ass season premieres and finales, and for the most part everything in between be lackluster. There are some great moments such as when brainwashed Oliver shoots an arrow though power-less Clark’s chest, and the Martian Man hunter flying Clark close to the sun, giving him his powers back. And of course it was great seeing Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Black Canary on screen.

Even though the shows greatest and most well-developed character is gone from the show this season still has the possibility to be a great one. They have a new character called Davis Bloome, who’s the smallville version of Doomsday. Initially I was pissed off when I heard they were going to desacrate this character, but as more details have surfaced the possibility of this character being at least decent has grown. And its Sam Witwer from “Star Wars- Force Unleashed” playing the role of doomsday. DC fans remember, smallville is a series that should be watched with an open mind. It’s a re-imagining, like it or not its very different from other superman interpretations. Take it or leave it.

Creators Alfred Gough and Milles milar are gone from the show. Many fans blame them for most of the series’s problems. Hopefully the new creative team will finally start shaking the series from its slowness, repetitiveness, and all its other many problems. And Lana is only gonna appear in five episodes so that possibility is very high. Its also been revealed that the “Legion of Superheroes” will appear in one episode written by Geoff Johns, and even the alien queen Maxima, who tries to get Clark to be her mate. Clark finally has a job at the Daily Planet and will be spending a lot more time with Lois Lane. And he seems to finally be ready to start embracing his destiny [Cause Lana isn’t there to hold him back anymore]. If they truly use the DC mythology well, the League and green arrow, and use supergirl in more than one friggin episode then this season could very well surprise us. Just please get Michael Rosenbaum back, even if its just for the season finale, but bring him back! Best interpretation of Lex Luthor ever! Ever!!!!!!!!!!

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