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24 September 2010 @ 10:05 pm
smallville 10.01 'Lazarus' review  
So I finished season 9 today, with 30 mins to spare. I swear, I watched 8 episodes today. It was intense. But it was also worth it, because I was ready for season 10. It's my first episode review in a year and a half. Don't expect much.

I have to say, I LOVED it. 'Lazarus' was everything I hoped for. It was intense, emotional and just had me glued to my TV. There were some good parts, some parts parts and others that made me go "WTF" but I have to say, I'm really excited for the season.

I don't want to go into the review scene by scene, because I probably can't accurately do that anymore, so I'll just go with what I liked and what I didn't.

The Good:

The opening credits. It was exciting to see Erica right behind Tom. I am really happy that Erica got 22 episodes this season, because I think she deserves it. She's fantastic as Lois, and it makes me glad that I don't have to guess which episodes she will/won't be in this season.

Speaking of Erica, I loved Lois in this episode. She was pretty entertaining with her whole scene in the desk and the pen, giving Clark a way out. Also, how happy am I that it was Lois who found Clark and pulled the blue k knife out of his chest? That was just brilliant! Erica does emotions really well, and she always makes me feel what she's feeling. She IS a good actress, and Lois is a wonderfully flawed character. I love her and so does Clark. &hearts

Clark was also fantastic in this episode. I hate to mention our hero second, but he's always first for me. I have really enjoyed watching him grow from a shy farmboy who wasn't sure what he wanted out of his life to a hero that the world can depend on. He made the greatest sacrifice last season ... he was even willing to leave the only home he knows just to protect it from destruction. Yes, that's my Superman. Tom gets a lot of flack, but it's tough being Clark. I can always imagine that it's easier playing the overdramatic role than the calm one. Tom's acting has matured just like Clark's and if you look closely, you can see those transitions. I like how Clark stood up to Jor-El, and his talk with his father. His conversation with Chloe was also nice.

Also, how cool was Clark saving Lois from the crucifix and then going on to catch the Daily Planet Globe? That scene was shot very well, and it just seemed awesome. I was sitting at the edge of my seat.

But the Clois was awesome! I loved the hug and the talk. Lois saying that her kiss with the Blur was so good and Clark's little smile? Priceless! You know Clark was sad when he found out she was gone. I love that Lois took the picture of the two of them (which was super cute btw) with her! I like the Clois parallel of having Clark strung up with an 'S' on his chest in the first episode of the first season and having Lois in the same position in the first episode of the last season. There are a lot of Clois parallels, if you watch for it. For instance, Lois started investigating to find out what happened to Chloe. The same way, Clark started saving people by saving those close to him. Eventually, both of them saw they loved what they do and branched out on a larger scale. Maybe I'm stretching, but I don't think so.

I was happy to see John Schneider back, and I felt that his scene was Clark was one of the best in the episode. His advice was very good, and their talk touched my heart. I feel Clark needed an outlet, someone to talk to, and I'm glad that he was able to vent his feelings with his father. Last season, I was not impressed with how Clark handled his interactions with some people, especially Tess. Him being so violent was troubling to see and I am glad he was able to address that, even though he didn't mention specifics. It seemed that JS has multiple episodes so I have no idea how they're going to bring him back again, since I figured he was a ghost in this episode. I guess we'll have to wait and see?

Oliver's ST was limited, but even tortured, he managed to be shirtless, which greatly amused me. I don't have much to say on him, because there wasn't much that he did. I put him in what I liked because I still like Oliver, and I love Justin.

The whole plot with Chloe being the next Dr. Fate was short-lived ... I wonder if she'll put on the helmet again later? I was kinda looking forward to seeing how that one played out, but I guess it didn't really mess with her mind yet. Though her sacrifice for Oliver was intense ... I did like the shoulder bump when they were passing each other.

Another person I was happy to see was Tess. I love Cassidy and it's cool that she's been healed. Her interacting with Alexander was interesting to see.

The Bad

The Fortress was probably my biggest target in this episode. I hated the AI. Every time I think they're improving it, they only make it worse. What was with the whole lecture it gave Clark? I really think that thing is corrupted, because it's generally useless. Either it's physically harming Clark or the ones he loves or it's emotionally abusive. I really think it's corrupted and I wish that they would devote part of an episode to just fixing it. It was a relief to see only the suit entrapped in crystals at the end and not Clark.

The WTF?

The clones, especially the one 'evil' clone who killed the rest. To say that he wasn't MR was an understatement. I liked how Clark went, "where's the real Lex?" Because I was wondering the same thing. This guy had no charisma, and didn't impress me in the least. When he was talking to Lois, I was tuning out, TBH. I just couldn't handle how bad it was! Fortunately, he didn't stay long. No more Lex clones please? Either get MR or don't bother with Lex. I don't want to see him recast. >:(

Conclusion

Like I said, I enjoyed it. It was a solid start to the season. I'm probably missing something, especially since I was on Twitter while watching, but I'm sure I got all the important stuff. Can't wait for next week!

Feel free to share your thoughts!
 
 
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gothamsloislane: community- abed writinggothamsloislane on September 25th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
I give the episode an 8 out of 10. They kind of dug themselves a hole with Lex's death. The clones were LOL worthy. Even when the writers fail I at least get a laugh & a sarcastic joke out of it. A lot of the season premieres this week have crappy (at least to me * looks at Community & Supernatural*) so I was bracing myself for some fail but it was very good. Clois = epic & I even started to warm up to Chloe ( I think I'm a sucker for sacrificing oneself).

I think I'm sadistic though. I love it when my boys are all beaten & bloody.
xinsidemyskinxxinsidemyskinx on September 25th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
i think its the chloe/oliver relationship its far more believable than any of her other relationships
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood: Community | GOSSIP GIRLSchickadilly on September 25th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
at least to me * looks at Community & Supernatural*)

I'm so glad you said that - I thought I was the only one who didn't care for Community!
gothamsloislane: community- abed writinggothamsloislane on September 25th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I didn't care for until halfway through season one and then I became addicted to it ( Modern Warfare is still one of the best episodes ever IMO) but one of the problems is they way the writers cop out. They make headway in one episode and then tear it down in the next with reasons that have me doing this:
Baffled Quinn (And Finn) Pictures, Images and Photos

If they are gonna compete and win over Big Bang Theory or Vampire Diaries then they need to bring their A game. Though I did enough Betty White and as usual Abed.
svgurl: clark/lois i love loissvgurl on September 25th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I give the episode an 8 out of 10. They kind of dug themselves a hole with Lex's death. The clones were LOL worthy. Even when the writers fail I at least get a laugh & a sarcastic joke out of it.
I think that is an accurate rating. What irritates me is that they knew MR was leaving, so they should've given him closure, instead of hoping he'll return. I thought the death was actually a good idea, since they had a way to close the story for a while.

A lot of the season premieres this week have crappy (at least to me * looks at Community & Supernatural*) so I was bracing myself for some fail but it was very good. Clois = epic & I even started to warm up to Chloe ( I think I'm a sucker for sacrificing oneself).
After s9, I was worried I'd have my expectations too high and that's a surefire to let myself down, especially hen it comes to SV, but I agree. It was very good and Clois is SO epic! And yes, I was actually good with Chloe too.

I think I'm sadistic though. I love it when my boys are all beaten & bloody.
Hee! I can't stomach blood, which is probably why I can't handle torture scenes. At least it wasn't as bad as it could've been.
gothamsloislane: keep calm & ask wikigothamsloislane on September 25th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
I always felt that they thought they would get MR back. I wouldn't have played the clone story if I couldn't get him back. I would have had him burned so much that no matter how much surgery he was physically altered, that way you could have a similar looking actor take over the role. I would have bought the clone story if they hadn't said the real Lex was dead.

Though it still makes me wonder who healed Tess... * is so confused *

Hee! I can't stomach blood, which is probably why I can't handle torture scenes. At least it wasn't as bad as it could've been.
I used to be the same way but then I was in the same room as a dead body and to deal with it I got numb and ever since I can handle crime scene stuff. I still hate horror movie gore though.
svgurl: tesssvgurl on September 26th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I always felt that they thought they would get MR back. I wouldn't have played the clone story if I couldn't get him back. I would have had him burned so much that no matter how much surgery he was physically altered, that way you could have a similar looking actor take over the role. I would have bought the clone story if they hadn't said the real Lex was dead.
Yeah, I agree, but they should've made sure that they could get Michael back, before going on these crazy plots. That way, you don't have to ruin an arc, because of one person.

Though it still makes me wonder who healed Tess... * is so confused *
The one who went into her hospital room in 'Doomsday' was supposed to be Granny Goodness, so I've been hearing that Darkseid is the villain of the season. However, how she got from her to Cadmus confuses me too.

I used to be the same way but then I was in the same room as a dead body and to deal with it I got numb and ever since I can handle crime scene stuff. I still hate horror movie gore though.
Oh wow, really? And yes, I totally can't take horror movies. SO not my genre of choice.
xinsidemyskinx: hotxinsidemyskinx on September 25th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
My reaction to Chloe was OMG WHAT DID SHE JUST DO and will she survive.

As for the Clone i actually didn't mind the idea so much with the idea that the real Lex is coming back. But i also like the idea cause it sets the presence that the real Lex was never really evil that some of the clones where defective and as such the next Lex we see who will obviously be MR will be a defective Clone-Lex and thus explaining away this idea of world domination. Being that the 'creator' died 2 years ago. (i's right about that right it was 2 years?)

As for the fortress i hat e the fact that its always abusing Clark, but i do like the fact that it cut down the whole Lex is the ultimate evil idea. I mean i find it fascinating that it touched on the potentiality that Clark could one day become the ultimate evil the world has known if he doesn't rein in his anger management issues. Otherwise i totally agree it's defective.

As for Lois, while i understand why she left in part, i was like why did you go! And i loved the globe saving thing, it was very much a thumbs up to the movie as was their style of the suit.

I'm going to stop rambling.
svgurl: lex evil laughsvgurl on September 25th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I KNOW! I think she'll survive though. But she will be damaged.

As for the Clone i actually didn't mind the idea so much with the idea that the real Lex is coming back.
Only if that Lex is played by Michael. But there is talks about recasting, which sucks.

But i also like the idea cause it sets the presence that the real Lex was never really evil that some of the clones where defective and as such the next Lex we see who will obviously be MR will be a defective Clone-Lex and thus explaining away this idea of world domination. Being that the 'creator' died 2 years ago. (i's right about that right it was 2 years?)
Yes, it was 2 yrs. And to say that Lex is never evil is definitely an exaggeration. Yes, Lex had a harsh situation growing up but it's his OWN traits that will make him evil. His obsessiveness, his need for power and control. Lex thinks he's doing what's best, but he's manipulative and will do anything for answers. That's what will drive him to world domination. Not because he's a messed up clone.

I mean i find it fascinating that it touched on the potentiality that Clark could one day become the ultimate evil the world has known if he doesn't rein in his anger management issues. Otherwise i totally agree it's defective.
I think it came out of nowhere though. Yes, he did get angry sometimes, but he always managed to control himself at the end of the day. The whole "full of darkness' stuff? It seemed to be a huge exaggeration. Clark's the light ... that's why he was able to believe in the Kandorians, even when Chloe & Oliver had their doubts. This just seems like a cop-out.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegoodchickadilly on September 25th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
I don't really have anything to add - I just pretty much agreed with all of this. :)
svgurl: clark/lois kisssvgurl on September 25th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome! It's nice to know that I'm not alone in my thoughts. I'm out of touch with this stuff, lol. :D
♪ PARTNER IN CRIME ♪: SMALLVILLE •  a geek with glassesshipwrecking on September 25th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
I love Tom and Erica scenes. I feel like they bring the best out of one another and they also do when playing Lois & Clark. I really missed their chemistry. ♥ I do agree with you though - Erica is definitely, without a doubt, my favorite Lois Lane.

I actually felt sympathetic for Chloe, which hasn't happened in a very long time. I'm hoping that they do her character justice with this new arc.
svgurl: clark/lois glowsvgurl on September 25th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I love Tom and Erica scenes. I feel like they bring the best out of one another and they also do when playing Lois & Clark. I really missed their chemistry. ♥ I do agree with you though - Erica is definitely, without a doubt, my favorite Lois Lane.
Same here! They really are good together, and Clark & Lois complement one another perfectly. And yes, Erica has become my fav version of Lois. I'm excited she'll be in all the episodes this season. :)

I actually felt sympathetic for Chloe, which hasn't happened in a very long time. I'm hoping that they do her character justice with this new arc.
Same here. I want her character to get the closure she deserves. They failed with both Lana and Lex ... hopefully they do it right this time around.
That's what she said.scatterbrain___ on September 25th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
I loved EVERYTHING about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It impressed me so much that it made the Supernatural premiere kind of lackluster. AH I don't want it to end, but that usually means you can COUNT on this being the best season ever.
svgurl: clark superman blacksvgurl on September 25th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
I loved EVERYTHING about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It impressed me so much that it made the Supernatural premiere kind of lackluster. AH I don't want it to end, but that usually means you can COUNT on this being the best season ever.
It was a fantastic start to the season, wasn't it? And wow, that's high praise! But yes, SV definitely hit expectations. At least mine. I'm hoping they'll continue the awesomeness to the end. I can't believe I'm dreading the season finale.
lonekitty: lionellonekitty on September 25th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I agree ...especially the lex clones. My sister and I were looking at each other like WTH?
svgurl: lex rollingsvgurl on September 25th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
The clone thing was crazy! And the actor they chose for the "bad" Lex was terrible.
lonekittylonekitty on September 25th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
^LOL @ your icon.

It was. He looked like a Voldemort more than lex.
svgurl: lex rollingsvgurl on September 26th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was made by hazelsparkle ... I think. I thought it was funny too.

It was. He looked like a Voldemort more than lex.
YES! That's it! I was wondering what he reminded me of. You are brilliant. &hearts
lipssewnshut122 on September 25th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I shouldn't even read it because I haven't watched the episode yet, but seriously....they should get back MR for the last season, or they should just forget about Lex all together.
svgurl: lex evil laughsvgurl on September 25th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to hear what you think when you do watch!

but seriously....they should get back MR for the last season, or they should just forget about Lex all together.
WORD. I mean, when they "killed" Lex, that was actually a good idea, since they could stop talking about him for a while. Unless they get MR back, they should just let this plot go. They can imply something about Lex being alive in the series finale, but if there's no MR, I don't want any Lex.
beef_wonder3: Clois-kissbeef_wonder3 on September 26th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
I totally agree about all the Clois goodness in this ep. I thought it was fantastic. I love that Lois is totally cool and calm about it all and basically waiting for him to actually say it. She knows, they both know she knows but they're not quite there yet and she's only teasing him about it a little. I think that's awesome.

Clark & Jonathan's scene was beautiful and I think it's something Clark really needed, especially after being forced to disagree with Jor-El.

I didn't really like the Lex Clone either. I couldn't put my finger on the main wrongness (other than it's not Lex) and I think you said it right when you said that he didn't have any of the real Lex's (amd MR's) charisma and presence. I hope we see MR back at least once, if only to get the Supes vs. Luthor ball rolling.
svgurl: clark/lois kisssvgurl on September 26th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I totally agree about all the Clois goodness in this ep. I thought it was fantastic. I love that Lois is totally cool and calm about it all and basically waiting for him to actually say it. She knows, they both know she knows but they're not quite there yet and she's only teasing him about it a little. I think that's awesome.
Yup, I like the fact that she teases him and there's no angst involved. It's a refreshing change. Clark's little smile when she said the kiss was great cracked me up. Took me back to the Chloe/Clark/Lois 'Hydro' scene. Though I really hope Clark decides to tell her on his own soon.

Clark & Jonathan's scene was beautiful and I think it's something Clark really needed, especially after being forced to disagree with Jor-El.
Exactly. Clark actually got to vent his feelings, and have someone be supportive and just listen. Other than his calls as the Blur to Lois, he doesn't really get that. I think Clark needs an adult figure in his life, which Jonathan's ghost (?) briefly provided.

I didn't really like the Lex Clone either. I couldn't put my finger on the main wrongness (other than it's not Lex) and I think you said it right when you said that he didn't have any of the real Lex's (amd MR's) charisma and presence.
It's Michael that brings Lex to life. Even Kevin Spacey wasn't (IMO) able to bring that in Superman Returns. He's left big shoes to fill and when the Lex clone was quoting stuff at Lois, it just felt wrong.

I hope we see MR back at least once, if only to get the Supes vs. Luthor ball rolling.
Exactly. I hope that Tom is able to convince him to return, if only for the finale. :D
oliver95oliver95 on October 4th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I liked your review, even though I won't see the episode until next year.

You say that Tom gets a lot of "flack" for his portrayal of Clark; why is that. It seems to me that he's managed the growth from a shy 15 yr old beautifully, only giving poorer performances when the scripst have been so poor. Still, I loved looking at him when he was asleep on the couch after inhaling green dust!

I'm enjoying "All bets are off" too but will comment in more detail later. Thanks for your posts.
svgurl: tom welling amusedsvgurl on October 4th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
I liked your review, even though I won't see the episode until next year.
Thanks! And wow, a year? I don't know if I'd have that kind of patience, lol.

You say that Tom gets a lot of "flack" for his portrayal of Clark; why is that. It seems to me that he's managed the growth from a shy 15 yr old beautifully, only giving poorer performances when the scripst have been so poor. Still, I loved looking at him when he was asleep on the couch after inhaling green dust!
Yes, well fans like us realize how amazing he is, but since he doesn't play an overstated character, like Lex or Lionel, people don't realize how much he's grown. It's tough to be the quiet, sincere one and people don't appreciate that.

I'm enjoying "All bets are off" too but will comment in more detail later. Thanks for your posts.
Thank YOU! That makes me happy to hear. I haven't updated that fic in a while, but I am glad to know that you are enjoying it.