Female Comic Book Characters Month

Monday, February 8, 2010

Review: Smallvile - Absolute Justice was absolute crap

The much hyped 2 hour Smallville event this past Friday night entitled Absolute Justice had me all jazzed to watch it. I really haven't watched Smallville ever since they unceremoniously dumped Kara aka Supergirl in Detroit a few years ago (with amnesia to boot) to get rid of the competition between Laura Vandervoort (Kara) and the other actresses Erica Durance (Lois Lane) and Allison Mack (Chloe). Well, that's the way I took it, I may be wrong. Don't get me started on that. Anyway, Smallville is in it's 9th season which is unbelievable in itself and Lex Luthor is long gone. His disappearance is still a mystery, his body was never found. So they bring in new villian Tess Mercer (one of the few bright spots on the show as played by Cassidy Freeman. Anwyay Green Arrow is still hanging around, don't know why and Clark is still not flying, which is ridiculous. I know the original mandate Smallville imposed on itself when it launched on the WB back in 2001 was NO FLIGHTS, NO TIGHTS. Which was fine for 5 or 6 years ago but Clark has exhibited all of Kal-El powers except for flight. The only time he has flowned it was when he was possessed by another Kryptonian or some other entity. I mean when Supergirl showed up, she was flying immediately. But I'm losing focus, I should be talking about Absolute Justice.  It did have a promising story as the villian called Icicle was knocking off former members of the super hero group, Justice Society. Chloe picks up on it and tells Clark he needs to find the other targeted heroes before it's too late. The heroes include Hawkman, Dr. Fate, and Stargirl. Plus Green Arrow and Martian Manhuter are on hand too. And they can't handle one little drip of a villian like Icicle. I kept waiting for Clark to show up and zap him with heat vision and say "Oh, ok what else do you guys need help with?" Come on, really. I just felt this event was padded to fill 2 hours when things could have been wrapped up in a single hour. I do like how they are trying to bring more of the DC universe into the show with Chloe running the Watchtower like Oracle does in the comics. And they introduced Amanda Waller, director of Checkmate, who runs her own little group called the Suicide Squad. She is effectively portrayed by Pam Grier. But the main thing with Smallville is now that the action is set in Metropolis and Clark and Lois have their back and forth banter, Clark still has not donned the famous red and blue suit. He is styling a long black leather coat and a shirt with a big S emblazoned on it. He really has taken hold of the concept that he is the greatest hero ever. It's time for him to step up and be the legend we all love and know. It's going on a decade now and we should be seeing more of the spectacle of Kal-El whizzing above Metropolis, doing his thing.What the hell are they waiting on. It they do that, Smallville could be come really good again. And play up the rivalry between Lois and Tess would be really good too.

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