Smallville… A Look Back

2001 saw the start of something that’s been done over & over. We were introduced to a population of about 45,000! and it was just like any other day.. Well.. Sort of. It was the home coming to the crows, the local high-school team for the small midwestern town. Of course if you don’t already know, I’m talking about Smallville– The home of the worlds (soon to be) GREATEST EVER SUPERHERO!

A quick run down of the seasons.

Se1- meteor freaks. Seasons end conflict: freak tornado.

Se2: the story gets deeper and we learn more about Clark’s origins and what affects him. Seasons end conflict: Clark leaves after causing his family pain with the aid of Red Kryptonite.

Se3: Clark returns, but at a price. His dad (Johnathan Kent) makes a deal with Clark’s father, Jor-el. Lex goes crazy.

Seasons end conflict: Jor-el wants back his son to do his bidding.

Se4: Clark returns, Lois shows up, and Jor-el sends Clark on a treasure hunt. Flash/Impulse is introduced. Seasons end conflict: Clark has to stop another meteor shower and erect the fortress of solitude.

Se5: Time to become super. Clark becomes human and finally gets with Lana. Brainiac arrives, and wants Zod to make Earth the new Krypton, but ifrst he needs a human host. Johnathan runs for senator, Lionel Luther confesses to a secret that ends up killing Johnathan. Aquaman and Cyborg are introduced.
Season’s end conflict: Lex gets possessed by Zod’s entity and sends the boy scout to the phantom Zone.

Se6: Clark fights his way back to his loved ones, and as he does, his world isn’t so small as he first thought, as “Green Arrow” is introduced and the justice league is formed. (Don’t ask..) As Clark is about to finally start his training with Jor-el, he gets reports that when he came back the Phantoms, from the Phantom Zone are on Earth.

Season’s end conflict: Bizzaro.

Se7. The fight continues as Clark & Bizzaro try to figure how to beat the other. Kara-EL, Super Girl bursts on to the scene. A secret society, Veritas, has always known & had plans for a traveler, who happens to be Clark.
Season’s end conflict: Lex kills everyone who is aware of the existence of “Veritas”, to get the answers he’s been wanting since the first meteor shower.

Se8: Lex is rumored to be dead, and Clark feels ok with that. He finally starts taking the right steps to become the legend, but first he’s gotta deal with Doomsday and a stupid blonde headed friend. Lana says her final PAINFUL Goodbye. Season’s end conflict: Doomsday.

Se9: The Orb that Lex found in se7 comes alive to reveal clone of the not yet General, but Major Zod. It’s a game of wits and lies and questions. Clark & Lois finally get closer to being together. Season’s end conflict: Major Zod and his Kandorian Amry.

Se10 (the final season): It’s Time to become legend (If you read Marvel’s Civil war, DC’s Final crisis, then you kinda understand what I’m about to say). The U.S gov’t wants the “heroes” to register and be an army with an agenda, and an Anti-life equation that sweeps metropolis. Bringing Darksieds “Apokolips” to Earth. Clark gets ready to wed Lois. And well, just watch the series finale.

The saddest thing about this is, this may have been the ONLY TIME we get to see Clark in any real “Superman” outfit or remotely close to one that isn’t CGI (though many believe this was a cgi S shield)

I can’t spoon feed you everything, just know that if you watch it from start to finish you may bust a tear.

I was like 12 when this show started and was mad crazy about Superman (I’ll get into that later), so this show was great at the time it came on. I was a preteen figuring out emotions, feels, wants, and having people I didn’t know trying to control me (for better or for worse…). Everything this show dealt this seemed to some how come back to me. Be it a theme or an exact replica of an event. There’s this thing that draws you to this show especially come season three. I don’t know what that thing is exactly, but I’m glad it did. There’s so much about Superman here in this show its crazy, he has been around since the 1930’s. There’s so much that the character has gone through from marriage, a few reboots, like 5 movies, a death, and a bunch of cartoons. But this show may have been one of the best takes on superman. Well, up to season 7, then it was just watching to see what they ruined. As good as the series finale is, it leaves too many questions for both the on/off screen moments. None the less, this is the start of my *Season 11 comic reviews… I’ll try and do them more frequently. So enjoy! (See next post)

 

P.S. just for you viewing pleasure: 

2012 Total Recall Review

I’ll just tell you now, it was a waste of time.

Cast:

Colin Farrell
Kate Beckinsale
Jessica Biel
Bryan Cranston
Bokeem Woodbine
Bill Nighy
John Cho

Plot: “A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.” -imdb.com

Run time: 118 Mins

Yes this movie is entertaining, it’s a summer movie. TDKR was entertaining, but the general feel of the movie sucked. The story differs from the original, from minor details to big key plot points, & for that reason, it ruins the movie. As I said for the 1990 version, it’s about some dude that leads a bit of a mediocre life, and wants to get “new” memories blah blah blah. The main point to this story is the same, just overall it’s a let down.

The acting in this movie is lacking luster from everyone. It may be from the editing, but let’s not make excuses. Colin Ferrel hasn’t been a great actor to me, ever. Not that I’ve seen all his movies, but his performance made Arnold seem like an oscar performance. Even Bryan Cransiton seemed bad, and I like him a lot as an actor. The fight scenes for the girls…My gosh that’s the best acted part to the movie. Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale just did a lot of work for their roles, however they’re both small and not as important. I think everyone’s best moments were in the beginning (or when introduced to the story).

The S/FX were pretty cool I will admit, they made Toronto not look like Toronto at all. Even the “Australia” location seemed very cool. Oh yes, it’s not based on Mars here. I don’t know if this take is closer to the source material, but one would only assume it is. Everything seemed large and believable, and sort of over the top, which worked but also didn’t work in its favour. Even the audio was decent. There were a few dropped sentences which may have been important, but then again this movie put me to sleep like twice.

Honestly, This movie failed. It never should have been made. We didn’t need a reboot/remake to the original. None of Arnold’s movies need to be redone, at all, for any reason. That move was a classic for the makeup effects alone, much less the story and the way it unfolds, and makes you wonder. Come the end of the 2012 movie, from what I saw, I didn’t need to guess which was real or fake. Maybe one day I’ll rewatch it and I’ll be impressed with this, but I highly doubt that probability.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 2.7 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? NOTHING!!!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW