Saturday, May 21, 2011

The "Smallville" Finale Review

I've been reading a lot of criticisms of the finale episode of "Smallville," the most common being that they didn't show Tom Welling in a head-to-toe full shot in The Suit.  Frankly, I think this is nitpicking of the highest order.  Who freaking cares?  I'm pretty sure that everybody knows what Superman looks like, gang.

My problems with the finale were that:  
- the first hour was too talky and soap-opera-like.
- while it was great to see Michael Rosenbaum back as Lex, his reappearance ultimately didn't do much to advance the plot or the story.
- when you look up "anticlimactic" in the dictionary, there will be a clip of the final battle with Darkseid aka the Lionel zombie.  While it would have been nice if they had learned their lesson with Doomsday, it appears not to be the case.  It was lame.  Smoke and crows after one flying punch???  And after all that with Apokolips approaching, Supes just...shoves it out of the way?  Off-camera?
- Chloe reading the comic book to her son?  SERIOUSLY???  For a minute I thought they were going with "the last ten years were all a bedtime story." which would have been a huge ripoff.  Even teasing us with it for a moment was poor writing, in my humble opinion.

On the plus side:

- the flashback montage in the Fortress was a real nice tip of the hat for the fans who have stuck by the show since its original shaky "kryptonite monster of the week" days.  

- seeing Pa Kent again was great; it's some of John Schneider's best work; he's the perfect Pa.  

- I never get tired of Terence Stamp as the voice of Jor-El.  

- and finally, I positively choked up when they used the John Williams theme music at the end.

Overall, despite its shortcomings, I have to give the finale a "B."  TV is a little less interesting now that "Smallville" is gone.

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