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Smallville – Is It Time for ‘The Suit’?

The writers and producers of Smallville have liked to tease us this season with glimpses of the iconic red and blue costume of Superman.  Clark recieved the suit from his mother before it was locked away in the Fortress, and then when he saw into his own future he saw himself as a red and blue blur.  Basically, everything is building up to Smallville’s Clark Kent finally donning the ‘Super-Suit.’

And now the CW is putting out promos to build up this excitement of Clark wearing The Suit.  Just take a look at the new promo picture that was released.  Pay specific attention to Clark’s reflection.  Looks like we’re going to be seeing the red and blue this year!  Or at least we better be after the way its been teased.

Smallville: Luthor

Smallville is back this Friday after taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here’s what we have to look forward to:

JOHN GLOVER RETURNS AS LIONEL LUTHOR; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER KELLY SOUDERS MAKES HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT — Tess (Cassidy Freeman) acquires a Kryptonian box that once belonged to Lionel Luthor (John Glover). When Clark (Tom Welling) accidentally activates the box, he’s transported to a parallel universe where Lionel found Clark in the cornfields instead of the Kents. In this universe, Clark Luthor is a murderer and Lois (Erica Durance) is engaged to Oliver (Justin Hartley) and both of them hate Clark. Clark must be careful not to tip off Lionel that he’s not his son while trying to figure out how to get back to Earth where the monster Clark Luthor was transported in his place. Executive producer Kelly Souders directed the episode written by Bryan Q. Miller

Personally I think that anything that gets John Glover back on my TV is a good thing.  I’m looking forward to seeing this twisted Father/Son relationship between Clark and Lionel.

Smallville ‘Abandoned’ Sneak Peek

One last thing to end the week.  Here’s a few minutes from tonights new episode.  I haven’t watched it myself, mostly because I’m trying to be at least somewhat good when it comes to avoiding spoilers.

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Smallville ‘Abandoned’ Preview

There’s a new episode of Smallville tonight.  Hopefully this one is not as much of a filler episode as the last couple episodes have been.  At the very least it seems like the Darkseid story is progressing with the appearance of Granny Goodness.  The other big thing in the preview is that it looks like Lois is up at the Fortress for some reason.

Smallville Costume Evolution

I’ll be the first to admit that since this is Smallville’s last season I have been paying the show a good deal more attention. In fact, most of the recent blog posts probably reflect my renewed/heightened interest in the show. In all honesty, season 10 has already exceeded my expectations. It’s been fun and continued to grow Clark Kent into the man he will be when he dons the Superman suit. Life changing events, i.e. Homecoming, have started this shift and so has the costume change we saw in Shield (10×02).

As much as the Cat Grant character annoys me (which I realize she is meant to do) she was right about one thing. How are people supposed to trust these heroes that hide in the dark and cloak themselves in the shadows? One of the reasons Superman is so beloved is that he stands out and is recognizable. The mask-less costume and the bright colors that comprise his uniform make him very visible to the public. Meanwhile, the Blur is the exact opposite. The Blur kept to the shadows and prevented himself from being seen at nearly all times. Needless to say, this does not allow him to be viewed a friendly to the public. At the end of Shield, Clark has taken another step towards becoming Superman by creating a suit that allows him to stand out and not be as hidden from the people of Metropolis.

I’ll be honest I didn’t like the Matrixy Neo-like costume that Clark was wearing in season 9.  Or rather I didn’t like it at first.  Once I came to the realization that this was Clark’s first step as a costumed vigilante the costume grew on me.  Clark’s only exposure to the world of heroes has been people who hide in the shadows and aren’t easily viewable, so it only makes sense that his first costume would reflect this mindset.  If you don’t believe me look at Green Arrow.  He hides to the shadows and changes his voice so as not to be recognized.

I’m really hoping that the new costume grows on me like the black suit did.  Right now, I can honestly say that I am not a big fan of the new suit.  I do like the fact that Clark has finally begun adopting the traditional Superman colors.  However, the all red embossed leather jacket just doesn’t do it for me.  I think part of my dislike is that is a solid color and the House of El crest doesn’t stand out.  One of the things I liked about the black suit from the very beginning was that the silver House of El crest was easily viewable on the black t-shirt.

If a few changes were made to the new costume it would be much more palatable to me, and probably other fans.  I really think that something should be in place to break up all the red of the jacket, or maybe even make the jacket blue.  If the House of El crest were a different color and some color were added to the shoulders of the jacket.  When I was surfing the web the other night I found that some others had the same thought as I did and had posted some of their ideas online.  The concept below is what I think would be awesome for the current costume.  I’m going to dig through my history and try to find where I found it so I can credit the designer.

Honestly, I’m probably just nit-picking when it comes to the new costume.  It’s a step forward and continues to build Clark Kent up as the man who will be Superman.  The costume is changing, heck even Clark’s hair while in costume is starting to look like the traditional Superman hair style from the comics and movies.

Hopefully, this is the final costume evolution before Clark dons the costume everyone wants to see…

Smallville 200: Homecoming (Initial Reaction)

So we previewed Smallville’s 200th episode earlier this week.  The preview was good, but it didn’t do any justice to the episode we got tonight.  I’ve jotted down some initial thoughts on the episode.  I fully intend to flesh it out with a full review later.  Hopefully my insane ramblings make sense to you all.

  1. It wasn’t a clip show.  The previews made it look like there would be a lot of clips of past episodes, but there were really very few.  I was happy to see that and it made the episode better to limit the flashback clips.  The ones they used fit in perfectly to the episode and gave great emphasis to the ongoing events.
  2. James Marsters continues to own the role of Brainiac.  It’s a unique take, but its really good.  Personally I thought he did a great job of looking evil and out for revenge when he first appeared before Clark.  Then he morphed into a guide for Clark’s life.  Completely different from the past Brainiacs of the series.  You could almost buy at the end that Clark and Brainiac 5 could be friends and work together.
  3. This episode has been the best one so far to build up the future of the Superman mythos.  Not only did we see the Daily Planet and a headline about Superman, but we got to see the ‘nerdy’ Clark Kent of the future.  Awesome, thats all there is to it.  Not only that, but there was a nice nod to the Superman movies with Clark saving Lois in the falling helicopter.
  4. Tom Welling and Erica Durance have fantastic chemistry on-screen.  These two actors just seem to mesh really well together.  The interactions between future Lois and the Clark from the past were fantastic.  Spot on work.  You could totally buy the fact that the Lois and Clark of the future would work together to maintain his secret.
  5. The glasses comments.  They played up the glasses aspect in hiding in plain sight, something huge in this episode.  When Clark wanders around without them people start to think they recognize him and actually double-take to see if he is Superman.  Then there was the great comment when he had the glasses on, “No, it’s just the guy from the 8th floor.”
  6. Flight!  I love it Clark might just figure out how to fly now.  Confronting his past that haunts him and the issues in his future may have helped him make some progress.  But the biggest thing was probably admitting he loved Lois.  After the events with Brainiac and then with Lois I imagine Clark had a clear head and didn’t have to worry about his darkness anymore.  Lois might just be what saves Clark from Darkseid.

Honestly, this might have been one of the best episodes of Smallville that have been made.  Easily in the top 5 if not number 1.  This show is really pulling out all the stops as it nears the end of its 10 year run.  To steal a catchphrase from TV Guide and  part-time Starkville House of El Host Damian Holbrook, this episode of Smallville = geekwood.

Smallville Episode 200 Preview

The folks over at TV Guide have been able to sit on a lot of the Smallville production efforts for episode 200 entitled Homecoming.  As such, they’ve been able to put together quite a preview for this week’s episode.  Any else excited by this preview?  As long as it doesn’t turn in to a clip show I’m going to be pretty happy with the show.  But I think the use of old clips is about the only way they could bring back some of the actors who have left the show.  I can’t be too disappointed though, James Marsters is coming back to play the role of Brainiac 5.  I’ve always been a fan of his work and thought he was vastly underrated as an actor, so anytime he’s back on TV I’m happy.

And one last piece just to tease the readers some more.  Here is the official description of the 200th episode of Smallville.

A RECORD-BREAKING EVENT! SMALLVILLE HITS 200 EPISODES AND BRINGS BACK FAMILIAR FACES LIKE JAMES MARSTERS AS BRAINIAC — In an attempt to cheer up Clark (Tom Welling), Lois (Erica Durance) convinces him to attend their five-year high school reunion. A visit back to the home of the Crows has Clark remembering old times with Lana (Kristin Kreuk) and Chloe (Allison Mack), while Losi is furious that no one remembers her five days as a student. Brainiac 5.0 (James Marsters) uses his Legion ring to visit from the future and takes Clark through his past, present and future. He shows Clark what really happened the night Jonathan died, Oliver’s (Justin Hartley’s) current pain and Clark’s future at the Daily Planet with Lois and his role as Earth’s favorite red and blue superhero. Jeannot Szwarc directed the episode written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders (#3X6004).

Here’s hoping they’ve kept it really quiet and we get the return of the real Lex Luthor during this episode.  That would be a huge way to cap off episode 200.

Smallville Season 10 Preview

Too good not to share.  There’s a few little interesting points.  Specifically, the suit encased in ice.

Can We Have Season 10 Now?

Dunno if everyone else has watched the Smallville season finale last night but the opening hinted at some big changes for the future.  Anyone else notice the overly CGI Superman logo?  And on top of that Perry White as editor of the Daily Planet!

I need to double check, but did it look like to anyone else that Lois was wearing a wedding ring?  Since she’s guessed Clark’s alter ego its possible.  For those that don’t remember the scene I’m talking about its below… and seriously its going to be a long wait for season 10.

New Smallville Promo

The CW has released a promo for the new episodes of Smallville.  Its a slightly corny teaser, but the clips from the shows themselves look awesome.  Biggest thing to note, is that it looks like Metallo will find the Fortress.  Take a look for yourselves.