Friday, February 1, 2013

Smallville: Random, Awesome and WTF?! - S10E11: Icarus

Green Arrow (Justin Hartley)’s good deed gets him into trouble with an anti-hero mob and Slade Wilson (Michael Hogan) returns and battles Hawkman (Michael Shanks) in mortal combat, and it doesn’t go well for the home team.  But if there’s a silver lining it’s that Clark (Tom Welling) finally asks Lois (Erica Durance) an important question.

Season Ten hits the halfway point and the final stretch is upon us, folks…

The Random:

1. It’s good to see Chloe (Allison Mack) come back again, even if it’s just in a flashback, and she’s still making herself known thanks to little tidbits she picked up from the Helmet of Fate.

2. References to Hawkman’s repeat marriages to Shayerra by Ollie are humorous and it’s always great to see the good old Hawkman/Green Arrow banter.

3. Lois actually got through to Cat (Keri Lynn Pratt) long enough to almost make her halfway likeable by playing to her ego and revealing that the only reason her son still has a mom is because one of those vigilantes she hates has saved her life.  Twice.  That got it done.

Smallville, Superman, Tom Welling, Erica Durance, DC Comics,
I’d have loved to watch a spinoff series starring these guys.

The Awesome:
1. Give credit where it’s due, but when Clark Kent proposes to a lady, he sure as hell does it in style, arranging a crazy series of stunts just to make it magical for Lois.  And man was I glad she said yes instead of going back to the clich├ęd let me think about crap these shows always pull.  And it’s all topped off by a surprise party for the happy couple and an invite for Ollie to be the best man.

2. It’s a little overly dramatic but the shutting down of Watchtower as the heroes go underground and the interrogations of everyone close to Ollie and the heroes really hammers home just how much is at stake with the VRA and Darkseid’s influence getting even stronger.

3. The Hawkman and Deathstroke melee is pretty epic, but even a reincarnated winged warrior couldn’t stop the Terminator and his newly gained healing powers and enhanced reflexes.  We may have lost Hawkman, but at least he went out a hero in a moving scene, saving Lois while Clark put Deathstroke securely away in the Phantom Zone.  Plus, it was a hell of a funeral procession for our fallen hero.

Smallville, Superman, Tom Welling, Erica Durance, DC Comics,
Rest well, Carter Hall.  See you in the next life.

The WTF?!:
1. Wow, is Cat a moron, or what?  She just saw Lois’ ring and asked her if she was expecting before launching into a rant about being a working mom…which has nothing to do with anything.  Crazy bat.  But at least she’s taking a turn it seems.

2. Oh, Metropolis.  Only here can a person put down a mugging and then be attacked as everyone else is high on hate.  And anyone notice that the authorities finally responded almost instantaneously to a situation?  Car bombs, missiles, terrorist attacks, those things don’t even get a patrol car to the scene, but Ollie being a vigilante?  That’ll get ‘em running.  Darkseid is really jacking this place up, isn’t he?

3. For a supposedly tight military program, Wilson’s people sure are sloppy in their interrogations and watching prisoners.  I mean, you want to be scared of them, but then they lose people like Lana at an old persons’ home.

Smallville, Superman, Tom Welling, Erica Durance, DC Comics,
“And this one time, in band camp…”

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