Monday, October 5, 2009

Smallville 'Metallo' Review

What's up with everyone hating 'The Blur' and blaming 'The Blur' for everything. The only thing I despise most about 'The Blur' is his name. It really needs to change.

So it turns out that Brian Austin Green's stay was a short one as John Corben became crazier as the minutes went by. I felt his love for his sister, but blaming it all on 'The Blur' is so cliche. I had high hopes for his character; a brief cat and mouse romance with Lois, a jealous Clark remaining on the sidelines, a close revelation of 'The Blur's' true identity', but those dreams went downhill fast the moment that vehicle crashed into him, which I am sure jolted most viewers upon impact. It also crashed any hope of a decent storyline between him and Lois.

The writers played well with the throbbing anti-blur replaced repellent for his heart and I was just as hazed as Corben, when he woke up with a beating green heart. I believed it was some kind of joke when he became more machine than man and wondered if they picked Green for the part solely because of his link with the Terminator series. His ramblings mattered less, especially when he believed he could take on a man faster than a speeding bullet. Why kill someone who saves so many lives?

I am oddly drawn to Allison Mack's character and how she portrays Chloe. She seems to actually show a hint of jealousy whenever Lois speaks about 'The Blur' and it isn't a simple measure of concern for her cousin. She actually feels a distance from Clark since he took an oath to embrace his Krptonian legacy. Since Clark clearly wants nothing to do with his old life, why is he always drawn to Lois? Why does he continuously call her with the creepy voice and inadvertently lure her into believing that she could be 'The Blur's' sidekick? Why call her at all?

We all know that Clark has some repressed feelings, deeper than he understands, for Lois. He cares about her safety and feels conflicted and torn between his mortal life and his Kryptonian. People always get hurt around him, but pulling himself away does no good for anyone. Which is probably why he reclaimed the 'Farm Boy' title and his Job at The Daily Planet- he says that it's to find out what Lois is repressing in her memory, but I believe it is something more.

Lois' dreams are somewhat amusing, how much did Durance and Welling enjoy filming those oddly eccentric and suggestive scenes. Does Lois even understand what she dreams, or even that she is having extra work relations with her Smallville?

At one point after Clark defeated Metallo or at least when he defeated himself, and Lois awoke in the nick of time (convenient), I was surprised Clark stuck around. She obviously didn't recognize his true identity, which I found quite surprising.

That scene got me thinking, based on the Superman theme, how would Clark be Superman without revealing his true identity?

Tess was not foolish enough to rehire Lois without ulterior motives, Lois should have known better. Chloe seems to be cleaning up after everyone, who's there to take care of her, especially since Clark went a-wall.

'Metallo' portrayed many references to comic book deliveries and Clark still has his strange trench coat on lurking over tall buildings (That really needs to go), but this episode came off slightly average. The only anticipation is what Zod has up his sleeve. Tess also gave the impression that Metallo is not completely gone, so we could get another screen shot of Brian Austine Green. Let's hope Smallville increases the speed so that we could tighten our seat belts.



Three and a Half Stars

Grade C+

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