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SMALLVILLE EPISODES
Smallville TV Reviews

SMALLVILLE EPISODES
Smallville Season 7 TV REVIEW
BY ANTHONY ZICARI


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SMALLVILLE EPISODES :SEASON SEVEN, EPISODE THREE: FIERCE'

Here we are three episodes into the new season and things are moving right along. Last nights episode was titled Fierce. Here's a quick refresh and rundown of the major plot points.

Clark (Tom Welling) continues to keep a watchful eye over his newly found cousin Kara (Laura Vandervoot). He tells her to keep a low profile, especially until she can get a better handle on her powers. But all she wants to do is fit in and make friends. As a result the perfect opportunity presents itself in the form of the Smallville festival, and the Miss Sweet Corn beauty pageant. Against Clark's urgings Kara signs up and enters the competition. So much for keeping a low profile.

As luck would have it three meteor infected beauties have also entered the competition. Tempest (Christine Chatelain), Tyler (Eva Marcille) and Carly (Elisa King). Intent on stealing a map to some buried treasure concealed within the Smallville time capsule, they set about their plan. Shortly after a little in fighting and the frozen demise of one of the beauties the episode really picks up. As Kara attempts to save the life of newspaper photographer Jimmy Olsen, who once again has stuck his nose where it doesn't belong, one of the meteor infected beauties witnesses her using her powers and decides to bring her into the fold to help with the little heist.

Things kind of backfire on the beauties though when Kara learning that the treasure might hold a clue to Krypton double crosses them and grabs the treasure map for herself. Only to be stabbed in the back by her so called new "friends", and just as she is being crowned Miss Sweet Corn she is arrested for destroying the time capsule and stealing the map.

As all good cousins do, Clark comes to her rescue and after persuading her to stay behind bars were she won't do anymore damage, he sets about righting all the wrongs. There's only one problem as he confronts the diabolical femme fatale duo, some of the good old meteor rock kryptonite appears and Clark is incapacitated. Soon enough though Kara comes to his rescue and saves the day and redeems herself in his eyes. Everything is wrapped up neatly as Kara has begun to assimilate into the human society. Right down to taking a job at the coffee house in the Talon.

Overall this was an excellent episode, and really set up some nice side stories for future episodes this season. Amongst them was the return of Lana Lang! The connection between Clark and Lana is strong, but something is obviously amiss. This should be interesting. The Chloe and Lois side story at the Daily Planet with the new Editor is interesting as well. I'd like to see where this one goes. There also seems to be a Jimmy, Chloe, Kara love triangle developing. Lex for all he seems to be doing right is slowly slipping closer and closer to the dark side. His schemes and positioning are classic, as witnessed by his little conversation with Kara at the end of the episode, as she leaves the Talon. Michael Rosenbaum is a great actor and carries Lex Luthor's portrayal off with underscored genius.

The special effects were as always top notch, and there were also some amusing moments as well, such as when Clark is attempting to teach Kara how to use her heat vision on an unsuspecting watermelon.

Next weeks episode features guest star Dean Caine as Dr. Curtis Knox. Cain played the part of Clark in The New Adventures Of Lois And Clark, opposite Teri Hatcher. Dr. Curtis Knox is a new employee of Lex Luthor hawking a cure for the meteor infected. Wishing to rid herself of her meteor infected curse Chloe becomes a patient. Obviously this can't be a good thing. It should be another super episode.

This is a great show. It has everything, drama, love stories, fights, and backstabbing espionage. The consummate total package. Season Seven is shaping up to be the best one yet! Another winner!

SMALLVILLE EPISODES: SEASON SEVEN PREMIER 9-27-07

BIZARRO

"I'm just like you, only a little bit more bizarre!"

Last night marked the seventh season premier of one of the CW's landmark shows, SMALLVILLE. The episode was entitled BIZARRO, and picked up exactly were the season six finale ended. What an episode, it lived up to all my expectations.

Now, it's worth mentioning that many people think the producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar play hard and fast with the whole Superman Mythology in Smallville. I myself however feel that Smallville is a very poignant and revealing exploration into the Superman Mythos through the eyes and adventures of a young late teenage Clark Kent. Struggling to come to grips with his extraordinary abilities and maintain a normal "human" life at the same time as he transitions from boyhood to manhood. After all these stories and adventures that Smallville is pulled from are our modern mythology and they tell the tale of his trials of trying to fit in, within a human society that is alien to him. I believe that the show has stood the test of time. I mean last night was the seventh season opener.

In the season premier written by Kelly Sounders and Brian Peterson and directed by Michael Rohl, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) confronts the last wraith from the Phantom Zone, Bizarro, in final battle with the help of John Jones/Martian Manhunter (Phil Morris). Bizarro is basically an exact opposite clone of Clark Kent/Superman. During the ensuing battle the dam breaks and unleashes a torrential wave of water submerging everything in its path. Until Clark with his heat vision vaporizes the tidal wave and saves the day. Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) is arrested for the murder of Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk), but is trapped underwater in the tidal wave, only to be rescued in very much the same fashion as Clark did in the first season premier episode. This time the guardian angel just happens to be Clark's cousin Kara Kent/Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort, from the television show Instant Star). Meanwhile, Lois Lane (Erica Durance) pulls her unresponsive cousin Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) from a watery grave, only to have her pronounced dead later at the hospital.

In the end Lex ends up behind bars, Chloe comes back to life, and we find out that Lana is very much alive and hiding in Shanghai, China!

Like I said it was quite a premier. Action packed from beginning to end, with all the bells and whistles you expect in a comic book brought to wondrous life on the small screen. This is a great show and destined to be a classic. The production values, special effects and quality are all top notch. The writing, directing and acting are all excellent. Smallville just gets progressively better with each subsequent season. Now with the opening of it's seventh season this is a show that is firing on all cylinders, and when it does that, it's definitely hard to beat.

Of course there are more questions raised, and my interest is definitely piqued. What happened to Lionel Luthor (John Glover) and just who was it that pulled him out of the water? How did Lana Lang survive the explosion from last seasons finale? How will the arrival of Kara impact Clark's life? Will Clark finally begin his training in the Fortress Of Solitude? What exactly is Chloe's Meteor Power? What twists and turns await us? And so much more!

There are rumors swirling that this season is the last one that Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) is contracted through, and others that Supergirl timely introduction means that she may be getting aspin off series of her own. But for now all that remains to be seen. Right now, I am basking in the warm iridescent glow coming from my television set on Thursday nights at 8 PM and enjoying one of my favorite and truly best television shows on TV currently, SMALLVILLE! You should be too. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

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