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#1 of 517 ONLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted September 27 2007 - 09:57 AM

Don't forget that this starts tonight.


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#2 of 517 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted September 27 2007 - 01:04 PM

Tonight's premiere just flew by, I was shocked when Clark punched Biz into outer space and there was only one segment left.

This show is so melodramatic, but it's so much fun to watch. There was a little too much self-loathing by Clark, but otherwise a good start to this season, and we'll have to see if Supergirl's addition has a positive impact to the show.

They must have blew the special effect budget for 2-3 episodes for the opening segment at the dam and surrounding areas. Did they use a stunt butt for Lois? Posted Image
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#3 of 517 OFFLINE   Chad R

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Posted September 27 2007 - 01:20 PM

Overall I liked it. I'm usually glad when they drop most of the angst for some good ol' Superman action and stories. The Clark "You know, I learned something today" denouments are getting tiring, but it's just part of the show so I just grin and bear it.

They should just break the 'No Flights' rule and let him fly already. It would have been far more satisfying for Clark to fly Bizarro to the sun instead of his cousin. It's a bit embarrassing that Supergirl can do it and he can't. Talk about emasculating.

The bit at the end with Lana in China was laughable. For someone wanting to lay low, even if it's in a communist country, a bright blonde wig and red dress isn't the best way to go about it. With her decidedly exotic features her regular appearance would blend better than her "disguise."

Does anyone know why "Smallville" doesn't boradcast in Dolby 5.1? It only ever shows up as 2 channel stereo, but "Reaper" started right after it in full multi-channel surround, so it doesn't seem like it's the local channel not passing the signal.

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Posted September 27 2007 - 01:42 PM

Plugging ears for a couple more episodes. Progeny is playing right now.

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Posted September 27 2007 - 04:08 PM

There was a lot to like about the season opener. I think Patrick nailed it when he said Smallville is melodramatic but it is still fun to watch. After six seasons, the writers have this show down to a science, but not in a bad way... unless, of course, they resort to the incredibly tired "freak of the week" storylines.

That being said, I guess I am a bit dense here, but I still don't fully understand how Chloe's power works. I "get" that she transferred a life-saving essence to Lois to heal her. The result of which, she apparently kills herself in the process. But, why exactly does she wake from the dead, so to speak? Did I miss something or are we to assume that she regenerates herself back to life after a period of time? Or, does it have something to do with her vitals going haywire in the ER in response to whatever treatment they were giving her?
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Posted September 27 2007 - 04:15 PM

I don't think we know yet. At the moment, it's still the worst superpower ever.

I didn't think it was Supergirl who flew Bizarro out of the atmosphere. I thought it was the Martian Manhunter. He said he'd help, and that was the help.

I'm glad they didn't drag out the question of Blona's survival, at least as far as the audience goes.

This needs to be the season where Clark flies. It's just ridiculous now. He needs to do it right from the first few episodes, too.

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Posted September 27 2007 - 04:25 PM

It was the Martian Manhunter (the red streak) that helped Biz escape earth's gravitational pull. Of course, Clark didn't seemed to worried as to where exactly Biz ended up...
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Posted September 27 2007 - 04:31 PM

I think he probably knew, since the Martian Manhunter is the one who helped Clark "realize" how to defeat him (the yellow sun.) Didn't Clark see Johnn Jones swoop in and grab Biz? At least I thought we were seeing it from his perspective. I'll have to go back and check...
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Posted September 27 2007 - 04:56 PM

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Tonight's premiere just flew by, I was shocked when Clark punched Biz into outer space and there was only one segment left.
It was one of the stronger episodes the later seasons of the series have had. At some point around season four the show became a pale imitation of itself and stopped even shooting for plausibility. The show it's evolved into remains consistently a lot of fun on a weekly basis.

The scene just before the credits when he boils the oncoming surge of water and then winks at the kid, he WAS Superman. I mean, that's trademark Superman stuff in trademark Superman fashion. It made me long for what could be done with the real character on today's TV budget. I also loved how the Bizarro Clark sucking up the green from the kryptonite was mirrored by the beautifully evocative shot of the sun rays healing Clark. It really emphasized that Clark was made of deeper stuff.
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This show is so melodramatic, but it's so much fun to watch. There was a little too much self-loathing by Clark, but otherwise a good start to this season, and we'll have to see if Supergirl's addition has a positive impact to the show.
For the first time, Clark's really grappling with his destiny as a whole. He's not running from it any more, he's giving it serious contemplation. It feels like things are starting to move towards a conclusion now.
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The bit at the end with Lana in China was laughable. For someone wanting to lay low, even if it's in a communist country, a bright blonde wig and red dress isn't the best way to go about it. With her decidedly exotic features her regular appearance would blend better than her "disguise."
I thought that was rather well-executed, considering her face has been splashed across tabloids worldwide. I also liked that she picked China to hide in; it's nice for the show to acknowledge that Kristin has a little Asian in her. I'm also glad that, as Greg mentioned, they didn't drag out the melodrama of what happened to her. Having both Clark and Lana staring at the moon from opposite sides of day and night worked really well, even if it's probably not strictly possible.

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Posted September 27 2007 - 08:58 PM

crap I forgot about smallville...do they replay on internet or elsewhere?
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Posted September 28 2007 - 02:19 AM

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Posted September 28 2007 - 07:51 AM

Regarding Clark flying. Chloe said it best when Clark told her Bizarro flew.

"He can fly too. You really need to work on that." Or something to that effect. Posted Image

Seriously, its getting kinda of stupid that he doesn't fly or at least try.
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Posted September 28 2007 - 10:49 AM

An update from the producers, have said when he'll fly

Season 8


As far as the Season 7 premiere went.

I liked it and enjoyed it very much.
That opening shot of Clark boiling the water into nothing was great.

I also enjoyed the new opening segment with Jimmy and Supergirl.

But I did cringe at that putting Lana into the Shanghai crowd CGI segment.

I already know the secret behind Lana, and I'm wondering how well it's going to be received

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Posted September 28 2007 - 01:13 PM

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Regarding Clark flying. Chloe said it best when Clark told her Bizarro flew.

"He can fly too. You really need to work on that." Or something to that effect. Posted Image

Seriously, its getting kinda of stupid that he doesn't fly or at least try.
Agreed.

I am really starting to get tired of every Kryptonian or semi-Kryptonian being able to fly like it's nothing, and Clark is standing there clueless.

At least Chloe finally told him that he needs to get on top of that...

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Posted September 28 2007 - 03:52 PM

John,

If your spoiler is true, it is absolutely maddening.

Who's to even say the show will make it to season 8? If they spin their wheels on the whole Superman thing, even the diehards might start to melt away. By the way, the sentence following this spoiler text is not me thinking maybe you're wrong about the flying. I'm guessing you just heard this recently. But, I hope it changes some other things to be more Supermany.


I believe my DVR says something about Clark beginning training next week. I hope that starts to change some things.

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Posted September 28 2007 - 11:20 PM

Greg,

Lex is signed on till Season 7. Everyone else is signed on till season 8. They are even considering a Supergirl spin off. And even a Metropolis show. But Season 8 is pretty much guaranteed, since all cast are signed on

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Posted September 29 2007 - 05:04 AM

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Lex is signed on till Season 7. Everyone else is signed on till season 8. They are even considering a Supergirl spin off. And even a Metropolis show. But Season 8 is pretty much guaranteed, since all cast are signed on

It's good to know about the casting, but the audience may be fatigued by the end of season 7. I'm confident I'll be aboard, but I am disappointed that he won't be flying for that long. "It's just one more season!" "Yeah, that's what you said last year when Biggs and Tank left." Posted Image

I'll withhold judgement on Supergirl until I've seen her on Smallville a little more. It will be kind of a shame to graduate her to her own titled role, while Clark Kent is still just Clark Kent. I hope the Metropolis thing happens, if that means Superman, Lex, Lois, the Planet, and Chloe still in the picture. I've been wanting that for years now.


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Posted September 29 2007 - 06:15 AM

I enjoyed the season opener, it was almost refreshing to have a season open where the town doesn't have to recover from some huge catastrophy from the previous season finale.

I was almost sad to see Bizarro defeated so soon and so easily.

Greg, the show will return for season 8 i'm almost 100% sure, each season has done well enough to grant another season so I don't see why it's fans would abandon it now.

Sad to see Annette O'Toole gone from the opening credits and missing from the episode, Clark seems so alone on the farm now, almost like a super powered shut-in lol.

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Posted September 29 2007 - 01:29 PM

When I saw Clark vaporize the water, I thought "Tom Welling can do this character at least as well as anyone else has ever done it, and has the potential to be the best."

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Posted September 29 2007 - 02:04 PM

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when he spoke it felt as though a warm blanket had been placed around my body. I don't know whow to explain it better than that.

I think you've said too much already! Posted Image

Nah, just kidding. And, I didn't notice O'Toole was missing and didn't know she was gone from the show. Will she be popping in from time to time when there's a legislative recess? I think it's fine for him to be on his own now. Two less reasons for the writers to go to the "loved one in danger" well, at least until Lana is back. Still, there's now very little reason why he shouldn't be making flights in the tights.

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When I saw Clark vaporize the water, I thought "Tom Welling can do this character at least as well as anyone else has ever done it, and has the potential to be the best."

Maybe it's because Superman Returns was a relative flop that they seem to be moving the mythos forward a little bit. JohnS mentioned in his spoiler--and I don't think this is a spoiler in and of itself--that the producers are now openly talking about doing "Metropolis." I don't think that'd be possible if Superman Returns With A Vengence was on tap. I hope Welling gets a shot as full-on Superman at some point. He'd be much, much better than Routh.


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