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#21 of 452 RobertR

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Posted September 19 2008 - 05:31 PM

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No one has been able to give me a satisfactory explanation as to exactly WHY he will not be wearing the tights. The old excuse of "this is the story of Clark Kent" doesn't fly (no pun intended) because at the very end of the series he will be Supes.

I've always been very perplexed as to what they have against this, that's all.
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Posted September 19 2008 - 11:49 PM

It definitely felt like the new producers are trying to move the show as quickly as possible into a more traditional Superman storyline (Daily Planet, Clark with some actual initiative, etc.), which can only be a good thing in my book.

I wonder when Kara will show up. She's stuck in the Phantom Zone while Braniac goes on impersonating her....

And we better see another cameo of Perry White as played by Michael McKean sometime this season if we're gonna spend more time at the Daily Planet. It only makes sense with Lex out of the picture.

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Posted September 20 2008 - 05:13 AM

The character's name is Tess Mercer, which is definitely a nod to Miss Teschmacher.


I actually read an interview where the produers say that Tess Mercer is a nod to both Miss Teschmacher and Mercy (Lex's female bodyguard).

I've seen a lot of genre news sites say this is the last season. I haven't seen anyone official say that, though. Have I just missed it, or is it still an open question?


Actually, the producers are open to a ninth season depending on cast involvement and ratings. I think Tom Welling is already signed through nine. They've talked about plotting this season as a series end but left open for a further season if the network wants it.

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Posted September 20 2008 - 07:19 AM

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I wonder when Kara will show up. She's stuck in the Phantom Zone while Braniac goes on impersonating her....

I don't think she's due to show up at all. Maybe they're planning to ask her to make an appearance like they say they will do with Lex and Lana, but I haven't heard anything like that. I don't hear everything, though.

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Posted September 20 2008 - 09:27 AM

Yeah, I was surprised she wasn't in the opening credits. I honestly forgot where her they left off with her last Spring.

How 'bout finding that footprint in the snow four weeks after it happened? Guess it doesn't snow much in that area.

I'm honestly getting tired of the remarks and nods regarding what's in store for Clark's future (dual identities, form fitting outfits, etc...). It just amounts to a big tease.

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Posted September 20 2008 - 10:53 AM

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I don't think she's due to show up at all. Maybe they're planning to ask her to make an appearance like they say they will do with Lex and Lana, but I haven't heard anything like that. I don't hear everything, though.

Maybe one or two episodes, according to Vandervoort. But this is from May, so who knows...

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Posted September 20 2008 - 02:00 PM

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I've seen a lot of genre news sites say this is the last season. I haven't seen anyone official say that, though. Have I just missed it, or is it still an open question?

Actually, the producers are open to a ninth season depending on cast involvement and ratings. I think Tom Welling is already signed through nine. They've talked about plotting this season as a series end but left open for a further season if the network wants it.

Everything I've read has Welling's contract ending after season 8.
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Posted September 23 2008 - 02:47 PM

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I blame Grant Morrison, since he put the X-Men in generic leather uniforms, which in turn inspired the movie's costumes. That's a little bit tongue-in-cheek, since I'm sure he wasn't the first one to raise the question about how sane it is to play dress up as a hero.

Technically, the movie inspired Grant Morrison if anything. Movie in 2000, Morrison started in 2001.

But there was also discussion of coming up with a new Spider-Man costume while the first film was in development, because how retarded would blue and red tights look in real life?

Not very much at all, actually.

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Posted September 23 2008 - 03:08 PM

I haven't read his run and got bad information from a review of the trade. I didn't know the timeframe.

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Posted September 25 2008 - 01:51 PM

Cute nod to Superman with the phone booth scene. With that, Clark at the Planet, and Lois showing more warmth towards him, it already feels like the biggest strides towards the goal in a long time.

Welling's acting was particularly stiff this time around.

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Posted September 26 2008 - 01:15 AM

At this rate, we should have Clark in the suit no later than November sweeps. Posted Image

In other news, we're back to the meteor freak of the week. I thought we had gotten WAY past that by now. (And, for the sake of argument, if the story requires a meteor freak, why not use someone we've seen previously instead of brand new people?)

And maybe it was just me, but I really liked the Chloe/Clark talk at the end. It felt real to me. Moreover, these two eps feel like set up for a last season sort of deal. Get Clark to be Superman. Put Chloe and Jimmy in a position to exit stage left. Form the JLA. Move Clark and Lois together.

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Posted September 26 2008 - 01:42 AM

While it was a meteor freak of the week episode, at least they are eluding to a longer prospective in Mercer's corraling of them, so a quasi-standalone episode. Are there still phone booths anywhere anymore? Too funny when Lois shoves Clark into one. Chloe's been acting really weird, must be something about running the Isis foundation. Looks like Davis likes to sleep on the streets.
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Posted September 26 2008 - 01:54 AM

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Get Clark to be Superman. Put Chloe and Jimmy in a position to exit stage left. Form the JLA. Move Clark and Lois together.

It looks to be doing precisely that. Posted Image

I ate up last nights episode, finally we're getting to the good stuff, Clark and Lois working together, Clark off the farm and taking care of things in Metropolis, also i'm noticing that Clark is acting a little more mature this season so far, maybe it was the farm that was holding him back.

Here's what's really surprising me, though...i'm not missing Michael Rosenbaum so far! Posted Image

And Davis was doing more than sleeping in that alley, what was up with his face?
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Posted September 26 2008 - 01:57 AM

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And Davis was doing more than sleeping in that alley, what was up with his face?

First indications he is Doomsday, with the bones protruding from his body and such?


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Posted September 26 2008 - 02:01 AM

^^Ohhhhh! Sweet. Posted Image

I forgot to mention Erica Durance and how wll she's slipping into the Lois role. Up until this season she was Lois in name only but now she's starting to look, act and flirt like the classic Lois we all know and love. Posted Image

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Maybe i'm seeing things that aren't there but i'm rewatching the episode now and
the guys name is Davis Bloom which if you break it apart is 'Da' 'oom', take away the 'a' and you've got 'Doom'. Posted Image

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Posted September 26 2008 - 04:36 AM

Next weeks looks good...
See Green Arrows origin on the deserted island

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Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

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Posted September 26 2008 - 05:12 AM

I never found Lois particularly attractive, but she's been looking liking a lit bundle of dynamite the last two episodes.

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Posted September 26 2008 - 09:39 AM

Tess was telling Beth the firestarter, that she could join a team, people like her.
Maybe the Legion of Doom? Posted Image

I liked this episode, even though it seemed like a meteor freak of the week.
It feels that the show is finally moving to the point where it needs to be.
and I love the long shot of where we saw Clark and Lois sitting at their desks with the name plates showing.

But I did cringe at the line Lois said to Clark
"Oh my God, my cousin is babysitting Psycho Spice."

Also with this episode being titled Plastique,you think it would be an intro to Plastic-Man. Posted Image
I'm sure there are other single word name they could have given this episode that has to do with fire.

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Posted September 26 2008 - 12:16 PM

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Also with this episode being titled Plastique,you think it would be an intro to Plastic-Man. Posted Image
I'm sure there are other single word name they could have given this episode that has to do with fire.

Plastique is the name of a female villain in the comics.

http://en.wikipedia....astique_(comics)


On a side note. How do we really know Bette is a meteor freak? She overheard Chloe talking about them. And maybe she used the rock theory to frame her friend.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

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Posted September 26 2008 - 02:45 PM

Don't forget that she tried to blast Chloe and was stymied by Clark.

I liked the Psycho Spice line, though it is a decade out of date.

Also, somebody mentioned it being a bit too convenient for their to be a telephone booth (too lazy to go back and look), but it fits in the kind of art deco Planet that was pretty much carried over from Returns--the only bit of Returns I really liked. I'm not sure the poster was even saying it was too convenient, or just commenting about the death of the telephone booth in real life. I should get up the energy to click back a page.


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