Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What I’m Watching: Smallville

Smallville: Season 10, Episode 7 “Harvest” (F)

Why, after this major revelation, do we have to have a pathetic episode which once again invokes the crutch of meteor-infected populaces and puts Clark in a situation where he no longer has his powers. It’s as if it’s only worth watching the first two and last two minutes of any given episode of this show since everything in between is just crap. While this show has seen its fair share of regrettable plotlines recently, they’ve been far more impressive and imaginative than this, and the regression is lamentable. This concept has also been executed in a much more compelling manner – the “Our Town” episode of “The X-Files” comes to mind immediately. I’m perplexed as to how Lois managed to escape the clutches of the townspeople, don some of their clothing, and locate Clark in the span of one commercial break when we saw her being carried away to be burned at the stake only moments earlier, and that convenient plot hole was pretty much all that was carrying the episode. Let’s focus more on Lois expressing her awe at Clark using his powers, and get these two out of Amish country, stat, never to return. On the subject of old plotlines being dredged up for no reason, why is there such a focus on Lex? As I’ve said before, it’s mainly disappointing because Michael Rosenbaum (almost) definitely won’t be back on the show, and mainly because we’ve been here already. This show – this universe – made a decision to kill off Lex, and bringing him back, even as a rapidly-aging clone, is pretty much cheating.

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