Thursday, April 28, 2011

What I’m Watching: Smallville

Smallville: Season 10, Episode 18 “Booster” (B-)

You’d think that a show airing one of its final five episodes wouldn’t need any help from a hero from the twenty-fifth century to establish its own hero as the man he was destined to be. I won’t argue too loudly, however, since the presence of Booster Gold definitely served to amp up the energy level, and I suppose it is all in service of putting the Blur, soon to be known as Superman, on a pedestal and transforming him into some version of the classic character we know from the comic books and movies. Clark training to be clumsy is, just as he says, a regression to his Lana-inspired pratfalls of season one, and it’s generally pretty amusing to see him fake a fall and move around differently so that he’ll both be less memorable and impressive. His made-up excuse about needing to find a bathroom because he had a milkshake on the way was particularly entertaining. I’m glad to see a bit of Cat in the role that Lois has never quite occupied, as the doe-eyed reporter looking for a big story but not too full of herself to prevent her from being wowed by something truly miraculous, like the Blur coming in and saving her from certain doom and decapitation. Only Clark and Lois were on duty in terms of regular players in this episode, and I’m hopeful that we’ll have fitting goodbyes for some of our other more (relatively) recent additions like Oliver and Tess before this show signs off for good.

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