(S06E11) It's finally here, the moment you've all been waiting for. Just check out Clark and crew in their Reservoir Dogs strut and stroll ... or maybe that's more The Magnificent Seven (five). Anyhow, it's a fanboy and/or fangirl's wet dream, and it seems like it's been a long time coming.
Call me crazy, but if there was a whole Justice series, I think it would be a lot more engaging than Smallville has been lately. A team of super-powered individuals working together is what Heroes is slowly becoming, but we've got it here in spades, and well before they'll ever hit it in stride.
Plus, look! Costumes! Granted, Cyborg's is a bit weak, while Clark of course appears in his famous blue t-shirt and red jacket. Ollie and Aquablondie manage to look pretty comic-book authentic. Here's hoping we see more of that. However, Bart's costume is a complete joke. It's basically a complete ripoff of Ollie's, and those red glasses? Ouch. He looked like a gender-confused Little Red Riding Hood.
I also hate it when characters vanish from Smallville, and then just return like they were around the corner getting coffee. Lionel Luthor strolls in and is all "Oh hi, son. By the way, some more LuthorCorp locations were hit. I was just around the corner, picking up a paper." Then we also have the casual drop-in return of Martha Kent, who apparently has enough time to cook Bart a huge meal, despite her senatorial gig. Oh, and Lana Lang? She's conveniently out of town.
Ahh, but we digress from the meat of the episode. Between Lois modeling lingerie, and the Justice League forming for the first time, there's not a lot to find fault with here. Did you catch the name of the company that owns Artemis? The JL Corporation ... a satellite company of Queen Industries. Nice. There were some shades of 'The Dark Knight Strikes Again' with Bart running around in Lex's little trap. Plus, Chloe's code name is "Watchtower" and Bart's is "Impulse." Before the episode was over, there was also a mention of Corto Maltese, where one of Lex's new labs is located. Thanks, Mr. DeKnight. The comic book geek in all of us was in heaven.
I'm still not sure what to think about the ending of the episode. Sure, it was pretty cool that the gang enacted such destruction on Lex's lab ... but the walk towards the camera was a bit much. It's strange to see everyone in costume and exuding superhero charisma except for Clark. I'm not saying he has to don the blue and red tights with the giant S-shield on it, but what about something other than his colored t-shirts and jacket? Just a thought.
So, will Ollie be back? Only time will tell. If you ask me, Lois should have booted his ass awhile ago. Besides, he has to go out and find Black Canary, so he doesn't have time to be canoodling with her. As a whole, I this episode was fairly kick ass on the butt-kicking meter by which all things comic book must be judged.
As an aside, I think Bart and Clark might be onto something with their little side trip to Mexico for burritos -- a super-speedy food delivery service. Just think about the tips they'd make! Before you even hang up the phone, the food is piping hot at your door. Sure, the world needs saving and all that jazz ... but they need to eat too.
Quotes of the show:
Lois Lane to Ollie Queen, when he asks her to take a rain check during a makeout session: "Is it just me, or is this relationship all interruptus and no coitus?"
Bart: "I want a lawyer."
Lex: "And I want a ponytail!"