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Review: Smallville - Pandora

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 21st 2009 1:34AM
Smallville(S09E08) The whole alternate timeline or alternate future concept has been around sci fi for ... well, I don't know how long. The most famous example I can think of is the classic Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror," though I'm sure there are many more. We've already had alternate timeline stories in Smallville (such as Lana's "death" in the 100th episode), and now we have an alternate future story.

Although it used an old television and sci fi concept, this particular story served a dual purpose: it let the viewer know what happened to Lois between the 8th and 9th seasons and also let us know the stakes of a potential Zod victory (although we probably could have figured that one out on our own).

The beautiful thing about alternate storylines is that you can do whatever you want with the characters without screwing up the actual continuity (or letting any actors walk out of their contracts). We had the gruesome deaths of most of the series regulars (Tess, Chloe, Clark and probably Oliver) and we got to know where Kryptonian Ninja Woman from the season premiere came from (it turns out she was alternate future Kryptonian Ninja Woman).

Stewart came back, lackey that he is. Obviously, he's slated to appear in another episode, otherwise he wouldn't have survived a point-blank bullet from Tess. The kid isn't as bright as he thinks he is anyway. If Tess saw the word "Chloe" on his cell phone while she was calling, I think she would have figured out that he's a double agent.

I'll start with the obvious question: How exactly did the Kandorians have powers under a red sun when Clark didn't? I'm sure there's some sort of microwave technology involved, but I couldn't follow the technobabble.

With everything going on in the future, Lois STILL can't figure out Clark's secret? Some investigative reporter she is. It is somewhat ironic that their first kiss from Lois' perspective was not their actual first kiss. The ending was great, though. It's about time they hooked up. On the other hand, the show still has 13 episodes this season to screw with the relationship.

Chloe was incredibly ruthless in this episode, particularly in her future murder of Tess. If she continues, there will be a falling out between her and Clark over philosophical differences.

While we knew Lois would get out of the situation safe and sound (and bring Ninja Woman with her), it was still a fun ride. I also note that Zod was the only Kandorian who didn't kneel before Kal-El. Trying to reason with Zod is likely a big mistake, but Clark is a bit of a tree-hugger in this series. Clark has become the biggest whiner on the show in place of Lana.

Smallville continues its upward trend in quality, concentrating less on the melodrama and more on the geeky coolness (and that's a good thing). If it was like this since the beginning, I would have gotten into the show more. Next month is Geoff Johns and the Justice Society. I can't wait for that one.

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Brittany

PLEASE CONTINUE WITH THIS AWSOME SHOW ITS THE BEST ON MY LIST AND I VOTE NUMBER 1 SMALLVILLE
I WHAT KELLY SOUNDERS TO KEEP WRITEING AND PRODUCE MORE SEASONS TO COME LIKE 10 AND 11 AND 12 ITS MY FAVORITE SHOW EVER.

IF YOU AGREE WITH ME THEN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE
SHOW TO KEEP GOING? AND SEEING MORE SEAONS TO COME LIKE 10 AND 11 AND 12 ARE YOU ALL WITH ME.


November 27 2009 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Axel Harris

Hasn't the JSA eps been pushed back to Feb? That's 3 months. Ugh.

November 24 2009 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

@Jennifer,

You can read about the Kandorians here. http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Kandorians.

November 21 2009 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

Yeah as far as I could tell Jor-el messed with the orb so they wouldn't have powers, but it apparently changed them so they had them under the red sun instead, but of course Clark didn't. It made enough sense for me to just go with it. :)

What I keep kicking myself about is that somehow I missed why these Kryptonians are called Kandorians. Was that the name of their city? They keep saying it and every time I'm like "Dang, I really wish I hadn't spaced out during that line that explained this!" Can anyone clue me in? I'd appreciate it as I feel like a huge dork! :)

November 21 2009 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

"With everything going on in the future, Lois STILL can't figure out Clark's secret? Some investigative reporter she is."

You know, this has been the backbone of the Superman mythology since 1932 when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first created the character. Just accept the conceit of the mythology and move on.

November 21 2009 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BugKiller

No, not "some" Kryptonians have power under a red sun and some don't.

NO Kryptonian would normally have powers under a red sun.

The reason why Zod and the Kandorians do is because Jor-El laced the weird orb thing which housed their DNA for cloning with blue kryptonite.

The Blue Kryptonite takes away their powers under the Yellow Sun, and obviously gives them powers under a Red Sun (can't remember if that part was true in the pre-Original Crisis mythos, though).

That's why Ninja Woman didn't have powers when she traveled back in time in the first episode.

November 21 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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John

But Ninja Woman (aka Alia) *did* have powers when she traveled back in time in the first episode. That's the part I don't get. She used heat vision, super speed and super strength in "Savior"... even though she was under a yellow sun?

November 21 2009 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BugKiller

She didn't have powers when she first showed up.

She did have them after gaining blue kryptonite.

So that gave her back her powers under the yellow sun and took Clark's away.

At least this is what I'm guessing.

But Jor-El DID does the orb with blue kryptonite, this is why they don't have their powers.

The Smallville peeps aren't known for their best adherence to either comic canon or their own.

Just roll with it. Since season 7, I've usually checked out by now because the eps were so lousy.

This season is perhaps the best they've EVER done. Enjoy it while it lasts and try not to nitpick.

It's what I do.

November 21 2009 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck

Ok, so it's like this. Some Kryptonians have powers under a red sun, while Superman had powers under a yellow sun. Would that be such an obvious question if the reviewer was a true, or even moderate, Smallville fan? Probably not.

I think the "Kryptonian Ninja Woman" is Faora, Zod's wife. She has the eyes, the brutal style, and I think Zod takes a special interest in her.

November 21 2009 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
OakRidge

Anyone catch the Green Lantern ring in the preview for the JSA episodes?

November 21 2009 at 8:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rachel

I love Smallville. TW adn ED are great together! Chloe and Oliver are fantastic characters.I love them!

November 21 2009 at 7:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
backbackheyhey

Smallville is finally starting to feel less like a crappy CW soap opera, and more like a super hero show. I couldn't be happier. Now if only Tom Welling could learn to act.

Clark in this episode kind of reminded me of the hippy chick you see in bad sci-fi movies who's sure that if only we'd try to reason with the aliens, we'd all be BFF's. She usually gets eaten.

I'm going to go off on a tangent here with a nitpick, but "Mirror, Mirror" was an alternate universe, not an alternate timeline. The new Star Trek movie is a better example of an alternate timeline in Trek, as are "Yesterday's Enterprise" (TNG) and "The Visitor" (DS9). There are probably others, but those are the three I can think of off the top of my head.

November 21 2009 at 3:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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