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Review: Smallville - Disciple

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 30th 2010 11:00AM
smallville disciple(S0910) This was a halfway decent midseason premiere. I certainly wasn't expecting that.

For Smallville, things usually start to drag around the midseason point. Then it's like driving with the parking brake on until the season's final three episodes arrive. But not this year.

This week's solid entry and next week's "Absolute Justice" event are signs that Smallville will sustain the momentum by giving fans exactly what they want – fun episodes that feed into ongoing story arcs, and plenty of geeky superhero action.

"Disciple" smartly nudged a few major plot threads forward, offered some sweet Lois & Clark moments, and delivered an entertaining self-contained story. Spoilers below.

I enjoyed this ep, but I wasn't too impressed with the character of Vordigan/Dark Archer (guest star Steve Basic). He felt like a low-rent Ra's al Ghul (the Batman Begins version), which makes sense since Green Arrow is sometimes written like a Batman/Bruce Wayne substitute.

Watching Vordigan terrorize Chloe was a lot of fun, though. I don't have anything against Chloe, but the scene felt dark and tense, especially when his creepy image popped up on her giant display screen.

Vordigan wanted to cleanse Oliver of his "lovers, allies and disciples," as was the credo of the secret society that trained him. But Oliver abandoned that life and that motto long ago. He didn't want to become a lonely and corrupt hunter like Vordigan.

One of the best things about this plot was how it brought Oliver and Mia closer together. She was the first one to notice he was off his game (even though she attacked him in full ninja gear), and they finally bonded here.

I loved Oliver and Mia's final scene together. Their budding hero-sidekick relationship echoes the classic bond between Batman and Robin -- she's a bright and lively kid who keeps him from going to the dark side.

While Green Arrow finally welcomed his Speedy, Clark finally went on a real date with Lois. It's odd how Lois still seems a little detached from Clark, even though she's obviously smitten with him. I guess she's afraid of getting hurt emotionally. Still, it's hard to believe that PDA-counting Clark would break her heart on purpose. Sadly, it looks like Zod's meddling might unravel their nice little romantic relationship.

Zod, aka Krypton's number one badass, isn't doing a very good job of manipulating Clark or Lois. Like Clark said, it's obvious to everyone that he has a hidden agenda: making the events of "Pandora" come true. Clark's threat to him ("I will destroy you all") really underscored how vulnerable the Kandorians are without their superpowers.

And what about Clark and Chloe? Thanks to all the drama going on with Oliver, Clark finally learned about the stunt she pulled in "Roulette." Not surprisingly, he was appalled. It was a smart way to remind us about the growing distance between these two characters.

As Clark grows older and inches closer to becoming Superman, the ultimate symbol of morality and justice, Chloe seems to be getting darker and more deceitful. It's an interesting dynamic and a strange twist to the friendship we've watched develop over the years.

What did you guys think? Did Smallville start the new year off right? Was there enough shirtless Oliver to go around? Are you digging the Clark-Lois coupling?

Next week: It's JSA time!

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shamon

We also had Speedy (Mia Dearden) his sidekick from the comics and we got Merlyn, without them really calling it him .i hope this season ends witrh Lex return and leading into the tenth final season of smallville .

January 31 2010 at 7:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

I'm actually liking the change in Chloe. She's been through hell and death and back again for Clark. It seems right she would see herself as the person who'll do what Clark cannot, or will not, do.

Sadly, I just have no interest in the Zod plot. Once again, Smallville fails to develop an interesting bad guy; although, it's not barely as bad as the Doomsday plot from last season. It reminds me how great Michael Rosenbaum was as Lex Luthor.

January 30 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kate

i love smallville! im so glad that clark and lois are a couple now! its the way it should be and i worry that oliver will get between them. i hope that clark tells lois his sercret. i want alot more clois moments this season! i would love to see clark and lois fly togather on smallville!!! does chole still have the legion ring? i know she wanted clark to go back and save jimmy from being killed, but he wouldnt. maybe chole has been doing alittle time traveling back to see jimmy. who knows lol. i really hope there is a 10th season! i wish clark would wear the glasses more. oh well keep up the good work smallville!

January 30 2010 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex

I really enjoyed this week. I'd read about what was coming, and was only slightly looking forward to it..but had
some fun moments. The Clark/Lois dynamic is getting good, Ollie and Mia had some nice scenes, just good overall.
It's pretty wild to have a young Zod here with Clark and how they interact. Definitely a more fun season than I'd anticipated, and can't wait for next week!

January 30 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
backbackheyhey

I have to say that I'm really enjoying this season so far. In previous seasons, the series has felt like either a poor man's Buffy or 90210 with superpowers. But this year, they've kept the teen soap opera nonsense to a minimum and given us the geeky comic book goodness I've been hoping for all along. Even Green Arrow is starting to feel a little less like Batman-lite. I'm really looking forward to the JSA.

January 30 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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