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'Smallville' - 'Warrior' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 13th 2010 1:23AM
Smallville(S09E12) Tonight's episode provided a reason towards why Clark eventually puts on the costume. Ironically, it revolves around George Lucas. Apparently, despite having superheroes, the 'Smallville' universe has the Metropolis Comic Con (to go along with such ones as the San Diego Comic Con and the New York Comic Con). The episode takes the opposing opinion of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons from their 'Watchmen' comic that a universe populated with actual heroes would lose interest in heroic comic books.

When one thinks about it, the 'Star Wars' references make sense. It was the success of the first 'Star Wars' movie that led to Hollywood's interest in science fiction and fantasy that led to the first 'Superman' movie. Irony of ironies.

With some minor script rewrites, tonight's episode could have involved Captain Marvel (which is about a kid that says a magic word to become a Superman-like adult). Even the character name of Stephen Swift was reminiscent of Billy Batson. That would probably make Devilicus a Black Adam-style character. With the forever-in-development-Hell 'Shazam!' movie as a possibility, I guess they didn't want to involve that franchise for fear of confusing the audience. It's the same reason that Batman and/or Wonder Woman will never make an appearance on 'Smallville.'

More geek notes:
  • Did anybody notice that Chloe's text message indicated a "maniac with a boomerang"? Can someone say "Captain Boomerang"? He's ordinarily a Flash villain, but tonight he became a Green Arrow villain.
  • If Lois must wear a 'Star Wars' costume, why can't it be the Slave Leia outfit?
  • The "Whack," "Biff," etc. signs were out of the 'Batman' television show, ordinarily.
  • Lois' Wonder Woman-like outfit was definitely a step in the right direction.
  • Alec's reference to the "lethal enforcers of the 90's" could be taken as jab against violent heroes of that decade like Marvel's Cable character.
  • The word "SuperFriends" was used again. That's twice, as opposed to the "Justice League's" zero times.
  • Clark also mentioned his responsibilities as a hero. I thought that was Spider-Man's schtick.
Tonight also brought us two attempted seductions. The first was Zatanna on Clark (and didn't Selinda Swan look just delicious) and, correct me if I'm wrong, Oliver was getting pretty close to Chloe at the end there. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that they spent a night in the sack after they got done slinging Oliver's arrows.

This episode was middle-of-the-road for me. The whole plotline with the cursed comic book seemed kind of silly, even for the 'Smallville' universe. And why don't they mention her past at all? Can't they say that Chloe is hesitant to get together with any men because her fiance was killed by a rampaging Kryptonian monster last season? For an episode that she directed, Allison Mack got a lot of screen time.

With the rumor that 'Smallville' will be renewed for yet another season, one has to wonder how the writers can keep Clark from putting on the cape for one more year?

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Hayley

slinging Oliver's arrows....that's what she said!

February 16 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
matthew m. barnes

there was also a guy in the traditional Green Arrow costume at the Con.

February 13 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
litehousebeacon

I thought they mentioned the name Justice League in at least two episodes over the years.

February 13 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

there was also a woman dressed as Wonder Woman at the con for like a brief second

February 13 2010 at 5:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

You forgot the part where Clark rips open his shirt to show the S symbol.

February 13 2010 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

"It was the success of the first 'Star Wars' movie that led to Hollywood's interest in science fiction and fantasy that led to the first 'Superman' movie. Irony of ironies."

No one knew how successful 'Star Wars' would be when 'Superman' was greenlighted. 'Superman' began principal photography several months before 'Star Wars' was even released, when 20th Century Fox was still convinced it might be a disaster, and had been in preproduction for years prior, when George Lucas was still writing the screenplay for the latter.

February 13 2010 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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