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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 25th 2010 1:10PM


smallville lazarus['Smallville' - 'Lazarus']

In the opening hour of its 10th and final season, 'Smallville' quickly tied up the hanging threads from last season's cliffhanger finale and flew, or leaped, in a dark new direction.

Clark Kent will face a great evil before he becomes a true hero, or so he was told by a disappointed Jor-El while stuck in the void between life and death in the premiere's opening minutes.

Jor-El was probably referring to Lex Luthor, Superman's ultimate nemesis, but fans who have been following the news surrounding season 10 know that he might have also been talking about Darkseid, the big blue alien overlord from the DC Comics.

You could say that we even got confirmation of this during the episode with a dark and smoky figure coming together to reveal what looked like Darkseid's imposing head.

But Jor-El also warned about an even greater danger that's blocking Clark's path to becoming a hero – the darkness in his own heart. Things got pretty dark for Clark last season, and he almost tore the bald head off of one of Lex's more annoying clones in this premiere ep. But, as we saw in last season's finale, Clark is a hero capable of great acts, like sacrificing himself for the greater good. Sure, he still needs to grow up a bit before he becomes Superman, but he's not exactly The Punisher.

Thankfully, Jonathan Kent (guest star John Schneider) showed up before the end of the hour to counter Jor-El's message of doom and gloom. Like always, Pa Kent gave Clark a good pep talk and reminded him about his true good guy nature.

The dream/vision sequence with Clark and Jonathan was a rare and welcome tender moment in this premiere full of dark imagery and even darker predictions. It hearkened back to the show's sunnier early seasons with Clark on the farm. He was even wearing flannel again. What came before was pretty bleak and even a little disturbing – in a fun, comic book sort of way, of course.

We caught up with Tess, who woke up in Cadmus with a new face and soon discovered a lab full of Lex Luthor clones. In a twisted scene right out of 'Alien Resurrection,' Tess met Lex's creepy mutant clones and discovered young Alexander, who may or may not grow up (rapid aging was mentioned) to be Lex's ultimate replacement. It was a little disappointing not to see the big man himself, but the clone facility reminded us of a few essential facts – Lex Luthor is a crazy evil genius, and he'll do anything to survive.

We got a twist on the freak of the week, with one of Lex's more spiteful clones kidnapping Lois and putting Clark in a very 'Spider-Man'-esque situation. The development led to a pretty memorable shot of Lois hanging on a cross with the red "S" painted on her chest, again mirroring season one. Clone Lex proved to be a dangerous if chatty villain here, but Clark was able to save Lois and zip over to the Daily Planet to save the lives of the people on the street as well. It really looked like he was flying when he soared to the top of the Planet building, but we all know the show is saving that for the final episode.

Before Clone Lex could kidnapped Lois, she discovered the classic blue and red super suit. And Chloe, after putting on the Fate helmet, told Clark that he would be a hero and he wouldn't be wearing black. It's great to see the show moving closer to Superman territory than ever before. 'Smallville' is finally becoming less of a teen soap opera and more of a classic superhero show.

But those teen soap elements still tend to creep up as they did in this ep. Lois discovered Clark's secret, but she kept it to herself and took the job in Africa after all the drama with the Lex clone. Can't say I blame her for leaving town, but it was frustrating to see her not be honest with Clark. But this was only the premiere. I'm sure there's all kinds of Lois and Clark goodness planned for season 10.

It was strange how only Chloe seemed concerned that Oliver had gone missing. Sadly, the likable Green Arrow spent most of the ep sitting in chair getting punched and electro-shocked. Chloe, possibly seeing her own fate after wearing the helmet, chose to trade herself for his release, setting in motion what could be a fun revenge plot for Oliver.

So season 10 is here, folks. It's Clark's last stand! Are you bummed? Excited? Looking forward to Darkseid? Wondering about Chloe's fate? Let's hear what you thought about the opening hour of the show's final season.


'Smallville' airs at Fri., 8PM ET on The CW.

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Dan

Personally after this season, I would like for them not to waste a good character and great actor of Lex Luthour for a TV series, no I would like to see a new superman MOVIE, Staring the cast of Smallville. One last time together and then ending a hit the way it should be ended, with a huge budget.
Also Possibly finding a way to bring back the photographer we all love, Jimmy, through time travel maybe, Clark is supposed to have a ring to travel through time, or did he throw it away again. Wouldn't that be a twist to the Cloe and Oliver side of the story.
All in all I've enjoyed this series, too bad it's going off air, but you know the actors prolly just want to move on with life now and seriously who could blame them.

October 11 2010 at 2:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
devrim baris

As has been for more than 6 seasons, the new season also SUCKS.

I am sick of Clark & Louis thing, one ON one OFF, vice versa.

I am sick of dumb Tess, why he hell she opens randomly all the doors with the first ID card she finds.

I am sick of Oliver who gets beaten yet jokes and smiles.

I am sick of Chloe, wearing and doing every irrational act on the show.

I am sick of the Clark-Jorel scenes, where Jorel insistently tells Clark he is a bad guy.

I am sick of myself that I cant leave the show despite all the bad writing and acting.

September 27 2010 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carlos

I was disappointed in this ep. I agree with the earlier comment about bad writing. The first thing that struck me was the when Clark landed on the ground after falling from the building. Isn't blue kryptonite supposed to take Kryptonian powers away? How could he have survived that fall? I was also disappointed with the way they introduced Darkseid; it looked like they were copying "Lost", not very original, IMO. I was very much looking fwd to Darkseid, but after the premiere, I don't know. Finally, I did not like the scene with Jonathan Kent. It seemed very rushed and not well explained. It was like the writers just said "OK, it's the final season so we're throwing in an old character who's supposed to be dead, but here he is anyway".

September 26 2010 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arion

lol@ poop de jour

September 25 2010 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arion

I figure they'd end "SMALLVILLE" because it revolves around CLARK KENT, not SUPERMAN. Clark not being in his SUPERSUIT is very expected. The show isn't called SUPERMAN. What the network should do is that if they are going to end this show, start a new one REVOLVING around SUPERMAN and use the same characters but rename the show. Fans would go nuts!

September 25 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Observer

Poor Tom Welling is probably tired of playing this role.

October 01 2010 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Please Hammer don\'t hurt \'em

I've got one question and one question only, why is Jor-El such a jerk?

September 25 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stuart Donald

I thought the opener suffered from the same thing that has plagued the series the past few seasons, poor writing. This episode was a microcosm of what is wrong with the current writing - muddled, meaningless entendre and mind-numbing dialog with just a few genuine flashes of brilliance mixed in.

Remember when Smallville was fun? Remember when Chloe was funny and Clark always made the right decision when lives were at stake? That's what made the show a hit.

Welling and Durance have a similar, if not better, chemistry to Cain/Hatcher with the added bonus of actually looking like Lois Lane and Clark Kent. Both know their characters so why not let them help drive the show's content instead of all of the OC-like deceptions and lame subplots.

Forget for a moment that Tom Welling is in his mid-thirties and go with the story line age. He and the other characters are still in their mid-twenties. 25 year olds simply do not act like high school kids. Does it make sense that the characters on Smallville were extremely mature for their age in high school but after they've gone to college and launched their careers they decide to act like teenagers?

September 25 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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angela

Stuart Donald
The chemistry they try to create for "Smallville" is blatantly channeling the "Lois and Clark" show, which is why they may come off similar, but they do not come close (in my opinion of course). From the very pilot of "Lois and Clark" Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain and Lois Lane and Clark Kent was phenomenal, they had something from the get go. They also had a maturity that I still do not see with Tom Welling and Erica Durance. They do still seem like they are young.

Also, I don't see how Erica Durance looks more like Lois Lane than Teri Hatcher does, although I may give you Dean Cain. Then again, these two comic book characters have gone through so many changes in the comics in appearance, it just depends on what version you prefer.

September 25 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex

All I know is Jonathan Schneider is sorely missed on this show. It was so good to see him back.

September 25 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
backbackheyhey

This is a wild-ass guess on my part, but I think that "Jonathon" is really Jor-El, who has decided that he has a better chance of getting through to Clark/Kal-El as a warm benevolent father figure.

September 25 2010 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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angela

That actually seems like a pretty solid theory. I don't really care for the characterization for Jor-El in Smallville (although its cool that Terence Stamp does the voice). Marlon Brando's voice was so reassuring with a genuine concern for Clark. Here, Jor-El seems to feel like a stranger.

September 25 2010 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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