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When Smallville first aired, we were given a promise;
“No flights, no tights.” Fortunately for us it seems they meant only when it
comes to Clark himself. Through the seasons, we have seen vestiges of
flight, but never Clark willingly doing it. In season one, we saw him
floating above his bed during a dream. In season two, we have Clark dreaming
that he is flying again, and suddenly wake up in the middle of the road
where Lex finds him. In season three, Clark has a vision of his Jor-El
floating with Lana’s great aunt. Plus in the finale, Kara floats with Clark.
In season four, we have Jor-El possessing Clark and giving us our first
glimpse of full blown flight. In season six, we got to see Lex/Zod take
flight with Lana. So even though, they promised “no flight,” periodically we
still saw the power through other means, Clark never once using it
I know, I know, I left out the fact that in season five we saw Clark “Super
Jump” to a rocket and to the top of the Fortress of Solitude. Some will
argue this was flight, but I am still under the belief that he knows he can
defy gravity, but still is unsure enough to try full blown flight. Thus we
get a periodic super jump.
In tonight’s episode they break rule number two: “no tights.” Once again,
there is no Clark in a Superman costume or anything like that, but they do
treat us to some superhero action; costume and all. This is done with the
introduction of Oliver Queen’s alter ego, The Green Arrow.
For those who are spoiler wary, I wouldn’t proceed if I were you.
“The Emerald Archer”
Let’s start off by talking about the star of tonight’s episode, The Green
Arrow. The episode starts us out by looking at the always beautiful Annette
O’Toole. Martha is at a party being thrown by Lionel Luthor to introduce her
to other bigwigs in the political community in preparation for her stab at
the U.S. senate seat. They focus for a moment on a necklace she is wearing
that is being borrowed from the LuthorCorp vaults. This little side plot
with Martha and Lionel still bothers me, mostly because I don’t think Martha
would be so quick to trust a man that has done nothing but hurt her family
in one way or another, but they seem to think it’s a good idea, so let’s see
where they take it.
After arriving at the party with Lois, and watching her flounder in
conversation, Oliver has her stand to the side at the party and takes his
leave for the moment. Then like Emeril Lagasse, BAM, we get an arrow into
the power supply. The lights go out; Green Arrow rushes in, snatches the
necklace off of Martha’s neck, and hauls booty out of there. Lois, being
Lois, chases after the thief. She doesn’t end up catching him, but does get
a ring that was on a chain around his neck. While nothing spectacular, it
was a good introduction to the character.
We are then blessed with many such instances of Super heroics by Hartley’s
character. Not only did we see how well Hartley can play the man in green,
but we also got the chance to look into his bag of goodies. First is his
compound bow, which after using it, transformed into a grapple gadget. Then
there are his trick arrows, which there were many. First, he had an arrow
with a crystal arrow head, which diverted the security lasers, then he had
the arrow that spewed gas out of it, then we also got a glance at a crossbow
bolt with an electrical charge at the end.
Clark’s first meeting with Green Arrow was very well done. I found it very
funny when Ollie tried to punch Clark only to be thrown across the room.
Some of the best scenes involved these two though. When Lois was going to
attempt to unmask Green Arrow, but Clark distracted her by heat visioning
the billboard, making it spark something fierce. That led to the ending
scene in the loft, where Ollie tells Clark that while it’s admirable to use
his abilities to save those close to him, there is a whole world of people
out there who need them. It was a powerful conversation that will have a
lasting effect on what Clark ultimately decides to do with his life.
How this story will end I’m not sure, but I’m hooked.
On a side note, I loved that they showed us Lois’ knack for naming
superheroes, since we all know that it is her who comes up with the name
Lois was great in this episode. Her characterization was spot on, with her
sarcastic comment about Ollie and Clark marking territory, to her fighting
tooth and nail against her kidnappers. This is the future Lois that we all
know and love, the one that can fend for herself, but will never argue when
Superman is there to save the day.
Now onto the more curious part of the episode:
Lana Lang has had a rough time the last few seasons on this show. Her fan
base is pretty much split in half, either they love her or hate her. Her
characterization can be questionable at times, where it seems the writers
don’t quite know what her personality is supposed to be. But for once I am
interested in what they are doing with her now.
Lex has the ships power source from the premiere, and he is having it
studied. Well it seems Lex has Lionel test her loyalty by trying to talk her
into destroying the “black box.” Lana sees this as Lionel wanting his hands
on the devise, which is a logical deduction. But then she decides to take
matters into her own hands, and her method has me confused.
She threatens the livelihood of the scientist in charge of the black box,
and his family. Now, this could be an act; maybe she knows she’s being
tested. Or maybe it’s the bad apple theory, where the Luthor personality is
starting to rub off on her, and they are slowly turning her evil. Whatever
their thoughts, I’m interested. I want to know her motivation right now, and
how this will play into the grand scheme of things.
I’m just not sure I buy that she would stoop to Luthoristic threats. We
The final scene between Lex and Lionel reminds us why these two are so great
together. Lex tells his father that “he is so busy trying to convince the
Kents that he is a good man that he is starting to believe it himself.”
Interesting, I wonder if this means the evil Lionel is returning.
Personally, I think Lex should take him out soon, just to complete his
journey to darkness.
There wasn’t much to complain about in this episode. Green Arrow doing the
superhero thing in costume. Clark and Ollie discussing the importance of
having abilities like Clark. Then we had Lois continuing her career as a
reporter for the Inquisitor, naming Green Arrow, and doing what she can to
discover the man behind the shades. Also we were able to see how tough Lois
can be when things go wrong. Lastly we have what could be an interesting
story behind the Lex/Lana relationship. The acting was top notch throughout
the episode, everyone bringing their A game. “Arrow” really hit the bulls
eye, a definite 5 out of 5. ~ Chad.
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