Sunday, September 27, 2009

SMALLVILLE Premiere 2009: The Day After Doomsday

It's that time again, fall tv season...and with it, the return of Smallville. It wasn't so bad, but coming back from what I thought was a pretty good finale, I was a little underwhelmed. Major Zod? I feel robbed; I was expecting GENERAL Zod! (But we did get to hear "kneel before Zod", at least. But with the great Terrance Stamp on the show as the voice of Jor-El it was kind of hard to accept the pale imitation.) What was weirder still was the introduction of the Superman shield as a logo in the manner that they introduced it. The first time we see it, it should be inspiring...instead, we get the "grey" blur? Instead of inspiring, we get the "Dark Knight" pose on the rooftops...technically, he's not "Dark Clark, but "Kryptonian Clark...cold, unhindered by emotion...


Then there's Chloe. Oh, Chloe, I just don't know what to do with you. And her remark to Clark (re his refusal to save Jim via time travel): "It's good that your embracing your Kryptonian side...because you're no longer human..."...because he won't change time? This is either brilliant or lame...brilliant in concept, but lame because she knows that there are consequences if Clark changes time...Brilliant because of the allusion to the first Superman movie, in which Clark DOES reverse time (controversially) to save Lois, alluding to the fact that Clark is, after all, more human than alien...but lame, if that allusion fails to connect the aforementioned consequences...

Anyway, the point is that there is potential for greatness or folly here...After the tension of the "Doomsday" plot, it might be necessary to pull back a bit, though with the possibility of this being the last season, is there really time for a lull? It's time to build up to the emergence of the Superman that we've come to known...

And yet, paradoxically, that Superman we've all come to known leads me to predict folly...the potential for greatness lies in the development from "Kryptonian" alien-god to integrated hero whose accepts reason and emotion; THAT would be the basis for a truly "human" Superman. (And see Superman #247, "Must There Be A Superman?," for the best example of Superman a as a motivator of humankind.) But based on the persistence to see Superman as a "Christ" symbol, it doesn't take a psychic to predict that Clark's inevitable embracing of humanity will include self-sacrifice, with "humanity" equated with weakness. At least the show is entertaining enough for me to care about these characters. But if Smallville, and Superman in general, still have some cultural relevance as an icon, the same can't be said for that other show about heroes...

1 comments:

meganelissa said...

so i live in the uk wen is this going to b shown on e4 i have just watched the last episode of doomsday when will the day after dooms day be showing they have to keep this going there is so much they can do with this i love it.. like Louis n Clark will they ever get it on ??? i hope so there was so much left un explained in the final of dooms day there has to b more .. all my fave shows r ending i feel lost how bad is that .. also Chloe n Oliver i think there could also b a gd connection there