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Review – Smallville – Patriot

Script meeting: So we have Oliver Queen without a shirt? "Actually sir, we have him without a shirt for most of the episode." Good, good. Any chance we can get Clark shirtless? "No sir, but we have AquaMan with his shirt off, AquaMan's wife naked and Lois with a lot of cleavage." Good work team!.

This week:
The Vigilante Registration Act goes live and it is under the command of Col Tigh. Seems the cylons survived after all! Oli signs up. AC knows his past, gets captured. Clark tries to save the day and Lois gets into the group. Lots of mushy stuff.

Pluses:
The Silver Age is about to begin.
Nice tie ins back to the old Lex days.
Lois fighting for her man.
Oli being a guinea pig.
Lovey dovey stuff.
Great to see AC again.

Minuses:
Clark’s speech at the end lacked the passion that Lois’ had.
Still doesn’t feel like a cohesive unit.
The Omega symbol… really?

This season certainly took a while to find his feet, but it is finally here. This episode had everything. Overall arc, minor character return, not one, but two super heroes shirtless, and a cylon.

#fourpandas
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Review – Smallville – Abandoned

Well of course I have krytonite in my blades. It is also in my breast implants.

This week:
Tess goes back to where it all began, and she had no clue what was coming (me either – nice twist!). Lois sticks her nose into Cal-El’s and Jor-El’s relationship in true Lois style. Clark gets his shirt off again. No Oli though shirtless this week (for a change) – in fact, no Oli.

Pluses:
Great backstory to Tess – especially after mini Lex told her how weak she was the other week.
Ohhh supervillan trio, huzzah!
DarkSide may be out of sight but is not forgotten.
Lois and her mum (nice HT to The Adventures of Lois and Clark by casting Terri Hatcher as her mum).
Tess’ real family.
Clark having some family time.

Minuses:
Super ninja girls with Kryptonite weapons – like you do.
Bit contrived – felt more cartoony that many episodes for a while.
No Oli.
I still think Granny Goodness is just a stupid arse name.

Overall this was a nice episode, that tied up some things and opened some new doors – it was all about threes. Lois, the General and her mum; Lois, Clark and Jor-El; Clark, Lois and his Dad; Clark, his Mum and his Dad; Tess, Granny and her real father and the Dark Trio. The only non-three was Clark and Tess – and as such I kept expecting Oli. I do look forward to our Dark Trio in coming weeks and hope Clark can stop moping around and step up. Even since Clark came out (so to speak) Lois has been the strong one in the relationship. A bit too fillerish and cartoony for me to truly love this ep, but still a nice little romp.

#twoandahalfpandas
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Review – Smallville – Ambush

This week:
Pappa Lane (The General) and Lucy Lana (conniving little sister) show up at the Kent Farm for Thanksgiving. Clark is tested. Lois is tested. Lucy is tricked. The Blur saves the day.

Pluses:
Was so sweet seeing Lois stand up for Clark.
Rick Flagg.
No Chloe in credits.

Minuses:
Wasn’t a whole lot going on… just a tad about the resistance.
No Lex.

Bit of a filler episode but still some very fun moments. I enjoyed watching it, but it hasn’t left much of a lasting impression. The ongoing theme of being ambushed was actually well done. That alone gets one of the two pandas awarded to this week’s amusing but forgettable episode.

#twopandas

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Review – Smallville – The Harvest

I didn't know shows still used this as a fade out for sex...

This week:

Lois revels in having her own superhero.
Clark continues to be over protective.
Someone spiked the coolaid (water).
Religious fervour.
Lois steps up.
Clark becomes uberer.
Lex will always be Lex.
Pluses:
It was great to see the banter between Lois & Clark.
Lois driving the solution.
Nice twist on the usual plot.
They finally had the s word.
Tess’ realisation and decision.
Minuses:
Some of the guest acting was a tad hokey.
Not sure about the new twist on Blue Kryptonite.
Part of the set looked way fake.
Overall this was a good episode the further explored the Lois &Clark dynamic, especially as the cat is out of the bag, so to speak. I really, really liked how Lois didn’t just give up, whereas Clark was defeatist – Lois never did. I have to say though, the fade out scene of the two hands entwined was so kitch – we have seen a lot more than that – anyone else remember Lex and his sex romps and murder?
#threeandhalfpandas

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Update from Das Panda

Hi Panda fans.

Sorry I have been horrendously busy. I have a number of reviews in the “can” but not time to post. I will make an effort before I get swamped in BIFF stuff.

Tonight I am off to the Opening Night of BIFF, so hopefully by this time tomorrow there will be a good number of fresh reviews on Smallville, Nikita, Stargate Universe, Caprica and Hawai Five-0, Sushi Train and Freestyle Tout – not to mention Canetoads: A Conquest.

Oh and super congrats to Lun Lun on her new baby.
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Review – Smallville – Isis (aka FINALLY)

We start the run to the end of Smallville with this kiss

This week:
Kat is back. Lois is possessed. Oli helps to save the day. Tess discovers unconditional love. Seeds are set!

Pluses:
Love the Tess arc at the moment – it is going to change the landscape!
Lois with a deep voice was kinda cool!
Clark and Oli – buddy cop! (or superheros I should say)
Green Arrow Girls!
The dialogue was good for Smallville.

Minuses:
Where to from here?
Still no Chloe.

At the end of this episode I actually said “Awwww” outloud. It was so cute – the expressions, the emotion – just Awwwww. It has taken 9.5 seasons but we are finally here. Now where to next?

#threeandahalfpandas
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Review – Castle – The Mistress Always Spanks Twice (aka Castle Bondage)

This week:

Castle The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Yes, Mistress.


Random person finds a person dead. Only the dead person is in restraints and smothered in caramel in a playground. Beckett teases Castle mercilessly. Castle fantasises endlessly. Cheer leading.  Lots of time with Mistresses. Sexual tension. Red herrings. Solution.

Pluses:
Fillion’s protrayal of Castle was just delicious.
Esposito and Ryan buddy cops.
Banter was slightly predictable but highly enjoyable.

Minuses:
Felt staged (but that is to be expected).

At least with this bondage ep of a show I am not scrubbing the images out of my brain as I did with Smallville. It was done as tastefully (?) as you can without going for mass scene of people in leather hanging from the ceilings. This was a remarkably funny episode. Well worth catching it on repeat.

#threepandas


Review – Smallville – Homecoming (200th ep)

Smallville Homecoming Lois

I went here, damnit!

This week:
Its the 5 year reunion for Smallville High. Lois wants to go. Clark doesn’t really but does anyway. Oh hi there Brainiac. Time travel. Twee set ups. Clark realises he can trust Lois. Lois decides to tell Clark. Neither happens.

Pluses:
Was nice to see James Masters again.
Lois’ experience in her return was fun.

Minuses:
Bad acting.
Where was Pete?
Poor use of James Masters.
Lack of depth to the story.

This was a cute episode that helped Clark stop whining little a little emo.  The cute though wasn’t consistent – it was often cringe worthy. It could have been so much more. Sure, for the 200th ep you expect a little flashback, but it was lame flashback city. The forward flashes could have been so good, but they weren’t.  One word describes this ep – Filler.

#twopandas


Review – Smallville – Supergirl (aka Smallville goes S&M)

 

Smallville Bondage Supergirl

I spared you the worst parts of this "location"

 

This week:
Kara is back. Lois knows. Clark whines. Kara wears hokey outfits. Lois going latex. Oli comes out. Kara goes in. Resolution.

Pluses:
Kara putting Clark in his place.
Oli standing up and taking action.
Clark learning to fly.

Minuses:
A bondage club.
Candle wax.
Rope bondage.
Clark still annoying the heck out of me.

Seeing the CW/Smallville take on a bondage club is something I have been trying to scrub from my memory. Wrong on SO many levels. Couldn’t Godfrey have had some other deep dark secret rather than getting chained up and being told what a bad boy he is? Smallville still isn’t back, but it is slowly starting to find its feet again, and with Oli coming out but Kara going in, it sets up the rest of the series nicely for the big reveal. Just no more bondage, PLEASE!!

#twopandas