Inception within Smallville?!

This post WILL contain spoilers. You’ve been warned.

This weekend saw the return of the final season of Smallville following its mid season break. In many ways after the cliff hanger left at the end of the previous episode I was hoping for something a little more as to explanation of what happened, rather than the boring old “LOL! Government set you up! LOL”. That however doesnt mean that I hated the episode! I infact felt that despite its poor cliff hanger pick up, that it was an interesting episode.. though there was just something so familiar about the whole … oh wait! Inception.

In the past Smallville has arguably taken on movie inspired stylings to various episodes, the most prominent example being seen in the ‘Cloverfield’ style engagement party of season 8. A style that is clearly repeated in the latest episode as much of the base workings reflect that of the dream world, and the ability to invade and control dream worlds whilst protecting them with built in security to “Remove the intruder like a virus”.

I think it was extremely unfortunate that had such a rushed style to it, with large chunks missing between someone being one place then suddenly being on a roof ready to escape.. The whole in between being the bit that would have build on it more and made it more interesting was .. well.. scrapped apparently!  This links with my other criticism, which is that the episode was a bit too jumpy, hopping around characters far too much, which led to any action that was within the episode being shoddy.

I also think too much was played on the whole “Why wont Clark trust Chloe” part. I think this would have been better had Chloe not been revealed to be truthful so early, it would have left more suspense with the viewer and made it more tense to watch. I dont think the approach of the government even increased the tension after this, as once some of them were out you knew Clark and Lois would be out eventually.. choose a weaker character to trap!!!!!

The only question now is.. Can Clark fly outside of the dream world?

All in all it wasn’t as good as a normal episode of Smallville for me, but still had some strong points. I just think it’s unfortunate such a good idea for an episode was condensed in such a way!

6.5/10

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Chuck Season 4 – Initial Thoughts

One again we find ourselves at the the Buy More with Chuck & co. However this time round the previously blown up store has returned as a CIA operations base cover. I think the Buy More coming back is great as it would have been like destroying the fortress of solitude in Smallville if they got rid of it for good. If Superman can’t go without a fortress, Chuck can’t go without a Buy-Moretress!

The current season of Chuck has got off to a good start, with the plotline immediately shifting to Chucks hunt for his mother (Linda Hamilton), and her involvement with a new organisation (Yes… Another super powered secret organisation capable of controlling the world that they somehow NEVER heard of before…) going  by name of “Volkoff”. I’m hoping Volkoff doesn’t become  a reflection of Fulcrum and The Ring, and  just try to nab the secrets of the intersect over and over again. If that happens if will just send this series down hill and add far too much repetition.

Season 4 still sees Chucks mastery of the intersect with his flashes  still being held as a key running theme in the show.  This season however is not seeing as much use of Chucks intersect abilities as previous seasons have, which is arguably a good thing as there is less of the BAM! – INTERSECT! – PUNCH! – KNOCKOUT! stuff going on, which made things a bit repetitive.

The season also throws in various side stories about its characters that give the show a bit more variation, however this in some cases makes it a bit confusing as you can go ages without thought of Caseys daughter then POP she’s there! I also find that the whole Sarah and Chuck love drama is a bit last season… they need to move on from it!

All in all i think this season of Chuck has got off to an awesome start! However i’m not too sure if i’d like another season.. it’s not something i can see dragging out too long without killing itself off! So fingers crossed they end on a high rather than a low!

Also… Subway….Why is it always in Chuck?!

Chuck

Recently i started watching a TV show called “Chuck”. The show itself has been airing in the US since September 2007, and was recently renewed for a fourth season, which will air in the US later this year. Presently in the UK Chuck is airing on Virgin 1, and is just getting into the third season so hopefully the fourth season will air close to the US as the show catches up over here.

Chuck is an action styled comedy show that follows an unlikely protagonist named “Chuck”. Chuck himself is presented as your everyday computer geek, working as part of the “Nerd herd”. The Nerd Herd being a tech help desk much like an Apple Stores genius bar, or the BestBuy Geek Squad.

Chuck receives an email from an old Stanford room-mate, which upon opening puts all of the governments secrets and intel into his head. This having previously been stored in a database called “The Intersect”, making Chuck the new intersect as he becomes capable of recalling government secrets and intel upon glancing at various objects, faces, or names which were stored in the intersect. This results in Chuck being used as a agent due to his ability to provide necessary intel for missions which is otherwise unavailable as a result of him being the only intersect.

Personally i think it’s amusing that they take the idea that the government would store all of their secrets in a single database with no possible back up in the event something like this happens…

Anyway the series intially follows Chucks attempts to have the intersect removed from his head. Throughout the series it frequently flicks between the humorous spy missions Chuck partakes in, and clips from his home store which presents a dis-functional  team of eccentric staff members adding to the comedy aspect of the show. The way it follows an everyday computer geek living the life of a spy alongside the CIA, and NSA’s finest just adds to the shows comedic aspect as it places the role of being a top spy into an everyman sort of position. Chuck being the everyman.

The shows writers are doing an amazing job keeping content new and interesting, whilst providing amazing cliff hangers at the right moments keeping you on the edge of your seat! Season 3 so far has shown this as they introduce a new set of bad guys, and add a new twist to how Chucks flashes work turning him into super-spy as he is able to flash onto anything granting knowledge, which so far has ranged from Kung Fu, Marksmanship, and Foreign Languages!

The mix between action and comedy in the show gives it a unique spin on spy styled action dramas which make it a show that is definitely worth checking out!

This will be the first show i give a rating to on this blog! For me it’s definitely a 8/10.

Smallville Season 9 Finale

Last night saw the Season 9 finale of Smallville being aired, and i have to say the episode was INCREDIBLE!

The series left off on its usual cliff hanger style, as could have been expected seeing as season 10 of the show has already been confirmed. The season in my head as a whole was amazing with the introduction of more Justice League members such as Hawkman, and StarGirl, as well as Doctor Fate, and a quick glimpse at Johns true green martian self. This i feel made the season so much better as it moved closer to the tales embedded within the comics, and dc universe… I just think it’s a shame that characters like WonderWoman and Batman aren’t allowed to be used. (However you can understand this when looking at how successful the dark knight was!)

Spoilers below

The show left various questions unanswered throughout the episode this time, rather than just the one big cliff hanger at the end. Questions such as who the woman that was knitting and entered Tess’s room after her death is, and what she wants? Or theres the question of who was circling in towards Oliver in the vents if not the kandorians, as they quite evidently held a bit of power with the vent bending! (Of course they could have been using big sticks?!) This possibly foreshadows a new threat being introduced in Season 10.

One thought i had was that kara left to find the Kandorians who apparently still existed somewhere seperate the ones in the crystal. She was last seen flying into space so could it be that she was with the super powered people closing in on Oliver?! I’d imagine Kara needs to make a reappearance in this season, especially if it is the last.

Further to this Clarks costume being given to him by his mother, you have to wonder whether the show will use this in season 10, considering he can’t fly yet! (Though the way they ended this season he could very well be flying soon!)

Another thing i thought was interesting was Clarks vision of 2013. Possible a link to what Doctor Fate showed him, showed Luthor running for president as in the DC comic universe.  Lex has often been circulated as not being dead so you have to wonder if through Tess’s (apparent) death he will rise from the Ashes and come back, as afterall.. Lex Luthor is Clarks arch nemesis, and they need to bring him back before they end the show or they’ve moved way too far away from the Superman plots!