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  • Title: Smallville
  • Episode Title: Lazurus
  • Writer: Holly Henderson, Don Whitehead
  • Director: Kevin Fair
  • Episode Cast: Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, Allison Mack, John Schneider, Alessandro Juliani, Jakob Davies
  • Network: The CW
  • Series: Smallville

SMALLVILLE - 10.1 - "Lazarus" Review

Another Costume Tease

By Joe Oesterle     September 26, 2010
Source: Mania

SMALLVILLE - 10.1 - "Lazarus" Review
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When we last left Clark and company, our fearless hero had vanquished his mortal enemy, Zod, risking his own life in the process, and was plummeting off a skyscraper, toward the always desolate Metropolis streets below, arms outstretched Christ like, with a Blue Kryptonite dagger buried deep in his rib cage.

As he awoke (very Jack Shephard-ish by the way) in a field of corn, we were once again treated to the religious Savior symbolism of the scarecrow perch as the crucifix, and the “Kent” grave as his tomb. It wasn’t much of a surprise to find out Clark’s first name was the big reveal. (We’ve all read Dicken’s Christmas Carol by now, or at least have seen the Mr. Magoo version.)

Here in his dreamlike state, between life and death, Clark is visited by the voice of Jor El (who once again sounds a lot more like Terrance Stamp than he did when he looked like Julian Sands) and a bald man in white, who resembled Michael Rosenbaum.

Meanwhile back in Metropolis, Lois, who decided crying over Clark’s body from night time till day break was a smarter move than calling for an ambulance, removed the bloody shiv from her true love’s torso, and waited in the shadows as the restoring powers of the earth’s yellow sun once again healed Clark.

Two major complaints here, and they’re not new ones. Again, Metropolis is supposed to be New York city (even if it is situated in Kansas) and I am once again astonished no one, in a six hour span, tried to help or harass Lois in a city the should never, but always seems to be sleeping.

I am already disgusted at the stupid games Lois is still playing with Clark. Tell him you know who he is. Act like a f@cking adult for a second here Lois. And while I’m yelling at Lois Lane, I am really upset at writers Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead, as well as every other idiot with a laptop and a Guild card that came before them. Treat your viewers like they’ve got a brain. You’ll get better product that way. Of course ten years of successful hack is hard to sneeze at, so perhaps I’m wrong.

Now the Lois character, while very annoying at times, has nothing in the infuriating department when compared to Chloe. Lois at least looks very appealing in scarecrow bondage. I have a serious question. Whose niece is Allison Mack anyway? I’ve never seen such an unappealing character stay around on a show where so many despise her when they were meant to root for her. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, they should have made Chloe a bad guy. At least then we’d enjoy rooting against her. Now they’re going to make her the next Dr. Fate? Why would anyone reward such an irritating character? What’s next; letting dog killers start as quarterbacks in the NFL?

On to the positives, and there were some. Justin Hartley is always capable of believably delivering lines written by the same chumps who make me want to drive daggers through the rib cages of other actors on this show. The guy is talented and charismatic. It came as no surprise that the exchanged hooded victim was his girlfriend, Chloe, and I really wish they would pull a shocking reveal just once. In this episode, counting the grave and the hostage switch they were 0 for 2. During the course of the entire series they are 0 for ever.

The Lex clone plot will obviously play out during the course of the season, and my guess is the little boy Tess is now mothering, will rapidly advance in age until he’s exactly Michael Rosenbaum’s age, and then guess who will start playing all grown up Lexie again? If this happens, we could be in for some very awkward maternal instincts between Tess and the reincarnated Lex. Sadly I don’t fully trust any of the writers to pull this off, but I do have faith in Rosenbaum and Cassidy Freeman as actors.

I also enjoyed the Brandon Routh costume. Glad Brandon didn’t come with it. Of course we were teased again, and Clark never put on the patriotic long johns. Seriously guys, don’t make us wait 10 episodes for this. We’ve waited long enough. Trust me, this character is more interesting in his cape. He just is.

This episode also featured the return of Clark’s dad, and while I’m a John Schneider fan, I didn’t see why it was important to have the dead father talk. We already knew something dark was coming, and many of us guessed it was Darkseid in the middle of last season. (Again, this show isn’t nearly as clever at reveals as it would like to be.)

So that’s where we are; a little good, a little more bad, the promise of a spectacular series finale, with the likelihood of a good amount of disappointment along the way.

Welcome back Smallvillians. Here’s to hoping.



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Kraken89 9/26/2010 2:58:02 PM

Yeah...............................Lois waiting for several hours to put two and two together and discover that pulling out the big glowing knife in Clark might be helpful, lest being out in the middle of the street of a supposedly bustling city and not a sould made the lowest utterance or help. (shakes head in utter shamefull disgust)

Clarks "near death experience" by which all scientific accounts is the same as sleeping, was very predictable except for the fact that Jor-El denounced Clark for doing what exactly? Can a residual spirit lodged in an alien ice-diamond cave have a b#tchy day? Oh and are they really thinking that the Fortress Of Solitude would just come with it's own clothing mannequin?

The best parts of this episode which were very few, were Oliver's interogation by a really pissed off guy in an odd yellow motorcycle jacket (made me think of Dead Rising 2). If this guy is really Desaad shouldn't he be skinny, pale, hooded and wrists deep in Oliver's molars as he's strapped to a table.  The other big surprise was Darkseid's appearance as atop a gargoyle. Here I thought that coming out of the mist would be some bald douchebag with a black trenchcoat on that we were supposed to think was Darkseid. Thankfully we got a CGI rendering of a Darkseid that's a near carbon copy of his comic book appearance. I guess the fact that DC's new animated Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD is coming out very soon wasn't entirely absent from marketing either.

Thank Zod that next week's episode is teased to be Deadshot's first live action appearance. Let's hope the writer and director's talent is as sharp as Deadshot's aim.



Wiseguy 9/26/2010 5:07:41 PM

All valid points Joe, can't and won't argue any. Especially the Chloe stuff, I've hated her since the very beginning. Having said that I must say that I actually enjoyed the episode despite its many shortcomings. Hey, what can I say, maybe it's just the excitement of knowing it's the last season and perhaps the fact that I stopped looking for any particular smart or truly surprising reveals. I guess you can say that the episode met my expectations

But do we really know how much time lapsed when Lois found Clark. Maybe it was 5a.m. just before the sun came up.

I did hate the "death sequence" stuff though.

Are Darkseid's henchmen, if that's who that was,  using boom tubes? I hope we get a glimpse of Apokolips and New Genesis along with appearances from some of the New Gods.

noahbody 9/26/2010 5:12:44 PM

Jor El is a dick! Go into the light already...

joe4306 9/26/2010 5:49:06 PM

the little boy saying he was lex gave me chills.....brrrrrrr jonathan kent with clark made me cry this episode had it all.....& we got to see a little of the suite too....yep....

PAGE 9/26/2010 6:25:40 PM

Grettings Joe!

Back in the saddle with the Smallville reviews. Agree with your review, but I'd probably given it a B personally. What I did like, was the comments made to Jor-El about having a darker side and it tied in pretty nicely I thought with some stuff we discussed last season. Like Clark blowing up buildings and basically making decisions with no regard to the consequences behind them. The thing that sucks about it was basically we are teased yet again with regard to the costume thing. The bastards even teased us with the flying issue.

One thing that confused me though, and maybe you guys can help me. I've only seen the episode once and plan to watch it again, but when Tess woke up at Cadmus Labs, and her face was healed, Alexander made a comment that Lex had he and the other clones made in order to heal himself, and then made a comment in which he said "That's how we were able to heal you". Then, when she released the "Bad Lex", he made a comment to her in which he said "There can only be one Lex Luther". Are they trying to tell us that Tess may be a clone of Lex Luther?? I mean, she does have red hair and all, but am I grasping at straws here and did anyone else catch that? Curious about everyone's comments about that.

And, I like Allison Mack but damn her characters need to go already. The only positive note is that she will be gone for a while. They really need to kill off her character though. From what I've read though, the producers seem intent on giving her a "proper sendoff", whatever the hell that means. Chole as the new Dr. Fate just isn't sitting well with me so hopefully that doesn't happen.

I think it was a pretty good start to this final season, so we'll how the rest of the story pans out.

wessmith1966 9/26/2010 9:05:31 PM

What a way to "F" the premiere of the last season. I liked some of it, but not enough to say it was a good episode. The Lex clone was pretty vicious though; it's a shame he croaked. I hope the rest o the season is better than this.

okonomiyaki4000 9/26/2010 10:35:03 PM

 Treat your viewers like they've got a brain? Joe, you're not writing about Lost anymore. This is Smallville, these viewers have all checked their brains at the door. 

Duckbeaver 9/26/2010 11:14:13 PM

Yeah, you'd think a guy bleeding to death in the rain with his girlfriend crying over him for a long period of time would draw some attention.  It must be one of those Metropolis "back alleys" that look EXACTLY like main streets...:)

I'm hoping Chloe doesn't become Fate.  That feels like a cheap way out just because they can't think of anything else to do with her.

Jor-El being on the rag bothered me (along with locking up the costume; kinda like telling Clark he can't play his X-Box until he does all his chores the RIGHT way).  Clark has come close to killing in the past and Jor-El never said boo.  In fact, wasn't it Jor-El a few seasons ago who said Clark would have to kill Lex in order to keep Zod's spirit from possessing him?  You could argue that he doesn't want him to kill out of anger, but the fact is that he DIDN'T.  Clark realized what he was doing and stopped himself.  That's something Superman deals with to this day.  He gets pissed and almost chokes the life out of Lex all the time, but never does because he knows there is no coming back from that.  It just seemed like an easy way for the producers to prolong "suiting up" by saying that Clark now has to earn both the costume and Jor-El's trust back, even though that was really not an issue to begin with.  Arrgh.  

Other than the street scene and Jor-El's condescending nature, there was a lot I liked about the episode.  Good to see Pa Kent back.  Clark really hasn't had much in terms of emotional support for a while.  Most of his drama surrounds whatever woman he's involved with at the time (Lois/Lana) so he never talks to them, he could never talk honestly to Lex even when the guy was alive and his friend, he and Oliver do more arguing/debating, Chloe has demonstrated enormous gaps in trust and is almost always hypocritical and Ma Kent has moved away.  I think it worked well to bring back Pa's spirit to give him a little support/reassurance.  With loved ones moving away (Lois) and turning their backs on him (Jor-El), it was a nice reminder that, even in death, his true father is still in his corner rooting for him. 

I also liked the Lex clone.  I could believe that he was an older version of Michael Rosenbaum.  Shame he died, it would have been cool to have him around for a few more episodes.  Joe, I think you're right about "Lil' Lex" growing into Lex-2.  The older clone said that he had all of the original's emotions and memories, he just aged faster.  If that's the case, then wouldn't this kid have all that, too?  Wouldn't he essentially be Lex's mind trapped in a kid's body (until he figures out a way to age himself, of course)?  I know they did something similar in the comics (around the time of "Death of Superman"), so it wouldn't be too out there.  I thought the toy knight burning in the fireplace was foreshadowing there is something evil behind that kid's eyes.  I hope so, anyways.  Otherwise, it's some pretty pointless symbolism...


Duckbeaver 9/26/2010 11:21:50 PM

PAGE, I just read your "Tess is a Lex clone" theory.  You may be onto something, but that would basically mean that both Oliver and Zod got it on with Lex, so to speak....AAAAGGGGGH!!!  MIND...UNCLEAN!!!

JoeArtistWriter 9/26/2010 11:24:53 PM

Hey all, I'm exhausted, long weekend. Can't respond individually, but it would seem as if we have another flawed season on our hands. No real surprise, but still much annoyance.

I hope there is more good and less bad than last season. I think that's the most wwe can expect from this show. I am alwways rooting for Smallville to wow me, and it rarely does. Part of that problem is they try to juggle too many one dimensional characters. Focus on or or twwo at a time, and allow them to develop.

I know, I know.... too little too late. Sorry, I just want better for this character.



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