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  • Title: Smallville
  • Episode Title: Escape
  • Starring: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Callum Blue, Justin Hartley, Odessa Rae
  • Written by: Genevieve Sparling
  • Directed by: Kevin Fair
  • Network: The CW Network
  • Series: Smallville

SMALLVILLE - 9.15 - "Escape" Review

Hell slap it intae ye! (It’s a Scottish saying)

By Joe Oesterle     April 05, 2010
Source: Mania

SMALLVILLE - 9.15 - "Escape" Review
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I have no idea what the rest of you thought of this episode, but it seemed very average at best, and sadly an average Smallville is not exactly “Must See TV.” Personally while I think Erica Durance is smoking hot, so any excuse to get her into a little Cosplay gets my attention, there is still another 59 and a half commercial included minutes to sit through in that mix.

Thankfully at least the reason couple number one, Lois and Clark and couple number two, Chloe and Ollie just happened to be at the same exact out of the way little B&B was explained in a believable way. (I must admit I wasn’t expecting that) That said, it would have been much more interesting if the show didn’t open up with the reveal of Mr. and Mrs. Green checking in to the quaint cottage, and their names were just revealed by Lois when she makes the comment about the aforementioned couple. This way after the first time the Banshee wailed, we the audience would be introduced to Chloe and Ollie, and the sharp ones amongst us would get the added aha moment of figuring out Mr. and Mrs. Green were in fact our own amorous archer and his horny gal pal the computer geek.

Not sure I understood the casting of Odessa Rae. I completely comprehend giving someone like Serinda Swan the role of Zatanna. She can’t act her way out of a top hat, but she does fill out a pair of fishnets better than most. With that in mind, I’d expect a gangly actress, with frizzy red hair and gappy yellow teeth to be one hell of an actress. This was not the case with Ms. Rae.

I have to admit I was also curious to see how Clark wouldn’t sleep with Lois this time. Sure we’ve seen them together in the biblical sense during Lois’ post-apocalyptic premonitions, but when he finally does give her the ol’ WHAM! BAM! Thank you Ma’am, I assume the marketing gurus at the CW will give us all a heads up so they can grab as many viewers as they can – including those who bailed on this show years ago. (Or as many of you refer to them, the lucky ones.)

The super hero awkward small talk at the brunch table was the best part of this episode, and it really makes me wish they’d focus more on crime fighting adventures of Clark and Ollie. Justin Hartley grasping at little jellies and rescued orphans as topics for conversation are humorous enough, but when you realize he’s having this conversation with a man who could fly around the world really fast to reverse time if he so chose make it that much funnier. Undoubtedly there are a number of Smallville fans who want more Lois time, but I’d be happy with 30 seconds of Cosplay and the remainder of time I want to see those two fighting threats to the world as we know it. Especially if those threats look as good as Ms. Durance during Cosplay time.

Naturally it wouldn’t be Smallville without at least one moment of convoluted logic, and this week was no exception. After explaining why a young, and remarkably healthy Clark hasn’t been feeding into his own carnal desires for all these years, he explains he had “the talk” with dad and whatever dangers were cause for concern, Clark’s got it all under control. Ok, so why didn’t Zod need the super birds and super bees talk? That guy can do the nasty and fly better than Clark, and he’s only been on this planet for a couple months.

Lois remembering she was the Silver Banshee, but obviously hasn’t followed up with any in-depth questioning is this week’s second moment of convoluted logic. (MOCL) Come on, Lois Lane has the greatest nose for news in the business. It’s been established in the comics, the Sunday panels, radio and movie serials, Saturday morning cartoons and big-budget feature films. I’m willing to concede this prize-winning newshound never put together that Superman is just Clark minus the glasses but plus the spitcurl, but am I also expected to believe this hard-boiled journalist would go through something as newsworthy as being possessed by a 300 year old wraith (who incidentally murdered someone a few hours before in a different body) and not ask how this banshee was banished?

And of course, our third MOCL is just a variant on the same thing that seems to happen every week Clark is about to do battle with the villain du jour, except instead of the bad guy slipping on the proverbial banana peel, Chloe winds up saving the day by burning the painting. Where’s Scooby and the gang when you need them. I bet Daphne would have figured out how to vanquish the spirit way before anyone was killed. Superman should be better equipped at saving the day than the passengers of the Mystery Van.



Joe Oesterle is an award-winning writer and illustrator, but what he often fails to mention is that many of those awards were won on a New Jersey boardwalk. Check out some of Joe’s other writing, illustrations, animations, and photography. If he can’t get a blister doing it, Joe does it.


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gopherblaster 4/5/2010 9:06:16 AM

I wondered about Zod as well.  You hit it on the head about the ending battle.  The "slipping on the banana peel" is getting old.  The season started so promising too, if you remember how clark took down Metallo....

I know it was an awkward moement running into each other at the B&B, but it seems like all seaon long there is this wierd fibe between Ollie and Clark, plus the fact that Chloe doesnt seem to respect Clark at all.  Seems like everyone in the show has a roll their eyes relationship with Clark.  But on second thought, I guess we all do to with his character.

xpaladinx45 4/5/2010 9:47:21 AM

that bad thing about the "banana peel endings" is that nearly every time it happens, i notice how much time is left on the DVR before end of show, and I can already predict they are going to make some stupid ending to tie it up (as if history weren't enough for me to know that i mean)

the awkward superhero chit chat was fun tho

Fluffhead 4/5/2010 10:16:11 AM

 I've been watching this show since season 1, so I'm in it for the long haul now. But, I learned my lesson a couple of seasons ago and relegated it to DVR viewing for the sole purpose that I can skim through all of the filler like this week (even then it is watched on Sunday afternoon when there is nothing else on)

That being said, I did like the explanation of Clark's tantric-esque control over his "explosion" lol, but Joe hit it on the head with his questioning of why Zod didn't need to learn said control.  MAYBE we would have overlooked (even forgotten about) it had they not put Zod doing the nasty in the VERY SAME EPISODE!

millean 4/5/2010 12:00:53 PM

Or seeing as how Zod almost killed Tess anyway, seems like he really wouldn't care what would happen... that seems plausible.

Smallville is the iPhone of TV shows.  Both are sooo close to being really great & they have cool ideas... however, the follow through is so lackluster that it is really, REALLY aggrivating.  Despite all the things that annoy me about it, at least my iPhone is the best phone I've ever had.  Can't say the same about Smallville, but at least it is better than nothing.


Idans 4/5/2010 12:20:54 PM

I've also been watching that show since season 1, and I most say that the last two seasons were the worst i've ever seen, this supposed to be the most intersting period in superman's life and it looks like exactly where the episodes should be filled with adventures they filled with nothing, I can just see the first and last episode of these seaons and I won't lose any important information...

A possible name for this season can be Possesions.
It starts in episode 3, Rabid, where a virus spreads around metropolis and turn people into zombies (which was used thousand of times before in other movies), it continues in the episode 12 - Warrior, there a kid is getting a super powers, guess how?! by touching a comic book, then... in episode 13 - Persuasion, Clark is exposed to gemstone kryptonite on Valentine's Day, he gains the ability to make wishes come true, and "force" Chloe and Lois do what he wants and for the last episode, 15 - Escape, here the members are possed by the Silver banshee....
It looks like the characters are shallow so the only way to do make them intersting is to make them possessed.

Anthor great scene is where chloe is sitting in a car and telling clarck where to go... great... I don't see the show for chloe and not for the sound effects, please.... I'd like see that from Clark side.

Show us things that will establish Clark as Superman, Make the Show worth the reputation of Superman.

PAGE 4/5/2010 1:42:03 PM

idans, they cant. they paid allison mack too much money this season to reprise her role as chloe so the special effects budget took a major hit. thats my theory anyway. hopefully shes the major death that will undoutedly occur at the end of the season. it has been predicted in several episodes this season so far. as for my take on this episode, i think joes grade is on the money. very average episode. and yes joe i agree, erica durance is smoking hot. what i liked was the continuity they followed thru with in this episode. when clark was with lana, he constantly worried about destroying her insides with his super sperm. it was such a surprise to hear chloe ask the question i was asking in my head, why was he all of a sudden comfortable with having sex all of a sudden.the answer was a complete cop out, but still appreciated nonetheless. 

PAGE 4/5/2010 1:45:34 PM

 and il go on record now that if clark doesnt fly in the season finale, hel fly in episode 200 when the new season starts and the episode will be titled flight

fft5305 4/5/2010 1:48:12 PM

I thought "the conversation" with Chole was pretty hilarious. The only problem is that if he really had full control of his powers as he claims, he'd be able to fly by now. Loved the awkward small talk. Best part of the show!

PAGE 4/5/2010 1:58:05 PM

 and il go on record now that if clark doesnt fly in the season finale, hel fly in episode 200 when the new season starts and the episode will be titled flight

CaptAmerica04 4/5/2010 3:06:47 PM

B- is generous for this episode.

Yet again, a powerful and (relatively speaking) well-known DC comics villain appears and is destroyed in less than 60 minutes, leaving nothing for the future of DC comics stories.

"Dear Smallville writers, Please let Clark fly by end of the season.  Please let Clark put on THE costume (or at least whatever jacked-up, neo-modern concept version of the classic costume that the show's uninspired and possibly unpaid costume department can come up with).  Please let Clark have a real fight with a known villain that he soundly beats without a "banana peel" or other contrived accidental defeat that you usually revert to.  Please let Clark stop dressing like a 12-year old at Halloween with a Matrix fetish.  Please let Clark stop being a whiny bitch that leaves his non-super powered friends and female best friend looking at him and shaking their heads at his ineptitude and naivete.

Do that, and I'll come back next season."

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