Smallville Review: Season 8, Episode 11 - Legion

Well, after weeks and weeks of reruns - Smallville finally returned. And I think it was worth the wait. This episode couldn't really have been more different than the previous one as there definitely seemed to be a more upbeat theme. After the terrible attack in episode 10, everyone is left wondering where Chloe is and how to save her. Just when Clark is feeling hopeless and standing in what is left of the barn, in comes three aliens from the future known as the legion who are not only there to save him but after realising Brainiac is still a threat, to save the world and their future.


What made this episode good for me was Chloe. Although obviously I don't like Brainiac, I liked seeing Alison Mack playing a more sinister role. It wasn't like the halloweenesque episodes of the past where she played a witch, being Brainiac's host was so much darker. And I felt like she was a big threat to the world, which considering she is a long standing loved character was well pulled off. I also liked that at the end of the episode she had reclaimed her memory of Clark's secret. Chloe and Clark have been a constant for so long in the show, and the struggle Chloe went through to discover all was one we all watched, so I felt cheated when that was so easily taken away. Luckily the writers came to a similar realisation.



The whole concept of the legion knowing all of Clark's future was a good one also. And for me, I think that was what made this episode far more uplifting. Its been a long time since Smallville had a sense that everything was going to be okay, (even despite Doomsday emerging at the end of the episode). We all know the story of superman and that he will achieve great things, but it was nice to see Clark discover that which will hopefully boost his confidence and get him there quicker. Clark teaching the Legion that you shouldn't give up so easily was well done also, as I felt like although they knew so much, they were painting their own pictures of Clark - all of which were inaccurate. And while Clark at first seemed weak to them, they realised that his moral compass was far more stronger than their own.


Despite several characters being missed out in this episode, I barely noticed. Although I am wondering the future of Clois at the moment. Hopefully we haven't lost the progress they made at the former part of the season. But I can't help see Miss Lana Lang floating about, so I guess we will see whether Lana ruins things (She better not!). It was nice to see some new faces also. And the alien who attacked Clark was terrifying!



Overall, a good episode. But not a great one. Perhaps Smallville has fallen foul to my copious anticipation for this episode, because it is bound to disappoint I suppose. There aren't really any major criticisms however, except perhaps I half expected Tess to make an appearance at the daily planet. That being said, I can't wait till next week to hopefully see some Clois and some more Doomsday. A strong episode, which just shows Smallville really hasn't had its day.

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Jan 16, 2009 11:27PM EST

Yes, I got to see (and download) the latest episode. I felt this was the best we have seen for a while. Even though the ending was OMG and oh f**k, it was still great!

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Jan 18, 2009 10:22AM EST

It was great i thought apart from the fact that they seems to have reclaimed the clana ending of an episode again which i feel always dims the end of an episode and also they didnt really mention anything about the fact that lex is still alive!!! and what the hell could lana be hiding... grr apart from that great i loved the fact that the legion had never heard of Chloe and they ties in with the comics as well as seeing brainiac in some form back. I loved seeing chloe in that role... alot of mystery surrounds the up and coming episodes and i cant wait how about everyone else????

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Jan 19, 2009 2:44PM EST

Allison Mack was amazing in that episode!! Great acting. Lana is in it for a few more episodes and unfortunately with them having a series 9, I bet the Clois thing gets put on hold until waaaaay later :( though hopefully they will prove me wrong :) good review as usual (even if you were slightly inebriated when writing it haha)

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Jan 19, 2009 3:03PM EST

yeah allison mack was great...and im so glad chloe survivedim not sure i think that maybe in the next few episodes theres going to be some kind of rivalry between lois and lana....that could be interesting.yeah i really want to find out about lex !!!! i think what lana is hiding has something to do with lex and that oliver knows what it is.
god i cant wait for the next one!!

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Jan 19, 2009 5:23PM EST

SO glad Chloe remembered Clark's secret, I was soo ticked when they made her forget in the first place. This is good too because Clark can go to her for help and advice like before he had his father make her forget. I am very curious as to what is up with Lana, what makes her famous in the future and what is going on with Lex.

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Jan 20, 2009 1:49AM EST

I am so glad all of you are giving such shinning reviews because it makes my opinion that the episode was boring as sin mean that much more to me. I mean honestly so what Cloie played a dark non-jokish role in this episode. I would have much rather seen a nice battle between Doomsday and the S-Man. Further, could the Justice League been any more of a waste of space. I reckon they should bring the little future team back, and have some real action before sending them home with Kira in tow.

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Jan 20, 2009 4:32AM EST

I'd hardly say I gave it a shining review... It was a bit anticlimactic but still a decent episode. I think it was too soon to have Clark fighting Doomsday, especially when he only just fought him the episode before.

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Jan 20, 2009 7:15AM EST

I disagree... they should have came back in with action. Either we should have had real fight with Brianic or Doomsday. The B-Man has never been a pushover during a battle... much less as week as they have portrayed him thought the last season or two.

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Jan 20, 2009 1:13PM EST

i think they either had to come back all action or all emotion ...they went with emotion i think it worked well and it woul have been too soon for clark to fight doomsday.

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