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.