Smallville: Season 9, Episode 11 'Absolute Justice' Review - Featured

What happens when the 'Justice Crew' gets plucked out one by one, as though they were being hunted like animals?

Well it only calls for the collaboration of team work put on by Green Arrow, Hawk Man, Stargirl, Dr. Fate, Clark and we can't forget Chloe.


Why does crisis always lurk in the lives of superheroes? The reasons some villains have for seeking revenge can be considered as outlandish, and it was even more distasteful how easy it was to capture Icicle in the end, no matter how cool that scene was when everyone finally came together.


So basically I am an Erica Durance fan, more for the role she creates as Lois and half an hour into this episode I was like "when are they going to show her, I need some comedy now!". Durance did not disappoint when she finally came on screen, I actually believed it was Clark she rambled into, so I was like "turn around and give your woman a kiss or those cool stares you usually engage yourself into" ah, but it wasn't Clark. One question though, why the glasses? I mean Tom Welling was a few grades above the look-a-like when it came to looks, but that was just corny.


We actually had a combustion of irregular characters along with some new faces. I was afraid this entire 'Justice' episode would come off cheesy, but I found it oddly amusing. Everything flowed, even the weird Tess scenes being curious, was smoothly dealt with. It was refreshing watching Tess lurk around in the dark like the real villain to be concerned with. I believe Clark needs to show some sort of concern with Tess' knowledge of his secret. Does he believe he intimidates Tess so much that she wouldn't even be tempted to mention it to Lois? I just believe that Clark has a lot of loose ends right now, he needs to be so careful with who he trusts, maybe he is keeping a closer eye on Tess, but knowing her she would always be up to no good.


That Amanda Waller is a bit of a concern for me. What business did she have with Tess in the end and how did they know each other? Why would she hire Icicle then murder him relentlessly, with no conscience? Why would she confide in Lois and how does she know so much? There are just so many questions circulating her character and I don't like it. In the end Icicle turned out to be just another villain with a grudge, I mean that scene with Chloe in the dumpster :) was stunning, but that was about it I probably found impressive.


Chloe herself is a topic on its own. She acts like the tech behind everything, but when Hawk man swerved through watchtower breaking all the glass, Chloe could have serious gotten hurt there. She needs to have more protective gear with her, there is only so much she could do in her human form. No one really worries about Chloe putting out more than she can carry, burdening her life into 'protecting the world'. Stargirl was right about watchtower, where is the furniture? It doesn't even look like a home and does Chloe even have a social life? It's been a while since Jimmy's death and I believe she has stuck everything into her job to forget about her losses in life, it's almost depressing.


Anyway, I felt that in an attempt to tell the justice story, they omitted more Clois moments which I always look forward to. Still this was an adequate episode for me and I admired Lois' "Lois and Clark and not Clark and Lois" in retaliation to Clark, and that embraces the wit I adore in her...(and she's right Clark get your facts straight). I loved how she was able to trust Clark with her story, expressing her willingness to include him in the byline. As each episodes grows, so does their relationship. There wasn't even time to resolve Oliver's 'thing' for Lois, which I hope is done soon.


Don't you guys really notice Clark's maturity; his decisions, the way he talks and moves it's so (what's the word) manly you know. Tom Welling has taken Clark Kent 'the farm boy' and turned him into the superhero he needs to be. Clark just needs some help when it comes to trusting people, especially people like Zod. I really hope he has a plan set for when Zod goes berserk. Oh and what emails between Oliver and Black Canary should Chloe not have seen?


Lexa


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Four and a Half Stars


Grade A-

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Feb 7, 2010 11:44PM EST

in the comics the green arrow and black canary end up together.

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Feb 8, 2010 2:10AM EST

It was an ok episode, I only wish they would have had a more menacing bad guy to defeat, I mean I know the point of the episode was to bring the justice society together and show the eventual justic league how they need to act, but honestly, one 16 year old son of a former bad guy is the best they could come up with? I dont think they really needed to call in the cavalry to defeat him, then he ends up getting killed by one bullet from a nonsuperhero. I would much rather it have been a minor catastrophe caused by zod in the background trying to test what he was up against. But again, the episode was ok, a little watchmen-familiar, but they never fully crossed that line so it didn't bother me as much as some episodes they have done. I just hope that with all of this teasing they are doing that they actually plan on giving us a fully realized justice league at some point.

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Feb 8, 2010 7:22AM EST

did i not see the cafe at the start was radu's and is that not kyle rayners former landlords cafe????

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Feb 8, 2010 8:15AM EST

I agree with ak10 they could have done a better job on the villain. Make it more exciting because of the previews I thought it will more fun to watch. It did not reach my expectations of it. I understand they wanted to hint at the beginning to the justice league in smallville but still they could have done more with this episode. However, it was OK. I just hope that if they are going to make another season of smallville they must have the man fly. I've been waiting for that since he moved to metropolis.

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Feb 8, 2010 3:20PM EST

Isn't the suspense that keeps everyone in the passenger seat waiting for the man of steel to fly. I believe the writers are doing a good job making Smallville into their own, it is what separates everything from the cliched Superman. It's like asking how long till we see Tom Welling in tights? Something I am very hopeful for.
There is definitely going to be a Season 10 Smallville, no doubt about it. I am too interested in how further the writers would throw in more things related to Superman. It is called Smallville for a reason.

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Feb 8, 2010 4:31PM EST

This episode was okay for me but there's been better the villain was in my opinion to melodramatic and to much of an Amateur to have caused the JSA and Clark so much worry. I think the could have also done something more with the episode. I also disliked the scene when Clark was uncovering mementos at the museum how it was like dramatic music he uncover the one character, then dramatic music another JSA character memento, dramatic music some more uncovering, then dramatic music the JSA table, then dramatic music and the JSA portrait. But other then that it was fine.

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Feb 8, 2010 7:25PM EST

how about that hint that lex isnt really dead did everybody forget that part????? I rlly liked this episode other than the fact that it hinted that the whole lois blur clark love triangle isnt over yet she needs to get over the blur already

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Feb 8, 2010 10:22PM EST

For me the 'Lex' topic was not forgotten, but let's just wait and see what becomes of it. Nothing could really surprise you here so...

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Feb 8, 2010 10:56PM EST

You forgot the Martian Manhunter!

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Feb 9, 2010 1:18PM EST

Oh yes! Now that you mention it, any thoughts? or not... Let's see how that develops...

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Feb 11, 2010 9:43PM EST

You mentioned Amanda Waller, and you said you didn't know what her deal was. Most people don't, but anyone who reads DC comics recognizes her as a classic comic book villan. She is a member of checkmate and of the suicide squad (which arent traditionally affiliated but are in smallville, adding to the non-canon aspect of the show)
Anyways, her actions on Smallville are pretty indicative of the character as seen in the comic book. Works for a large organization, always believes she is doing the right thing (even if the morality is questionable), ruthless, utilizes supervillans etc. etc. So those questions that make her so confusing to you are actually what has traditionally made her such a great character in the DC universe.

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Feb 11, 2010 9:46PM EST

and the "lois and clark, no clark and lois" comment was another tidbit people may have not picked up on, it referenced the TV series "Lois and Clark: the new adventures of Superman."

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