Previously on Smallville:
In the battle for justice against the Vigilante Registration Act, Hawkman has courageously given his life.Â The Justice League gathers to pay their final respects to their fallen comrade when they fall to the ground unconsciousâ€¦is this the end for our rag tag band of heroes?
Of course notâ€¦theyâ€™re contractually obligated to finish out the season.Â Come on nowâ€¦use your head. But of course, the question isnâ€™t â€œare they going to get out of this?â€, but â€œHOW are they going to get out of this?â€Â The answer: the return of Chloe Sullivan.
This weekâ€™s episode, â€œCollateral,” showed our heroes trapped in a digital world where the rules of physics didnâ€™t apply so long as you accepted that this digital world was real.Â Waitâ€¦isnâ€™t that the plot of The Matrix?Â Not even like a little bitâ€¦isnâ€™t that almost note for note the plot of The Matrix?Â Yepâ€¦it sure is.Â In fact, thatâ€™s all anybody is really talking about.Â Let me be clear, theyâ€™re not trying to fool you.Â They know damn well theyâ€™re ripping off The Matrixâ€¦but guess whatâ€¦it worked! It was awesome!Â From Chloeâ€™s crazy Terminator 2-like entrance into Oliverâ€™s cell and the ensuing slow-mo gun fight in the hallwayâ€¦it just oozed cool.
It was such a relief to have Allison Mack back in the fold.Â I donâ€™t think I realized how much I missed her until she wasnâ€™t there anymore.Â Letâ€™s face it, thereâ€™s nobody in show business who can recite monologues of nonsensical exposition with slightly out of date pop culture references like Allison Mack.Â Sheâ€™s got it down to an art form and it really just makes Smallville what it is. Besides, even Chloe haters canâ€™t deny she looked amazing in that little white suitâ€¦
I enjoyed watching each of the characters realizing their world was fake and I really loved the aspect of Lois figuring it out, but staying to convince Clark to leave the virtual world with her. This show has done such a great job making me care about the relationship between Clark and Lois and I really think Erica brings out the best in Tomâ€™s abilities.Â Their scenes together always feel real to me.
One other aspect I liked was the reveal that Chloe was working with Deadshot and Rick Flagâ€¦for good!Â A few episodes back Clark and Oliver had a confrontation with Rick Flag where it seemed like Rick was trying to sway them to the dark sideâ€¦but now we know they were working for Chloe. It just adds a whole new dimension and scope to this huge conflict of the vigilantes and the government.
Some random thoughts I donâ€™t feel like expanding into paragraphs:
Photo Credit: Marcel Williams/The CW
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dinah looks MUCH better with longer hair.Â She looks less like Sue Sylvester now and actually somebody Oliver will SOMEDAY fall in love with (thatâ€™s right kids, check your comic book hjstoryâ€¦Black Canary and Green Arrow shack up for a good while)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lois says â€œI hate to break up this little TEA partyâ€â€¦so clearly Lois is a liberal (not very surprising)â€¦but Iâ€™m pretty sure Clark being who he is votes conservatively. I donâ€™t know why that popped into my head but heyâ€¦it spices up their relationship
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nobody tears up better than Allison Mack. In fact now that I think about it, she looks like sheâ€™s about to cry at least once in every episode sheâ€™s in
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I never EVER thought Iâ€™d say thisâ€¦but I miss Tess. I need me some Cassidy Freemanâ€¦oh manâ€¦everything I know about the world has changedâ€¦
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Iâ€™m PRETTY sure Bart and A.C. were at Hawkmanâ€™s funeral and passed out with everybody else, but they werenâ€™t even so much as mentioned in this episode.Â Maybe theyâ€™re still in the Matrix?
So next week sees an alternate reality version of Lionel Luthor emerging in Metropolis.Â I wonder what kind of damage this is going to do now that the public will think the rightful CEO of Luthorcorp is back.Â Itâ€™s the home stretch and I canâ€™t wait to see where this is all leading
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