It’s been a long while since I caught a full episode of Smallville, but there was no way I was missing tonight’s episode, “Justice”, even if it meant skipping my latest addiction, Ugly Betty. (One year after “Code Black“, Grey’s Anatomy remains my numero uno!)
Bart Allen is the only one of the nascent Justice League I’d ever seen before, and while I still didn’t particularly like him, I think the kid who plays him does so perfectly, because if I did like him, something would be wrong. Victor Stone was cool, a rare combination of brains and brawn (even if the former is computerized) for a minority character, but Arthur Curry seemed as lame as one would expect Aquaman to be, and I still can’t believe someone thought he’d make a good character to base a spin-off around.
Oliver Queen, though, was a revelation. It’s almost like Warner Brothers wouldn’t approve the use of Bruce Wayne, so they used him anyway, simply changing his name and costume. They even had Chloe, still my favorite supporting character, playing Oracle in the Watchtower! There’s your spinoff right there!
I loved the costumes, a nice compromise between colorful tights and capes and the X-Men’s subdued leather duds, and the code names were a hoot, especially Clark as “Boy Scout”. That’s the kind of fan service that makes me break out in a big old stupid grin. Michael Rosenberg was as menacingly good as I remember him ever being as Lex; Erica Durance, though, looked like she’d aged 10 years since I last watched and got a boob job. Weird…
By the end of the episode, I wanted either a Justice League or Green Arrow/Cyborg spinoff to launch next week, and I’m now really tempted to pick up some Green Arrow next time I’m at Midtown. I’m thinking either the Showcase reprints or Mike Grell’s Longbow Hunters story arc. Any G.A. fans out there with suggestions?
UPDATE: Check out this great behind-the-scenes video of the episode, courtesy of New Mexico’s CW network.