Originally Posted by SV Fan
2. Exodus - while Promise is my least favorite if there was one episode that I could argue is worse it's this one. It just seems like the show threw out everything in this episode to try create "drama"(Jor-El being a dick, wedding, Helen is now evil, Chloe is a basket case, Martha's pregnancy). I think the only saving grace over Promise is if I break down the episode minute by minute I probably can find 5-6 minutes worth of stuff I find somewhat entertaining. I know alot of people consider Calling-Exile as some high point of the series, I personally find it the start of bad writing on the show and Exodus is the peak of that bad forced drama.
4. Traveler - I don't think there is one episode that screams we(ie the producers/writers) can't give 2 craps about Clark Kent any more then this one. If the Clark being stuck in a cage for the bulk of the episode and needing to be saved wasn't bad enough, I was even more pissed that they didn't even allow him to save his cousin and revive her memories(that's something I would think the main hero of the show should do, especially since she is his blood relative). Whenever I watch this episode I just can't ignore how little interest the writers had writing for Clark around this period and it annoys me to no end.
Completely agree with both of those points.
Traveler really bugged me for another reason too.
It just didn't seem like enough of a big deal to me.
Most people at the time thought I was just being a drama queen, but for me it was completely underwhelming.
I mean, this is Clark's absolute nightmare. The things he and his parents have been terrified of since he was a little kid. The thing he's likely had nightmares about his entire life!
I think I was just expecting a bit more intensity and a bit more fallout from it. Not for him to be smiling and making jokes the min Kara is there. Not for him to settle for giving Lionel a 'telling off'.
Originally Posted by SV Fan
Crush is probably my least favorite episode of Season 1(Obscura and Shimmer get a couple votes as well). That being said if I had to rate it amongst the entire series it would probably would barely make my worst 40 episodes list. Other then S1, Season 9 is the only other season that I really don't have a highly ranking worst episode(although Pandora, Roulette and Disciple get some worst 40 consideration)
Crush falls in that category of nothing that good but nothing standout terrible either in it(that generally fall in my bottom 30-60 range). In general I usually can forgive boring episodes if it really doesn't add much to the overblown drama on the show. I believe of my worst 20 episodes only 2 aren't tied to bigger storylines(Relic and Ageless fall in that 15-20 range)
You've inspired me to do a top 40 worst episodes
I also wanted to give Abyss a special mention as the episode I have argued the most about.
The 'mind rape' discussion that started on another forum was literally the most intense debate i've ever had in my life
The only reason it's not further down my list is that I really like the episode other than that last idiot Clark moment.
'Why do I find all of this so horrible to explore?
Sure, they are interesting questions that I don't mind seeing in an elseworlds GN. But as a theme for the film that is kicking off the tone of the whole JL, and in a film that is presenting Superman to the general audience in a way that current generations will remember him?
I just don't like it. It's dark, it's depressing and it's not how I like the tone of Superman films to be.'