Arrival- Discussion Thread (spoilers)

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  1. triplet

    triplet KryptonSite Reviewer

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    Okay, no one has started an episode discussion thread yet so I thought I'd go ahead and do it.

    I found a very positive review of the season preem and thought I'd start it with that:

    'Smallville' returns to the Kansas we all know
    By DAVE MASON
    September 26, 2005

    Faster than a speeding bullet, "Smallville" has made Superman soar again.


    Not that Clark Kent gets to fly in Thursday's fifth season premiere, airing at 8 p.m. EDT on The WB. (That's a new day and time slot.) But viewers won't need telescopic vision to see the series has returned to its original flight plan. The focus is back on Clark (Tom Welling), his family and friends.

    Last season veered off course with a search for Kryptonian power stones, people getting possessed by other spirits or personalities and a new boyfriend that neither Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) nor viewers needed. Clark even had a possible love interest with an unfamiliar character who could teleport herself. All of that made me feel that, just like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," I wasn't in Kansas any more - at least not the Kansas known to Superman fans.

    All of that changes with the season premiere. The episode, "The Arrival," is the best "Smallville" story since the third season. The reasons: The show has strengthened its focus on Clark Kent dealing with his Kryptonian and human sides, and the producers have wisely incorporated elements from the first two (and the best two) "Superman" movies. Most of all, the episode keeps its focus on the characters we know and care about.

    The key character remains the future Superman, Clark, still played with realism by the talented Welling. Each season, Welling seems more comfortable with the character, and I have a hunch he's learning from the show's two best actors, John Schneider and Annette O'Toole, who have given new depth to Jonathan and Martha Kent, Clark's parents. (O'Toole, by the way, played Lana Lang in "Superman III.")

    And it's good to see that Erica Durance, who was one of the best additions to last season, continues to play Lois Lane, this time with her name in the opening credits. Durance has given Lois the same spunk that Margot Kidder did in the "Superman" films.

    Michael Rosenbaum and Kreuk continue to do well as Lex Luthor and Lana Lang. The big question is how fast Lex's power is corrupting him, a question "Smallville" needs to answer this season.

    Viewers with x-ray vision will see there are plot spoilers ahead.

    The season premiere picks up on last season's finale, in which another meteor shower strikes Smallville, Kan., a repeat of the shower that featured Clark Kent's arrival from Krypton. With the meteor shower comes another spaceship, this one with more Kryptonians. I won't spoil the details beyond that, except to say fans likely will like the story.

    Meanwhile, Clark, who was magically transported to Alaska in the season finale, throws the Kryptonian stone into the ice, and, yes, he sees the sudden emergence of a Fortress of Solitude very similar to the one in "Superman I" and "II." And Clark hears the voice of his Kryptonian father Jor-El (and that's the voice of Terence Stamp, who played the villainous General Zod in the "Superman" movies.) Jor-El warns him of a threat to Earth.

    It makes more sense to me to see Clark talking with Jor-El in that Fortress than in those Smallville caves that I never felt fit the series. I'm just not a fan of mixing "Smallville" with "Indiana Jones."

    I won't give away too much, but Thursday's season premiere features some long overdue decisive turns. Clark and the other characters are taking charge of their destiny, and that will give "Smallville" more power to tell good stories.

    And Thursday's story features a classic comic-book villain; Brainiac, played by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" star James Marsters (who played the vampire Spike). You'll be seeing more of him as "Smallville" focuses on the legend surrounding the Man of Steel. I hope the focus doesn't change.

    (Contact Dave Mason of the Ventura County Star in California at www.venturacountystar.com.) Copyright 2005, kitsapsun.com. All Rights Reserved.
     
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    Apparently Tom is going to be interviewed tomorrow morning by a couple of radio stations, one in Chicago the other in L.A. I assume he will be talking about Arrival and the season to come.


    Good review above Triplet. Cant wait! How many hours to go?:)
     
  3. Brainiac 8

    Brainiac 8 Clark Smash!

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    I know, I was reading that review too. It just made the couple day wait more excrutiating. I hope they go into more detail through the season about the phantom zone, and what it was used for. All hail General Zod!
     
  4. Bad Superman

    Bad Superman World's Grimmest Hero

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    I'm pumped for this season. It's a relief the show will be more focused on Clark rather the witch thing. :D
     
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    Brainiac 8 Clark Smash!

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    That is deffinatly an understatement! Lana is a witch on her own without the help she had last year. (Just kidding, just kidding) Please don't hurt me.:(
     
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    Bad Superman World's Grimmest Hero

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    I agree to an extent. :D
     
  7. Morg

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    Give me Thursday night and then I'll discuss about it :D
     
  8. triplet

    triplet KryptonSite Reviewer

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    cool, I hope they get posted online... :up:


    More than 48... :(

    I can't wait.

    It sounds like the reviewer wasn't too happy with the witch/stones plot line either (which I've discussed and thought was brilliant, but to each his own) but the fact that he thinks the preem is setting things aright will no doubt make all the Lanabel haters out there rejoice...

    ;) :D

    :up:
     
  9. The Caped Knight

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    Awesome,

    Sweet !!!!!! ( When Lois is around, I'm on Cloud 9 *Feels like Heaven* :D )

    OMG, This sounds like it's going to be SUPER.

    Whoa ! Let's hope so.

    Great review ,can't wait to see it. Only 2 Days left.

    "THE DAY IS COMING WHEN THE LAST SON WILL BEGIN HIS QUEST TO SAVE HUMANITY!!!"\8/ :supes:
     
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    Little early here :p
     
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    Great review up there. I wish I could speed up time, these days are passing too slow!
     
  12. Threshold

    Threshold Simply Amazing

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    I'm going to be missing a lot of this season unfortunatley, I got cast in a lead role in a play at college and have late rehersals. I'll just have to catch up on the reruns.
     
  13. The Caped Knight

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    Triplet got anymore reviews ?
     
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    triplet KryptonSite Reviewer

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    Well, I'll probably post mine to kryptonsite on Saturday... :shrug: Did you read the one on Sci-Fi.com?
     
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    Sat :confused: I thought the premiere is on Thursday . Yeah, But the one you posted was a better review.
     
  16. avidreader

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    If you go to James's site, he has the radio stations listed, I think they're going to be available on Podcast. Does that mean you can download it to itunes? Anyone know?


    Too slow, too slow.

    Well hallelujah to that! :)
     
  17. triplet

    triplet KryptonSite Reviewer

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    No, I meant my review. I do episode reviews for kryptonsite, I thought that's what you were talking about.

    The show still preems on thursday...

    It usually takes me about a day to write it and Craig doesn't always get them up before Saturday and that's when it was on Wednesdays last season.

    So, I want to try to get them up sooner this year and still make it by Saturdays, if possible, but we'll see how it goes.
     
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    http://wtmx.com/ek.php

    here's the link if it works...they have info on how to download it on the site. This is for the station in Chicago by the way. I couldn't find any podcast info on the other station. If anyone finds out please let us know.
     
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    That's pretty cool. I'll have to check out your reviews.:)
     
  20. The Caped Knight

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    Whoa :eek: your the one who does, the reviews of the episode. (Wow I find most of your review to be quite Impressive .) :supes:
     
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    am I going to love each and every episode of season 5 ?

    duh..

    :)
     
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    Thanks for posting that Kiki. I guess tomorrow we can dowload it after its been on. I live in Southern California but I can barely get reception for 106.7.

    Triplet, looks like your building up a fanbase with your reviews. Way to go girl! :up:
     
  23. triplet

    triplet KryptonSite Reviewer

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    He posts links to them on the news page usually, but here's that one from sci.fi.com if you didn't catch it...

    It's also largely positive, but they didn't like the kryptonian story line as much as the reviewer above.

    http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue440/screen2.html

    Craig had this linked to from his new page, here:

    http://www.kryptonsite.com/news.htm
     
  24. triplet

    triplet KryptonSite Reviewer

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    :D :up:

    I don't forgive them their bad episodes but I actually had someone PM me on K-site saying that my reviews helped them see the show in a different way and they found they were enjoying the show more.

    That made me feel really good.

    :up:

    If I can spread the word about how excellent the show is to one and all, I've done my job.
     
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    WHAT!!! Tom is going to be on with Eric and Kathy? Cool!

    I assume this is a phone in interview and not an appearance? If Tom's actually in Chicago... Oh my..
     

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