Tarantino > Cloverfield

First of all, this post is largely in response to this Ausiello TV clip, so you may want to watch it first.

Who exactly is calling Chloe and Jimmy’s wedding “one of the most anticipated episodes of Smallville since the pilot”? For starters, let’s ignore all the amazing episodes during the past seven seasons and just take a look at the current one. I think it’s safe to say that the most anticipated episode of season eight is Legion. But then, this may be because I’m a comics nerd, and I’m familiar with both Geoff Johns (who’s writing that chloejimmyep), and the Legion of Super-Heroes in general. I actually think Legion will be better than Justice (another ep that was clearly more anticipated than Bride. Crap, I said I was going to focus on only this season! Ignore this aside) was.

That’s just what I would consider the most anticipated episode of season eight, there are a few more that would fall between Legion and Bride for me (Bloodline anyone?), but I want to move on to the main point of this post. Watching that video, it seems clear to me that they’re going for a Cloverfield-esque handheld style with this episode. Which, don’t get my wrong, is pretty cool. I like when Smallville does things like that, switching up the style, or tone, or whatever. It certainly helps to keep the show fresh when it has been running for the better part of a decade.

Maybe you remember another ep that was a little unusual, and also happened to feature a wedding: Promise. Remember how it was Tarantino-esque, with the scenes presented out of chronological order? I would go so far as to say that was Smallville’s most successful style-breaking episode. And, I know I haven’t seen Bride yet, but I’m predicting it will be Smallville’s most successful wedding episode as well (and I’m not just saying that because I love Chlark). Remember the big, fancy, not-in-a-barn wedding that Lex and Lana had? Remember how the bride was not walked down the steps from a loft? Now, I realize that neither Chloe or Jimmy are exactly rich, and neither have parents to splurge on a Luthor-style wedding,¬† but in the barn? They couldn’t find anywhere better?

So, in conclusion: Location goes to Lex and Lana’s wedding. Unique episode style goes to Promise. Legion is going to be awesome. So, ‘one of the most anticipated episodes since the pilot’ it is not. Which isn’t to say I don’t think it will be good, or that I won’t be watching it.

-Jerk


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~ by Jerk on November 20, 2008.

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