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tonight's tv

Oh, Smallville. Only one more week.

Um. Well, that happened. I did think Lois' giddiness when she got Clark's powers was cute, as was her teasing him about cocking his head for superhearing, but that was pretty much all I got out of the episode. Kara seemed extremely wasted here, and I hated that she listened to Jor-El. Ollie's plotline would be more compelling if I didn't fear it was all going to have to be resolved way too quickly in the first part of the finale (as with the whole Darkseid plot) to make way for the return of Lex. And damn, I thought Lois was smarter than to (a) cave to the obvious manipulations of Toyman and (b) to think it is possible for Clark to spend every waking moment as a superhero without getting completely burned out. Not that I actually think the wedding is off, of course.

I'm just--I don't know--now kind of convinced that the finale is not going to live up to 10 years of buildup? But what could, really? I just feel like they've really squandered the last few episodes of this show.



And Supernatural was...not what I was expecting.

I guess I was hoping for some revelations about Castiel I hadn't already guessed? I mean, I love Cas, so the fact that this was a Cas-centered episode, and that we got to see his emotional journey, was great, as was the revelation that so many of his actions were to protect "the boys" (regardless of how misguided or downright fucked up a lot of his choices were). And the banter with Crowley was always a treat, as was Dean's desparate defense of him, and then Dean's inevitable feeling of betrayal.

I guess I was just hoping for more. I definitely wanted to know exactly how souls are currency.

I did like a couple of elements of the story, though. Crowley changing hell into standing in line was brilliant (and I swear I read that in someone's fic once upon a time, only it was Cas ruling hell?) I also loved that apparently angels can't create their own heavens but borrow from human ones. That was a really nice touch.

And I really can't wait to see what some of the good Dean/Cas writers can do with all the relationship stuff in this ep. But still, overall the episode felt like a letdown.

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lonelywalker
May. 7th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
I'm just--I don't know--now kind of convinced that the finale is not going to live up to 10 years of buildup?

Yeah... Tom's attempt on Jimmy Fallon to not spoil anything just made it sound like nothing is going to happen.

Lalala. I think I'll just focus on how pretty everyone is.
norwich36
May. 7th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Well, to be fair, even in seasons that I've mostly disliked, they generally do a good job with premieres and finales, so maybe it will be better than we're expecting?
serrico
May. 7th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
Oh thank god, someone other than me wasn't blown away by tonight's SPN. I've been reading other people's posts all night, and all the gushing is bewildering. Yes, it was a solid episode that explicitly addressed some questions, but as you said, it didn't really tell us anything *new*. Confirmation of things already guessed is good, but...I also enjoy forward movement, and this ep didn't give me much of that. And it didn't strike me as particularly revelatory as a meditation on Cas's current state of mind, either.

All told, it's a good thing Collins is pretty when he angsts. *g*

I also loved that apparently angels can't create their own heavens but borrow from human ones. That was a really nice touch.

THIS, yes. That was a *great* touch.
norwich36
May. 7th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Huh, gushing reviews? I haven't seen that many, but there weren't really many reviews posted when I went to bed last night.

I do hope they're not leading up to killing Cas. That possibility worries me.

That Raphael was hanging out in Ken Lay's heaven cracked me up.
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norwich36
May. 7th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
I really thought they would avoid their typical back half slump, given that for once they knew for sure it was ending, so they could build toward something great. :-(

On the other hand, this show generally pulls out all the stops for finales and premieres, so maybe it will be better than we're expecting.
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norwich36
May. 8th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
I think Sam and Dean were more upset that Castiel had been lying to them than what he was actually doing.

I guess we just have to hope the SV finale will be better than we're expecting.
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mskatej
May. 8th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Smallville was awful. I really haven't liked this season much so don't hold out any hope that the finale will be any good. I just hope Clark and Lex get to make sexy eyes at each other. If that happens I'll be satisfied.
norwich36
May. 10th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm kind of dreading the finale, to be honest--what if they manage to mess up even the Clark and Lex stuff? But then I remind myself that for some reason, finales and premieres are the only thing the SV writing staff does well, so maybe it won't suck. :-(
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