Thursday, February 07, 2008

Tonight's Smallville was fun, introducing Black Canary to the show.

She's initially portrayed in a different fashion than in the comics, as a conservative talk show host by day and a supervillain for hire by night, but by the end it's revealed that she was manipulated by Lex Luthor into believing that Green Arrow and his team of superheroes were terrorists. Once that's sorted out, she joins GA's team and he appears to show some romantic interest in her, moving things back toward how she's portrayed in the comics.

Alaina Huffman makes a credible and sexy Canary within the context of the Smallville universe. Her costume is great, and even has a painted on mask as a homage to her original look in 1947, while her Canary Cry is awesomely brought to life through the power of visual effects.

Review: Torchwood, Episode 2.4, "Meat"

Playwright Cath Tregenna, responsible for two of last season's strongest episodes, "Out of Time" and "Captain Jack Harkness", wrote this one. It's simply not what I expected from her, but in an entirely good way. As different in tone from her previous efforts as it is, the wow factor is still just as high. It's fast paced and action packed, while being genuinely disturbing at times and having an element of tragedy to it. She also injects some of her trademark character development (Rhys suddenly becomes much more interesting) and knack for good dialog (some of which is LOL worthy, see the excerpt below). The second season of Torchwood is a successful four of four so far, and next week's episode features another Tregenna script that promises to reveal more about Captain Jack's past. I can't wait.

Warning: spoilers below, please highlight the white space with your mouse to read them.

Gwen: Have you ever eaten alien meat? Captain Jack: Yeah. Gwen: What was it like? Captain Jack: He seemed to enjoy it.