Thursday, January 15, 2009

Review: Smallville, Episode 8.11, "Legion"

Clark Kent meets the Legion of Super-Heroes. It's as simple as that. It's also one of the finest episodes of the show ever thanks to the quality teleplay by superstar comics writer Geoff Johns (The Flash, Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern: Rebirth, 52, and currently Action Comics starring Superman), making his first (and hopefully not last) writing contribution to Smallville.

Johns captures the spirit of the early Legion stories while easily fitting the characters into the show's continuity without significant changes. This episode fulfills the promise of what Smallville at its best can be, the story of Clark Kent's journey from young man to legendary hero, while reminding me of why I fell in love with the superhero genre in the first place. Truly, this was an exciting first appearance by the Legion in live action. I couldn't have asked for more.



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