Smallville Review: "Icarus"

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Of all the VRA-themed episodes to date, this was the most entertaining and action-packed yet, but "Icarus" still fell just a little bit shy of what it could have been.

In a move that should either stifle the screams of shippers everywhere or just fuel them even more, (who knows?) Clark proposed to Lois, and she without hesitation accepted.

Despite the engagement bash Tess and the heroes threw at Watchtower, their celebration was cut short by the government's escalated enforcement of the VRA.

Smallville Proposal

For my taste, there was too little time spent with the actual heroes themselves.

The first half of the episode trotted along at nearly a snail's pace. Sure, the interrogation scenes were probably necessary to add credence to the real threat against the heroes, and their supporters, but I sure do wish Stargirl had been given something to do besides a single crack of her staff, and more than just a speechless cameo from Black Canary.

Nearly every time other heroes show up, anymore, it's a ultimately a let down because they don't seem to be used much.

I'll give them this, though, the Hawkman scenes. Blew. My. Mind.

The image of him high in the heavens swooping down through the crashing glass to rescue Lois was extremely gratifying to this fanboy. I'd been waiting so long to see him really hurl that mace, and he did so in spades battling Slade.

Having him dive head first, wings ablaze, to save Lois as she plummeted through the window was simply stunning, and would have seemed all the more ironic had Slade not made the irony so explicit with his explanation of Icarus to Clark.

Even still, it was a brilliant visual.

I'm disappointed they killed Carter off, but I suppose that was inevitable since they'd already hinted earlier in the season that Carter believed he'd soon be reunited with Shayera. I rather think a faint vision of him reuniting with Shayera, both in full Hawkman/Hawkgirl garb, would have been a nice touch, but beggars can't be choosers I suppose.

I was confused by Carter's reference to "the darkness" having been here before during the Spanish Inquisition and rise of the Third Reich. Hasn't the notion been so far this season that this would be the greatest darkness the world has ever faced?

Maybe I'm just being nitpicky, but for me that negates, or at least reduces the threat of, the current wave the heroes are facing. If the darkness has been here before, and been successfully conquered, then what's the real worry? So they'll beat it again, big deal?

Smallville Engagement

I still hold to my stance that Lois is the most heroic of this bunch, if just by a hair. Even when she's the victim, she never plays the cowering damsel in distress. She's on the attack with everything she's got, and is determined to win or die trying.

Even though I love how strong a character as she is, I still find the charm in her more vulnerable moments, such as when she asked Chloe, in flashback, about Clark's relationship with Lana.

I don't think I've ever been as enamored with Lois or Erica Durance than I am in this season. She's going for broke in her performances, and I'm lapping it up.

Kat was back and still annoying, but at least Lois was able to convince her who the heroes really are. I can't help but think if they'd just told her the Blur saved her life before, which wouldn't have revealed Clark's identity, a lot of what they just went through may not have ever happened. Something to think about.

The brief Chloe scene was a nice touch, and I guess that means she's still dealing with the effects of her exposure to Doctor Fate's helmet, given that she knew of the engagement before Lois had a chance to tell her.  As for Tess, there was far too little of her, but as always she's a force to be reckoned with. It's great to see her still playing for our team, where she fits in quite nicely.

I can't recall if we've seen that little device Clark used to trap Slade/Deathstroke before or not, but that is a handy little trinket. My first thought was either it sent him to the Phantom Zone or to the Fortress, but now I think he's just trapped inside it. Whatever it is, they should use it a little more often - or can it ever only hold one person? 

Nice little allusion to Deathstroke's name, by the way.

Not my favorite episode of the season, but a very solid effort. As much as I love Lois and Clark, I really hope the second half of this final season plays up Clark's rise to Superman and focuses less on the lovey-dovey aspects.  We can argue all day long that this is a multi-faceted show that appeals in different ways, but be honest - we are all far beyond ready to see him take to the skies in the red and blue.

What did you think of this week's Smallville? Discuss!


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I was a big fan of Smallville..i dont like the way they r portrayin many of the things,they could have shown much more action and shouldve used better graphics,they build up the tension but they loose it elsewhere, i didnt like the ending, i mean towards the end when everyone is takin the Hawkman's body to the morgue only Faces of Clark , Oliver , Black-Canary , Star-Girl ,and Lois r to be seen other r shown to be there but their faces r not visible, its obvious that Flash,Aquaman ,and the like r not there they r replaced by thier imposters, i mean extras if they didnt had the dates of this actors they shouldnt had shown them period n this was very unprofessional so to speak n it looked very weird, the series lost it reality,not that it was real,why did they do that..


Thats for Tati...


Well, the flashback occurs in the time frame of episode one which is the one where I believe Chloe puts on the helmet... and Lois doesn;t take off for Africa until the end of the episode... sooooooo... the conversation could have taken place after Chloe put on the fate helmet so she would know who "is fated to be in Clark's life".... Also, the flashback doesn't talk about the engagement per se... Chloe and Lois simply talk about who should be in Clark's life... and Chloe clearly has the fate helmet now... so she would have been able to foresee the engagement to time a letter to come to Lois congratulating her the morning after the proposal

Saad khan

I loved it and its sad that Hawkman is Dead .. his entry to save Loise Lane was Fantastic... Wow!


OMG! One of the best episodes. Loved it. Just wished they didn't killed Carter, would've love to see him in the end. Now that Clark and Lois' relationship is looking very stable, I WANT to see Clark FLY and in his cape. I seriously hope they don't deprive us of this until the very last episode.


I liked this episode, granted I'm not very critical of Smallville at all this season, as I think this is one the best seasons it has had.
There wasn't a lot they could have done with Slade anymore, not if they're going to have the other 3 as the "boss baddies" (Godfrey, Granny, ?) so it was smart that they ended his current story for now, and I liked his episode.
Would've made more sense to mention if that sword was made out of kryptonite though, just in case Clark showed up not Hawkman. I can imagine him "Oh no, a flimsy sword." /touch you with my emblem crystal. When Hawkman mentioned to Clark that he had been there when the darkness was previously I thought it hinted that he had been there to help guide a leader, or someone else rather then become the take charge kinda guy, or that he would sacrifice himself then for someone else as well.


Of course we know the darkness will be vanquished by the end of the series. What kind of downer would that be if Darkseid wins and everyone dies? But, my thought is perhaps over the centuries it has gotten stronger after each attack and defeat, and now is the perfect time for it to strike again in this era of multimedia saturation and Darkseid using people like Godfrey to spread fear amongst the populace. Certainly something much easier done today than during the Spanish Inquisition and only a little easier in the 1940s with radio broadcasts reaching more people. I think the message is our unprecedented access to the media is going to be our downfall!


Ggirl - you were absolutely spot on in bringing that up. i hadn't stopped to recall what massive atrocities they both were.


well since i was born and raised in germany i am probably a lot more sensitive about the third reich^^ it is kinda hard for me not to think about all the deads when someone references to that time.
still, smallville is just a show, so i also get what your point of view was coming from :)


I agree like the review it could have been more than it was. But the episode is one of the best this season. I believe that this episode should have had more action than it was given because of the tension that rose this episode. Hoping for more action fare and heroes forthe last season of smallville.

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Smallville Season 10 Episode 11 Quotes

Kat: Lois Lane! Are you expecting?
Lois: Spread that rumor and you can expect my fist in your face.

Let's just say Lana wasn't the one fated to be in Clark's life.