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Icarus - review, sort of


I've been seeing a few comments about Icarus and it's political overtones. Most have been negative while others are suggesting it's some kind of parody. Since I'm something of a historian, I'm actually totally with Carter on this one.

In every era of history, we can point to something which suggests there is darkness out there. Carter mentions the Spanish Inquisition and The Third Reich. Try the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Dark Ages, even in New Zealand, the Land Wars of the 1860s.

I haven't read the Superman comics and I'm not likely to. But the whole point of the Superman mythos is that in times of darkness, people need someone to look up to. A hero. And Superman provides that. He becomes a symbol of the light that beats the darkness back. And you ever notice that the mythos becomes more popular at a time of darkness in the world?

Think about this. Smallville became popular just as we were on the brink of another war - this time with Afghanistan. It cannot be a coincidence that it came along just as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. Yes, it happened around the same time the first season was being produced, but still ... it is something to think about.

Anyway, in terms of this episode, there were just far too many parallels with other historical eras - one in particular. And Lois makes a snarky comment in reference to it. Or did you fail to note the 'goosestepping' comment. I certainly didn't.

So back to my point about the complaints/comments. So what if there are political overtones in the episode? It's like Lois says to Cat - maybe you have to look at your definition of what a hero is. And that, I think, is what they're trying to do with this episode. Redefine what we think our hero should be. That's been the whole point of the series - not just redefining the myth but through showing Clark's journey to Superman, examining and redefining him. And if they have to use something like the 'darkness' to do it, so be it.

There's also been some criticism of Clark not being in the Daily Planet enough. And not doing enough stories. So what? This is a story about Clark's journey to Superman, not Clark Kent, Daily Planet reporter.

As a writer myself, I tend to get a little het up when people start criticising me for something that has happened in the plot of one of my stories, without going on to see where it goes. While I have had some WTF moments in Smallville, I've learned that sometimes they do these things for a reason. And that reason isn't necessarily going to be revealed until the very end. So while I do have some issues with their continuity and their facts, I'm taking a leap of faith hoping that they will show that all roads do eventually lead to Rome, as the saying goes.

Ok, so rant over.




( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wonderful thoughts honey. I agree. I enjoyed the episode a lot. I do not understand what the hell happened at the end and the preview even left me with more questions. I suspected that the AU lionel would want to see if he could find Lex in his verse. And I'm not surprised he wants to use him or take him back. But what is up with Clark losing his powers again? It all seems odd to me. I hate waiting till the 28th to find out!!!
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
I know, I'm going to hate waiting until the New Year too. But as I said, I'm going to take it on faith that it's all for a good reason.
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, lovely rant! I'm totally with you on this. My main problem with the current darkness story line is that the world has turned against the heroes so darned fast. But I'm willing to suspend disbelief and put that down to Darkseid being especially active.

My main problem with this episode was simply the focus on Hawkman - since we haven't seen him that much, his story doesn't engage me all that much. Needs moar Clark!
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't know. I guess they wanted to bring Hawkman's story to a close.

As for the story line, I kind of think what they're trying to say is that Darkseid is just drawing on what's already there. It's often said that evil is seductive. But there has to be something there that wants to be seduced.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Very good rant! I agree with your thoughts on the episode. I, for one, enjoyed it and definitely didn't mind the political overtones. I felt they were necessary. Smallville is different than all the other Superman universes and I feel like they're doing a good job setting up a world that needs Clark to come out as Superman.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 10:01 am (UTC)
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