REVIEW: Smallville - Absolute Justice

Posted by sora_thekey (8107 posts) - - Show Bio

Story

 
I'm going to give the plot without as many spoilers as I can... but let me tell you now... some of this might be even too much information, so you might want to skip to the actual REVIEW rather than what happens in the episode.
 
Chloe is once again the damsel in distress as she is approached by a mysterious man in a dark alley, surprisingly her threat is not this man but whoever kills him later... somebody with ice powers. 
- and Cue "Somebody Save me" theme.  
There's a hospital scene where there's this blonde girl's introduction (Courtney Whitmore) and the mysterious last phone call of Wesley Dodds
The Canary and Green Arrow relationship is teased.  
There is a deaths and the letters JSA splattered with blood... I'm not going to tell you who though but if you have to know:       
 
  
 
Cue bad guy introduction, who has a score to settle with JSA... and is trying to out them all 
An old "Golden Age" video in the archives of the Daily Planet introduces Al Pratt, Ted Grant, Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, Abigail Hunkel and adds an even bigger mystery to their connection with one another.   
Dr. Emil Hamilton is back.
The next guy on the call list Carter Hall and then there is the intro of Kent Nelson and Nabu..  


The Star Rocket Racer appears with a book of info on Smallville's JLA  
 

The team starts getting together and the mention of Shiera is the reason for a full blown team-up.

By the way this is all just the intro of the story...

Oliver, Clark, and Chloe are now mixed in this huge mystery that lead into the few JSA that are left to be brought back together into a battle against this ice man
 
Obviously I'm not going to give you the whole story... you have to watch it yourself! 

  

Review

  
To start off the episode the scene was too familiar. Chloe as the damsel in distress, not an exciting start but the story picks up after this. 
 
So first with the

positive

:  
The story is a solid telling of these amazing characters, and I loved the fact that although this ties into the Smallville universe, yet you don't have to watch episodes before this to understand the plot. 
This TV-movie had a lot going on, and yet there was time to discover deeper like Hawkman's and Stargirl's past, which was something that worried me about these characters. The story had enough space to show the complexity of these characters, and hint at various comic book moments and themes. 
There were a lot of acknowledgements to the DC Universe, such as the introduction of Checkmate, and minor characters like Amanda Waller.  
Plus the Suicide Squad!
John Johns returns sporting clothes that are very similar to the Martian Manhunter's wardrobe. (Red X over Green). 
The battle between Stargirl and Icicle is downright awesome!
 
Now

negative


This 2-hour episode had a lot of expectations and hype, too much if you ask me, especially with the low-ress effects. 
Smallville never did have cool action packed effects, but I was expecting a little bit more for these two episodes. 
The worse effects were on Hawkman's wings and whenever he flew, but surprisingly these did not bother me as much as the totally fake cold breath in every scene with Icicle.
I must say I love those battle scenes where everything slows down so you can see where the hits and kicks are but on this particular event, even the slowing down only made the last battle more tedious... 
 

I have only read a few issues of JSA, so most of these characters were new to me, and to be honest the less I knew about them the less picky I was about their portrayal.
 

Rating

 
4 out of 5 
I think if the special effects were amped 10 notches up the I would've given it a 5...  
Tell me if you agree with my review or not... 
  

@Mods/Staff: Can somebody help me with the SPOILERS I put on this, for some reason they don't hide the content. Thanks!
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#1 Posted by lostlantern13 (859 posts) - - Show Bio

4/5 is a pretty fair score. I'd probably give it an 8.5 out of 10.  
  
I felt like all the actors embodying the JLA played their parts very well - especially the actor playing Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate. I felt Shanks was a good actor, but physically I would have preferred a bigger Hawkman. I like how the JSA was a group of vigilantes before...they serve as good mentors to the current Smallville gen of heroes. Just a lot of logic on how to integrate them in. 
 
As a regular watcher of the show, I like the whole introduction of Checkmate/Suicide Squad. I know Pam Grier's back later this season so it'll be fun to see where that goes. 
 
It wasn't perfect, but it was a pretty entertaining 2 hours. In Geoff I trust.

#2 Posted by hpwaz (206 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder if we'll ever see them again because at the end, Hawkman says that they will track down the surviving JSA and their kids to form a new generation! (And Dr. Fate's helmet will find a new user; hopefully one that won't be driven to insinity from the helmet)
#3 Posted by Watch Dog (834 posts) - - Show Bio
@hpwaz: I hope so. I think a JSA spin off would nice.
#4 Posted by hpwaz (206 posts) - - Show Bio
@Watch Dog said:
" @hpwaz: I hope so. I think a JSA spin off would nice. "

You don't know how long I've been hoping for a Smallville JSA series!
#5 Posted by Omega The Supreme Being (139 posts) - - Show Bio
@Watch Dog said:
" @hpwaz: I hope so. I think a JSA spin off would nice. "
yeah man i agree
#6 Posted by War Killer (19500 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked the episode a lot, the special effects were my only problem, but overall I liked this show, I'm even going to give next week a chance, I may have just found a new show to watch. 

#7 Posted by Halago (265 posts) - - Show Bio

From what i saw last night when i was with my gf i really enjoyed it, i mean i was HATING the Hawkman look on picture but on screen it wasnt half bad.
 
And hell yeah i loved Hawkman in it was badass. Was very to the books with some of the backgrounds, specially Hawkmans dialog about him and Shayera. LOOOVED IT
 
4.5 out of 5 hell yeah
 
(also Pam Greir poor woman shes no longer sexy)

#8 Posted by NightFang (9648 posts) - - Show Bio
@Omega The Supreme Being said:
" @Watch Dog said:
" @hpwaz: I hope so. I think a JSA spin off would nice. "
yeah man i agree "
             That would be pretty cool.
#9 Posted by Zoom (14668 posts) - - Show Bio

Gah were the Hawkman effects bad. 
  
 
Still as good as you can expect from Smallville.
#10 Posted by Mourgos (81 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey:  Great review and videos.  I wrote one too, and have a similar response.  If I ignore the Hawkman effects and just listen to the plot, then I'm fine.  Finally Smallville is infusing more DC characters. 
#11 Posted by Cherry Bomb (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

 
The  Stargirl vs Icicle fight was EPIC
one of the best fights I've ever seen.

#12 Posted by DEGRAAF (7811 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked the justice league episode much more
#13 Posted by Final Arrow (24359 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey: Hope that fixed the spoilers thing
#14 Posted by sora_thekey (8107 posts) - - Show Bio
@Final Arrow: Thanks! It did :)
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