The good thing about season premieres is I find it so easy to focus on the positive because the season has not worn me down yet. :p For those of you who are NO DOUBT feeling the pain of Clark actually manning up and beginning his training with Jor-El (*insert dance of joy*), I have used this icon specially to remind you that Jor-El was a BABE! Just stare at it for a while and I'm sure it will ease the pain a little.
\o/ CLARK BEGAN HIS TRAINING!!
Overall I was very happy with the season premiere. It was surprisingly consistent with the end of last season, yet still managed to contain
I was reserving judgment on the casting until I saw him in the role but I've come down on the side of TERRIBLE now. Yeah, I can see that Callum's been working out a lot since he was on DLM, and hey, I didn't mind him that much in that role. But as Zod? *blinks* His accent is terrible. You can't cast Zod with a lower-class British accent, sorry, it makes him seem like a local thug, not a supervillain. And he does the most TERRIBLE screaming at his minions. The only pluses I can see are that he's so B-grade he makes me LOL and he matches the dodgy grimy green lighting that apparently accompanies him.
I'm not going to comment on Chloe because she annoys me so much. I'm just glad Clark didn't get manipulated by her ridiculous guilt tripping. And I'm glad Lois nicked off when Chloe was such a bitch and didn't even tell her she'd been missing for three weeks.
I'm greatly enjoying Clark! As expected! He's mature, independent, and he was looking SMOKING HOT in black, even though I know it represents 'emo' and will be overcome in time. ;) Loved the Statue of Liberty mind exercise! Most of all I love that Clark is actively doing something positive in response to Jimmy's death. In this episode we got several very clear indications that he's using his experiences to learn and grow. I loved that he wouldn't turn back time for Jimmy, having learnt that such acts will come at a price. I also love that he came to the conclusion about needing to say goodbye to Lois himself. Yes, of course turning his back on everyone will prove to be too extreme a road for him to travel, a dangerous road presumably, and he'll need to learn to balance that, but I like it as a starting point for the season and for Clark's journey into a new mature phase of herodom.
Also greatly enjoying the strong Clois vibe, even though I still think Clark is in denial about the nature of his feelings for Lois. I'm loving the Lois-Blur relationship though, and in Clark's scenes I was very satisfied with the Clois writing.
In Lois's scenes... well it was all too easy to ship her with someone else. *cough* Brian Austin Green is my NEW FAVOURITE EVERYTHING! Wow! He totally PWND this episode. He had insta!chemistry with Erica, and I'm delighted with the way he's playing his character. I loved his delivery of his lines--(and wow, he massively stole the show from the other newcomer to the cast!)--I particularly loved 'then there was no more red, no more blue, just the blur'. Huahahaha!
I'm totally there for those two having a thing. I am sure they'll use the relationship, if it does happen, to reflect future!Clois, so as with the Lois/Oliver, I don't feel it really is in direct competition with Clois. Because, in any case we know Lois's true heart belongs to the Blur. ;) Still, it's pretty dangerous to have someone so awesome in Clark's place! I do hope it leads to Jealous!Clark at some point as I feel that he won't truly recognise his feelings for her until he stops taking her for granted.
As for Oliver, well, I'd braced myself for his least likeable aspects to be explored after the emo tear of guilt at Jimmy's funeral, but I was pleasantly surprised by the way in which they chose to explore it. Yeah, sure, Oliver is spinning off the rails again. He does that. It's his thing. I find it kind of endearing. And at least he did it in a hot-beat-up-porntastic kind of way. Bless! I kind of love him and Lois as exes. And I have faith that Oliver's rivalry with Clark, if not his better nature, will eventually lead him back to the bow and arrow.
The new Kryptonian chick was also hot! And intriguing! Though I see that she is mired in the incomprehensible Lame!Zod/Kandor plot so I feel somewhat deflated by that... seriously, that plot makes about as much sense to me as the infamous season 4 magic rocks plot. And I'm not sure I'm happy about Mercy being beat up all the time. I hope that stops quickly and someone socks Zod out a bit more often. Oh well, luckily there was much good too! Loved the new, darker credits and some fantastic night Metropolis shots.