Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Smallville: Thirst

Professor Milton Fine lectures on the Roman Empire, comparing it to Luthorcorp. He reveals, to the viewers, some of his alien aspect and agenda. Cooperation between Clark and Lex is not finished yet. Lex is concerned about Clark's friendship with Fine since the latter is accessing confidential Luthorcorp documents.

Vampirism is not supernatural but meteor- and Luthorcorp experiment-related. Chloe gets a part time job at the Planet. The pre-White Managing Editor, played by Carrie Fisher, has the same surname as a former DC Comics Publisher.

Since Clark attends University not in Metropolis but in Kansas, he commutes from the farm so, to that extent, the series is still set in Smallville, not in Metropolis yet. Is an American degree course three years in length? Is that how many seasons there are about Clark, Lana and Chloe in higher education?

Plenty of close-ups of the gorgeous Chloe but I thought that the Sorority deserved an image as well.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Smallville: Aqua

I am watching Smallville Season 5 but no longer posting about individual episodes. It is all one long, confusing narrative.

Jor-El speaks through Lionel Luthor.
Resurrections should not be so quick and easy.
Why should someone Clark loves die because he was resurrected?
Why are more people not more surprised about Clark's resurrection?
Clark thinks that he can be with Lana and keep his secret from her?
Or even that he should?
He accuses Lex Luthor of lying?
Gabriel wants to stop meteor freaks by destroying Smallville? (Makes sense in terms of comic book villains' logic.)

Episode 4 neatly introduces Arthur Curry and Brainiac. Arthur ("AC") once addresses CK as "Super Boy" and later suggests that they form a Junior Lifeguards Association. CK spells out the initials just in case we don't get the message. AC and CK sabotage a Luthorcorp weapon. Perfect. CK starts investigative work for Fine's book on Luthorcorp. But Fine is also hiding something. This is better than all the meteor stuff in the opening episodes.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Modesty Blaise And Batman

In I, Lucifer by Peter O'Donnell, Modesty Blaise's right hand man, Willie Garvin, watches Batman on television. Thus, a novel about characters who originated in a British newspaper comic strip refers to a TV series about a character who originated in an American comic book.

Three media:

prose fiction;
sequential art;
screen drama.

Two kinds of sequential art:

serial episodes of a few black and while panels in a daily newspaper;
full stories in colored panels in a monthly comic book.