OK, so Jessi and I watched the Smallville season finale tonight, which also included 10 minutes from Batman Begins. I'll start with Smallville.
Overall, it was a very good episode... with surprises along the way. I wouldn't have guessed that Lex had taken the Kryptonite temple statute from China (although I'm sure he had the means), that's for sure!
It also appears that this meteor storm on Smallville was there to disguise the landing of a second ship from Krypton... why it took an additional 16 years to arrive is anyone's guess... Jor-El's comment of a great evil makes me wonder, though...
A digression: When the voice of Jor-El first appeared on the show, I began to wonder if it really *was* Jor-El's voice... the personality was so radically different from any other portrayal of Superman's Kryptonian father that I suspected it was someone else, pretending to be Jor-El... maybe Zod, maybe Braniac for all I know. Now it appears that Jor-El was, perhaps being a bit imperious to Clark before, but it was part of the learning process... this was all necessary.
So... back to the ship that landed, that Lana found. I doubt it'll be Supergirl in there -- they already did a Kara thing before. The real Krypto, as Jessi joked when we saw it? I don't think so... it's a much bigger ship than the one Clark arrived in. So perhaps this ship contains Brainiac (if they're taking their Brainiac from the animated series)... or maybe Doomsday... or maybe even Beppo the Super-Monkey, for all I know.
But I suspect it'll be something else entirely... a great evil from Krypton... and that kind of makes me think Kryptonian criminals... maybe even Black Zero (and most of you are thinking, "Who?" -- he's the guy who, in a single issue of Superboy, claimed he was responsible for Krypton's destruction -- a story that has since been ignored). I don't think it'll end up being a Kryptonian beast of any kind, as the budget wouldn't allow for it.
So anyway, I'm still guessing.
On another plot line... when Clark threw the re-assembled stones/artifacts/elements away, will they create the Fortress of Solitude? That would seem to be the case... Jor-El did say that the secrets of the universe would be Clark's if he reunited the pieces (and that would appear to be true, Lionel seems to have absorbed way too much info, and so his mind shut down).
Not quite the same kind of cliffhanger as last season's... or the one before... I don't think any of us really think that the Kents are dead... they might be seriously injured when the meteor struck their house (I do expect Jason Teague won't survive it, as the actor who plays him has a new WB series starting up), but dead is doubtful. Lana will have to deal with the arrival in the spaceship. Lex and Chloe may or may not have seen something before Clark was apparently teleported away from the caves (whether he really was, I can't say for sure... the whole Arctic thing could've easily been in Clark's mind... and the crystal could be getting ready to present Clark with Krypton's history).
I'm sure there'll be lots of theories as to what's going to happen... and I hope we get a better pay-off when the season resumes in the fall than we typically get... I'm hoping they really step up to the plate ready to swing for the fences, because with Smallville going up against Thursday shows with a stronger following, they'll need every advantage they get!
The Batman Begins teaser makes me even more interested in seeing this movie... but the one scene where Batman helps a woman (Silver St. Cloud?) against her attackers... the suit didn't work very well for me, and neither did the look of the actor in it. At least, they justify the Bat-armor in the whole origin thing... but I've seen fan-made live-action films that use a Batman in tights, and it looks 10 times better and cooler than the rubber suits!
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