After being hit by a truck, John Corben becomes a human guinea pig when his heart is replaced by a machine powered by meteor rocks, which, in turn, gives him extraordinary strength, and he ... See full summary »

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After being hit by a truck, John Corben becomes a human guinea pig when his heart is replaced by a machine powered by meteor rocks, which, in turn, gives him extraordinary strength, and he realizes he can use it to catch his prey...the Red & Blue Blur. Written by Moviedude1

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When Metallo picks up the picture of the woman, it should be blood stained on the back as it was in his pool of blood. Yet it is mostly clean on the back. See more »

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Lois Lane: Clark Kent. You're back. I was beginning to think your family lived on some distant planet.
Clark Kent: Must have really missed me.
Lois Lane: Uh... only because the guy who sat in your desk was a certifiable psychopath. Otherwise, I've been so busy, I didn't even notice you were gone.
Clark Kent: Missed you too, Lois. Anything exciting happen while I was gone?
Lois Lane: Well, you'll never believe it, but I helped The Blur stop a homicidal maniac.
Clark Kent: Really? You know, I would *love* to hear about it.
Lois Lane: Okay. Well, it all started when this guy ...
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Brian Austin Green's astonishing performance, John Corben's sad story, smooth editing, unexpected character development, superficial morality but numerous bitter sweet scenes
7 October 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

As expected the major event was John Corben becoming Metallo. All I can say is that his story was really heartbreaking and the first minutes were so bloody and sad that I almost cried like a little shrimp. In fact I can't remember a Smallville episode that was so tragic. Moreover in Savior I think Brian Austin Green convinced every viewers that he's a talented actor but in Metallo I think he just deserves an award. His performance was just mesmerizing. Some people might think that playing John Corben is an easy role but I don't think a character's story has to be surreal to make it believable. Keep it simply human. That's why Metallo's metaphor is so fascinating, because he reminds us what makes a human : Emotions. Unable to control them he became obsessed with finding the Blur, seeing him as the villain at the origin of all his sorrow. In fact it might surprise you but I sort of agree with him because his interactions with Lois and the Blur revealed how less the writers care about morality. At times it's obvious they choose the easy way out instead of bringing more depth to the characters and maturity to the story. Of course they didn't know John's story like we do but it's too easy to forget the human flesh behind the metal heart, specially when you have special abilities. That's why I found the last scenes quite controversial. John Corben didn't deserve what happened to him. I wish they had find a way to save him, like they tried to save Davis Bloome (Doomsday).

About the Clark, Chloe and Lois triangle. In Savior their relationships were blurry and all the characters felt lost. So their evolution in this episode was logic but I didn't anticipate that it would turn so well. From the dialogs, fashion styles to the acting it was just great. Chloe's new role is also quite surprising because she used to be Clark's sidekick after all. So it brings an other layer to our favorite hacker. Lois double investigation was also quite interesting because in the one hand she was trying to know what happened to Clark and in the other hand she was searching for a heartless bastard, that's how she described the cyborg. It was a smart design by the writers because it revealed how much she cares about him and how much she misses him. But of course like many people she's scared of her own feelings so she shadows them. She keeps finding excuses and doesn't admit that she's actually in love with… Tess Mercer !

What ? Yes their scene at the mansion was just pure insanity and should definitely convince the male audience to stick around a little longer. In my Injustice review I mentioned fans weren't ready to view both Erica Durance and Cassidy Freeman in the same scene but the next episode, Doomsday, we saw them cat fighting at The Daily Planet. This time it was a calmer encounter but you could feel the tension between them. No mud pool around but considering Tess was sweating while bashing a boxing bag with a long stick I let you make your own opinion on the meaning behind it. Just a few words to entertain and show how much I loved this episode. The Watch Tower scene was cold but optimistic, Lois had an other vision, RoboCop and Terminator references, Zod behind Metallo… It was so wise to leave that arc for the other episodes but still relate it to this one story.

So overall it was nearly a perfect episode. Seriously how can you resist Smallville anymore ? To conclude this review, thanks to a peer, I had the strangest idea ever. So let's hear what Phil Connors from the film Groundhog Day has to say about this season : « When I saw the long 7th season, I saw a season bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that a season is just another step in the cycle of Smallville. But standing here among my peers and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous 9th season. » (Source : Wikiquote).


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