Smallville: Season 10, Episode 13

Beacon (11 Feb. 2011)

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Clark is surprised to see Martha on the news speaking at a pro-vigilante rally. However, surprise quickly turns to horror when he and Lois watch as Martha is injured in an attack on ... See full summary »

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Clark is surprised to see Martha on the news speaking at a pro-vigilante rally. However, surprise quickly turns to horror when he and Lois watch as Martha is injured in an attack on national television. Meanwhile, Lionel reveals himself to the world and reclaims LuthorCorp from Tess and Oliver. Lois and Chloe decide to cheer Clark up by showing him videos from thousands of vigilante supporters professing their support for The Blur. Written by Laura

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Lionel Luthor: Listen. Listen to me, son. Don't let hate master you. Make it your servant. Use it. Let it build inside of you. Hate can make you strong. I can teach you how.
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Redeeming installment, refreshing mature guests, hopeful story mixed with dark elements, educative writing, well balanced production, jaw dropping cliffhanger
12 February 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I have thought of giving up on Smallville so many times that I can't even count the number of times it happened. Homecoming, now Collateral. Damaged episodes are a recurring pattern on the show and season 10 is no exception. So we have get used to it and forgetting a poor installment is part of a long time fan's life. Should we blame the directors ? What about the episodic writers ? And the heads ? In the end we have no idea who pull the strings. Beacon's summary was reassuring because what Smallville needed was mature guests as at times it really feels like Super Pinocchio in Wonderland Turbo II. So once again they found a way to redeem themselves with a strong and heart-warming episode full of wisdom and mighty spirit. First the acting was solid and the intergenerational casting made the scenes more authentic. Second even if some scenes felt like déjà vu and featured warmed-up dialogs they can only move and inspire. I'll just never get tired of them because they give hope ! It leads us to the story because it was a lot about giving a sense to their life. What do they fight for ? Should we forgive the people who have harmed our soul ? Quite educative, as often, the writing was also served by a solid production. In fact I hate when an episode is heavy on cheap visual effects. I think it's wiser to only focus on one well executed intense action sequence. It's exactly what they did in Beacon and in the end you should find it greatly heating. Last but not least the ambiance was darker than in previous installments and a few twists should puzzle you. And as for the ending it made me swear because I didn't see it coming. Jaw dropping time ! Subliminal ad of the week : Your favorite wicked operating system next door.


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