The Beginning of the End of the Beginning…

A Review of “Lazarus,” the Season 10 Premiere of Smallville

(Minor Spoilers maybe…nah, not really)

First of all, I apologize for the…dodginess of this review. I got the screener, watched it, loved it and kind of wrote this on a whim. Secondly, I wrote this review/received the screener as the last blast of the website I used to work for ( before it…well, I’m not entirely sure what happened. I was home sick from work on Monday, checked my old email and saw the offer for the screener. So, here I am, less than twenty-four hours from the actual premiere of “Lazarus” with a completely non-spoilery review of the tenth and final season opener of Smallville. Now, on with the show….

To say that the season 9 finale of Smallville was remarkable would be an understatement. It was a near flawless execution of a full season’s worth of storyline resolution. “Salvation” was the sort of season finale that leaves fans wanting more and makes the summer hiatus excruciatingly long. Like any good finale, “Salvation” both resolved the season’s major plot points and set the table for the next season with a series of breathtaking cliffhangers.

In order to resolve the cliffhangers from Season 9, the season 10 premiere, “Lazarus,” needed to storm out of the blocks and deliver an emotional punch while rapidly resolving the hanging plot threads from the finale. “Lazarus” succeeded on nearly every level. It has heartfelt moments, intense action, emotional drama, along with a welcome dose of comedy and touch of romance. The only real complaint I have for “Lazarus” is that it felt a tad too full, too rushed. Due to the 42 minute time constraint a few key moments felt rushed, particularly in the hush-hush, super secret, don’t you dare talk about it fourth act.

This complaint, though, mainly stems from personal greed. I simply wanted more of “Lazarus,” as it was an enjoyable, exciting and exhilarating episode. The cast was in top form, particularly star Tom Welling, who receives the sort of focus the show’s central character deserves. The man who is nearly Superman has always been the heart of Smallville, and his portrayal of Clark Kent in “Lazarus” is no exception. Heroic, smart and brave, Clark is in top form, scaling new heights as he gets even closer to his ultimate destiny. Always a standout performer, Erica Durance deftly maneuvers between every emotion possible in a single hour, taking her Lois Lane on an important journey that will have important ramifications for future episodes. I could single out every cast member, and guest star, for his or her extraordinary performances, but in an attempt at brevity I’ll simply say to put your remote down because this is a tour de force episode for a fine ensemble cast.

With the screener DVD’s of “Lazarus” the CW issued a strict edict not to spoil the premiere episode for the fans–with good reason. “Lazarus” is an hour that is best experienced in its entirety. The premiere episode of the tenth and final season of Smallville is one to savor every moment of without knowing too much beforehand. I love spoilers, but going into this episode virtually unspoiled heightened the experience. From the emotion of the pre-credits teaser to the final moments, you’re guaranteed to sit in awe, shed a few tears, and maybe even laugh a few times.

Even though I’ve already seen “Lazarus” and know all about the big moments that will knock your socks off (don’t even think about missing the final few minutes of the episode), I can’t wait to watch the official broadcast tomorrow night. With all of the special effects in place and Louis Febre’s beautiful score accentuating each poignant and powerful  moment, I’m sure I’ll have a new appreciation and affection for an already beautiful premiere. You don’t want to miss it either–it is the beginning of the end of the beginning!


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