Revenge from the Deep
I liked this episode, mainly because it is always fun seeing Stacy Haiduk playing a villain and it is one of the episodes where Christopher’s dweeby Clark Kent is funny and used well.
I wish the episode had done a better job of explaining just what Charlie and Aurelia were. They look like coral in their actual forms, but they can turn into humans and have some pretty powerful mind blasting abilities. The episode also didn’t give a lot of insight into the central conflict about how they have to mate for life and must be physically linked forever.
Charlie did come off looking pretty bad since he abandoned Aurelia and ended up living on a janky houseboat and had a pretty bad reputation amongst the lowlife bikers. I guess that is better than what his life would have been like but again, we aren’t told nearly enough about these creatures to hazard a guess.
I did find it comical that the groovy 60s’ hangout turned into a scummy biker bar.
At first I thought Andy had found another metal detector which would have been funnier, IMO, to him finding a propeller.
Lana looked good in that 60s’ outfit. She was also pretty badass, using her abilities to wreck the bar, throw Charlie and Clark around, and almost go toe to toe with Superboy.
It was pretty dumb how she was defeated. Oh, Superboy is using a mirror that ricochets my blasts back at me? I guess I should send out one powerful blast and keep it up even though it’s killing me and doing nothing to the Boy of Steel. Solid plan.
As I wrote above, this is one of the few episodes that really does something with Clark and his geeky persona. I loved watching him enter the biker bar and deal with the unwanted attraction of the biker babe and then have to surreptitiously defend himself against the jealous biker.
It did have a sweet ending, kind of, when Charlie agreed to live with Aurelia in their true forms for the rest of their lives. I mean, he did force Aurelia back into her natural form and leave her in the ocean for a few decades and she did posses an innocent woman and then would have killed an innocent guy if he had been someone other than Clark, but yay happy ending?
Secrets of Superboy
This will be a short review because it is a clip show.
I do like the overall idea of Nick Knack using Superboy’s friends to find out weaknesses he can use against the Boy of Steel. I also like that Lana and Andy were in real peril, with the memory machine slowly killing them.
Nick Knack killing Daisy and turning her corpse into a living doll with a pull cord in her stomach that she has to pull to talk is a seriously twisted, creepy idea. The episode plays it more for laughs but if you actually stop to think about the entire idea it is pretty chilling.
Andy had an actual date for once. Miracles do happen.
This might be a weird thing to focus on but I liked that Lana was just as excited about getting a GameBoy as Andy. The gaming community can be pretty sexist so I liked that Lana wasn’t making fun of Andy for playing and wasn’t made fun of for playing.
I understand that Superboy loves Lana, but he did seem to take maybe too much time getting her free from the machine while Andy was still attached and in pain. Technically, the timer did run out while Superboy was checking on Lana so Andy should have been dead.
Maybe this is me being nitpicky but a lot of the clips were from scenes where Andy and Lana were not present. Sure, they may have learned what happened later but they weren’t actually there.
This is Nick Knack’s last appearance and I’m fine with that. He is a decent villain and it would have been interesting to see how he would have been written in the slightly darker, more mature season 3 bit it is probably best he remains in the goofier, campier season 2.
Edited by Virgil Vox, 13 September 2020 - 04:49 PM.
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