I don't know WHO has been watching Smallville the last few years, but I pretty much gave up on the show once Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) left the series. He was, in my opinion, the best darned Lex Luthor to ever grace film, TV, OR the printed page. I think the series had pretty much jumped the shark before then -- and I pinpoint the killing off of Jonathan Kent as the culprit. Plus, once they started bringing in other heroes from the DC Universe (particularly Green Arrow) to keep things interesting, it became pretty evident that the show's creative team was running out of ideas. I'm really, really surprised, therefore, that Smallville has survived for eight-or-nine seasons.
BUT, over the weekend, I saw THIS advertisement for the February 7 broadcast:
Did you see that? That, ladies and gentlemen, was the JUSTICE SOCIETY. Alan Scott and Jay Garrick were only hinted at, but we DEFINITELY got to see Dr. Fate, Stargirl, and HAWKMAN, complete with wings and mace. Holy cow! Green Arrow was also present, of course. It was also nice to see the Smallville version of Martian Manhunter again.
I'd heard rumors about this episode a while back, including one that it was written by Geoff Johns -- but I pretty much took an "I'll-believe-it-when-I-see-it" position on the whole thing. NOW it's here. Hmmm ...
Is this, then, Smallville's last gasp? Is it Smallville's attempt to go out with a bang? Whatever the case, I admit I may very well have to make sure I see this episode. It's the first time I've been interested in watching Smallville in a very, very long time. OF COURSE, they WOULD have to broadcast it during the Super Bowl. Sorry -- my Indianapolis Colts have viewing priority. But, hey, this is what recording devices are for!
EDIT: Someone just emailed me the following photo from this Smallville episode:
Look! Hawkman's beating the hell out of Green Arrow! Or, at least, the threat is certainly there--! Can't ... stop ... LAUGHING! SOMEone got that relationship dynamic right. Take THAT, Ollie! HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA--HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAaaAAA--! *Cough!* *Cough!* Oh, it HURTS! It hurts--! *Snicker!*
UPDATE: OOPS! I'm getting to watch this episode after all. The episode is being broadcast in CANADA on February 7. In the USA, the broadcast date is February 5.