I'm fine with no more Paintball, but hoping we get one more clip show. The last one was possibly more skillful - doing episodes without having really done them - but this was more hilarious. It's like they took all the notecards of jokes they couldn't work in off the bulletin board, and crammed as many of them in here. Garrett as Minority pre-cog was the second best gag in the show.
First was Garrett's alternate voice, as doctor for the Study Group Mental Patients. That whole sequence, the extended Lost homage, feels up there with some of the greatest riffs they've done. They hit the sweet spot between referencing others and making fun of themselves (and the inherent insanity of the school.) And they jumped on a mattress.
I'm thrilled to read they're getting 13 more. We weren't promised to get as much as we have, and now I know there are at least 16 more. I'm greatful for each one.
They almost got me, almost. I also agree that Shirley is a very bad person for liking Brett Ratner. I definitely have to re-watch this episode, there were just too many gags and continuity references. Also the was a Wiggin!
I wouldn't really consider the bit about them being in a mental instituion to be a LOST homage (especially since Buffy did a full episode with that exact motif first), but when Hodgeman said Greendale was purgatory, I'd considered that a reference. That said, seeing everything as acted out in a mental ward was brilliant.
I'm sad we don't get a full episode of paintball again, but after last year, it'd be hard to top themselves. If they get the chance, it might make a fitting return either as the sixth season finale or the movie.
I LOVE that the show will just let us know that there's tons of wacky stuff that these people do that we'll never get to see. The borders of the show exceed thirty minutes a week.
And how long does peyote last? I'm asking for a friend.
http://www.kryptonsite.com/smallvillespoilers.htm UPDATED 7/27/08: Popular comic book writer Geoff Johns is writing the 9th episode of Season Eight, which will introduce the Legion of Super-Heroes to the Smallville mythology.