SUPERMAN! CHLOE SULLIVAN (possessed by BRAINIAC!) LANA LANG! DOOMSDAY! THE LEGION (OF SUPERHEROES) featuring: SATURN GIRL! LIGHTNING LAD! COSMIC BOY! with special guest appearance by: THE PERSUADER!
Green Arrow, Tess Mercer, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen sat out the episode but the latter two were named dropped by the Legionnaires.
Wow, this was pure giddy DC Comics goodness on television. The geek references were out of this world.
The Legion were from the 31st century, wore Legion flight rings, Smallville-esque gear perfectly invoking their classic costumes, name dropped Brainiac 5 and the names of their homeworlds, and had all their powers were not just intact but used liberally (including a nifty bio-electric magnetic pulse when Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad combined their powers). Best of all was the reveal that their "memories" of Superman's history don't jive at all with what they saw when they arrived in Smallville.
Lightning Lad had all the zingers:
"Where's your cape?" "You come to be known as Su--" After seeing Clark running at Superspeed: "What's with the ground transpo? Why aren't you flying?" Later: "No glasses, no tights, no flights, are you sure we have the right guy?"
The Legionnaires point out that their history records Superman, Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen, but they've never heard of Chloe Sullivan! Lots of amusing spectulation of why that is, including several fanboy theories that have been floated through the years.
Of course, Clark schools them on heroism, teaches them that heroes "don't kill - ever!" and even without the cape and tights, he's the Superman they remember from history.
Chloe was saved from Brainiac and is back to normal, no longer super-intelligent from the Kryptonian brain boost.
Clark gets a Legion flight ring as a souvenier from his new future pals, programmed for "time travel and not flying". Clark will have to learn to fly "on his own schedule."
Just a lot of fun. A big love letter to DC comics fans.
I also liked the "You're acting like a Sub" line which is a reference to the Legion of Substitute Heroes who were all the characters not quite ready for Prime-Time or who had duplicates of powers already represented in the Legion proper.
Loved the "costumes" the Legion wore and as usual for this show, the girl who played Saturn Girl was smoking hot.
Hope to see them again, and hope Geoff Johns gets to write an episode or two more (he's the current writer of Green Lantern, Superman [in Action Comics], the upcoming Barry Allen Flash reboot and probably another reboot of the Legion).
Smallville has been on fire this season with the only downer being no Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, although you could aruge that they needed some new "villain" blood, but sort of negated that with the "Female Lex"-type character they've used this year.
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I really enjoyed this episode on both a DC and Smallville level. The DC guy in my loved the LEGION characters and nods to other DC characters like Brainiac 5. The Smallville guy enjoyed the ending of the Brainiac storyline along with the giant hint that Chloe will bite it in the end as well as Lana still being a clone. I do think Lana is taking the show down a slower route, but I expect the last few episodes will keep rolling. I do wish they would get another season with Clark as Superman, because Superman in the 31sth Century would kick a ton of ass.