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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Smallville: Finale

This show has something of a personal touch for me because it premièred in-between my parents’ deaths. I too this day wear a Christopher Reeve Foundation military dog tag around my neck with the Superman embalm in full color on the center. I just recently added a second dog tag declaring my love for writing movie reviews so it is sort of perfect that this is my 850’s official review. The final episode was true to the show and reminded me what I liked about it so much. It was not a lot of flashy action scenes and there was not a lot of fighting. The show kept to its roots and focused on the story at hand. Each individual character was well drawn out and perfectly written. Yet the star at the center of this soon to be exploding universe (literally) was Clark and he is of course the super man the show was built around. Kristen Kreuk was the only notable cast member who did not return for this series send off. Michael Rosenbaum, and John Schneider both had elementary roles in this last episode and Aaron Ashmore even had a cameo in the closing minutes. Did not their individual characters die off you say? Why yes they did. Must I remind you that this entire show is based on a comic book? Nobody really dies in comic books. Even Superman came back to from the grave. The show was perfectly paced and amazingly well written. It made up for the last few seasons of dullness. Ever since the show left it’s titular setting of Smallville and moved to Metropolis it seemed to me to go down hill. Since 2008 or so it was more like a prequel to Lois and Clark. A show I was never really fond of. It compromised its uniqueness in its second season when it became an action adventure show. It focused more on Superman than Lois and Clark, and there fore lost it uniqueness in my opinion. This last episode kept true to its unofficial motto of “No flights, no tights." It was not until the final five minutes that Clark or Kal-El (his true Kryptonian pudendum) became Superman. The famous 1978 John Williams score was even blared in the final scenes. As a result, this show flew up and away and soared into the stratosphere of awesomeness. Grade A+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm