Synopsis: “A Brief Reminiscence . . .” doesn’t follow directly on from “Oh Mother, Where Art Thou”. At least not immediately . . . We see an “origin” story, of the meeting of Clark/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), in a very novel way . . .
“A Brief Reminiscence” picks up in the past, but later we find out why, and how it’s been done. What we get is an incredibly creative way to show an origin story. For example, we see the young Clark again (Dylan Kingwell) as well as seeing Clark (Tyler Hoechlin)first meet Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch). The show’s strengths is that it didn’t do yet another Superman origin story. But we do get to see one, now. Initially, it seemed as if it might fragment the linearity of the show’s course, but ultimately, everything was very neatly tied up.
Once we’re brought back to the point of last week, we see the finale of season one really being built up. Now, we have a serious villain, in Morgan Edge/Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner), and seeing his origin was equally important. We truly got a glimpse of why he is the way he is. As things ended, we saw a “point of no return”, and also the precursor for what promises to be an epic season one finale.
Seeing Tyler Hoechlin as the Clark Kent of the comics, was fantastic. Firstly, his “bumbling” nature, and awkwardness was a fine tribute to Christopher Reeve, but not a rip off of it. His was a nuanced and wonderful depiction of a person with a highly sensitive nature.
CGI & Effects
Some fine fight scenes in “A Brief Reminiscence”, and also some wonderfully inventive CGI. Seeing the Fortress of Solitude being built was particularly impressive, and something that long-term fans of Superman would have most likely really enjoyed as its own event.
What really worked in this episode was the element of surprise. However, for that to the case, the method of delivery had to perfect. And, it was. Once you understand that things weren’t actually taking place in the past, the value of intelligent writing really shone. As well as linking the “then” to the “now”, we also got a few cool nods to the Superman of old. For example, his original comic costume, and him doing the “phone booth change”, too. This did a great job of blending the classic era in with this wonderful, modern version.
If you haven’t already, then check out “Superman’s Day Off” and “Life in the Fast Lane”, from May The Verse Be With You. And, the more recent, “Smooth Criminal”, too. Two of these pieces were inspired by the series. So, now you can enjoy some “Super” poetry . . .
- CGI & Effects9.0
- Incidental Music9.5