"C'mon, Lana! You're amazing!"
— Smallville, "Thirst"
"First Zod falls in love with Lana, now Bizarro? Is Brainiac next? Hey, I have an awesome idea, Al (Gough) and Miles (Millar). Let's introduce Doomsday, but instead of being evil, he falls in love with Lana! I'm a fucking genius! I just wrote Season 8!"
"Lex and Lana are now apparently somehow in a relationship. Where this came from, I don't know... Lex is recovering with Lana at his side. She tells him he was brave to survive, or something to that line. He replies: 'I have too much to live for!'
So now not only is Lex despondent and ready to become an evil man without Lana, per the Christmas episode, now she's his reason for living at all... Someone suggested to me that they're purposefully making Lana into a villain, someone to be hated. No. They're really not. The creators of this show just honestly think that she's not being inconsistent. I kid you not. When they make a character more villainous, they comment about it in interviews. There are subtle hints, like black clothing and overtly evil acts... They really think Lana is uncontradictory, pure, and worthy of being loved by EVERYONE. Clark has had, what, two girlfriends? Lana has had, what, six, seven boys? And all of the others just fascinated with how wonderful she is. Even a girl started killing to be in a lesbian alluding relationship with her.
As a social commentary, it's an embarrassing state of affairs. As a TV show premise, it's *%$@ing insane. And in this episode, it only gets worse."
"Honestly. I mean really honestly. All the momentum and excitement building this season just came to a screeching halt. I just felt all the joy sucked from this show the minute Lana showed up on screen. I mean really? Did we really need to bring her back? Have they not learned that the character just does not work? ...If I was a big Green Arrow fan I would be livid right now. I mean absolutely livid. Okay I am livid. I am not saying Oliver Queen was ever the beacon of hope and example of Super hero-ness as Clark Kent, but to actually write a scene where Lana Lang, of all people, lectures him about what it means to be a superhero? Are you kidding me?
Lana is at best a dark 'hero' character using the word hero loosely. She kills, she kidnaps, she tortures, and she has plotted and schemed in a way that even caught Lex Luthor off guard. She is basically what I would call a reformed villain AT BEST and honestly I think her character works better as a villain. Maybe a tragic villain but still the 'bad guy'. To put her in a position where she is the one lecturing an iconic DC superhero about how to be a superhero is just insulting. It angered me and my interest in Green Arrow is limited to Smallville and the last line of Justice League cartoons. I never purchased a Green Arrow comic in my life but I care enough about the character to find this scene so insulting and aggravating that I just wanted to scream. Actually I did scream which caused me to get a dirty look from the wife but she agreed that it was a bad scene. To make it worse she demasked him in a kung-fu fight. Come on. Lana Lang vs. Green Arrow and she kicks the tar out of him? Give me a break."
—Douglas Trumble on Smallville ("Bride")
"Simply put, it's difficult to imagine any Doctor other than (Colin) Baker's in this situation to begin with. It's telling that throughout the trial the Doctor's sole defense tends to be to yell about the injustice of it all. He never actually goes about saying any of the sensible things like 'you do realize that if I hadn't gone to Ravalox we'd probably all be dead' ...Instead he just blusters on about the Matrix being tampered with (on the quite tentative grounds that he wouldn't do that) and objects to the entire idea of his being on trial. His reaction is defined by is egotism, and this sort of egotism is a trait unique to Baker's Doctor.
The cliche is that Baker's Doctor is in many ways a self-portrait of John Nathan-Turner. This is, I think, a bit strong, but there's a strong sense in which, in 'Trial', he's an inadvertent stand-in for the series itself. Conceived in the afterglow of Longleat, he is a fatally flawed idea too arrogant to admit to the possibility of his failings even enough to defend himself. That only Baker's Doctor could be in this story is, in some sense, the point."
"Watching Neelix sloughing in the Captainís chair on the Bridge is enough to make you feel nauseous. What has Star Trek come to?"
"If thereís one thing in wrestling that seemingly never plays out in any positive way, it would be the infamous MYSTERY man gimmick. Partner, opponent, thing coming out of an egg, whatever, it almost always bombs."
"Itís always lame to try and make your audience like a character by attaching a big body count or stupid-high power levels to him, but having him kill one of the all-time awesome, classic Spider-man villains offhandedly at the end of a story that didnít concern him, and for literally no reason at all, is fucking ridiculous and stupid. Thank God this kind of shit mostly died with the Ď90s. (Iím looking at you, Jeph Loeb.)"
—Topless Robot, "The 13 Dumbest Spider-Man Stories.. Just From The Clone Saga"
"Widening Gyre has largely focused on a new vigilante in Gotham City named 'Baphomet,' who is so super awesome that he can totally take out the Joker all by his own self in a nice textbook example of bad storytelling. Itís so fanfic that the only way it could be any worse is if he didnít turn out to be Onomatopoeia."
—Chris Sims, "Worst of the Worst: ĎBatman: The Widening Gyreí #6"
"Listen to me, Hideo Kojima, you really need to face the fact that nobody seems to like Raiden as much as you do. I mean, no one can say you didn't do all you could; you made him a cyborg breakdancing ninja, and he's still a little bitch."
"After three films, Lucas finally got it. We only see this loathsome cunt for only a brief moment or two. But even though his role as a funny thing for young kids is no longer useful, he's still running around the Senate doing stuff. Why isn't he working as a janitor somewhere? Y'know, the thing he did on Naboo was like fifteen years ago; you'd think the novelty would've worn off. Lucas just put him in there as a big 'fuck you' to the audience for not accepting him. It's good to show contempt for your audience!"
—Red Letter Media on Jar Jar Binks