Smallville: Arrow

Chloe: "I guess there's some secret code of honor among superheroes."

Very big and comic booky, with soaring action music and superhero costumes. No costume for Clark yet, though. And it was interesting that the focus wasn't on Clark for a change.

Did I say interesting? I may have meant disturbing. Dan really liked the possibility that they were moving toward a live-action Justice League, but I wonder if the green leather costume and the wild and wacky (and okay, very cool) arrows just threw the whole Smallville dynamic off for me. We're accustomed to a story about a hero that will be, not a hero that already is. Maybe that was the point, though. We're in season six, after all. If Oliver manages to get Clark off the farm and into the air and saving the world, I'm all for it.


I love Lois, and she was a lot of fun. I'm enjoying seeing her grow into her ultimate role as the reckless, go for broke reporter. Lois is so tough and sassy that when she's in danger, it pretty much works.

But the big surprise in this episode was Lana Lang.

Vapid, boring Lana has gradually turned into an interesting character. She actually held her own with my big bad beloved Luthors. She impressed me, not once, but three times. Manipulating Lionel, and proving she would never betray Lex. Blackmailing Lex's latest scientific minion in that elevator scene. And thinking through the situation with the Kryptonian hard drive, to the possibility of using Kryptonian technology against the Kryptonians.

Lana's loyalty and thoughtfulness made me ticked that Lex was just testing her. But that's Lex. At least he knows he can trust her, now.

Bits and pieces:

— That was some black dress Lois was almost wearing in the teaser. And pearls. She is so gorgeous. And so wonderfully lacking in anything resembling tact.

— I knew Lex would go nuts about that Kryptonian hard drive. Shades of Cyberdyne.

— Martha and Lionel looked like a couple at the party. Lex said that Lionel had put so much effort into fooling the Kents that he had started to believe it himself. I wonder. It's so hard to tell with Lionel. I sure do love me those Luthors.

— Martha is planning to run for U.S. senate, now? Won't she have to move to DC? And the mid-term elections are only sixteen days away. This is television, though. They're probably not going to do it that quickly.

— Lex said to Dr. Whats-his-face: "You can say anything in front of Ms. Lang." Yes, Lex knew what would work with Lana, for sure.

— Lois and Chloe together named Green Arrow. That was cool. Lois named Superman in the Reeve movie.

— In the rooftop scene, the billboard behind them for "Metropolis Pay-Park" had a big green arrow on it, pointing down toward Oliver.

Quotes:

Lois: "Are you kidding me? I've got that double identity thing down."

Lois: "I highly doubt the Green Arrow is going to out himself on a Hello Kitty notepad."

Clark: "It's really nice that Lois has found someone who can overlook her personality."
Oliver: "Don't worry about it, Clark. I mean, if I lived under the same roof with such a beautiful woman, I probably would have masked my feelings in sarcasm, too."

Clark: "I'm not sure Lois would understand why her new boyfriend leads a double life."
Oliver: "Or why one of her best friends does the same thing?"

Lex: "I never had anyone try to protect me like that."

Three out of four stars,

Billie
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Billie Doux had a love-hate relationship with Smallville, which is why some of her reviews are briefer than they should be.

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