Smallville: Exposed

Chloe: "Now, I want you to dig deep down and find your inner Demi Moore."

Yes, it was fun. Clark got to wear black without being under the influence, and Lois wore red, white and blue. She even got to wear big, red boots. Gee, what does that remind you of?

Chloe and Lois together were acting like a sort of joint, future Lois Lane. Is this how they're going to get Lois hooked on reporting? By having her hang out with Chloe at the Planet? They also had Lois move into Lana's apartment... symbolic of her taking over the role of Clark's girlfriend, please please please?

Tom Welling and Erica Durance have chemistry as a couple, and yes, I'd like to see it go further, even though it probably won't as long as they're keeping Clark out of tights. I particularly enjoyed the silly nightclub scene, which could easily have gone way over the top, but didn't. His face, when he saw her, was pretty much priceless. I think it would have been cute if he'd had a relapse and his heat vision had gone off. A bit disruptive, perhaps, but fun.

The Dukes of Hazzard stuff was certainly not subtle. I never watched the show so all of the references were pretty much lost on me, but it was still fun. (At least the car was blue and didn't have a Confederate flag on it.) Jennings was supposedly a good guy, I get it, I get it, but how come he showed absolutely no reaction at all when he learned his girlfriend was dead?

Lex's motives are getting confusing. Is he good again? Yeah, sure, he's running for senate because he wants to help his fellow man. I wonder what Lex meant by that whole David and Bathsheba thing? I don't think it was just about heroes having flaws; perhaps it was a transparent reference to Lex's thing for Lana. After all, I suspect Lex sees himself as King David, the hero in his own life.

Bits and pieces:

— The helicopter scene must have been intended to echo "Superman's first night" Lois rescue in the first Christopher Reeve movie.

— Chloe got her first byline at the Planet. On page 73, at the bottom.

— Lois' stripper name was "Amber Waves." That was also the name of the Julianne Moore character in Boogie Nights.

— Officer Stalin, aka Maggie Sawyer, was in a couple of earlier episodes.

— Sometimes the cliche level is unbelievable. There was actually an apple pie on the table in the Kent kitchen.

Quotes:

Chloe: "This makes my Halloween Heidi Dirndl costume look tame." Heidi Dirndl?

Clark: "I'll have a coke... st-straight up, on the rocks."

Lois: "You're going to get me fired if you keep looking at me like I'm Jabba the Hut."

Clark: "Is there anything I can do to make this move go faster? Maybe pack your three closets of clothing? Burn your loofa sponge? Take your Whitesnake collection to Good Will?"

Lois: "Oh, and about the lap dance. If you decide to tell anybody about it, your Elmer Fudd night light will make a very public appearance."

Senator Jennings got this week's transparent Superman dig: "I guess you can only pull off the disguise of being superhuman for so long, huh?"

Fun, but not wildly memorable. Let's go with two and a half 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.

1 comment:

Liz said...

Having spent my early childhood watching Dukes of Hazzard, I thoroughly loved all the cheese in this episode. And you can say what you want about Jonathan Kent-my very first crush at the ripe old age of three was Bo Duke, so anything John Schneider does is just fine. :)