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Smallville: Freak

Chloe: "Face it, Clark. I'm a walking time bomb."
Clark: "Then consider me your own personal bomb squad."

This one had some surprising Clark/Chloe sparks, pun intended. The scene where he burned that chip out of her shoulder was scary and dramatic and somewhat romantic at the same time. Must have hurt like hell. That Clark/Chloe scene at the end was romantic, too. It's like the writers don't know what romantic direction to take Clark at this point. You know, I'm willing to go anywhere they want to go. Just please, not back to Lana.

I'm not sure what I think about Chloe being a meteor freak. What will her power be? Super-reporting? I bet she'd love to read minds. Or was it just an opportunity for big bad Lex to torture Chloe? That was some serious escalation there, by the way. Lex is now moo hwa-ha-ha evil. He's turned the corner and is racing down the supervillain highway.

The bent chisel and smashed bullet made Lana jump to the obvious conclusion: she thinks Clark is a meteor freak who uses his abilities to save others. And she's determined to protect him now, instead of getting him to admit it to her. She's matured. I actually liked the way she told Clark, "Once again, fate intervenes. And lives are miraculously saved." Lana is closer to Clark's secret than she has ever been. She's going to find out, isn't she? I keep thinking they're going to kill Lana off at some point. But that's probably just wishful thinking.

Bits and pieces:

— Lana had a bachelorette party for two at a bowling alley, which was a big hint that she's not ready for life in the mansion. The bowling alley was red, blue and yellow. Sometimes I wonder if they take set decoration a bit too far on this show.

— Clark stole a laptop! Very cool. That was... un-Clark-like.

— My second-favorite scene (after the chip burning) was the Mexican standoff with the bullets. I'm such a geek. I love this stuff.

— The blind Tobias can see meteor freaks. And he thinks Clark is exceptionally normal. That's interesting. "Meteor-infected" appears to be the PC term for meteor freak. "Meteor-infected American."

— Jimmy has admitted he's in love with Chloe. And why shouldn't he? She's very lovable. Chloe is one of my favorite Smallville characters, and always has been.

— This week's hits: Chloe crashed into a car, breaking the windshield. Broken glass in the breakfront. Three points.

— This episode was directed by Michael Rosenbaum.

Two and a half stars,

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


  1. I still can't believe Lex lied on the soul of his unborn child. He IS evil.

  2. Am not sure how I feel about this episode. It brings up two things that feel a bit like fins.

    The first is the Chloe/Clark romance. A couple of episodes ago, Chloe tells Jimmy that is too late for that. I agree.

    The second is that Chloe is meteor infected. I hope they don't take this too far.


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