Smallville: Nemesis

Lionel: "Well, I see you've embraced wholeheartedly what it means to be a Luthor."

Lex still has some good in him, after all. I don't know what surprised me more – that Lex left Clark to die, or that he came back and rescued him. (I bet Lex thought he could let Clark die, but changed his mind.) How fortuitous that Clark bled in front of Lex, too, figuratively deflecting the chisel incident.

Clark made an astute observation near the end; he wondered if he was the reason for Lex's move toward evil. If Clark had trusted Lex with the truth long ago, would it have made a difference? Instead of obsessing with meteor freaks and Clark's secret, would Lex still be a playboy and Clark's friend?

What is Project Ares, and what was Lex doing in those tunnels? I thought at first that he was going to add liquid meteor rock to the water supply in order to make more freaks, but maybe not. Ares is the god of war. Is Lex making a prototype Frankenstein soldier out of Helo from Battlestar Galactica?

I'm starting to feel bad for having trashed her constantly for years, because we got a surprisingly good performance by Kristin Kreuk as the sophisticated and newly diabolical Lana Luthor. I absolutely loved her eye-batting and lip-trembling manipulation of the doctor as well as Lex, and the icy rage she directed at Lionel. And she was actually going to let Lex die; knock me over with a feather. She blew it, though, because when the guys came out of the tunnel, she didn't even look for Lex; she went right to Clark.

Lex is no fool, so I bet he's guessed the truth. But he truly loves Lana. Will he lie to himself? I have no idea what he'll do. Lex is a complex guy.

Bits and pieces:

— I thought for a moment that they had actually killed off Lionel. But no. Lionel has been in and out of Smallville Medical Center more often than even Lana has.

— We learned that Martha doesn't completely trust Lionel. She's no fool, either.

— I could compare wives here. Wes Keenan's wife was ready to commit murder to find her beloved husband, while Lana was ready to let Lex die. Is Lana ready to take the next step, and try to murder Lex?

— Lex had a video on his computer of a Zoner in Patagonia making mincemeat of a couple of tourists.

— For the second week in a row, we got a comic book break. Totally lost on me, I'm afraid.

— No Lois again. I miss Lois.

Quotes:

G.I. Jane Keenan: "What's wrong, Mr. Luthor? Haven't you ever done anything crazy for love?"

Lana: (to Lionel) "I understand you're in a lot of pain. (pause) Good."

Clark: "Were we ever really friends, Lex?"
Lex: "I don't know. I've had nothing to compare it to. You're the only real friend I've ever had."

Lana: (to Lex) "I don't know what I did to deserve you." What a literal double entendre.

It's been a long time since we had a Clark/Lex episode, and this was a really good one. Four 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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