Smallville: Pariah

Lois: "First he married the girl, and now he's dating her?"

Poor Alicia. She was perfect for Clark, and clearly wasn't going to revert to being evil again, so of course she had to die.

Alicia desperately wanted Clark to come out of the closet about his powers, so she did something about it. The scene where a super-shocked Chloe watched Clark catch a speeding car in his bare hands and then run off at super speed was very cool. And it had that feel to it where you knew there would be no re-set button, no amnesia. I loved that Chloe took it so seriously, that she wasn't even slightly tempted to expose him, and that she took the articles about Clark off the Wall of Weird. Now, when will she tell Clark that she knows?

Lois showed some surprising sensitivity and maturity. She kept an enraged Clark from killing Tim. And she gave good advice to Chloe about keeping Clark's secret, even though she didn't know what Chloe was asking about. In fact, a lot of this episode was about maturity. Clark had a growing, serious relationship with Alicia, and had to face grief and loss, as well as the possibility that he had made the wrong decision. And Chloe had to make some heavy decisions when she learned Clark's secret.

It was pretty obvious from the first five minutes that the non-Alicia culprit was Tim, the boy we saw sitting in the karaoke bar in the teaser. At least it wasn't a meteor freak obsessed with Lana Lang; it was a meteor freak obsessed with a rigid interpretation of sexual morality.

Bits and pieces:

— Evil mumsy Genevieve was very seductive with Lex, but he didn't fall for it. Lex and Jason have something essential in common: an evil parent trying to control them. Lionel and Genevieve should go out, or something. It's a match made in Smallville.

— Lois and Chloe doing karaoke was fun. They were very cute together. They even looked like they're related.

— Did Lana light twenty candles before she took a shower... alone? Yeah, I do that all the time.

— Chloe still doesn't know that Clark is an alien. Did he ever tell Alicia the truth? I think she just thought he was a meteor freak, like she was.

— Clark broke the glass in Jason's car in order to save him. Auto glass is two points. Does Clark "catching" Alicia's car count, since it was still in one piece?

Quotes:

Sheriff Adams: "I'm getting a funny sense of 'deja view' here, Mr. Kent."

Lois: "So they're wearing their letters on their shirts. They sing group songs. The fraternities are having a power-puking contest."

I think I want to give this episode four stars. So I will,

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:

ChrisB said...

This episode is so serious and sad. I find myself crying on and off through the whole thing.

I love the way the episode opens with Chloe and Lois singing and happy -- obviously enjoying the evening and being with each other.

At the end, they are both much more serious. Lois has saved her friend from committing homicide. The tears flow when she tells Clark that everything is going to be all right. The look of concern and care on her face is our first sign that these two are going to be friends and not just verbal sparring partners. And her advice to Chloe at the end is dead on.

Chloe -- wow! She does have a huge burden to carry now. How tempting it must have been at the graveyard to just wrap her arms around her sad friend and tell him that she knows. Instead, she just talks to him, but as we know that she knows, the words are so poignant. More tears.

I am very interested to see how Chloe acts with Clark moving forward. Should be fun to watch.