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Smallville: Redux

Chloe: "Clark, just because the guy doesn't immediately love you like every other teacher in this school doesn't mean that he's hiding some dark past."

So all of a sudden, teenagers started dropping dead of old age. This episode was very familiar and Buffy-like, sort of a combination of "Anne" and "Inca Mummy Girl."

The new principal, Mr. Reynolds, doesn't like Clark for one big reason: Lex. And it sort of made sense when we learned that Reynolds lost his job at Excelsior Prep because of Lionel. (It was sort of fun seeing Clark all put out because he was accustomed to every teacher automatically adoring him.)

Martha's father is persona non grata at the Kent farm; so non grata that Clark hadn't even met him. I guess it's not surprising, considering that he tried to keep Martha from marrying Jonathan in a big, big way, and Jonathan is about as flexible as a fence post. (Don't get me wrong; sticking to your guns can sometimes be a very attractive quality in a man.) I sort of expected this plot line to have a heartwarming ending, and was surprised when it didn't. Maybe they're saving it for a very special Christmas episode or something.

In a related plot point (long lost grandfather, long lost father), Lana went to Lex for help in finding the strange guy who may have been schtupping her mother. This is the second episode in a row in which Lana and Lex had some personal interaction. They're sort of becoming friends as well as business partners. Or maybe Lana is just getting more comfortable asking Lex for favors.

Bits and pieces:

— Clark thinks that in five years, he'll be in college studying journalism. Now, where did that come from? A little Chloe-related influence?

— Mr. Reynolds said that Clark had zero extracurriculars. What about swimming? Was that extracurricular, as in swim team, or just part of the regular gym requirements? I'm confused. But at least Tom Welling in a tight red bathing suit was quite yummy.

— Clark tossed Chrissie across a stage; that's one point.


Chloe: "Do you remember my buddy Chad that works at the ME's office?"
Clark: "Yeah, the guy with the black fingernail polish and lipstick."
Chloe: "It's hard to be Smallville's only goth."

Lex: "I wasn't a model student, but imagine being a bald fourteen-year-old in an elite prep school."
Poor Lex.

Two stars,

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


  1. Crissie was played by one of my fave actresses around, Maggie Lawson from Psych!

    Principal Reynolds was played by Richard Gant, who, among other things, played Hostetler on Deadwood.

    Annnd, of course, Neil Grayston, Fargo from Eureka, was also in this episode, as Russell Burton.

  2. I just want to make sure that I got this straight. Jonathan asks Martha's father for her hand and, when he says no, Jonathan hits him? And then, Martha still marries him (seriously?), which results in her having no contact with her father for twenty years? And, then, when Clark arrives and Grandpa tries to make peace they keep him off the farm so they won't have to share the secret? Have I missed anything?

    And, we're meant to think this is good parenting because??? And, this is looking for the best in people how???

    Obviously, not my favourite episode.

  3. ChrisB,

    I think it wasn't the fact that he said no, it was the reasons he gave that made Jonathan hit him.


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