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Smallville: Rogue

Jonathan: "I don't think a rational adult drops a generator on a teenaged boy. Do you?"

This one addressed several major Superman issues: a dirty cop seeing him do something impossible, using that knowledge to blackmail Clark into doing his bidding, and Clark losing his temper as well as control of himself. Of course, in the end, Phelan died and it wasn't Clark's fault. Re-set button, anyone?

Lex was trying so hard to help Clark and be his friend, and at the same time, he was also deeply and dangerously curious about Clark. This is one of the more interesting Smallville subplots, as far as I'm concerned. Here, Lex got cozy with Victoria Hardwicke, daughter of Sir Harry, who appeared to be a lot like Lionel. (Harry, not Victoria.) Victoria worked for her powerful father, but deeply resented him. In other words, she was a female Lex.

Bits and pieces:

— Chloe was fired as editor of the Torch, and Lana took her place. Really. At least Lana's heart was in the right place.

— We had yet another wrecked vehicle. This time, they went big: it was a bus.

— I didn't know Alexander the Great wore a big S on his chest. Live and learn. (I'm kidding.)

— Phelan said to Clark, "You might be strong, but you're not bullet-proof." Wrong. But does Clark know that? He dodged the bullet instead of stopping it.

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. Two things I like about this episode.

    The first is what we learn about Lex. For someone as young as he is, he has quite the past -- both criminally and sexually. It puts his growing obsession with Clark into a good context.

    The second is the scene with the bus. What an iconic image -- for the entire run of this series. Love it!

  2. Fantastic episode but Phelan couldn't prove clarks gifts anyway :O So why did anyone worry


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