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Smallville: Shimmer

Jeff: "Did you forget the unspoken rule? Servants are supposed to be invisible."

Turns out Lex can be a decent guy. He doesn't seduce young female servants, even when they have monster crushes on him. Crush-girl Amy was of course the big red herring. Turns out it was her quiet, insane brother, Jeff.

Lana, who was having problems with Whitney, was busily organizing a blood drive. Which meant Clark had a problem. How can anyone in this day and age get through life without ever having a needle or a blood test?

Whitney's father was seriously ill, and Whitney wasn't sharing with Lana. A father with heart troubles. We all know from the comic books and movies what killed Pa Kent. A little foreshadowing there?

Bits and quotes:

— Lex has a Napoleonic coin watch, given to him by his late mother. Napoleon... transparent allusion to Lex's future.

— Clark in a towel. Wow. He definitely looks like he could fill out a bright blue tunic. Pete looked good in a towel, too. And the lissome Victoria took a bath. Rampant semi-nudity in this episode. Although Victoria's bath scene was more creepy than sexy, with an invisible attacker and all that broken glass.

— The title of this one makes me think of that old Saturday Night Live skit. "New Shimmer is a floor wax! New Shimmer is a dessert topping! It's a floor wax and a dessert topping!"

— Sure, Chloe is talented, but come on. She can analyze blood?

— Lex was conveniently unconscious when Clark fought Jeff.

Jonathan: "Clark, you know you can't donate."
Clark: "I know, Dad. But what am I supposed to tell her?"
Martha: "That you have a problem with needles, which you technically do."

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. Azura Skye, who played Amy in this episode, also played Cassie Newton in a couple episodes of Buffy. :) Yes.... I'm gonna point out any awesome castings that aren't pointed out in the review. Heh... it's the least I could do, no?

  2. :D I still think Lizzy Caplan woulda made a much better Lana then Kruek, though. Caplan, among other things, was in True Blood S1 as Amy Burhley, in case you don't remember her as Tina in an earlier episode. :)

  3. Sadly, though, the packaging on the complete series set isn't great. It's really tight and hard to get some of the discs out, so some of em are scratched. Not sure if their still good or not, but... we'll see. :)

  4. Interesting parallel between Clark and Lex in this episode. Both have women who are crushing on them, and both do the noble thing, although I think it was a bit easier for Lex than it was for Clark...


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