Smallville: Skinwalker

Joseph: "You're not from around here, are you, Clark?"

Supernatural episodes about Native Americans usually suck, especially when they involve elderly men. This will henceforth be known as Billie Doux's fifth Television Law.

But this one wasn't all that bad. We had Kyla, the "beautiful, doe-eyed crusader," who believed she was destined to be with Clark and even had a bracelet to prove it. She was too good to be true, because the rampaging white wolf was so obviously her. And of course, "skinwalkers" were created by Kryptonite, five hundred years ago. But how is that possible? Kryptonite is chunks of radioactive Krypton. Did Krypton explode twice?

The interesting part was the introduction of the caves that contain drawings of the Legend of Naman. Naman fell from the skies in a rain of fire, had the strength of ten men, and could start fires with his eyes. Gee, that sounds familiar. And to top off the resemblance, there was an octagonal hole in the wall. Clark had better start looking for that missing key. There was also a pointed reference to the end of Krypton, i.e., a star that used to be there but was not any more.

In other news, Lionel was still making nice with Lex, and Lex was still keeping him at arm's length. And Lionel said Martha reminded him of his wife. I sense some Jonathan-related fireworks about Lionel and Martha at some future time.

Bits and pieces:

— Lana has been told that Whitney is MIA. Clark and Lana each lost someone in this episode.

— The Naman thing is very similar to the Warrior Angel thing. Naman also had a best friend Sageeth, and things didn't turn out well. Another Clark/Lex parallel because, hey, we can never have enough of those.

— Joseph gave Kyla's bracelet, pictured in the cave paintings, to Clark after Kyla died. Clark can now save it for Lois Lane. Except I bet he'll try to give it to Lana.

— Lex saw the octagon-shaped hole in the wall, and was immediately hot to save the caves.

— Martha was almost a victim again, this time of a wolf. She ought to carry a beeper for Clark around with her at all times. Lionel had a turn as victim, too.

— Lana is sorta kinda bonding with her sorta father, Henry Small.

— There was a truck explosion in the teaser (one point); Clark took a header off his dirt bike (one point); Kyla in wolf guise broke a window and died at the Luthor mansion (one point).

Quotes:

Clark: "You ever wonder if you were destined to be with someone?"
Lex: "You're asking someone who's been fighting his destiny his entire life."
Dan thought this was sad, and I agree. Lex is my favorite character in this series, and knowing what's going to eventually happen to him is becoming a bummer.

Lionel: "Have I done something in the recent past to offend you?"
Lex: "There are so many ways I could answer that question, Dad."

There was a lot going on here, but it was only a so-so episode. Two 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.

1 comment:

ChrisB said...

I was going to quote the Billie's Fifth Law of Television, but you beat me to it.

Unfortunately, I think this one adheres strongly to the rule. Native American legend? Really? Let's go back to Warrior Angel, please.