Smallville: Talisman

Lex: "Clark, did it ever occur to you that maybe the hero of the story is Sageeth?"

So here we had not one, but two recycled plotlines: (1) the return of Joseph Willowbrook and the caves, and (2) a bad guy with temporary superpowers. Although that's always fun. I mean the superpowers. I find the cave stuff mildly tiresome at times.

Jeremiah Holdsclaw (interesting name) not only misappropriated Clark's powers, he even resembled him a bit. The big Clark/Jeremiah fight scene was actually pretty cool, and it was a nice twist that Jeremiah was not susceptible to K. Loved Clark whacking Jeremiah with a huge tree trunk, and their super collision was also fun.

But as usual, John Glover and Michael Rosenbaum stole the show.

Lex showed an unselfish and loving side of himself to Lana. When she asked him why he'd even bothered with the Talon if it were such a bad investment, Lex replied, "I thought that was obvious. I did it for you." He bought it for her, and here he was ready to sell it for her. I don't know why I find Lex's feelings for Lana so fascinating, but I do.

We all know Lex is Sageeth, destined to become Clark's greatest enemy. The star blade dissolve scene (also cool, good effects in this episode) made Clark think that Sageeth was Lionel. (Clark doesn't want it to be Lex. Hey, I don't want it to be Lex.) How about Lex's very interesting interpretation of Sageeth as brave and heroic? It actually gave me a little frisson down my spine.

Bits and pieces:

— John Schneider directed this episode. He did just fine.

— Jonathan healed Clark's knife wound. How? Jor-El? Let me say again, how?

— Pete's parents are divorcing. Feels like they're writing him out.

— I know I've said this before, but John Glover has some serious biceps on him. Sam Jones is also no slouch.

— Jeremiah had a huge office for a teaching assistant. Usually they're about the size of a closet. Sometimes they are a closet.

— Paris School of the Arts. Which art? I don't think making espresso qualifies.

— Lionel just keeps getting injured. He even still has the Jonathan-inflicted cut on his cheek.

— Jeremiah threw Lionel in the teaser. One point.

— Jeremiah is now in a coma, and in Belle Reve with the rest of the former guest stars.

Quotes:

Willowbrook: "Jeremiah is desperate to be someone he's not, and you are desperate to be someone you are."

Jonathan: "You can be the world's greatest hero, or its most mild-mannered citizen, but the only person who can write your story is you."
Somehow he managed to get three references to Clark's future in one sentence.

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...

This episode feels as though the writers are setting up the season finale. A lot is left rather hanging.

Although Lex has two great moments, both of which you mention. The first is his obvious attachment to Lana. Does she not see it or does she not want to see it? Either way, she keeps going back to him for help which is always gladly gives.

The second was his interpretation of Sageeth. I agree, that is a spin on the story that gave me a chill. Smart boy, our Lex.