Smallville: Beast

Clark: "Chloe would never lie to me if she weren't trapped."
Oliver: "Either that or she just can't resist tall, dark and Doomsday."

Sorry to repeat myself, but I again have to rave about Sam Witwer.

A hero is only as good as the villain he faces, and Davis is special. Yes, he's a monster, but he's a monster who tried to kill himself in order to save others. A sensitive monster who adores Chloe and can only control the beast within when she's around. And he's sexy, too. Romantic. Brings her flowers. Chloe wouldn't lie to Clark for just anyone.

How is Chloe feeling about all this? Obviously, she truly believes she's saving both Davis and Clark, but if that were all, she wouldn't be human. Always the sidekick, always the second banana, and for once, she's the center of the story, like Lana torn between Clark and Lex. I liked Lana with Lex, but I'm liking this a lot more. Even though we all know it's not going to end well.

Loved pretty much all of the Davis/Chloe scenes, although I was disappointed that the hot love scene in the opener was just a nightmare that ended with dead bodies. And I was a lot less interested in the obviously parallel story of Jimmy dealing with his inner monster. Hitting up Oliver for drug money? That's pretty low, even for someone who's been thrown over for a guy with horns. I hope Oliver giving Jimmy a job will be the end of this particular subplot.

Bits and pieces:

— The music in the teaser and at the end was so loud that you almost couldn't hear the dialogue.

— So Oliver had buried Davis's body after the K bath. That answers that question.

— A nice little bookend: at the beginning of the episode, Davis gave Chloe a red rose. At the end, he handed her a chocolate heart in red foil. My monster valentine.

— Emil (Alessandro Juliani) was back.

— Davis: "Sometimes the monster really does get the girl." If this were another show, maybe. But it's Smallville. No one ever gets the girl. At least not for long.

Three out of four 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.

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