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Smallville: Persuasion

Emil: "Dude, hasn't anyone ever told you not to inhale?"

I've always enjoyed the "cast members changed drastically by something that makes them do wildly unexpected things" plot; it can be a lot of fun and was done a lot in the first few seasons. This one seemed a bit off, though. Maybe it was because the effects of the Kryptonite "fairy dust" weren't defined well enough for me. Maybe I was expecting something more in the Valentine's Day line. Ah, well.

This episode was worth watching just to see Lois in fifties clothes doing Donna Reed on crack, and flouncing around in Martha's old wedding dress. And for some reason, I really loved Emil chilling out with a beer. (Maybe it was because of all the years I saw Alessandro Juliani doing heavy drama on Battlestar Galactica.) And yes, Clark nearly taking Tess out with his heat vision was definitely creepy. What a horrible way to go.

Did the weird-eyed Kandorian woman really kill Jor-El? Did Zod just get her to take the fall for him? At least Clark has finally realized that he can't be friends with Zod and has brought down the solar towers. (And did anyone else get a flashback to the World Trade Center for a moment there?)
Billie Doux had a love-hate relationship with Smallville, which is why some of her reviews are briefer than they should be.


  1. I heard of some people being reminded of 9/11.
    Some even were offended.

  2. Not sure what to make of this one. Started off as a daffy comedy episode then did a quick 180 halfway through, like two very different episodes were meshed together to save time and money. Might’ve been better if they’d saved all the stuff with Zod and the solar towers for another own episode. 9/11 parables don’t fit well into episodes about kryptonite fairy dust.

  3. Hi Billie!

    In case you haven't heard, Smallville was renewed for a tenth season.

    And can you give us a hint, when your review for "Conspirancy" will be up?

  4. :) I heard. They're going to do yet another season without my two reasons for watching, Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover.

    I hate to admit it, but I haven't even watched "Conspiracy" yet. So -- this weekend, maybe?

  5. Don't rush it, or feel obligated to do :D
    It's just not the same thing, if I watch an episode without your review.

    And by the way I usually watch Buffy and Alias once a year, or at least one of both, and always read (or fly over) your reviews as a companion piece.

    Anyway: I hope something good will happen, and you will review season 10 - Rosenbaum returns, I win the lottery or Smallville becomes good again :)

  6. -"Trad wife" Lois's happy dance in the wedding dress was really cute
    -Tess kicking the glass bottle to pieces out of Chloe's hand before she could smash it over her head was cool


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