Smallville: Isis

Tess: "Lois finds a necklace, gets possessed by an Egyptian goddess, and now is flying around like Amelia Earhart minus the plane."
Oliver: "Just another Friday night in Metropolis."

So one of the cast is possessed by an ancient being and wreaks havoc with newly acquired superpowers. Why does this sound so familiar? I can't even count the times they've done an episode like this, and even though Erica Durance rocked that goddess outfit, a recycled plot is a recycled plot.

Then again, any episode after the last one was bound to be a let-down, and I know we can't always get leaps forward in the plot. It made sense to do an episode about risking everything for love, since Lois and Clark are now officially, finally, at long last, happening. "Today" must be Lois and Clark's anniversary, the day he finally trusted her enough to take the leap. The last five minutes made the episode worth it; I loved Lois' reaction when he finally told her the truth that she already knew. Romantic Lois, and I know I've said this before, is such a fun change after years of sassy, abrasive Lois. It's so sweet.

I complain a lot about Tess, mostly because her personality and motivation seems to change to fit the plot. But I almost liked her in this episode. Laughing wildly at Cat's theory that Lois was the Blur. Inadvertently taking over for Chloe and joining "the team." (Nooooooo!) What she's doing with Alexander is an interesting direction for her character, too. At least Tess understands that isolating and observing fast-growing baby Alexander is not what he needs. Lex might have turned out a lot differently if he'd been loved during his formative years. We shall see.

In keeping with our love theme, Oliver is still carrying a torch for the missing Chloe. And I get the feeling Tess still loves Oliver. Hard to tell with Tess. I think Oliver chose the right woman. I just wish she'd come back. It doesn't seem like Smallville without Chloe.

Bits and pieces:

— Good effects in this one. Clark and Oliver tag teaming the amulet off Lois' neck was cool.

— Dan thinks Cat is well-cast and rather funny. He's probably right, but I just want her to go away.

— Did those fruit baskets people sent Oliver seem menacing to you? They did to me.

— This week's Most Obvious Symbolism in an episode about love had to be the actual crumbling heart of Osiris. Possibly not a good sign.

Oliver: (to Tess) "Welcome to the team."
Billie: "Nooooooooooooo!"

Two out of four crumbling mummified hearts,

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.

8 comments:

Mark Greig said...

Think I might’ve enjoyed this episode more if it had actually featured Black Adam (one of my favourite DC villains) and not just his cutlery. But it was worth it just for that final scene alone. Definitely now one of my top ten favourite Smallville moments.

Anonymous said...

I somehow think Oliver with anyone but Dinah is wrong. But I guess Alaina Huffman is too busy with SGU to stop by as Black Canary.
Anna

http://superherolegacy.com said...

I wasn't a big fan of the plot of this episode. It seemed like a storyline that could be on Stargate SG-1 (except without Michael Shanks. But of course, the headline of the episodes was what happened in the last 60 seconds...

E221b said...

Those last few minutes were completely worth it. You know, I got tired of Smallville years ago (and stopped watching), but heard about last week's episode and watched it and really enjoyed it - same with the end of this one. We've been waiting so long for the Lois we know from the comics, and now that we're finally starting to see her, I couldn't be happier!

Nick said...

What this episode lacked in an original storyline it made up for with a few nice moments - Tess and her inclusion on the team (not that I'm crazy about it but at least they've finally decided her character is good; plus she seemed to appreciate it in a breaking-down sort of way), the last scene, the Oliver-Clark team-up.

I have this feeling that Alexander is going to become the Lex of the comics in the end. Seeing as he's growing fast it's possible. Though how they're going to make him lose his hair (again) I can't imagine.

ChrisB said...

Interesting that in all the goddesses they could have chosen, they went with the one that was name of Lana's foundation back in season seven. Coincidence?

I'll be back when I actually watch this episode. I just didn't want to forget to comment on it at that time...

ChrisB said...

Yes, we've seen this plot dozens of times. But, I still love this episode.

I love Clark and Oliver working together. Not wild about Tess joining the team, but maybe now she'll be the same person for greater than one episode.

But -- the final five moments are among the best ever on this show. I just love the romance of the falling confetti, Lois' face as she begins to realise where the conversation is headed (Erica Durance did an amazing job), her joy at the reveal and the look on Clark's face when he realises that Lois already knew. Simply fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Tess seemed to being going through something similar to what Lex was going through in Season 4/5. He was lonely. He betrayed his friend's trust and everyone was against him. All he wanted was some love. Except he didn't get any. He never really earn't Lana's love, he kind of tricked her into loving him cuz he didn't show his bad side to her.
But here despite everything Tess helped them and it earned her a second chance. Maybe this stopped her going down the path that Lex went down, and is what could have happened if Lex was given a second chance. Cuz even when he did cross the line he did help Clark out from time to time.