1. We SAW Clark save Lex and superspeed him to the hospital. And then WAiT THERE ALL NIGHT until he woke up. (It amuses me greatly to think of him practising his glare during that time.)
2. We got TEXTUAL gayness. TEXTUAL. I may never recover. I had to rewind a few times to make sure I'd heard right. Also, was it just me, or did he seem a lot straighter than most of the guys on this show? o.O Oh, Smallville: you are strangely inverted.
I loved seeing Clark and Lex solve a mystery together. Oh, please let there be more of this this season! It was simply delightful. But my favourite part was Lex's little joke (or so I like to think of it). When he explained that he'd used face recognition software to track Knox through the centuries he flashed up an image of Napoleon Bonaparte which had me in stitches. I'm fanwanking it as Lex testing to see if Clark actually learnt anything in those lectures Fine gave. ;)
Now to the main story...
I struggled with the main plot of this episode because I'm out of touch with Chloe's character. I'll be referring to norwich36, I suspect, for much of the character points. It was hard, to me, to imagine Chloe voluntarily giving up knowledge of Clark's secret--her fear of mental illness must be deep indeed. That definitely fits with her character, but I'm still a little puzzled as to why she thinks she still might go mad or kill someone. She knows she cured Lois. She knows she died doing so. And she's ok. There have been meteor freaks in the past whose powers are benign, and if benign they don't suddenly turn evil... so... *frowns* In theory, the reason the episode provided us with is that if Chloe tried to save someone again she might die. But powers aren't usually that inconsistent. Also, isn't that a choice that she could make? I mean if the person was worth saving you'd do it anyway, right? Or she could legitimately choose not to put her own life in danger, in the same way that an ordinary person faced with trying to rescue someone from a burning building may or may not decide to endanger themselves.
Even if that fear makes sense, it seemed like she had a lot to lose--her relationship with Jimmy and her privileged position as Clark's confidant. I thought it was great that she trusted Jimmy to remind her of their relationship, but I have NO CLUE why she didn't just tell him the truth in the final scene. That was agonising, and I'm as baffled as Jimmy. Yes, she thinks he'll react with horror. But SHE reacted with horror too.
Earlier in the episode, I must admit I got a kick out of Chloe telling Clark she had other priorities for once. About time! (Pity they were getting a backyard lobotomy...)
Dean Cain is so jolly it's hard to imagine him as a villain. But I did enjoy seeing him on the show. Loved his showdown with Lex, mainly because I love seeing Lex out-badass someone. But the most fascinating part of the Knox plot, for me, was that he was trying to preserve the love of his life. Oh, what a timely theme, when we have Clark thinking about the fact that those he loves will grow old and die while he lives on!
The Secret of the Els
In the first conflict scene between J'onn J'onzz and Kara I couldn't help but watch Lana. You could see her in the background of the shot doing all this mental work: 'Who's the guy with the red eyes!? Clark didn't tell me about him! How many Kryptonians ARE there? Are they all fighting with each other like this?' I love how she valiantly tried to be polite and welcoming and then was like 'Ok, Clark, I'm off to see my aunt and FREAK THE HELL OUT OFFSCREEN.'
Unfortunately the rest of this plot is suffering from the apparent inability of Kryptonians to ask pertinent questions. Such as, for instance, 'WHY will it be terrible if Kara finds that crystal? What can it DO?' or 'Kara, why did your father try to kill mine? What was the rift between them?' Gah. And J'onn's not helping much either. *glares at him*'
Lana was totally the highlight of this episode for me. I love that she's got her own game plan on the go, though it's unclear as yet how 'good' her actions will be. She's been sucked into the world of Luthorian tactics, picking them up by proximity. She learnt to use them first to defend herself in that environment, now she's turning them to her own use. But, like Lex before her, she doesn't see that in adopting coercion, extortion and secret survellance as legitimate practices, she's potentially making herself into a monster. Despite that, it gave me a HUGE thrill to see Lana putting herself so firmly behind the camera lens for once. It's such a great meta-y twist that she's now the viewer not the viewed object, something she's desired for a long time. And after Lex's invasive control of Lana's body, her spying seems to balance the scales. But with Lex in reformed mode, I wonder where this will twist.
I don't buy that she just wants to help the meteor infected--we know she despises them far more than that. What she IS up to exactly, I can't wait to find out.
I was also delighted to see Clark not swallowing her line that the ten million was part of the divorce settlement. It's been a long time since Clark would believe Lex over Lana, and here it was a sign that he was actually balancing what he knew of both of them and why they might want to lie or tell the truth in this situation. He wasn't just simply swallowing what either of them said.
Finally, I got a little thrill from hearing them play Missy on the show! :D And I thought that track was a GREAT choice for Lana.
Personal ETA: Thank you to the kind anonymous person who sent me a V-gift. I am on holiday now and trying to destress. I hope to be more normal, and more active on LJ, in a day or so. :)