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Friday, January 13, 2006

Smallville 5.10: A Show About Nothing.

Smallville takes a page out of Seinfeld and make a show about nothing, minus the comedy.

Smallville continues its delver into the world of politics as Jonathan Kent is shot at during a speech from Lois Lane? The start of the show made you semi-intrigued as we see Lois Lane holding a sniper rifle and taking a shot at Jonathan Kent. The intrigue ends pretty much there, as the rest of the show bounces 48 hours back in time to explain the events in the intro. The mastermind behind the plot was a fanatic Lex Luthor campaigner, Samantha, who would do anything to help her man win. At the highlight of her insanity, she shoots two fellow loyalists who don't want to assassinate Jonathan Kent and stands in front of a mirror and literally shaves the hair off her head. It was akin to the GI Jane shaving of hair as it was a real loss of hair. I can understand Demi Moore doing it for a movie, but for an actress to do it for a TV episode, that's some real devotion as an actress. Anyhow, she ends up putting a gun to Lois' head and forces her to shoot Jonathan Kent, but Lois fights back and gets knocked out by Samantha and she takes the shot herself. Luckily, Jonathan has the best bodyguard money can't buy, Superman, and Clark saves the day by grabbing the bullet in the air before it reaches dear old papa. Samantha is caught and all is well in the Kent campaign once again.

On other, more serious notes /end sarcasm, Lana and Clark have a little fight about the lack of Clark giving it to Lana since his come back from the dead episode. Clark is fearful of hurting Lana during the act because well he's only done it with her when he was non-powerful. I guess there is no delicate way to put it so I'm just going to copy and past what I read somewhere else: "He's afraid he's going to punch right through her cervix like a speeding...uh...projectile." Yes, I copy/pasted it, what are YOU going to do about it? Anyways, the real awkwardness comes when Clark talks to Chloe about it. Lana and Clark make up and Lana explains why she is so interested with astronomy. The meteor showers are her interests and specifically the idea that a spaceship in not only the second shower came to Earth, but also in the first one. I might be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure she is talking about Clark's spaceship.

Finally, Martha Kent makes a deal with the devil, Lionel Luthor, in order to get a campaign contribution to Jonathan's campaign. The show ends with Martha getting into a car with Lionel in a very deep-throat manner, sorry for the ugly use of metaphors, or allusions, or any literary methods that may have been used. This will have many implications in future episodes, as they usually do, but one foreshadowed event that has yet to arise is the death of someone close to Clark. As Jar-El said, someone close to Clark will die as it is the cost for saving Clark's life. About 10 episodes later, nothing, where is my goddamn death? I still think smart money is on Chloe, a character that knows Clark's secret, a marker of being written off (see Petey). Next week's episode will be about a Smallville deputy who holds Lex and Lana hostage until Lex reveals the location of the spaceship that arrived in the second meteor shower. This appears to be the episode in which nothing I want to happen happens. Gut feeling.


  • I didn't watch all of it (read my own rant about this stupid "state senate race" here) but the more I hear about it the more it sounds like they stole this week's plot from the classic "The Deadly Assassin" episode of Doctor Who (which was also ripped off by The Matrix but I digress). Please somebody answer me: WHY is Lex Luthor running for a *state senate* seat? This makes no sense!

    By Blogger Christopher, at 3:31 PM, January 13, 2006  

  • Lex said it himself in the episode: It's a stepping stone. I guess he plans on going up from the state senate afterwards. The one thing I like and dislike at the same time about the whole political plotline is they never say which party each guy is on. I can see Lex as a Republican, big business and all that, but equally I can see Jonathan as one as well, farmer for the people and so on. I just can't wait until this plotline bites the dust.

    By Blogger lampy., at 4:19 PM, January 13, 2006  

  • Lex should wait a few years (he's what, 22 or 23 in the show now?) and run for U.S. House of Representatives instead, and let *that* be his stepping stone. State senators and representatives, more often than not, don't really have as much political clout as many would think. They're usually (well here in North Carolina anyway) small-business owners who can afford to be away from their companies for a few days out of the week for much of the year. The rest of the time they're either back at work or keeping office hours in the districts they represent. It's definitely *not* a political "career" like U.S. House or Senate, or President is. It's more like something to do in spare time.

    Now, Jonathan Kent vs. Lex Luthor for Kansas state *governor*, I could buy that one :-)

    By Blogger Christopher, at 5:22 PM, January 13, 2006  

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