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Smallville: CURE

This actually may be my all-time favorite episode of Smallville.



Of the so-awesome-the-awesomeness-cannot-be- textually- rendered:

The girls and the boys have switched places!! OMG! I think I screamed out loud when it turned out that Lana is watching Lex just like he watched her (complete with a secret chamber!!! Yay for Luthorian secret chambers!) And not only has Lana become Lex, but Chloe has become Clark, really really wanting to make things all right with Jimmy but completely incapable of sharing her secret.

*Insert lots of lots of flaily noise, because I flailed for a LONG time after those two scenes*

And ahem, if Lana is Lex and Chloe is Clark, the Chlana can't be far behind. Really. And no, I'm never going to stop futilely hoping for this pairing, so just be warned.

Of the really awesome.

Dean Cain!!! Ok, I watched all three seasons of Lois and Clark completely for Dean Cain's hottitude, so I cannot help but approve that they got him on the show. And I love that he got to be an evil immortal trying, Frankenstein-like, to make himself a bride. (I did think making him Jack the Ripper was a little over the top, though). Also, his encounters with Lex were terrific.

Cain and Abel-El! I love that storyline, brother El against brother El. And I love that the two aliens Clark trusts, Kara and MM, are in opposition to each other; that's going to make his relationship with both of them interestingly complicated. And it definitely makes the search for that Kryptonian MacGuffin Kara lost more meaningful.

Jimmy/Kara. I hate to say it, because I always thought Chloe and Jimmy were cute, and their breakup scene did hurt my heart, but "James" and Kara have mega-chemistry in a way that Chloe and Jimmy never had. Even though Kara is kind of deftly exploiting him, she really does like him--and Jimmy can't help but bask in her praise and admiration. Plus the chopsticks thing and the mutual bonding over their interest in extraterrestrial life was really cute. "Everyone knows Martians use infrared." Hee!!!

Lana, who completely rocked the house. I love that she started the day all domestic, making blueberry pancakes for Clark, and ended the day in her secret lair, spying on Lex. And in the middle she had that extremely cute reaction to Jonn Jonzz (I take it he's a Kryptonian too?) and handled the Martian revelation with great aplomb. And masterminded a plot to help the victims of 33.1. Oh, and deftly handled the ten million dollar accusation from Lex: misdirecting Clark in a very effective way by pointing out Lex's motive for lying (even though he was actually being truthful) and lying herself. Damn. You are more a Luthor now than ever, Lana, and damn if that doesn't make you fun to watch.

James Olson, who really is an amazing boyfriend. That box of momentoes made me cry, dammit. He's also an adorable geek and really talented at his job, as Kara recognized. I actually think I'm sadder for him than I am for Chloe, and normally my sympathies would be for Chloe.

Clark and Lex. My god, two scenes together--that's the most since Nemesis, isn't it? And really good scenes together, too. Clark knows perfectly well Lex is covering up for 33.1; Lex knows Lana is feeding Clark information, and drops revelations about Lana and money in a way that manages to sow doubt without sounding like he's deliberately attacking her. Damn. It's so much fun to watch them really go up against each other even as they (kind of) end up working together.

The whole A plot. I really love that they're addressing the issue of mutants--how Lex is looking for a cure, but one that erases their memories of captivity. SMART, albeit pretty damn creepy. And it's really interesting to watch Chloe struggling with her own mutation. I like that she is trying to get Jimmy to stop saying "meteor freaks," but clearly she does still think of them as freaks--that's what she labels herself when she visits Dr. Knox, and her reaction to Sasha being out of Belle Reve clearly indicates she thinks the meteor-infected are dangerous. And the fact that she's willing to potentially give up her past to preserve her future clearly shows how scared she is.

I've been looking forward to Chloe's storyline because the re-evaluation of the meteor infected is something the show has toyed with since season 4, but never really explored in depth. What I didn't realize until the closing scenes of this ep, though, was how Chloe coming to grips with her own mutation would parallel Clark's coming to terms with his alienness. That makes me really excited for this season.

ETA

I forgot one other thing that was really significant about this episode: Lex deliberately killed someone. Well, he would have if Knox wasn't immortal. True, he killed someone who he found hauling a dead body around, but still. This seems like a big step to me, putting six rounds into someone's chest.


Of the WTF:

Does the entire population of extraterrestrials know that Lana knows Clark's secrets? Because otherwise, they're being very cavalier about revealing things.

Comments

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svmadelyn
Oct. 19th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
*grins* I enjoyed the ep. myself. Did you think that they could be making Dean Cain into Vandal Savage? He was very...Savage-esque at the very least.

I loved the Clark/Lex scenes - the way Clark just scooped Lex up! And was there in the hospital with him, showing Lex's focus on him sitting there.

Happymaking.
norwich36
Oct. 19th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
I confess I had to look up Vandal Savage in wikipedia, since I have only the vaguest sense of him as a villain. But wow, yeah--I think he totally is. And maybe they'll bring him back sometime? I thought he was terrific--I loved how he really pushed Lex in both of his scenes, so he would be a great recurring villain. And Dean Cain. God, I had such a crush on him in the L&C years.

I always love Clark saving Lex--and it was about time they got a scene together!
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norwich36
Oct. 19th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Depends on your perspective, I guess. I mean, they've been paralleling Lana to season 1 Lex for over a season now; I'm just fascinated that her divorce from Lex has actually made her more Luthorian.
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norwich36
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
Um, yeah, I know. I'm just pointing out that this is a character development that didn't come out of nowhere.

And really? I get that you, like a number of other folks in SV fandom, are here mainly for the fic or the Clex or whathaveyou and have given up on canon. That's cool--it's not my job to convert you to love for the show.

But I like canon--I think that's entirely clear just from this review, even if you don't normally read my reviews because you're not watching the show any more. And if you do read my reviews, you know that I am actually kind of a cheerleader for canon, and specifically for Lana's character development in the last three seasons. And your comment struck me as the equivalent of someone commenting on a Clex story saying "As someone who doesn't read slash, and therefore didn't read this story, I wonder what kind of crack you must be smoking to write this :O)"
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norwich36
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I see. Sorry if I misunderstood you. Yeah, the characters have changed a lot in the past few years, that's for sure.

And I'm glad you enjoy the reviews, though they must be kind of odd without watching, especially when I'm just squeeing in bullet points and not forming coherent sentences.
bagheera_san
Oct. 19th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Dude, that was Dean Cain. I never notice these things :D

"Everyone knows Martians use infrared." Hee, that was so cute! Kara is getting more wonderful each episode.

Lex deliberately killed someone.
And he didn't seem very bothered by it, either. It's kinda odd - on the one hand he's no long all cold and unreadable this season, and actually shows some sign of still having morals and a conscience (if paired with ulterior motives) but on the other hand he seems to have lost his angsting about the evils he does judge necessary.
norwich36
Oct. 20th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
It's kinda odd - on the one hand he's no long all cold and unreadable this season, and actually shows some sign of still having morals and a conscience (if paired with ulterior motives) but on the other hand he seems to have lost his angsting about the evils he does judge necessary.

I think it's deliberate: showing us he has, actually, become a competent villain, but one who is charismatic enough that we still like him (hence the lack of coldness).
cinderella81
Oct. 19th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I totally enjoyed the ep ... the end with Jimmy and Chloe totally made me cry!!!

And I agree about the role reversal ... Lana is definitely Lex and Chloe is definitely Clark ...

And Clark saved Lex! And sat by his bedside!! *ignores the angriness when Lex woke up*

And Dean Cain was the shit!! He was gorgeous and creepy and ... *happy sigh*
norwich36
Oct. 20th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a great episode, wasn't it?
xgirl2222
Oct. 19th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Dean Cain!!! Ok, I watched all three seasons of Lois and Clark completely for Dean Cain's hottitude, so I cannot help but approve that they got him on the show.

You know, before I saw Dean Cain's version of Superman in Lois/Clark, I was all Superman....Piff! Batman is the man. Now I still think Batman rocks, (Christian Bale *swoon*) but I now love Superman equally and that's in part to Dean Cain. So, it was a treat seeing him still looking so hot and being so very bad.

I hate to say it, because I always thought Chloe and Jimmy were cute, and their breakup scene did hurt my heart, but "James" and Kara have mega-chemistry in a way that Chloe and Jimmy never had.

I know. Chloe/Jimmy was sweet, but James/Kara is hotttt! I'm really loving Chloe's overall story arc which is a surprise since I haven't liked Chloe in years. I guess all that was needed was for the writers to tone down her smugness and actually give her a storyline, and I'm all with the love again.

Damn. You are more a Luthor now than ever, Lana, and damn if that doesn't make you fun to watch.

Lana is like the queen of badasses now and it makes her imminently watchable.

Clark and Lex. My god, two scenes together--that's the most since Nemesis, isn't it? And really good scenes together, too. Clark knows perfectly well Lex is covering up for 33.1; Lex knows Lana is feeding Clark information, and drops revelations about Lana and money in a way that manages to sow doubt without sounding like he's deliberately attacking her. Damn. It's so much fun to watch them really go up against each other even as they (kind of) end up working together.

I nearly fainted when I saw Lex/Clark....in a scene.......together! One that didn't involve Clark storming into Lex's mansion, but had them calmly (if a bit angrily) talking, and working for a common goal. Color me stunned. I didn't think the writers knew how to still do that.
norwich36
Oct. 20th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
It's kind of funny that poor Dean Cain has been relegated to playing villain roles after Lois & Clark, though. It's as if he was trying to break out of the Superman mold and did it too well.

I like the fact that the writers are mixing things up, having Lex come to the Kent house rather than the reverse, toning down Clark's accusations while still making them accurate, having Lex play Clark by telling him the truth. It definitely makes stuff more interesting.
bop_radar
Oct. 20th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
"James" and Kara have mega-chemistry in a way that Chloe and Jimmy never had.
I agree! I think Jimmy's cute in ANY relationship and I always found him adorable with Chloe, but there's way more zing with Kara. I'm excited!

Chloe coming to grips with her own mutation would parallel Clark's coming to terms with his alienness.
I didn't realise they'd go that route either. I guess viewed that way her non-reveal to Jimmy at the end, with her losing the relationship instead makes more sense. In fact, I can now see why the writers wrote it that way. I struggled with it from a character perspective. But we know they love to put parallelism first and internal consistency second, so I shouldn't really be surprised! ;) I'm pleased to see they've got a solid road mapped out for the Chloe plot.

This seems like a big step to me, putting six rounds into someone's chest.
Yeah, did you notice that his stance matched that from Vortex too? But that in all other ways his body language was so different. No hesitation this time, no regret.
norwich36
Oct. 20th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
I didn't think I would like yet another love triangle on this show, but now I *am* really interested in Chloe-Jimmy-Kara.

Already addressed the Chloe thing on your journal, so we can talk more about it over there.

I didn't catch the parallel to Vortex with Lex, though. Interesting! And yeah, definitely no hesitation or regret.
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norwich36
Oct. 21st, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: part I
I am worried, though, that the show might not go with the follow-through; its track record of holding Lana accountable for things is so poor that right now, I'm just content to enjoy her Luthorness for its own sake. If it pans out that they're going for moral disalignment of the Clana, I'll be thrilled, but I'm not going to hold my breath for it.

Well, even if they are going for season 8, KK isn't signed for it, right? So I assume they're actually going for the end of the Clana this season, so it would be nice to think they are actually giving thought to how to end the relationship in a permanent way. But you're right, of course, that it's never a good idea to get your hopes up about plot developments related to Lana.

I really love how cool Lex plays things these days. From his attitude of "Mussolini failed, bitch. Step off," with Knox when Knox oh-so-subtly tried to intimidate to his attitude of "Knox is immortal, bitch. Step off," when Clark got all sanctimonious with him in the hospital*, to not even blinking as he unloaded all six bullets into Knox, he rocked my sox. His screentime is so quality these days; it feels like he's stretching his iconic muscles every time he has a scene.

Yes! It's about time, too. I so completely loved his scenes with Knox, where he kept winning the exchanges not because Knox was a wimpy villain but because Lex was simply better.
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norwich36
Oct. 21st, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: part II
Re: Clark tossing people into things: I think we just have to assume that physics in the SV verse just don't work the way they do in our world, because clearly we aren't supposed to think Clark is using excessive force since he does it in practically every episode and the villains miraculously never die from it, unless they are conveniently immortal and will come immediately back to life.

But yeah, I agree that they're moving Lex along the continuum toward first-degree murder, even if he isn't there yet.
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