Friday, 27 June 2014
How did Dr Swann get any kind of Kryptonite, let alone Black? It is unexplained here. I googled it but presumably it will show up again with some explanation. How Lex saved Chloe's life while faking her death is classic.
Lionel drops all pretense when he threatens Lex. Lionel going down for murder was unexpected. But he has to be got out of the way somehow so that Lex can control LuthorCorp - and maybe rename it?
The black helicopters are a modern myth, as Neil Gaiman said in American Gods. This time, they were not really threatening Clark and Lois. Sam Lane looks and sounds just right.
Sunday, 15 June 2014
We learn what deal Jonathan made with Jor-El. Lionel remains a master of manipulation but Lex has become immune. Lionel reveals that he is dying only when he wants to influence Lex to get him out of prison. Lex is definitely moving into Clark's territory with Lana.
Lionel does not know what has happened to the FBI guy or Clark. How long will Clark be away and what will he be like when he comes back?
This was an appropriate episode to watch on Fathers' Day.
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Both Lana and Pete are leaving Smallville. Does Lois arrive in Season Four? Two more super-powered villains go to Belle Reve. One is in a convenient coma but the other is able to walk through walls and escape.
Lionel suggests yet again that letting the Metropolis Police suspect Lex of murder was a way of strengthening Lex. It makes sense that when Lex works with the FBI to bring down his father, Lionel is able to pay one of the FBI men to sabotage the investigation.
Despite this, Chloe is able to help Lex get Lionel arrested for the murder of his parents. That was unexpected by me. Lionel has to die or otherwise exit sometime to leave the way clear for Lex to rebuild LexCorp and become Superman's enemy.
Lionel compares Lex to Judas so who is he comparing himself, a self-confessed murderer, to?
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
We learn the real basis of the relationship between Lionel and Lex. We already knew that Lionel treats Lex badly, rationalizing this by saying that it is good for Lex.
But Lionel was already treating Lex badly. Lex's mother killed her second son to protect him from a Luthor upbringing. Lex had wanted Lionel to love him. I cannot understand why.
We have our first sight, in this continuity, of Krypton. Clark already knew his father's name but now learns his mother's. The memory retrieval process utilizes Kryptonite, which weakens Clark.
Lana is leaving? When does Lois arrive?
Sunday, 8 June 2014
The theme of father-son conflicts is central. Lex helps the FBI to spy on Lionel - but tries to keep them away from Clark. Lionel tells Clark that a son's love for a father is special; after all, we only get one. Does he suspect that Clark has two? In any case, Lionel murdered his own parents and has a terrible relationship with his son.
Dr Swann knows that the bullet-proof masked thief in Metropolis was Clark. He thinks that Clark is not ready for responsibility yet.
Saturday, 7 June 2014
Lana rings the Youth Center Crisis Line because she has foreknowledge that, when she rings that line, Clark will
answer it. It is interesting to hear her say, "It's happening!" now that we know what that means - and how she came to be where she was with Adam despite her friends' attempts to prevent that.
We should not have seen her body lying with a bullet in the back. That is prevented from happening. Readers of the comics know that "Crisis" is a very powerful title.
Sunday, 1 June 2014
We did not see how Vince escaped from the secret Luthorcorp lab. Presumably he was not meant to?
Clark lies to Lana right at the end. Superman's entire career is based on deception. I remember that the Kents were always telling "white lies" in Superboy comics.
Good to see Luthorcorp and Lionel again. An elevator would not drop in the Luthorcorp building. The connection between Adam and Lionel is revealed but the truth still comes out in very small doses.
Pete says, "We've had our problems lately," referring to the way things were between him and Clark at the end of the previous episode. Clark not being honest with Lana makes less and less sense - but it is necessary for the story.