Three words: Holy. Monkey. Spit.
That’s how I felt after watching “Action” this past Thursday night.
When I watch a television show, I watch for the story and the characters. If those elements catch my attention and entertain me, then I enjoy the show.
When I watch a Superman television show, I go in already loving most of the characters, so if the story’s good, I’m sold.
When I watch Smallville, I watch it because there are episodes like this one.
The theme of this episode is denial. From Lana’s denial that she can’t live the double life she’s attempting to live, to Clark’s denial that his destiny is bigger than Smallville, even to psycho-geek boy’s denial that his methods are wrong, the show is chock full of it.
Biggest of all denials though was Clark’s denial to begin to fulfill his destiny. He’s been doing this since season 2, and it gets more frustrating, but not to the point that I walk away angered. It’s weird. I wanted Clark to look at the cape, embrace what it meant, throw it over his shoulder and walk into the house with it. But the imagery of the cape flapping in the breeze as Clark walked away was so sad and powerful, that I couldn’t help but feel a rush of excitement knowing that this season is now all about Clark stepping into his role as hero, symbol of hope, and ultimately legend.
The special effects were great. I watched Clark’s first save of Rachel Davenport three times upon my first viewing jsut because it looked so dern cool. (Yes, dern is a technical term. It is an adverb used to apply a level of intensity to an adjective. For example, someone may say, “It’s really hot today.” only to be reprimanded by someone who says “No, it’s DERN hot.”)(But I digress.) From that moment, I knew it was ON.
Clark’s stopping of a bullet was done incredibly well. I love the decision to show everything from Clark’s view point and without warning, at the last second, switch to psycho-geek-boy’s point of view. That whole segment was just fantastic.
Then, in old school Smallville fashion, it’s Clark to Lana’s rescue as she’s pushed off of Ollie’s old penhouse balcony. Let the debates rage: flying or falling? You decide. I vote for a mixture of both. And while I find it hard to ignore the physics of Lana being able to survive the fall even in Clark’s arms, I loved that whole moment. I did kind of expect Clark to push off of the building behind him and leap to another building, but I can see where he’d choose property destruction over that choice. In his defense, that was probably psycho-geek-boy’s getaway vehicle.
Then there’s Lana in this episode. All this time, it was her keeping Lionel hidden away. Using a pot-growing-if-not-smoking-Kathy-Bates-in-Misery-wannabe. Marilyn was just CRAZY! With a capital LOONY! Lana even looked a bit psycho when right after taking Lionel out with a shovel, her phone rings and she sees it’s Clark. The look that crossed face was the expression of a truly disturbed individual and the fact that she’s learned to lie so easily to Clark. To speak to him as if nothing’s wrong in the midst of a situation like that so casually, shows how truly close she’s come to the precipice that Lionel speaks to her about…if not how far over it she’s fallen.
Then, there’s the cape. Ah, the cape. Again, a powerful yet sad image, that looked great. The question now is, what is it going to take for Clark to seek out his destiny? He was ready when he thought Lana was dead. I get the idea that even when he finds Kara’s crystal, his focus is still going to be on being happy on the farm in Smallville. It’s time Clark. It’s time.
A couple of questions that I have from the show:
- Did psycho-geek-boy protect Clark’s secret because he’s seen the error of his ways, or because in his psycho mind he has to protect the secret of the hero?
- In the Warrior Angel lore that we know of, didn’t Devilicus prove himself to be evil well after issue number 5? I seem to remember Lex talking about the issue with Ryan in Season 2. It seemed like it was issue 66. So the numbering seems off. Nitpicky yes, but interesting nonetheless.
- Did Rachel Davenport look a bit like Saved By the Bell’s Lisa Turtle to anyone else?
Overall, I have to give this episode a 5 out of 5 whatever I give five of. I liked it that much. It was a fun episode that answered some questions, created some more, moved our character closer to realizing his destiny (whether he likes it and knows it or not), and we got Lionel back. (That in and of itself merits a 5).
Check out Geek Out Loud later in the week for my favorite quotes of the show.
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