Smallville – S2 Ep7 – Lineage Review

We begin the episode with a typical morning at the Kent farm house with Clark, Martha and Jonathan all rushing to eat breakfast and head off to work or school. As they all go about their day a mysterious woman arrives at their home and lets herself in – some locks on the doors would be good! She finds a picture of Clark and gazes lovingly at it, just who could this strange woman be? She then tracks him down at school and tells him that she is his mother. Now we know this can not be true as Clark isn’t even from this planet…

This episode does answer some questions about how Martha and Jonathan ended up adopting Clark legally. Rachel, the woman who claims to be Clark’s mother says she gave a boy up for adoption to Metropolis United Charities, and his name was Lucas, she says Clark was the only other boy to be adopted through them. With this revelation Clark goes to Chloe and is upset to find out she has been looking into his adoption, even after she said she would stop. Chloe does give Clark a bit more insight when she tells him that Metropolis United Charities was founded by Lionel Luthor.

With the pieces coming together Rachel’s next stop is the Luthor mansion. She meets with Lex and tells him she once had a relationship with Lionel and that he is the father of the boy she gave up for adoption, thus giving Lex the impression that Clark could be his half-brother. Lana is also on a mission to find out about the man her mother was with – Henry Small, she also goes to Chloe for help in finding him as he could be her biological father.

Clark looks to his parents for answers about why Lionel was behind his adoption. In a series of flashbacks, we return to the day of the meteor shower and find out exactly what transpired after Martha and Jonathan found Clark in the field. On the way home with Clark, and his spaceship in the back of a truck, they come across Lionel on the road asking for help with his son Lex who had been caught in the field where Clark’s ship landed. Jonathan carries Lex to his truck and they all go to the hospital together. Lionel shows his gratitude to Jonathan and tells him to call if he ever needs a favour repaid.

When Martha and Jonathan decide they want to keep Clark but struggle with how to explain his sudden appearance in their lives, Jonathan goes to Lionel for help faking his adoption. Lionel then uses this as leverage to make Jonathan convince the Ross brothers to sell their corn factory. This explains Jonathan’s deep rooted distrust of the Luthor’s and their motives for offering help to anyone. After hearing this story, Clark begins to blame himself as he feels guilty for his dad being put in a position where he had to do Lionel’s bidding.

When Clark’s DNA doesn’t match Rachel’s she thinks Lionel has tampered with the results in an effort to keep her from their son. In retaliation, Rachel kidnaps Lex and forces Lionel to admit what she believes to be the truth – that Clark is their son Lucas. When Lionel refuses to meet her demands she nearly kills Lex with an axe but Clark arrives just in time get between them. Rachel sees that Clark has powers no human being could possess and she finally accepts that she is not his real mother.

In other news Clark forgives Chloe for her constant snooping into his past and she confesses a secret of her own, that her own mother walked away from her as a child and doesn’t want anything to do with her. Also we see Lana find Henry Small and is disappointed to learn he has a new family and is reluctant to accept that she could be his daughter, but Clark convinces her not to give up on him yet. Later Henry turns up at the Talon and tells Lana he is willing to take a DNA test himself to find out the truth.

This episode certainly delved deeper into the theme of family secrets that the show has set up very well so far this season as Clark, Lex, Lana and even Chloe struggle with their identities. At the end Lex confronts Lionel over Rachel’s claims they had a child together – as we know Lionel was not a faithful husband. Lionel convinces Lex that Lucas died before his first birthday, but the final shot is of Lionel holding a locket containing a picture of a young boy. We are just now scratching the surface of all the secrets Lionel has in his closet. Stay tuned as next up is ‘Ryan’.

Smallville – S2 Ep6 – Redux Review

It’s ‘spirt week’ at Smallville High School and we begin with Clark and Pete at swim try outs. While competing against Clark, fellow student Troy receives a good luck kiss from his girlfriend Chrissy. Shortly into the swim Troy starts to struggle and Clark saves him from drowning, but after a matter of seconds Troy has mysteriously aged into a old man. Cue the shocked expressions on everyone’s faces before the opening credits roll.

At the farm Martha and Jonathan are discussing their financial problems and the subject of asking Martha’s father for help comes up. Clark is upset that he has never had the chance to meet his grandfather because of an old feud between him and Jonathan. Family is also on Lana’s mind when she finds pictures of her mother and another man and decides to question Aunt Nell about his identity. It transpires that Lana’s parents split up for a short time and her mother began seeing someone else, but when Nell brushes it off Lana goes to Lex and asks him to find this mystery man.

Unbeknownst to Jonathan, Martha contacts her father and asks him for money to help keep the farm going. This is an interesting plot point and gives a bit more context to the early parts of Jonathan and Martha’s lives. We are led to believe that Martha ‘settled’ for the life of a farmers wife when she could have had a successful law career in the city. Her father never approved of her relationship with Jonathan, clearly thinking that he was not good enough to be with her, as Jonathan tells the story of being rejected when asking for Martha’s hand in marriage. Since then the relationship with Martha’s father has been strained to say the least. Martha however, never felt like she was ‘settling’ and makes it very clear that it was her choice to live the life she does and that she is happy with her decisions. Not willing to accept that he can’t have a relationship with his grandfather, Clark tries to help Jonathan make peace with Martha’s father, unfortunately they are both stubborn men and Clark has to learn that some relationships just can’t be fixed.

Back at school Clark has a run in with the new school Principle after turning up late again. Lex comes to Clark’s defence after giving him a ride and it appears Lex and Principle Reynolds have a history from Lex’s boarding school years. The fact that Clark and Lex are friends doesn’t please Principle Reynolds and he starts to challenge Clark about his life aspirations, setting him the assignment of writing an essay on where he wants to be five years from now.

The Principle then sets his sights on Chrissy and questions her previous school history, something Chrissy is not so keen to divulge. At the Torch Chloe has put her investigative skills to work again and discovers that Troy died from a rapid ageing condition called progeria. Chrissy starts to notice herself getting older and targets another student at school who she literally sucks the youth out of with a kiss.

Clark and Chloe begin to suspect Chrissy is responsible for the strange deaths occurring and discover that she has a been re-living her high school years since the 1920’s. They worry she may be after another victim so Clark heads to the Talon where Chrissy has arranged to meet the Principle. Not happy with his questions into her past she decides to take the very little youth the Principle must have left. (An odd choice for someone who wants to stay eternally young.) Clark arrives just in time to stop her and because she hasn’t been able to steal any more youth Chrissy disintegrates right in front of Clark’s eyes and turns into a pile of ash, bringing ‘spirit week’ to an abrupt end. This new Principle sure has his work cut out for him with these strange weekly occurrences at the high school!

This was a good episode with the primary focus being family and what they keep hidden from each other and the ‘villain of the week’ becoming a ‘b’ plot. Lana learns that the man with her mother could be her biological father and her image of her parents having a perfect relationship is shattered. Martha and Jonathan tell Clark that they never wanted him to have a relationship with his grandfather as they never trusted him to keep his secret. Clark being who he is still wants to try. It was good to learn about how Martha and Jonathan’s lives together started. The story about Martha’s career potential is drawn upon again later in the story, as the long term viewer will know Martha’s future life lies way beyond the Kent farm. The theme of family continues and will become even more complicated in the next episode Lineage.

Smallville – S2 Ep5 – Nocturne Review

Season 2 continues with this instalment of Smallville called Nocturne. While visiting her parents grave Lana finds a love letter addressed to her left by a young man Byron. We learn that Byron’s parents forbid him from leaving their house and he can only go out at night. At school the next day Lana shows Chloe, Pete and Clark the letter and they debate whether it was left by a secret admirer or a stalker as Clark thinks. Even Lex has the opportunity to chime in with his opinion, which is slightly more mature and he and Lana discuss their mutual love of poetry. Even this early on in the show we can see the writers slowly dropping in little hints about Lex and Lana’s growing connection, though not romantic at this point in time.

At the mansion the bickering between Lionel and Lex continues as Lex struggles to find his blind father an assistant. Little does Lionel know the right person for the job is right around the corner. While he is sitting out in the garden, Martha Kent appears to collect their produce cheque. She takes a seat next to Lionel, and possibly out of sympathy for his current condition, she starts reading the paper to him and the two exchange some light banter. Later at the farm Martha tells Jonathan that Lionel offered her a job. Jonathan reacts the way we expect, with apprehension about the motives behind Lionel’s offer. Lex also questions his fathers reasons and fears it is because he is also becoming intrigued by the mystery surrounding Clark, and that he only wants to hire Martha to find out more information.

We see just how trapped Byron is when his dad bolts the door to his room in the basement closed. He manages to sneak out anyway to see Lana again, who oddly has fallen asleep on her parents grave stone. She wakes up to see Byron but Clark has also followed her, when Byron panics and tries to run he trips and hits his head. Lana and Clark take him to the Talon to make sure he is ok and the three talk until early morning, Clark noticing the restrain marks around his wrists. When Byron realises the sun is about to rise he rushes home and Clark and Lana have an angry encounter with Byron’s dad while his mom rushes him back to the basement. Clark and Lana suspect he is being abused and call the town Sheriff but Byron’s parents claim he is dead. unfortunately this only makes Byron’s predicament worse.

Clark and Pete break into Byron’s house and try to help him, Clark frees him from his restraints but doesn’t understand the real reason why Byron can’t go out during the day. While trying to take him away from his house Byron is exposed to sunlight and turns into a werewolf looking monster with super strength. After knocking Pete and Clark across his yard Byron flees. It transpires he was experimented on due to a medical condition. Chloe, used in this episode only for her investigative skills, finds out about the drug that was used to treat him and the company behind the experiments… Luthorcorp of course.

Upset that Clark didn’t include her, Lana tries to find Byron by herself and gets injured in the process. Feeling like he will never be normal Byron goes after the man he thinks is responsible for his condition. In an obvious attempt to impress Martha, Lionel arranges for them to go to Metropolis in his helicopter, a trip which comes to an abrupt end when Byron attacks it. Clark arrives at the scene to stop Byron and manages to push him down a well, and when Byron is out of the sunlight he becomes human again.

The story is wrapped up neatly with Lionel agreeing to find a cure for Byron’s condition, mainly thanks to Martha’s influence on his character. Lana goes to Clark and tells him that she wanted to help Byron because he was open and honest with her about who he was and his feelings, something Clark is not ready to do himself. Overall a compelling episode going back to the ‘freak of the week’ formula and also setting up a new dynamic between the Luthor and Kent families.

The Flash 90s – Ep19 – Done With Mirrors Review

You may have guessed who the villain is by the title of the episode but you might not know who played him. Sam Scudder/Mirror Master was portrayed by singer, song writer and actor David Cassidy who is also the father of arrowverse royalty Katie Cassidy. It is always really cool to see connections between the 90s show and the content we have today.

Sam Scudder and his partner Stasia Masters have broken into the west cost branch of S.T.A.R Labs. They steal a battery that could easily power a house for 10 years. He places a disk in the battery’s place and it projects a perfect hologram of the battery. He plans on selling it for a fortune. As they are about to leave Stasia tries to hit Scudder from behind but her hand goes right through him. It was another hologram. Stasia turns around to find the real Scudder behind her. He knew she would try to betray him but before he can grab her she sprays knockout gas in his face. Stasia grabs the battery, sets off the alarm and leaves the unconscious Scudder to take the fall.

A very nervous Tina has brought Barry to pick up her mother from the train station. Tina has a strained relationship with her mother (Jocelyn) as she stayed with her father when Jocelyn left him. The only reason Jocelyn is in Central City is due to an art show she is hosting in the area. As Tina is introducing Barry to Jocelyn Stasia (who is trying to avoid on of Scudders lackeys) appears and gives Barry a kiss on the lips. Roll Titles.

Kissing Barry has worked as the lackey has gone. Barry remembers Stasia from high school, Tina who is slightly annoyed tries to get Barry’s attention but she only gets it after Stasia has left. As Barry helps Jocelyn with her luggage he notices that his wallet is gone. Meanwhile Stasia looks at Barry’s wallet and discovers that he is a cop.

Tina shows Jocelyn a very rare crystal that can focus a laser beam more accurately than any other crystal in the world. It is on loan from the government, if anything happens to it Tina would probably get fired (I wonder what will happen to it in this episode?).
As amazing as the crystal is Jocelyn seems bored of it instantly. She is more interested in the lack of colour in Tina’s lab. She doesn’t know how Tina can work in such dull conditions.

The next day at a cafe Stasia is on the phone to a business associate (Fletcher). She is unhappy as Fletcher is two days away from Central City, she knows the longer she is there the more chance one of Scudders lackeys will catch her. As she finishes her call two lackeys happen to appear and sit next to her. One of them tries to grab her bag but Stasia trips up a waiter and in the confusion she makes a break for it. As Barry, Bellows and Murphy are enjoying corndogs Stasia and the lackeys run past them. They notices that the lackeys are packing heat and they start chasing them. Stasia uses one of Scudder’s disks to project a cowboy in the middle of the street and as one lackey is distracted by this and the other has been arrested by Murphy Stasia gets away in a cab.

Stasia decides that the only way she can stay out of trouble for two days is to find a boy scout who can give her a place to stay. As Barry and Julio arrive at work Stasia is already there waiting for Barry. She gives him back his wallet claiming it must of fell into her bag at the train station. Julio leaves Stasia and Barry to catch up. She tells Barry she is stuck in the city for a few days but has no place to stay. Barry offers her the opportunity to stay to his apartment and obviously Stasia jumps at the chance.

Scudder meets Tallent, his head lackey. He shows off a special device on his wrist, it projects a moving image of him anywhere he wants. Tallent informs him that Stasia got away and The Flash could be a thorn in their side. Scudder tells Tallent to find Stasia and the battery, while he goes on a little errand himself. Scudder is going to S.T.A.R Labs. At the lab Tina is disappointed that her mother is going out as Tina had planned to make her dinner. As Tina leaves the lab in a huff Scudder sneaks in. Tina has forgotten her keys so she returns to the lab to get them. The only problem is the lab is engulfed in flames. Tina uses a fire extinguisher to put it out but it has no effect. Scudder who is hiding in the lab projects a mime by mistake and then a team of fire men. Now even though Tina must have seen the fire men appear out of thin air she still starts to talk to one. Scudder takes his leave with the super rare crystal that Tina was bragging to her mother about earlier. Back in the lab the fire men, the mime and fire all disappear. Tina thinks she is losing her mind.

Barry and Stasia return to his apartment after dinner, Stasia thanks Barry again for letting her stay. Barry thinks they are about to kiss but Stasia asks if The Flash was built by some mad scientist, Barry says like “Professor Zoom”. (Wow Professor Zoom what a crazy name.) Stasia goes to kiss Barry but this time the phone rings and Stasia picks it up. It’s Tina and she needs Barry to come over to her lab right away. Barry leaves Stasia in his apartment; she hides the battery under a lamp.

Tina explains to Barry about the fire that wasn’t a fire. She thinks her mother is pushing her over the edge. Barry finds a disk on the floor and as he picks it up the mime appears again. Tina is surprised at the sophistication of the projection disk. Barry thinks the fire and everything else was a distraction for a theft. Tina hasn’t noticed anything missing, Barry looks at the crystal and tries to touch it; his hand passes though the projection of the crystal. He finds a disk nearby. Tina mentions that S.T.A.R Lab has had a bad time lately with this theft and the one at the west coast site. She realises that if they don’t find the crystal she will lose her job. They deduce that to sell the crystal the thief will have to cut it. Tina believes it would take a lot of power to cut that particular crystal. They search for any power surges in the city and they find one at the hotel Infantino (Hey I know a guy with that name).

Scudder and Tallent are having no luck cutting the crystal. Scudder tries to think of another way to cut it but Tallent pulls a gun on him and wants to sell that whole crystal for one big score. Scudder opens a door and discretely drops a disk; all of a sudden three large police officers walk into the room and go for Tallent. He backs up too far and falls through a window. The officers disappear and Scudder looks out of the window at his deceased former associate. The Flash runs into the room and asks for the crystal. Scudder tries to bribe The Flash but that isn’t going to work. The Flash goes to grab Scudder but that isn’t going to work either as he has been talking to a projection. The real Scudder turns the light off and vanishes. The Flash looks for him but Scudder is no longer in the room he is actually getting the crystal from Tallent’s body.

Stasia gets a call at a pay phone from Fletcher, she says the longer she has to wait in the city the higher the price of the battery. As she hangs up Scudder whistles at her and grabs her. He wants the battery but Stasia claims that she has sold it, he doesn’t believe her but then Stasia says she can get him The Flash, now Scudder starts to listen. Stasia tells Scudder that she sold the battery to a scientist called Professor Zoom, he created The Flash and he can make more. So he gives her 24 hours to set up a meeting with Zoom.

Barry turns up to work tired and mad. He tells Julio that he got no sleep and Stasia disappeared. He thinks she is playing games with him and she is up to something. Julio suggests they look her up on the crime lab computer. They discover she hooked up with a guy named Scudder who used high tech holograms to steal a lot of things. I think Barry is starting to figure things out.

At Garrick Gallery (they so many good references in this episode) Barry fills Tina in on the Scudder Stasia connection. He promises he will get the crystal back. Jocelyn who is helping sell some of the art at the exhibition has an argument with Tina. Tina bemoans the fact that Jocelyn never knew her dead husband David or came to his funeral. Jocelyn said she was in the middle of something and Tina says Jocelyn was always in the middle of something and never had time for her. Barry tells Jocelyn to go after her but she refuses as she is busy. Barry tells her about the stress Tina is currently going thought and she could use her mothers support, Jocelyn almost takes his advise but she sees another piece of art is being sold and walks away from Barry. Stasia walks up to Barry and asks for his help. Barry knows helping Stasia will get him close to Scudder and the crystal.

Barry and Stasia arrive at a seedy bar. Barry is dressed quite differently to his normal attire. He is wearing a pair of dark shades, a long overcoat, a horrible shirt oh and he has spiked his hair. Barry is not thrilled by Stasia’s plan or choice of location. Stasia tells him he has to pretend to be Professor Zoom and convince Scudder that he can make him his own version of the Flash. Stasia leaves Barry at the bar while she finds Scudder. But before she finds him she calls Fletcher telling him she may have something that sparkles to sell him. Nearby Scudder hears Stasia’s conversation. As Barry chokes on a drink Julio and Sabrina see him and ask him if he is leading a double life or is he undercover. He tells them to scram so they won’t blow his cover.

Stasia grabs Barry and takes him to a private table. Scudder shows up and Barry er… Professor Zoom starts to talk with a bad German accent. He zooms off and brings some drinks from the bar at super speed. Both Scudder and Stasia are shocked by this. This was Zoom’s way of showing Scudder that he was legit. Zoom lays out the deal, the crystal for the secrets of the Flash. Zoom wants to see the crystal but Scudder wants to see the battery he thinks Stasia has sold to Zoom. Breaking his accent a confused Barry looks at Stasia and says “Battery?” She runs off and before Scudder can go after her Barry drops the act and tells Scudder that he is under arrest. Scudder projects a hologram of snakes on to Barry’s chest and feet. Barry freaks out and Scudder makes his escape. After the hologram fades Barry thinks he has caught up to Scudder but you’ve guessed it another hologram. As Barry rushes off to find Scudder he drops his invite to the art exhibition which Scudder finds.

Barry returns to the gallery looking for Tina as he can’t find her anywhere. Jocelyn informs him that Tina isn’t there and she starts talking about how well the exhibition went. Jocelyn then regrets how she acted around Tina so Barry suggests she talks to her. Before she can respond they see a priest who is admiring a painting. Barry walks over to him but he disappears and Scudder knocks Barry out from behind. Scudder takes Barry and Jocelyn to the hotel and ties them up. Scudder thinks Jocelyn is in on the deal with Stasia; Barry tries to explain that she is not but Scudder isn’t buying it. As usual the bad guy divulges his plan to a good guy. Scudder will catch Stasia at the train station so he will end up the battery and the crystal. He leaves Barry and Jocelyn a present, a laser cutter which is wired up to a timer and when the timer reaches zero the laser which cut right through Barry and Jocelyn.

Stasia grabs the battery in Barry’s apartment and is about to skip town until Tina walks in on her and demands to know where Barry and her mother are. Stasia pulls a gun on Tina but Barry’s dog Earl (who is a very good boy) jumps at Stasia and knocks her over. Tina grabs the gun. Stasia convinces Tina not to call the cops because if she does she will never find Barry or her mother. They go off to the train station as Stasia thinks Scudder will be there.

At the hotel Barry bites a button off his shirt and spits it at a lamp. The room goes dark and under that cover of darkness Barry frees himself and Jocelyn using his speed. She asks if this sort of thing happens to him a lot, he explains that Tina is usually about to help him. Barry asks her to call the police while he heads for the train station.

Stasia meets Fletcher at the station and Tina pulls the gun on them both. Scudder interjects and holds them all up. Tina is about to give him the battery but the Flash shows up and grabs the battery first. Scudder projects multiple copies of himself to confuse the Flash. Flash gives the battery to Tina who plugs it in to a small lighting rig. The light shines bright and all the Scudders apart from the real one fade away. The Flash quickly knocks him out and takes back the crystal. In all the action Stasia and Fletcher run outside and catch a cab. They talk about all the places they could run off to but the only place they are going is prison. The cab driver is Barry and it is surrounded by the police.

Tina and Jocelyn reconcile and decide to make an effort to see each other more often. Barry rushes in and tells them to stop being so cold to one another, Tina explains that they have sorted out their issues, they all smile and live happy ever after, well until the next episode at least.

This was yet another top episode. It had a strong B plot with Tina and her mother and we saw a different take on one of the Flash’s most well known rogues.

Smallville – S2 Ep4 – Red Review

Red Kryptonite makes a debut appearance in this episode in the form of Smallville High’s class ring. Clark is a bit too keen to part with 350 dollars on this piece of school memorabilia, and as Pete points out, his Dad certainly won’t approve. As soon as Clark puts the ring on his personality starts to change, he begins to lose his inhibitions and speak his mind. He starts off by defending the new girl Jesse to the school principle about her interpretation of the dress code; then when back at the farm has an argument with his parents about the cost of the ring, which at first, Martha and Jonathan decide is just teen rebellion.

Lionel is making himself feel at home at the mansion, re-arranging the office space much to Lex’s dismay. I can’t help but find these scenes with Lionel amusing. John Glover does a great job dealing with Lionel’s blindness and almost makes him seem comical at times, showing a new side to Lionel as opposed to the one-dimensional ‘bad guy’ that was portrayed in season one.

Clark’s behaviour starts to escalate as he charges money on his Dad’s credit card on materialistic items like game stations and televisions, all the things he has never had, then refuses to return them when his parents find out. Instead he takes off on a motorcycle and picks up Jesse who has just finished an argument with her own father. Clark then sets his sights on Lana and finally decides to tell her how he feels by going to the Talon and making his move by asking her out. He asks Lex to borrow the Ferrari and takes Lana to a dive bar, needless to say she is not impressed but just confused by the sudden change in Clark’s personality. To make matters worse he ditches Lana for Jesse and starts a bar fight when their altercation becomes public.

After Chloe tells Pete their rings are actually fake ruby stones and in fact made from meteor rock, Pete and the Kent’s decipher that this red meteor rock is affecting Clark mentally. They try to confront him but Clark refuses to listen, claiming he wishes he had found the ring sooner and that he can’t wait to ‘get out of this mud hole’. He turns to Lex and they hatch a plan to escape to Metropolis together, but Lex can tell that something is wrong and goes straight to the Kent’s to tell them where he is.

While at the mansion Clark runs into a Federal Marshall who has been looking for Jesse. It turns out she and her father are in witness protection and have escaped with crucial evidence. The Marshall threatens Clark who wastes no time in exposing his own powers by firing a gun straight into his hand to scare him off. Lionel is present for the entire meeting but because of his blindness is unable to see what Clark was really doing. Clark goes to Jesse to try to recover the evidence she and her father have, thinking he can make a lot of money for himself. Jonathan and Pete arrive just in time and armed with green meteor rock to counteract the red, giving Jonathan a big enough advantage to destroy the ring and return Clark to his old self.

Lex takes back control of the mansion, telling his father he is through indulging him like a child and to stop acting like his blindness gives him an excuse for self-pity. At the end of the scene we see Lionel has recovered the bullets Clark fired into his hand, telling Lex that he thinks Clark is an interesting young man. It now looks like there are two Luthor’s interested in the mystery surrounding Clark Kent.

Clark makes amends with his parents, by telling them that all the money in the world can’t buy the support they give him. However, he still is struggling with the two identities he feels he has to have in order to protect his secret. As for his relationship with Lana, it looks like it will take more than a simple apology to regain her trust as she chooses not to forgive his behaviour. It was fun to see a different side to Clark in this episode, which gave us more insight into the feelings he keeps hidden, a great acting performance from Tom Welling also. Next up we have ‘Nocturne’.