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Smallville review: Harvest [Oct. 29th, 2010|09:42 pm]

*includes a spoiler from a future ep.

Firstly, Smallville is apparently distressing conservatives Well done, SV! Keep it up.

"Harvest" is an apt name for this episode as it seemed to be harvested from several other things. Clark and Lois end up in the Wicker Man, Tess and Alexander re-enact "Memoria" and the final sex scene is a reprise of several previous sex scenes, including those crucial casually placed candles. No one on SV can reach orgasm without an open flame, apparently.

The Wicker Man parts were variable for me. I thought Erica's speech from the scaffold was fabulous, her best scene this year. Unfortunately her acting partner, Head Villager, was absolutely awful. This was not the entertaining over-the-topness of Zor-El. This was just painful to watch. (Especially his soprano squeak of "SILENCE!") Either the Sheriff or the little girl would have made a better town leader.

Tom looked lovely in a variety of outfits but I was really unclear on when Clark was or was not affected by BlueK. Wouldn't he be more affected under ground with 20 years of meteor-silt? Suddenly the villagers take 2 steps back and he's fine? Wasn't he burned with blue fire? (A brave & gorgeous moment for Clark and Tom, but still puzzling.)

And I think it would have been nice for the "I'm an alien" discussion to happen onscreen.


Writers Turi & Al have more respect for continuity than other writers. So kudos for that. But I had an issue or two with how they used continuity tonight.

Firstly, we know a little about SV rapid cloning from the Dinsmore stories of S2/3 (namedropped tonight.) CloneEmily has original Emily's memories but she is not Lana's lost friend, any more than Alexander is real!Lex.

Like Memoria, this episode featured a birthday party gone wrong for "Alexander", even mimicking the cinematography panning down the table, and ends with him getting violently hit by a parent. "Alexander" is in the barn recalling some nice moments with Clark, then he talks about Clark's lies, then he taunts Tess with her attachment to powerful men (the last bit rang false. How would a Lex-clone know about Zod?)

So Tess hits him. Essentially, Alexander has now received Lex's childhood in microcosm, the lesson being: all Luthor children grow up to be evil and all Luthor parents abuse their children. (Tess is revealed to be a Luthor in an upcoming episode.)

And Tess, like Lionel in a number of episodes, is willing to kill her "child", all in the service of Clone!Lex growing up to be exactly like Original!Lex.

I dislike that plotline for Tess because a) it's so much better for her as a character if she makes the decision to break the pattern. b) I am tired of the show's emphatic hammering of DESTINY, whether it's the sunny future of Homecoming or the No Choice future of Lexmas. c) The show is almost certainly going to validate her decision: all Luthors should die as children because there is only one path for them to take.

In an upcoming episode called "Luthor", it seems we will see an AU where Clark is raised by Lionel. While the ep has a good writer (Bryan Q. Miller) I am queasy about getting even more "genetics is destiny" blather.

All that said, Cassidy and Connor were fabulous in their scenes.

I still think the Lex-path is a dangerous one to go down without guaranteed Michael at the end of it. But I'm starting to wonder if he has signed on and the producers are just keeping it secret?

[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-30 03:54 am (UTC)
My issue is with Tess, and by proxy the show, saying "this is the real Lex." Because memories are not the sum of the person and as with Lazarus clone knowing all about Clois, this clone also has memories that didn't make sense - how is he supposed to know about Tess & Zod?

No disagreement that Cassidy and Connor were fantastic but I really wanted to see them forge a new plot, not retread an old one.

I'm not quite sure how this works, but they don't seem to be evolving from the real, young, innocent Lex Luthor, but rather the man he became. Twisted and broken along the way.
I wish the show had taken the surprise path of having Tess-raised Alexander evolving from the innocent Lex and ultimately becoming the heroic Alexander Luthor from World 3 (an AU.) Anything to veer away from the DESTINY is DESTINY course the show has been pushing so hard lately.

Maybe BQM will surprise me with something innovative in Luthor? If Tom is going to be impersonating Michael at least it will be hot!

As for the Clois sex, well, I won't lie. I thought it was a snore. Candles? Really? Sure, its nice to have them look at each other adoringly, but where's the passion?
Even with heat vision, setting up all the candles seems like so much effort. And couldn't Lois be on top, just to dodge the candles + Clark = missionary position cliche?

Edited at 2010-10-30 03:54 am (UTC)
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