My 5 second review of last week's episode
(No offense to the great guest star or Tom's direction but that script was a World of Dull.)
I liked this one a lot better. It was directed by Justin Hartley and after also enjoying the episode he wrote last year, I may be a fan of the Hartley oeuvre. He does not try and paint Oliver in a heroic light. In "Sacrifice", Oliver actually walks away from a seemingly knocked-out Zod and makes a a phone call. Never turn your back on the super villain! In this ep, Clark won't take him to the Phantom Zone so Oliver jumps on his back and goes anyway, then starts whining like a kid on a road trip, all like: "It's cold. There's phantoms. I want to leave."
Zod gets a fabulously campy intro, wearing a robe and snake and you wonder if he rushed into position when he knew Clark was coming or had to hold the pose for a while. There's some initial roughing up of Clark but what Zod actually wants is a boyfriend and he's prepared to share his kingdom with Clark. When Clark rebuffs him, Zods hits on Oliver, saying of Clark: "Ultimately I realized we had nothing in common." Yeah, try and spin it that way, honey! He also tells Oliver that he bears the mark of Darkseid and reveals Oliver's deepest fear: that Clark won't want to see him any more.
Adding to the general homo-tasticness: Clark and Oliver in cute little gladiator outfits (Oliver's predictably is sluttier) and a prolonged and enthusiastic close-up of Callum Blue's crotch.
I like episodes where Clark is outsmarts the bad guys and rescues everyone, in this case without his powers. Also Tom's hair was stunning tonight.
(And I'm not generally schmoopy over Clois but their last scene was a knockout.)
Two weeks until Lex returns and reclaims His Man! That's Lex's "Aw baby, don't be mad, I still love you!" face.